Representing more than 30,000 classified employees individually and collectively, PSE is the largest and most successful classified school employee union in Washington.
In today’s classrooms, instructional assistants and other paraeducators support and enhance the work of teachers in all components of the education process. PSE helps paras navigate and succeed in this rapidly changing and challenging profession. We provide affordable training opportunities and seek greater recognition of their important instructional role in today’s public schools.
School security officers, playground supervisors and other classified employees face the demanding task of keeping our schools safe and secure for students and staff. PSE believes comprehensive, professional training must be provided to all classified employees involved in campus security and that better state funding is needed to pay for these positions.
Webmasters, network technicians and other technology employees are among the newest classifications in PSE. Today, the instructional process depends on reliable, high-speed Internet connections and computer systems. PSE is there to promote competitive wages and benefits so that our schools can keep the best and brightest technology employees.
At PSE, we know school bus drivers carry the most precious cargo around. That’s why we helped simplify new CDL testing requirements and are working to increase funding for pupil transportation. We also promoted a bill that would allow school district to place cameras on school bus stop paddles, an idea thought up by our members.
The technology has changed, but office professionals are still the people who keep our schools running smoothly. PSE has worked to streamline many state reporting requirements, including Becca runaway/truancy laws and ensure that office professionals receive the training they need to stay on top of their job and the technology that comes with it.
Maintenance and grounds
Maintaining a school is not like fixing a commercial property — it requires experts who understand what it takes to keep our schools running smoothly. PSE is working to protect these jobs and increase public works bid limits to prevent everyday maintenance and grounds work from getting contracted out to private companies.
Over time our union has grown larger and stronger by adding different classifications, but we still haven’t lost touch with the needs and concerns of custodians. Since the beginning, we’ve been negotiating better pay and benefits and winning professional recognition for custodians.
School cafeterias and the people who work in them play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children. PSE has been battling for higher nutritional standards against contracting-out of food services.
These job classifications represent the majority of the many positions PSE represents, while many other specialized jobs keep our schools running each and every day. Together, we are the foundation of Washington’s public schools.
Support for Washington’s youngest learners is crucial to preparing future generations for the rest of their educational journeys. PSE represents several chapters of early learning centers across the state. Paraeducators in pre-k play a huge role in supporting our little ones in their social/emotional learning and the basic skills that are needed to enter into grade school. Although this classification is one of our smallest, we are always working to advocate for and protect these workers and the crucial role they play in the lives of our students.
The hardworking nurses and health room supervisors who work in our schools are essential to ensuring Washington’s students can focus on getting a quality education. They ensure every child is taken care of when they’re feeling sick at school, and we work every day to ensure they’re taken care of on the job. We are always working to advocate for safety protocols, PPE, and wages that reflect the incredible importance of this position.