Why Should I Join?
CCEA is the only organization that holds YOU as our highest priority - not the schools, not the district, not even the kids - YOU! If you ever have a problem, you can call your union for advice and support. We’ll be with you every step of the way!
CCEA has increased the average teacher salary significantly since 2013. Our bargaining team keeps us in the top 5 in the state.
Because we bargain for everyone, all effective teachers (including those at the top step) received a salary boost. This doesn’t just happen. The CCPS administration does not sit around trying to come up with ways they can give you more money. We do, and we need YOU to join with us to be even more effective!
CCEA compiled a list of non-instructional burdens of teachers and continues to work hard to reduce these burdens. The district listens to our concerns because they know we represent the vast majority of teachers in the county. Our Issues Committee continues to push the district to remove things from your plate.
The CTEM Committee, composed of two CCEA reps and two administrators, meets regularly to improve the system and address individual member concerns. Last year we negotiated a “hold harmless” period for all new hires.
CCEA staff holds bi-weekly Labor relations meetings with the Executive Director of Human Resources to advocate for individual member rights issues and those that affect the entire district.
CCEA and FEA send teams of lobbyists to TALLAHASSEE to help educate our legislators about bills that affect public education. Our lobbyists rely on us to let them know the impact of their decisions on the classroom teacher. Politicians listen to us because they know we are the collective voice for over 2,000 teachers in Collier County!
Your membership in CCEA helps provide us with full-time FEA Legislative Specialists who closely monitor every education related bill that is considered in the Florida Legislature.
With the active support and participation of our 2,000 members, CCEA plays an important role in the election of our local School Board candidates.
Some people who track every penny of their earnings are able to recoup their dues money by taking advantage of the numerous benefits offered by NEA, AFT, FEA, and CCEA (you’re a member of ALL of these organizations when you join CCEA). When people tell me they can’t afford to join, I tell them they can’t afford NOT to join! Here’s a sampling of the programs offered to members:
DENTAL, VISION, AND HEALTH SAVINGS
DINING, VACATION, HOTEL SAVINGS
CAR RENTAL SAVINGS
MORTGAGES, RE-FINANCING, & LOANS
MOVIE TICKET DISCOUNTS