WEA-Retired: experience counts

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

Legislative Lobby Day and Reception with RPEC

This year WEA-Retired will participate in the third annual joint Legislative Lobby Day and Reception with RPEC on Feb. 4, 2019.

Agenda: (Tentative):

10 a.m.: Check in
10:30 a.m.: Training, lunch and refreshments
1:30 p.m.: Meetings with legislators (round-trip ADA bus transportation provided)
6 p.m.: Reception

Expenses: WEA-Retired will be providing the first 50 members who register, boxed lunches, reception hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. Registration is limited to the first 50 members, and must be postmarked by Jan. 11, 2019.

If you have any questions, email Neva Luke or call 425-281-1885.

WEA-Retired scholarships

This year, WEA-Retired is offering up to ten $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. See information below for the 2019 scholarships.

Information about the scholarships

WEA-Retired scholarship application form (must be completed)

Certificated WEA members

ESP (Classified) WEA members

Student WEA Members (SWEA)

WEA-Retired Awards

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!

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.

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.

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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.

Find a chapter near you

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

NevaLuke2017WEA 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.

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WEA-Retired Key Dates

WEA-Retired Executive Committee Oct. 17, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.                                     

WEA-Retired Board Meeting Oct. 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.                                  

WEA-Retired Executive Committee   Jan. 30, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.                          

WEA-Retired Board Meeting Jan. 31, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.                                            

WEA-Retired Lobby Day (Olympia) Feb. 4, 2019                            

WEA Representative Assembly (Spokane) April 25-27, 2019

WEA-Retired Annual Meeting June 5-6, 2019         

NEA-Retired Annual Meeting (Houston) June 29-30, 2019     

NEA Representative Assembly (Houston) July 2-7, 2019                          

A valuable member benefit

NEA members can get the monthly Kiplinger Retirement Report for free. Here is the link to the latest report.

Make a Difference by Joining WEA-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!

Learn more about WEA-PAC here.