Membership

Join OEA Retired and NEA Retired

Members of OEA-R and NEA-R save well over the $400 Life Membership fee when they take advantage of discounts on home insurance, car insurance, or appliance discounts through the Association.  If you are not a member of OEA-R and NEA-R, consider joining now.  Life membership in OEA-R and NEA-R is $400.  Join online with a credit card at https://sites.nea.org/JoinNea/.  See  How to Join on the OEA website.

If you are a first year retiree with a first-year complementary OEA-R membership, please contact OEA Membership Services at (800) 282-1500 to renew your OEA-R membership.

For more information, visit the OEA-Retired pages on the OEA website.  If you need a flyer for a friend, download our Membership Campaign Flyer.

Pre-Retired Membership

OEA-R and NEA-R Membership: A Great Value for Retirees

The NEOEA-R Organizing Committee strongly encourages you to become a member of OEA-R and NEA-R.  Download OEA-R Brochure and OEA-R Reasons to Join.  Visit the OEA-R Membership page for more information.  As a retired member you have available to you all of the member benefits, discounts, and offers that you enjoyed as an active member.  See OEA-R Benefits  and NEA-R Benefits on the OEA-R website.

  • In addition, you have a valuable voice in helping OEA and NEA protect your STRS, SERS, or PERS retirement benefits.
  • Your membership gives you a vote for the OEA-R and NEA-R delegates to the Representative Assemblies where your interests are addressed.
  • Retired members have valuable state and national conferences and workshops available to them.

 

Join OEA-R and NEA-R

  • Retirement does not mean giving up the benefits of membership.
  • A strong retiree organization is needed to protect retiree interests.  Increased retiree membership increases the influence of OEA and NEA.
  • In addition, your interests at the statewide level are represented by the OEA-R Advisory Council with representatives from each OEA District who are committed to protecting and enhancing your STRS, PERS, and SERS retirement and health care benefits.
  • NEA Member Benefits are more valuable with precious retirement dollars.   You can easily save two to three times the membership cost.   Save on: credit cards and CD’s; home, car, and life insurance; discounts on appliances and travel; and more.
    Visit http://www.neamb.com/.
  • OEA benefits are important, too!  The OEA Educator Access discount program will help you further extend those precious fixed income dollars with discounts from local merchants.
  • Update those legal documents with the OEA Attorney Referral Service.   Members receive a 30% discount on real estate, wills and estates, domestic relations, consumer protection, and traffic violations.
  • Planning to substitute?  Don’t give up your NEA $1 million liability protection policy.
  • Stay in touch with professional developments and your colleagues through various NEOEA-R, OEA-R, and NEA-R newsletters, publications, and workshops.
  • Unlike other educator retiree organizations such as ORTA, we are the only organization of retirees affiliated with the OEA and the NEA.

Retired and Rehired

OEA Board of Directors Amends Policy on Retired Membership

At the July 2018 OEA Board of Directors meeting, the Board:
Amended OEA Board of Directors Policy 900.050, Retired Members – Eligibility.
Amended OEA Board of Directors Policy 900.010, Continuous Membership.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS POLICY
900.050 – RETIRED MEMBERS – ELIGIBILITY

A. Bylaw 3-3 does not exclude retirees from other Ohio retirement systems from such membership class. It permits not only educators who have officially retired from a State Retirement System in Ohio to join the OEA as a retired member, but such section also permits other individuals who have retired from active educational service from institutions under another state retirement system in Ohio to join OEA as retired members, as long as such persons meet the requirements in Bylaw 2-1f. and as long as they are not eligible for another classification of membership.
(Am: 9-16-06)
B. FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING WHETHER A RETIRED MEMBER IS ELIGIBLE FOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP AS PROVIDED IN BYLAW 2-f, THE FOLLOWING STANDARD SHALL APPLY:

1. A RETIRED MEMBER WHO BECOMES EMPLOYED IN A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION REPRESENTED BY OEA AND/OR AN AFFILIATED LOCAL IS ELIGIBLE FOR AND MUST SEEK ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP IN OEA.

OEA Bylaws, 2-1.f, Membership Classes, Retired states in part: “Further, a retired member who becomes employed by or in a public school district, public or private college or university, or other public institution devoted primarily to education, if eligible, must seek active membership in the OEA.  The member will be placed in the proper membership class as outlined in Bylaw 2-1 with the full membership rights and will be assessed the appropriate dues for that membership class regardless of eligibility for retired membership status pursuant to Bylaw 2-1.”

This means that OEA-Retired membership status is converted to Pre-retired while paying either full, half, or quarter active dues depending on the number of hours employed.  The Retired Membership Status page on OEA-R website has specific information.