Member Benefits Member Benefits Poster Member Rights One of CTA’s prime objectives is to protect the rights of its members. CTA believes that education employees should be free from arbitrary and capricious decisions by their employers. When violations occur, employees must have available the resources to defend their rights through appropriate legal or administrative channels. CTA, therefore, provides the following services to protect each member’s rights: Contract Enforcement Grievance Processing CTA assists each local chapter with the training, materials and professional staff support to pursue member grievances through the necessary channels, including possible arbitration hearings. Legal Protection As a CTA/NEA member, you are automatically covered under the Educators Employment Liability Insurance Policy.
- Up to $1,000,000 coverage for legal defense costs in civil suits (except civil rights cases) brought against you in the course of your employment
- Up to $250,000 coverage in civil rights cases
- Up to $35,000 reimbursement for attorney’s fees and other legal costs for criminal proceedings if you are exonerated from the charges
- Up to $1,000 bail bond coverage
- Up to $500 for personal property damages caused by an assault if as a result of your employment
- Contract language
- At-the-table assistance
- Bargaining strategy and tactics
- Training of local negotiators
- Budget analysis
Professional DevelopmentGood Teaching Conference CTA’s Good Teaching Conference is the highlight of each year’s instructional program. Respected names in education fill the program, which covers a wide range of education issues and ideas. Through general sessions and small group workshops, educators receive the benefit of two-way communication with leaders in education. Equity/Human Rights Conference Striving for equity in education is a prime activity of CTA-NEA. The annual Equity/Human Rights Conference concentrates on ways and means to achieve equity both for students and for educators, regardless of their ethnicity, their sex, or their special needs. Focusing on issues important to women’s groups, the “equity” portion of the conference brings major speakers and workshops to CTA members on an annual basis. The “human rights” portion includes ways to address minority concerns. It also provides access for members to information on a broad range of human rights topics from the harmful aspects of pesticide use to working with gangs and coping with drug-abusing students. Each year, at the conference, CTA also presents the Human Rights in Education Awards to outstanding educators for their work in the area of human rights.