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What exactly is PSEA?

PSEA is 181,000 members strong – a community of education professionals who make a difference in the lives of Pennsylvania’s students every day.

PSEA members are teachers, education support professionals, higher education staff, nurses in health care facilities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.

PSEA’s strength comes not only from our members, but from our beliefs, our values, and our passion. Every time we speak up for what we believe, we harness the power of collective action.

Why Belong?

Salary & Benefit Protection

✔ Membership in the largest and most influential public-sector union in Pennsylvania, where members join their voices to protect our pensions, salaries, benefits, and working conditions.

You Have A Voice

✔ As mentioned in the video above, collectively you have a voice for yourself, your schools, your community and most importantly...your students. 

Legal Resources

✔ Legal representation at no cost for any issues related to certification, license, unemployment compensation, employment discrimination, or retirement.

✔ $1,500 toward costs for any worker’s compensation claim and a 30 percent reduction in attorneys’ fees, where the member uses a PSEA-approved attorney.

✔ Up to $35,000 for criminal attorney defense fees for any investigation or charges related to employment, where you are exonerated or charges are not pursued, and $2,500 in up-front money to retain a PSEA-approved criminal defense attorney for any investigation or charges related to employment. 

… A Strong Voice to Speak Out for Our Schools, Our Students, and Our Professions

✔ Membership in the most powerful education association in Pennsylvania, where members join together to advocate for school funding increases, less time spent on standardized tests, school safety initiatives, protections from subcontracting threats, and better educator evaluation rules. 

And then there's...

Savings...Hundreds of Dollars in Discounts on Products and Services

 ✔ Free College Benefit for members, and spouses to earn an associate degree with no out-ofpocket costs.

✔ The PSEA Visa Signature® Credit Card with rewards and cash-back opportunities.

✔ The PSEA Mortgage Discount Program through AmeriServ Bank, offering low interest rates on mortgages and the PSEA Home Equity Line of Credit, offered through AmeriServ Bank, with no annual fee and an interest rate floor of 3.5 percent for PSEA Members.

✔ Savings of up to 50 percent on everyday purchaseslike dining, apparel, school supplies, movie tickets, hotel stays, and more.

✔ A 21 percent discount on eligible Verizon calling plans.

...Professional Development Opportunities

✔ Free professional development or leadership training that is available to members.

✔ Free certification consultation services.

✔ Assistance in obtaining National Board Certification.

...Insurance Representation

 ✔ Up to $1,000,000 in insurance, per occurrence, for civil matters and $3,000,000 in the aggregate through the NEA Educators Employment Liability Insurance Policy.

✔ Legal representation at no cost for any issues related to certification, license, unemployment compensation, employment discrimination, or retirement.

✔ $1,500 toward costs for any worker’s compensation claim and a 30 percent reduction in attorneys’ fees, where the member uses a PSEA-approved attorney.

✔ Up to $35,000 for criminal attorney defense fees for any investigation or charges related to employment, where you are exonerated or charges are not pursued, and $2,500 in up-front money to retain a PSEA-approved criminal defense attorney for any investigation or charges related to employment. 
PSEA

… A Voice in Your Local and State Associations


✔ The ability to provide input into negotiations of local association contracts that determine salaries, benefits, and protections on the job.

✔ The right to vote on the ratification of local association contracts that determine salaries, benefits, and protections on the job.

✔ The opportunity to hold local, region, or state officeand influence the direction of your local and state associations and public education in Pennsylvania.

… A Strong Voice to Speak Out for Our Schools, Our Students, and Our Professions

✔ Membership in the largest and most influential public-sector union in Pennsylvania, where members join their voices to protect our pensions, salaries, benefits, and working conditions

✔ Membership in the most powerful education association in Pennsylvania, where members join together to advocate for school funding increases, less time spent on standardized tests, school safety initiatives, protections from subcontracting threats, and better educator evaluation rules. 

Don't take it from us...Hear PSEA members tell their stories.