WEA-Retired: experience counts

We appreciate our WEA-Retired
and Pre-Retired Members!

Your retirement does not have to be the end of your connection to WEA. WEA-Retired and pre-retired members share decades of experience in our schools to help improve public education in Washington. We support public education and the enhancement of the quality of life for WEA's active and retired members. WEA-Retired membership allows you to access WEA and NEA member benefits for the rest of your life.

Some benefits of WEA-Retired membership

  • Membership is for a lifetime in a powerful, active retiree organization that understands the value of public education and unions because of its affiliation with WEA. (WEA-Retired is the only retiree organization with this affiliation.)
  • Membership includes eligibility for NEA Member Benefits such as credit card and insurance programs, including the $1 million liability insurance if you choose to work as a substitute educator, and WEA's Attorney Referral Program offers "discounts" to our members.
  • Membership provides opportunities to continue advocating for the rights of retired educators, current educators, and public school students. Your voice still matters!
  • Membership provides access to" AIG/Corebridge" financial advisors for a 360 Plan with a complete evaluation of your financial needs for FREE.
  • Membership establishes access to leadership opportunities and training for lifelong learning!
  • Membership creates camaraderie with other educators.
  • Membership offers involvement as part of WEA-Retired; you can attend local chapter lunch programs, help out at pre-retirement seminars, join current educators at events within UniServ Councils and WEA, and other endless possibilities.
  • Membership informs you about education and issues important to retired educators. You will receive WEA and NEA newsletters and other informative materials.
  • Membership flows seamlessly from pre-retired to retired status.

If you are not a member you can join today!

Still working as an active WEA member? Join WEA-Retired / NEA-Retired as a pre-retired member.
Join here - with your credit card

Already retired? Join WEA-Retired / NEA-Retired.
Join here or renew annual membership - with your credit card for life or annual membership. You may join as a life member (one payment & you are a member for life) or you may pay ongoing annual dues every year in September.

Want to join and pay by check? Complete the form and mail in with your dues check.

Join here - for the DRS monthly deduction. You may have ongoing monthly dues taken out of your WA DRS pension.

Email any questions to WEARetired@washingtonea.org.


Overarching Goal for all TRS, PERS and SERS Plans

Ensure retirement security for all WEA-Retired Members

·       Establish a true annual COLA for all retirement plans

·       Increase Medicare subsidy and state contribution to healthcare coverage

·       Allow cash out of all accumulated sick leave

·       Support return to work without limitations on annual hours

Specific for TRS and PERS Plan 1

·       Support continuation to eliminate unfunded liability

Specific for  TRS and SERS Plan 2

·       Allow members to retire at age 62 without a reduction in pension

Specific for TRS,PERS, and SERS Plan 3

·       Allow five-year vesting without age restrictions

WEA-Retired will support bills that may be submitted to support our goals.  WEA-Retired will support the legislative goals of the WEA active organization.  Legislative action to weaken our pensions will be opposed.

WEA and NEA Representative Assemblies

The 2024 WEA Representative Assembly is scheduled on April 11-13 in Spokane at the Spokane Convention Center. We are accepting self-nominations to serve as a WEA-Retired delegate to the WEA RA. Nominations close Jan. 24. Click here to self-nominate!

Self-nominations are open for WEA-Retired delegates to the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting & the NEA RA! The NEA-Retired Annual Meeting/NEA-Representative Assembly will be held in Philadelphia, PA (2024) & Portland, OR (2025). Self-nominations close Jan. 31 at 11:59 P.M. Click here to self-nominate!

WEA-Retired scholarships

WEA-Retired offers $1,000 non-renewable scholarships to aid WEA members in 1) enhancing skills for their current position, 2) obtaining an endorsement in a new area or 3) attaining or maintaining a teaching certificate. Applicants must be a WEA member. The scholarships cannot be used to pay for incurred debt for past classes, reimbursement for pre-paid classes, or personal expenses.

The scholarship must be used within one year of being accepted and for the purpose stated in the application. The scholarship cannot be used to pay for incurred debt for past classes, reimbursement for pre-paid classes, or personal expenses.

WEA-Retired 2024 Scholarship Application.

Questions? Contact Linda McGee.

Pre-retirement seminars

Whether you're years from retiring or near retirement, it's good to get your ducks in a row.

WEA-Retired has a corps of more than 30 members who are trained to lead pre-retirement seminars. The seminars, offered throughout the state at the request of locals and UniServ councils, provide information on all of the retirement plans from the Department of Retirement Systems and hints for making the decisions they require. They also cover financial planning, medical insurance, estate planning, Social Security, Medicare, and life after retirement. The number of participants in each seminar is limited to give the opportunity for individual questions and discussion.

Contact your UniServ Council or write to wearetired@washingtonea.org or karle1989warren@gmail.com for the dates of upcoming pre-retirement seminars in your council.

Please direct questions and requests to the experts at Department of Retirement, Health Care Authority, VEBA (Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association) and Social Security.  Websites and phone numbers are listed below.

Questions or comments may be sent to Karle Warren WEA-Retired Seminar chairperson. You may also reach out to your council to learn about and register for future pre-retirement seminars in your area!

WEA-Retired Awards

WEA-Retired can support public education staff and students in the State of Washington only through the hard work and dedication of people who believe in its goals and objectives. It is the practice of WEA-Retired to acknowledge these supporters each year during its annual meeting.

Below are descriptions of the four WEA-Retired awards.

Pre-Retired Member of the Year. Some active WEA members join WEA-Retired while they are still working in order to retain their member benefits when they retire. Others actively promote WEA-Retired and its programs. These are the members we recognize with the Pre-Retired Member award.

  • Encouraging pre-retired membership
  • Helping in their UniServ Council as we set up new WEA-Retired chapters
  • Advertising and setting up WEA-Retired pre-retirement seminars
  • Raising money for WEA-Retired Scholarships
  • Welcoming us wherever we can be a helping hand or they can offer one

Retired Member of the Year. There are those who work tirelessly in their efforts to promote the organization: helping with membership promotion, scholarship activities, lobbying, meetings, committee work among other activities. Many times, these are not names that appear in the newsletter or that others know much about, but they are always there and ready to work to get the job done.

Advocate of the Year. This award is given to people who, although they do not qualify for WEA-Retired membership, provide invaluable help to the organization over time by educating and/or providing support in a variety of ways.

Media. People in the communications field have the ability to provide to the general public, WEA active members, or WEA-Retired members information about WEA-Retired programs and goals. This can be accomplished through publications and communications such as newsletters, enews, blogs, or websites.

The deadline has passed for the 2023 awards. Questions or comments may be sent to Maureen Ramos WEA-Retired Awards chairperson. 

WEA-Retired legislative goals

View the 2024 goals here. You can also view what's happening in Olympia here.

What's happening in your neighborhood

You don't have to be retired to join WEA-Retired. Active and newly (or not so newly) retired members welcomed.

Contact leaders to learn more

Working after retirement

Considering returning part time or working as a substitute? There are post-retirement work implications you need to consider.

Read more

How we work

marylindseyretiredvpWEA-Retired elects officers, board directors and delegates at its own annual meeting and also elects delegates to the WEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. WEA-Retired has representation on the WEA and NEA Board of Directors.

Meet WEA-Retired officers


Stay connected. Check your mailbox for Connections, a quarterly newsletter published by WEA-Retired.

Read past editions

We'd love to hear from you. Please contact WEA-Retired if you have questions.

Valuable member benefits

NEA Member Benefits:

  • Credit cards and insurance programs
  • $1,000,000 liability insurance
  • Access to savings on travel, restaurants, auto rentals/purchases, appliances, and other savings

Make a difference by joining WEA-PAC or NEA-PAC

The people we elect make decisions that affect classrooms, our families and our students. We need candidates who will advocate for a well-funded education system as well as hold the line on threats to educators, students and public schools. WEA-PAC, the Washington Education Association’s political action committee, recommends and supports pro-education candidates. Join today!

You can join WEA-PAC online here - and use your credit card. Be sure to select WEA-Retired in the dropdown under "local."

Join NEA-PAC online here.

You can also join by completing this form, printing it out and sending it in with a check to: WEA-PAC, P.O. Box 9100, Federal Way, WA 98063.

Learn more about WEA-PAC here.