CSA provides benefits and discount opportunities that can save individual members hundreds of dollars.
In addition to the CSA-provided membership benefits, 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Long Term Care
CSA wants you to know more about the discounted Long Term Care coverage being offered to its members. Beginning January 1, 2013, you can visit an exclusive site providing you with all the information to help you make an informed choice regarding the plans being offered through CSA.
For more information, log onto: www.planningforyourlongtermcare.com
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. Long Term Disability & Voluntary Life Insurance
CSA is very excited about two new benefits available to our members through a partnership with Guardian. The first is a long term disability insurance that will allow you to insure your most important asset - your ability to earn an income. This is the first time we are offering this protection and we know it is an important piece of financial planning. The second benefit is a voluntary term life insurance program. Life insurance needs will vary by member but we wanted to make sure you had access to more protection at competitive pricing based upon our total membership. Both of these programs will be on a Guaranteed Issue basis during open enrollment only, therefore, it is very important to review the materials we will be sending you in the future.
If you have questions regarding enrollment, please call the Employee Benefit Hotline at (888) 600-1600. Representatives will be able to assist you with online enrollment and answer any benefit questions. The hotline hours are from 7am-8:30pm EST. Please reference group number 479014 when you call.
Open enrollment runs through the end of July.
Please click on the links below for online registration and enrollment directions.
*Online Enrollment Instructions
*Guardian Member or Dependent Online Registration Instructions
You can also download this booklet which explains your basic plan options.
6. 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 email@example.com and say that you are a member of CSA. They will e-mail you the offers.
Benefits Through Our Affiliations
1) 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 an AFSA 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. ¨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. ¨To qualify for these benefits, you need only be a member in good standing.
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2) Union Plus
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.
3) Working Advantage
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.
4) NYC Department of Education
In-service DOE members are eligible for an annual, unlimited-ride MetroCard – the Premium Transit Check MetroCard – via a pre-tax payroll deduction as well as other savings on computers, cell phone service, banking, theater and retail stores. Visit the website and click on “Employees.” Then click on “Learn more about employee incentives and discounts , including TransitChecks.”
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