|Joining WEA-Retired makes sense ... even if I'm not retired yet!
WEA-Retired membership allows you to access WEA and NEA member benefits the rest of your life. Read More... or join the team now! Enroll online quickly, easily and securely with your credit card. Or, if you want to pay by check, print this form and mail it with your payment.
Reasons to join WEA-Retired: From A to Z!
WEA-Retired chapter meetings
WEA-PAC makes a difference!
“I belong to WEA-PAC because as a public school teacher, nearly every aspect of my job is touched by politics. Too often, teachers want to just shut the classroom door and focus on our students. But hiding behind our classroom doors is the same as burying our heads in the sand. My colleagues complain about the decisions and actions of the state legislature, but very few do anything in response. Few teachers see themselves as “political” but they do care and they and their students are affected. WEA-PAC is a cheap and easy way to give our “non-political” members a voice, and a way for them to have influence on the decisions that so greatly impact our classrooms.”
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2015.
WEA-Retired Awards Nomination Form
It seems current rhetoric is trying to position Social Security as a “handout” or as a program that is bankrupting our national government. It is important to remind ourselves the origin of the program as well as the fact that we, as workers, invest in social security. We are paying in to the program so that, later, we can collect on what we saved up.
Workers pay into Social Security and Medicare because of a 1935 law that mandates their contribution and that employers (like school districts) must also pay into the pool through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act match. Efforts to cut this program, which has been a cornerstone program for more than 75 years, must be examined. Pay attention to the people who are trying to abolish the program and learn more about it.
The term social security was originally used in our country by Abraham Epstein in connection with his group, the American Association for Social Security. When the Social Security Act first passed, it was actually named the Economic Security Act but it was changed during Congressional consideration of the bill. The cards were originally issued through U.S. post offices. Take a look at the brochure written in 1953.