MSEA and NEA - Questions about the Maryland State Education Association and National Education Association.
Who are MSEA and NEA?
NEA, MSEA, and HCEA are all part of the United Education Profession (UEP).
The MSEA (Maryland State Education Association) is the state affiliate providing such services as UniServ Staff, political lobbying on the state level, and free legal services for on-the-job issues. It was MSEA that led our successful fight to improve educator pensions in 2006.
The NEA (National Education Association) advocates for all members nation-wide and on the national level. NEA is currently working with Congress to fix (and fund) the so-called "No Child Left Behind" Act.
You can learn more about our state and national organizations on their web sites, www.marylandeducators.org and www.nea.org.
Why do I also pay MSEA & NEA dues?
Almost half of your MSEA dues help HCEA represent you more effectively.
One dollar in five supports efforts to improve your working conditions.
Ten percent each provide legal and political relations, school quality efforts and public/media relations.
The largest single portion of your NEA dues provides UniServ staffing for HCEA.
What are “UniServ” staff? (sometimes called UniServ Directors or Representatives)
Your MSEA and NEA dues pay the salaries of professional staff who are trained and experienced in bargaining and enforcing contracts; processing grievances and representing members; and providing communication, training, public relations and government relations support to HCEA and its committees.
This staffing arrangement was established when the local, state and national Associations were unified into one organization to better serve members. Therefore the name “UniServ.”
What are "NEA Member Benefits"?
NEA Member Benefits implements and administers programs and services that benefit NEA members.
With the group buying power of 3 million members, NEA Member Benefits can provide quality programs, products and services to increase NEA members’ financial security, save them money and make sure they are receiving good value for their hard-earned dollars.
You can learn more about NEA Member Benefits or by calling (800) 637-4636.
What is NEA Complimentary Life Insurance?
NEA DUES-TAB is automatic life insurance provided FREE to all NEA members. Coverage provides up to $1,000 of life insurance, up to $5,000 of accidental death and dismemberment coverage, up to $50,000 of AD&D insurance for any covered accident that occurs while on the job or serving as an Association leader and up to $150,000 of life insurance for unlawful homicide while on the job. (Coverage depends on length of continuous membership.)
You can register your beneficiary and find a complete summary of benefits on-line here. Or call the NEA Member Benefits Member Services Center at 1-800-637-4636, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) ET.
What is “Works4Me”?
NEA’s Works4Me provides two weekly classroom tips via email. Tips come from the real education experts - your colleagues. NEA members can join the mailing list by subscribing here. The complete Works4Me library with more than 400 tips is at http://www.nea.org/tools/Works4Me.html.
What is "Frontline" and why should I sign up?
"Frontline" is MSEA's weekly e-mail, sent on Fridays to members who sign up and provide their home e-mails.
Frontline keeps you up-to-date on breaking issues that affect your job, pay and retirement. It provided professional support and ideas to use in the classroom. It also lets you know about new ways to save with your MSEA Access Card discounts.
Signing up for Frontline means that you are on the frontline and can respond when issues affect educators.