Here are some of the ways that you can make your union work for you!
Get help supporting students from the OEA Foundation: Members can apply for grants of up to $100 to help their students meet basic, urgent needs so they can attend and succeed in school. Grants may be used for things like eyeglasses, winter coats, dental work, shoes, and many other basic supports for students. Apply for a grant or donate to the foundation by visiting oregoned.org/oea-foundation.
Find professional development opportunities: OEA provides and vets many professional development trainings throughout the year so members can better support students. Topics include licensure, classroom management, career development, and more - including online offerings. Visit oregoned.org/professionaldevelopment to find an opportunity that advances your practice.
Receive representation and legal assistance for difficult matters: You never know when you might need your union to represent you. If you have a question about your employment rights or benefits, OEA is here to support you. If you need legal assistance or representation in your workplace, as a union member you receive these benefits free of charge. Call 503-684-3300 or email email@example.com to get in touch.
Access liability insurance: Most educators don't think they will ever need to access this but like any insurance policy, our union is your backup to protect you as a professional. Your union membership provides you with an attorney and one million dollars in liability insurance coverage for any judgment against you.
Amplify your voice on policy and professional issues: OEA advocates to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, State Board of Education, and all of our elected officials on behalf of our students and our profession. Learn more at oregoned.org/advocacy
Improve your employment contract: Your union negotiates your contract with your employer. Talk to a union representative at your worksite or call your local office to get more information about collective bargaining and to get involved. Visit oregoned.org/contactus.
Save money with member discounts: Your OEA and NEA membership gains you access to many financial discounts through NEA Member Benefits. From cheap movie tickets and Disneyland passes to credit card offers, discounted hotels and car rentals to personal loan offers, many members find savings that more than equal their yearly annual dues. Visit neamb.com for more.
The NEA Member Service Center Representatives are knowledgeable, trained in customer service methods, and ready to provide answers to members' questions about NEA Member Benefits products and services.
The Member Service Center (1-800-637-4636) is open six days a week:
Monday-Friday: 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Time
You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Endorsed by OEA since 1974, California Casualty continues to provide OEA members with superior claims and customer service. Since this is a members-only program, California Casualty can combine fair rates with uniquely broad coverage. The results are a valuable member benefit. Click or call for a quote: 1-877-628-8427.
OEA Choice Trust is dedicated to promoting the total well-being of Oregon public school employees. All school employees, no matter their role, should have the support they need to be well – physically, emotionally and socially. Healthy worksites reduce employees’ stress, boost energy and morale and promote better balance in life – a win for all staff and students. OEA Choice Trust provides:
- Grants, scholarships and professional development for customized employee wellness programs for Oregon public k-12 districts, education service districts and community colleges.
- Resources that include technical assistance, trainings, professional development and coaching that are based on healthy worksite best practices.
- A statewide conference and other gatherings that bring together school employees, health advocates and educators to create healthy workplaces; network with each other; and learn how to connect their colleagues and communities to the benefits of school employee wellness programs.
- Access to student dental services through the Oregon Dental Foundation's Tooth Taxi.