About PSEA

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PSEA advocates for all members and strong, effective public schools. Achieving these goals delivers a great education for each student and benefits society as a whole.

PSEA is its members: 180,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.

We represent the labor, policy, and professional interests of all members. PSEA bargains compensation and benefits, protects members’ rights, and advocates for their professions. PSEA members share a common purpose, vision, values and goals. We advocate for public education, children, and our members’ professions, whether they are teachers, maintenance employees, nurses, retirees, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides, school psychologists or librarians.

PSEA members are everyday heroes: educating all children for a bright future for everyone. Members ensure that all students are in effective learning environments, preparing children for the future. PSEA members’ dedication to their students benefits all of society. Strong schools make strong communities.

That is the power of a great education.

PSEA members are partners in ensuring the success of their students, as well as creating positive working environments for members. They are mutually beneficial.

PSEA defends and protects members in all aspects of their working lives: compensation, working conditions and professional development.

What is PSEA? 

New Member Booklet

PSEA New Member Booklet (PDF)

PSEA Leadership
PSEA is a member-driven organization, headed by elected officers, an executive director and a board of directors.

  • W. Gerard Oleksiak, PSEA's President, is a special education teacher in the Upper Merion School District.
  • Dolores M. McCracken, PSEA Vice President, is a paraprofessional in the Council Rock School District.
  • Richard W. Askey, PSEA's Treasurer, is a music teacher in the Harrisburg School District. 
  • James G. Vaughan is PSEA's Executive Director.

Members decide PSEA policy and direction. They have a voice in their salaries, their careers and their jobs through their local, state and national memberships.
PSEA’s mission is to advocate for quality public education and our members through collective action.  Our vision is to be the preeminent voice for education and the leading force for labor in Pennsylvania.

PSEA structure
PSEA includes more than 1,000 local associations, representing teachers, education support professionals, health care professionals, higher education professionals, retired educators and students.

We represent educators in 483 of Pennsylvania’s 501 school districts.

We represent faculty at most of Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and teachers in many Intermediate Units, vocational-technical schools, and other public institutions. We also represent teachers in a few non-sectarian private schools, including Valley Forge Military Academy and the Milton Hershey School.

PSEA members belong to:
1. A local association, which deals with issues that directly affect school quality, employment, compensation, working conditions and professional development. Locals bargain contracts with employers. They carry out a broad range of professional and community relations programs.

2. One of 11 PSEA geographic regions. Education Support Professionals compose one region. PSEA staff in regional offices provide bargaining, communications, legal, member rights, professional development and political action services to local members. Regions are divided into groups of local associations for representation, collective bargaining, coordination and other purposes. PSEA staff members called UniServ representatives in the regional offices work directly with members to provide collective bargaining, member rights and other services. Communications and legal staff also work out of regional offices.

3. PSEA, the state-level association, which represents and advocates for members on a statewide basis. PSEA staff provides direct member services from the Harrisburg headquarters building and from the 11 regional offices.

4. The National Education Association, which is based in Washington, D.C. The NEA has more than 3.2 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. The NEA, governed through an elected Representative Assembly, provides national research and bargaining support, legal support, political action and lobbying services, and other services on professional and educational issues.

Student PSEA members belong to chapters at their college or university, and retired members belong to county chapters.

PSEA policy
PSEA members decide policy and the organization’s direction through a PSEA Board of Directors and PSEA House of Delegates.

The Board of Directors is composed of members from throughout the state elected by their colleagues. The Board meets several times a year.

The House of Delegates meets twice a year. Approximately 1,000 members elected by colleagues vote on policy issues that set the organization’s course.




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