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AFT PSRP (Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel)

The Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers represents more than 360,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities throughout the country. Our jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles.

The AFT has organized school and college support staff since the early 1930s. From the first PSRP affiliate, the Education Secretaries of Chicago, until today, AFT PSRP members have worked to ensure a high-quality education for all by strengthening the institutions in which we work, and by protecting the health and welfare of our students. Our commitment to students is reflected in everything we do—from our affiliates’ efforts to establish meaningful professional development programs to improve skills, to our proactive stance on school bus safety legislation, to our work ensuring students have access to healthful and nutritious meals at school. We are proud to be an organization that keeps public education and students’ health and welfare at the center of all we do.

The PSRP division also supports our members’ right to a safe and healthy workplace, and students’ right to a safe and healthy place to learn; we support Occupational Safety and Health Administration measures and school safety reforms. We believe in the importance of improving our work environments through efforts such as the AFT’s “Building Minds, Minding Buildings” campaign, which focuses on school infrastructure improvement initiatives and legislation. AFT PSRP regularly issues tips, tools and resources on injury prevention, health and safety precautions, ergonomics, school safety, team building and more.

The work of the AFT PSRP division is directed by the PSRP program and policy council, an appointed leadership group of 28 members from around the country. This group provides guidance and advice on new programs and services for PSRP members, helping to enrich the lives of both members and students.

In some parts of the country, we’re called classified school employees; in other places, we’re called school support staff. In all cases, we’re proud to be members of the AFT, part of the team—along with our teacher and faculty co-workers—that provides a high-quality education to students.