Kalamazoo Education Association

Benefits of Membership

KEA membership not only provides a whole network for you to be involved in, and through, both politically and socially, to connect with others and make a difference in our community; but comes with a lot of other benefits for you, your career, and your family!

Member Benefits:

Problem-solving and direct input at your school or department

  • Association Representatives at the building level, Grievance Department, Grievance Committee, and EA Chairs help resolve issues with Administrators or Human Resources.
  • Propose & Implement duty schedules with maximum planning time for educators
  • Advocacy if unfairly evaluated
  • Advocacy in all matters found in the Negotiated Contract between KPS and KEA

Professional Development Access, Free Training Workshops, and Professional Support

  • All KEA members have access to MEA, NEA, and KEA provided Professional Development courses, workshops, online PD, and services (most are free to members)
  • Flex PD Offerings
  • Support during the Evaluation Process
  • Assistance in obtaining National Board Certification
  • Professional development by educators for educators
  • Workshops and events for new educators
  • Access to MEA and NEA provided Conferences
  • Subscriptions to MEA Voice & NEA Today magazines and other e-mail newsletters  
  • Training and consultation regarding special education issues  

Advocacy and support for benefits when you need them

  • Medical and professional leaves, including maternity, and family leave
  • Representation around wage issues
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Unemployment or Lay-off
  • Health Insurance assistance
  • Representation in discipline matters
  • Retirement and financial planning
  • Assistance with transfers and reassignment
  • Help if assaulted on the job
  • Support and training for new educators
  • Support for licensing and evaluation
  • Advice on employment-related statutory rights  

Protection when you need it most

  • ​Employment liability insurance for both civil and criminal cases, with $1 million coverage for civil damages  
  • Legal services for:  
  • Unemployment cases  
  • Certification issues  
  • Retirement issues  
  • Discrimination based on union activity  
  • Discrimination under federal/state laws based on race gender, age, sexual orientation, etc.  
  • Teacher tenure 
  • Wage & hour and Michigan Employment Relations Commission cases  ​

Be part of a professional Association that protects our profession and lifts up public education

  • Labor management and joint committees on professional development, school safety and discipline, special education, substitute teaching issues, and others
  • Work in coalition with parents and community organizations to demand quality public education and fair funding for public schools
  • Supporting legislation that strengthens public schools and fights privatization
  • Insisting that the KPS School Board and Administration partner with educators through our professional Association on the issues that affect our jobs, our rights, and our kids

Access to MEA Financial Services programs 

  • Group automobile insurance discounts  
  • Group homeowners insurance discounts  
  • MEA Credit Card (w/special payment options due to job actions)  
  • MEA Sponsored Group Term Life Insurance  
  • Long Term Care Insurance – member discounts  
  • Member Investment programs  
  • Local access to an MEA Financial Services Representative  
  • NEA Term Life Insurance at no additional cost  
  • Many NEA Member Benefits programs such as: discounts on car purchases, magazine subscriptions, loan programs, and professional services
  • MEA Advantage members-only discounts