This breakdown of the NJREA dues dollars illustrates the major programs and services supported through members’ dues:
Member Advocacy – NJEA’s lobbyists and 22 regional offices, housing NJEA’s UniServ staff, work directly with CREAs to maintain and enhance post retirement benefits, handle member concerns, and provide a link to NJREA, NJEA and NEA-R services.
Administration & Business Services – Assists NJREA administration, NJREA/NJEA membership processing, national, state and local finances, information technology, NJREA/NJEA/NEA-R accounting, NJREA newsletter production and mailings, NJREA office operation, and budget.
Communications – NJEA’s Communications Division assists the NJREA Editorial Committee with the publication of the NJREA newsletter and the content of the retirees’ link to the NJEA website. Upon request, assistance may be given to a CREA publication or website.
Conventions – Covers a portion of the cost of the annual state and national conventions including the NJREA and NJEA conventions, as well as NJREA’s participation in the NEA-R and RA (Representative Assembly).
Governance – Includes NJREA officers, Executive Committee, Delegate Council, delegates to the NJEA Delegate Assembly, NJEA committees, NEA-RA elected delegates, and organizational activities. The NJEA secretary-treasurer is the NJEA liaison to the NJREA.
Legal Services – NJEA attorneys provide contract enforcement regarding post-employment-related issues as well as some basic legal services.
Legislative & Government Relations – NJEA’s Government Relations Division lobbies the Legislature on State and Federal issues impacting retirees as well as public education, works with NJEA’s Political Action Committee to support pro-education candidates (funded by voluntary contributions from members), and runs NJEA’s annual Legislative Conference which retirees may attend. Lobbyists are encouraged to be invited to speak at CREA business meetings.
Organization Development – NJEA’s Professional Development Division may provide training and support for NJREA and CREAs through workshops, and other means to further their growth as vital organizations.
Organizing, Training, & Membership Development – NJEA staff may provide membership assistance through workshops and orientation programs.
Research & Economic Services – NJEA’s Research and Economic Division is always available to members who have questions or concerns about their post retirement health or pension benefits and offers monetary discounts on a variety of programs through the NJEA/NEA Member Benefits Division.