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Education Support Professionals

Education support professionals - custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, and others - make sure students get the full power of a great education. 

Key Issues

Minimum wage

PSEA strongly supports Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 per hour.



Subcontracting occurs when a public employer shifts the delivery of services performed by public employees to private businesses (also called outsourcing). PSEA strongly opposes subcontracting ESP member jobs, and supports local associations fighting subcontracting threats in their school districts.

News & Events

Protecting pay checks and health care for education support professionals is one of PSEA’s top priorities. As some ESP members face furloughs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever. 

Rep. Dan Miller is introducing legislation to ensure that ESP members don’t lose pay and health care if their schools close for in-person instruction. 

Contact your state representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor this important bill.

Here’s what you need to know

  • Rep. Miller is working with PSEA to protect ESP members’ paychecks and health care.
  • ESP members need these important protections in order to provide for their families.
  • ESP members provide essential services to Pennsylvania’s students - preparing meals, driving buses, keeping school buildings clean and safe, and assisting with classroom instruction.

Speak out today

Contact your state representative today and encourage him or her to co-sponsor Rep. Dan Miller’s legislation to protect pay checks and health care for education support professionals.

Congratulations to Heidi Moll, PSEA's 2020 ESP of the Year

2021 Dolores McCracken ESP of the Year Award nominations

ESP and PSEA celebrate 25 years together

Twenty-five years ago, ESP members merged with PSEA, creating a united front in the fight for a stronger public education system.

For the last quarter-century, we’ve worked side-by-side to increase salaries and benefits, improve working conditions, and raise public awareness about the unique and critical role our cafeteria workers, bus drivers, maintenance workers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff play in our public schools.

Get the facts about subcontracting

Preventing subcontracting threats is a priority for PSEA. Get the facts about what's at stake.

Dispatch Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Dispatch, PSEA's newsletter for education support professionals. 


PSEA represents more than 32,000 education support professionals. 

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