CSA provides benefit and discount opportunities that can save individual members hundreds of dollars.
In addition to the CSA-provided membership benefits listed directly below, CSA members are eligible for benefits and discounts through their memberships with the national union, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), as well as with the AFL-CIO. In-service Department of Education employees are also eligible for discounts through their employer. Links to these websites are provided below.
The CSA leadership urges you to take advantage of all the benefits for which you are eligible as a union member. Please take the time to visit the websites listed here.
1. Pension Consultations – (For in-service CSA members only)
CSA members in good standing can arrange personal interviews with a pension consultant prior to retirement. Since October 1, 2001, each member is entitled to a maximum of three pension consultations prior to retirement, but no more than one in any calendar year. Pension consultations are based on the information you provide to the pension consultant. The consultant can only provide an estimate of your retirement benefit. After retirement, TRS will provide you with the final determination. Also, contact your own accountant regarding tax liabilities. For a voucher, call the CSA Membership Department at (718) 852-3000.
2. Optical Benefits – (For in-service CSA members only)
Reimbursement on prescription eyeglasses of up to $65 per member and $50 for spouses and one named dependent child per two (2) year period. This benefit is coordinated through the CSA Welfare Fund but is supplemental to Welfare Fund optical benefits.
3. MetLife Long Term Care
Group coverage at group rates. Call to request a no-obligation Information and Enrollment Kit including a “Personalized Plan Proposal”. Call 1-800-GET MET 8 (438-6388) or visit www.metlife.com/mybenefits.
4. MetLife Auto & Home
Members who apply for coverage through this group insurance plan may benefit from special group rates. Call 800-GET MET 8 (438-6388) or visit www.metlife.com/mybenefits.
5. Plum Benefits
Plum Benefits can save you time and money, providing access to discounts on great seats for theater, sports, concerts, family events and more. You can purchase tickets for yourself or for your school.
Visit www.plumbenefits.com for the comprehensive online Entertainment Guide. To register, click on “employee sign up.” Enter your CSA or NYC school e-mail address. To order tickets, click "offer details" to read the selected event’s description, click the link or call the phone number listed, and mention the corresponding code. (Or, bring a printout of the Guide to the event's Box Office to avoid phone-ordering service fees.)
If you have a problem, contact the Plum Benefits customer service team at (212) 660-1888, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and say that you are a member of CSA. They will e-mail you the offers.
Benefits Through Our Affiliations
As stated above, through union affiliations with AFSA and the AFL-CIO, many other discounts are available to members. Please visit the following links for complete information about offers available to you as a member of CSA.
The American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO
CSA’s national union, the American Federation of School Administrators, also provides member benefits including insurance and legal services. To activate some member benefits, members must fill out an AFSA beneficiary form. CLICK HERE to download a beneficiary form, or visit the AFSA website for more information. (Some benefits are only available for in-service members; associate members and retirees are not eligible.)
AFSA offers programs that have been designed to meet the specific needs of school administrators and supervisors. â€¨As a member of CSA and AFSA, you are automatically enrolled in certain benefits when you pay your union dues. These benefits fall under the AFSA Legal Action Trust and the AFSA Insurance Policy. These benefits and programs are made possible to AFSA members at discounted prices due to AFSA's affiliation with the AFL-CIO. â€¨To qualify for these benefits, you need only be a member in good standing.
Union Plus is offered through the AFL-CIO. It provides consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating labor unions. Union Plus offers many products and services, including travel discounts on hotels, car rentals and more.
CSA members and retirees may receive online discounts through CSA/AFSA’s affiliation with Working Advantage. To access the discounts, visit the Working Advantage website, click on the tab that says “Register,” then click where it says “Employees Click Here.” On the registration page, enter CSA/AFSA’S Member ID number, 744387769. You can use your personal email address to register and log on. Problems logging on? Call Working Advantage, at (800) 565-3712.