OAPSE/AFSCME is Ohio's largest union representing employees of public and private schools, public libraries, Head Start agencies, boards of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, residential care facilities, community and technical colleges and other private and public institutions


Hours before the school day begins, OAPSE members are on the job – at the bus garage, providing maintenance and upkeep on the buses and preparing to safely transport students. On the corner, waiting for the first children to appear so they can be safely crossed on busy streets. And in our schools, where students will encounter OAPSE members all day long. As bus drivers and mechanics, crossing guards, clerical workers, custodians, educational aides, special education aides, library aides, food service workers, health aides and security officers, OAPSE members make our schools run. We provide key administrative assistance to students and staff, assist students in the classroom, help special education students during every step of their day, make sure students get the nutrition they need, assist them with research and technology in the library, keep every building and campus clean and in working order, and ensure a safe environment in which to learn. Then it’s back on the bus, where an OAPSE member gets them safely home, or to the corner, where they are safely delivered by an OAPSE crossing guard to their neighborhood street.

OAPSE members are proud of the role they play in educating Ohio’s most valuable resource – our children.