For active members considering retirement, images of sleeping late, globe-trotting, and life without school bells fill the mind. But before you throw away your alarm clock and consult your travel agent, make sure to join the New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association (NJREA). Request a membership application
Standing up for ourselves
In today’s economic climate, there are some who feel that your hard-earned pension is an entitlement that should be eliminated. As the crisis continues, those voices are growing louder. But NJREA members know that there is power in numbers.
Time and again NJREA members have stood together to protect your rights, the rights of active members, and the rights of those just embarking on a career in public education.
NJREA keeps our legislators aware of who we are and how many we are. NJREA needs you to write letters, send emails, make phone calls, and even attend rallies to protect and enhance the benefits you earned serving New Jersey’s students.
Benefits of membership
But there’s more to NJREA than securing our rights in Trenton. As a retired school employee, membership in NJREA enables you to continue your membership benefits and participation in:
- NEA term insurance
- Accidental death insurance
- Homeowners and automobile insurance
- NJEA Travel services
- NJEA/NEA-Retired no-fee credit card program
- Buyer’s Edge Discount Buying
- MemberCare, Medicare supplements and in-hospital plans
- Magazine service
- NJEA/NEA FDIC insured money market account
- NEA Higher Education Loan Program
- 30 percent discount on legal fees through the NJEA attorney referral service
- Discounts at Great Adventure/Six Flags, Magic Kingdom, and other theme parks
- NJEA and NEA publications
- A special quarterly retirees’ publication
- A voice in association affairs
- Discounts on car rentals
Additionally, you can attend the NJREA Convention in Atlantic City, fall and spring NJREA luncheon meetings, and special sessions for retirees at the NJEA and NEA conventions. County retiree associations also hold monthly social and informal meetings.
At the 2010 NJREA Convention in Atlantic City, the NJREA Delegate Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of unifying the members of the 21 county retired education associations (REA) with NJREA. Prior to that time, retirees had the option to join both their county retired association and NJREA, or just one or the other. With this vote, new retirees or renewing annual members must join both organizations.
Current NJREA life members or county REA life members will not have to join both organizations, but membership in both is strongly recommended. New lifetime members must become members of both NJREA and an affiliated county REA.
New Members as of Sept. 1, 2011
All new retirees residing either in New Jersey or out of state who join NJREA must become members of both NJREA and an affiliated county REA.
Current county REA annual members
Current county REA annual members must also join NJREA when they renew their membership.
For more information about becoming an NJREA member, call 609.599.4561 ext.2352. Request a membership application