The California School Employees Association
(CSEA} "is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing 220,000 school support staff throughout California." "CSEA was formed in 1927 when a determined group of Oakland custodians came together to support an elderly custodian who couldn’t afford to retire because public schools had no pension plan for such employees." In 2001 the CSEA decided to become a independent charter union of the AFL-CIO
. The CSEA is "democratically controlled by member volunteers in more than 750 local chapters throughout the state."
"School support staff, known in California as “classified school employees,” perform a wide range of essential work, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more."
"The CSEA Board of Directors consists of five Constitutional Officers and 10 Area Directors, each of whom is democratically elected by CSEA members. All Board members are volunteers who work regular classified jobs. Only the Association President is granted full release time from his/her classified job."