The Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, represents more than 300,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities. 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. Our first local affiliate of support staff was the Education Secretaries of Chicago. The work of the department 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 AFT PSRP members.
In some parts of the country we're called classified school employees; in others, we're called school support staff. No matter what name we go by, we're all proud to be members of the AFT, part of the team--along with our teacher and faculty co-workers-- that provides a quality education.
The AFT PSRP division is affiliated with: