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 — a onetime insurance policy all of its own. Our goals:
- To be the primary voice for public-education retirees in the state of Washington
- To work in partnership with WEA members to achieve public confidence in public education
- To make the retirement years the best they can be for WEA/NEA Retired members
- To secure legislation that fully supports our purpose
Enroll or renew online quickly and securely, or, if you prefer, download an enrollment/renewal form, fill it out and mail in with your check. Annuitants of the Washington Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) may also now join as a Retired Monthly Members by filling out this webform or by completing and returning this paper version.
This year, WEA-Retired is offering up to eight $1,000 nonrenewable scholarships to aid WEA members in enhancing skills in specific education areas and/or attaining or maintaining a teaching certificate. The scholarships cannot be used to pay for incurred debt for past classes or reimbursement for pre-paid classes. You must be a WEA member to apply. The deadline has passed for the 2018 scholarships. Check back next year!
WEA-Retired is able to 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. The deadline has passed for the 2018 awards. Check back next year!
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.
Seminar topics include:
- Financial planning with a financial planner
- Estate planning with an attorney (when available)
- Social Security and Medicare
- Insurance plans available under Public Employees Benefits Board
- Washington State Teachers and Public Employees Retirement System
- The Third Age? Retirement
A sliding fee scale is available depending on financial support from the sponsoring local or council. Costs include materials, snacks, meals, and presenters' travel expenses.
Some locals/councils offer a reduced registration fee for pre-retired members of WEA-Retired. View the seminar schedule here.