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Throughout our more than 150-year history, OEA members have been involved in every struggle and effort to advance the finest of America’s dreams: a quality public education for every child. OEA currently represents more than 125,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals who work in Ohio’s schools, colleges, and universities to improve public education and the lives of Ohio’s children.
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| ||#10 MEMBER BENEFITS
Improve your buying power and save money with NEA’s Member Benefits program that offers extensive member-only benefits and discounts.
|#9 LIABILITY PROTECTION
Because the liability potential can be so serious for individuals employed by schools and other educational units, your OEA provides all eligible members with professional liability insurance through the Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program.
|#8 COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
As a member of your Association, you join forces with fellow educators to make a difference in the social justice issues that matter most to you.
Your Association can provide training to members to develop new strategies to work to achieve equity in your schools.
|#7 ENHANCED RIGHTS
A collective-bargaining agreement is an enforceable legal document that protects your rights.
It contains a formal procedure for advancing grievances with the support of an expert (Labor Relations Consultant). Your Association will be there to offer guidance, advice, and, if necessary, legal representation.
|#6 POSITIVE CHANGE IN YOUR WORK SITE
Your Association can work with the administration as a partner and collaborate with parents and community organizations to resolve issues in your school. As an educator who works with the children, you can work with the administration to solve problems together.
|#5 IMPROVED WORK SITE CONDITIONSYour Association empowers educators to advocate for smaller class size, less standardized testing, input into the curriculum, and safe buildings, just to name a few.
These working conditions mean a better learning environment for your students.
|#4 NATIONWIDE COMMUNITY OF EDUCATORS
When you are a member of your local Association, you are also a member of your OEA and the National Education Association (NEA).
Your Association is your way to connect with like-minded colleagues across the district, state, and nation who are working to better students’ lives.
|#3 IMPROVED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Your Local helps you advocate for access to high-quality professional development and increased collaboration time so you can improve your practice.
Your Association (and that means you and your co-workers!) can work with the administration to develop mentoring and other supports from more experienced colleagues.
|#2 INCREASED PAY & BENEFITS
As part of your Association, you can advocate for professional pay, health care, and retirement security so a career in education is a viable profession.
|#1 VOICE AT THE TABLE
There’s power in numbers. Belonging to your OEA and your local Association gives you greater influence over the decisions that affect your students, your classroom, and your career.
Whether you advocate for changes at your work site, speak at school board meetings, advocate for increased school funding at the state and local level, or lobby your state legislators and city/county board members, we will support you.
|OEA...It's Where You Belong||Exclusive OEA & NEA Member Perks!||I am Sticking With OEA|
Each day Education Support Professionals (ESPs) keep schools running and students safe, healthy and ready to learn. ESPs serve in a wide range of professional, administrative, technical, and general staff working within the education sector, including aides, clerical services, custodial and maintenance services, transportation, food services, skilled trades, health and student services, and security services.
A Student Membership is available if you are enrolled in a post-secondary program that is preparatory for employment in a position that will make you eligible for Active (teacher) membership in the NEA.
Enrollment for the current membership year is offered online from the start of the membership year, September 1, through the end of May.
Beginning June 1, the online system accepts applications for enrollment for the next membership year, however you can still enroll for the current year by submitting a paper enrollment form and check payment. | Click here to sign up online
OEA/NEA Student Program Benefits
- The opportunity to serve as an OSEA delegate to OEA, and NEA Representative Assemblies.
- OSEA representation on all OEA Committees and on the OEA Board of Directors.
- Educator Access discount program
- Low-interest credit cards
- Discounts on magazine subscriptions and car rentals
- Mortgage plan with low down payment options
- Early-start investment plan for retirement
- Affordable life, health insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- Book Discounts
- $20 Dues Rebate After Graduation
- Professional Workshops and Conferences
- OEA and NEA Publications
- Community Outreach
- Legal Services
- Technical Support and Assistance
- Legislation and Lobbying
- Save 18% on Sprint PCS Service
For more information on the benefits of OEA-R/NEA-R membership, click here.
Your first year of membership in OEA-R is free (courtesy of OEA) when you join the National Education Association-Retired. Membership in NEA-R is $30 per year.
After your first year of free OEA-R membership, you will pay only $45 per year for your unified OEA-R/NEA-R membership.
OEA-R also offers a life membership for $100. OEA life members are automatically OEA-R life members.
NEA life members are NOT automatically NEA-R life members. NEA-R life membership is available for $250, payable in one payment. To join online and pay with a credit card or download a paper enrollment form and mail in with a check payment.
Pre-Retired Life Memberships
Pre-retired life membership is available to active members at any time. The unified life membership in both OEA-R and NEA-R is $350. | Click here for a pre-retired membership form
Pre-retired members should contact OEA Membership Services when they retire to become a retired member. For additional information on how you can stay involved in your profession, contact the OEA-R Liaison at (800) 282-1500 or (614) 228-4526.
OEA-R Membership Benefits
Retirees: Membership in OEA-R keeps retirees involved! Stay in touch with professional developments and your colleagues, make new friends, and make your retirement dollars go further with membership in OEA-R/NEA-R. (The only organization of retirees affiliated with the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association).
Membership in OEA-R/NEA-R provides you with an active, organized proponent voice for improved benefits for retired education employees. Your participation also will keep you in touch with the statewide and national activities of your peers and your profession. In addition, your interests at the statewide level are represented by the OEA-R Advisory Council, a governing body with elected representatives from each OEA District that meets at least three times annually.
- Legal services
- Educator Access discount program
- OEA-R representation on all OEA Committees and on the OEA Board of Directors.
- The opportunity to serve as an OEA-R delegate to District, OEA, and NEA Representative Assemblies.
- Participation in OEA-R regional, district, and statewide meetings.
- The opportunity to serve as an OEA-R representative on District committees.
- Liability insurance
- Exclusive health and homeowners Insurance
- Affordable life, travel and accident Insurance
- Credit cards with low annual percentage rates and no annual fee
- Above average income and retirement investments
- Affordable long-term care insurance.
- Low-interest credit through NEA Line of Credit and the NEA Credit Plan
- Discounts on magazines and car rentals
- The NEA Home Financing Program
- OEA and NEA Publications, including the quarterly NEA-R publication, This Active Life: A Magazine for NEA-Retired Members.
For more information on the benefits of OEA-R/NEA-R membership, download the OEA-R brochure.