Put yourself in good company
When you join CSEA, you put yourself in good company. CSEA members are respected professionals who are active and vocal advocates for public education. And within the education community, CSEA is the recognized union for classified employees with a reputation for practical solutions, integrity and high professional standards.
CSEA is your voice in the district, in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C., where decisions are made that affect your paycheck, your medical care and your job security. So it only makes sense: When everyone supports CSEA, we all benefit.
CSEA is working hard to improve your wages and benefits, and we can do it... with your support. A larger membership gives us more power at the bargaining table, and each new member adds to our clout and benefits from our reputation.
CSEA representation is unmatched
Expert Representation: CSEA field staff are the best in the business. No other union can boast the depth of knowledge our staff have in the areas of classified contracts, unemployment law, the Education Code, the DMV and health and retirement benefits.
In-House Legal Staff: Our Legal Department wins precedent-setting legal cases that enforce and expand our rights under collective bargaining.
Unlike other unions that contract with expensive outside legal firms, CSEA's staff of nine attorneys are available full-time to counsel field staff, members and leaders.
Effective Political Action: CSEA's grassroots political action network has elected local, state and federal officials who understand and respect our role in public education. Whether it's lobbying for more school funding, or winning the largest pension benefit increase in the history of our retirement system (as we did in 1999), CSEA has sponsored more classified legislation than any other union. As a result, California's classified employees enjoy rights and benefits beyond what any other state offers.
Join up and get where you want to go
Professional Growth: Whether you want to move up or just keep up with the latest changes in your field, CSEA offers members a variety of professional growth opportunities?from sabbaticals and stipends, to career ladders and tuition reimbursement. Once you join, you can also apply for CSEA scholarships and career grants for both you and your dependents.
Career Resources: Our professionally staffed Training Division and our member-led Trainer's Bureau offer the only union training program that is qualified for continuing education units (CEUs) in California. And our award-winning publications, like Focus magazine, help you keep abreast of the latest developments in public education and the classified profession.
Conferences & Retreats: CSEA also hosts professional conferences and retreats, such as our Classified Professionals Institute for community college staff and the California Paraeducator Conference for instructional assistants and other paraeducators.
Get you dues back through member-only benefits
Each year, members are mailed CSEA's benefits guide, Discover the Value, filled with more than 60 pages of exclusive offers. Only CSEA members can take advantage of these money-saving benefits.
Merchandise: More than 200 local and statewide merchants offer members discounts on everything from cars to furniture to flowers.
Entertainment: We've got them all?from Disneyland, Oakwood Lake, AMC Theatres, Northstar and Club 19 Golf, to Great America, the Harvest Festival and the water parks.
Legal: Get free legal advice over the phone on personal matters such as wills and consumer problems. Members can also take advantage of our Legal Referral Service for a free half-hour consultation with a local attorney who may offer a special reduced fee if you need further assistance.
Publications: As a member, you'll get a subscription to CSEA's quarterly magazine, Focus, as well as other informative publications and updates.
Insurance: Members are automatically insured with a free $5,000 accidental death policy. You can also purchase dental, life and other insurance plans at group discount rates.
Travel: Through CSEA's exclusive travel service, members get discounts on airfare, cruises and tour packages. We also offer savings on car rentals and hotels.
Financial: Members enjoy privileges including the exclusive CSEA Visa card, free interest-paying checking accounts, car loans and free financial planning workshops.
Scholarships & Grants: You and your dependents can apply for one of the annual grants and scholarships CSEA offers only to members.
Click here for a downloadable membership application* and JOIN CSEA TODAY!
*This application does not apply to LAUSD Chapter 500. Please contact the Costa y Valles Field Office at (818) 244-1545 or (800) 834-9959.