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.
CCEA negotiates higher salaries, better benefits, and safer, more dignified working conditions than what is typically offered initially. We survey our members for input, and based on your responses, our Bargaining Team suggests innovative, equitable contract language and holds out for the best possible outcome. The more members we have, the more people there are standing behind our Bargaining Team, which reinforces our position at the bargaining table ensuring higher-than-offered salaries, robust benefits, and a fair contract. We need YOU to join us to maintain and strengthen our bargaining power.
CCEA has various committees dedicated to improving our working conditions. These committees meet regularly with the District to address members’ concerns that range from non-instructional burdens that interfere with the primary task of instruction, to improving our teacher evaluation system, to advocating for individual teacher’s rights that affect teachers throughout the District. If you have a concern for one of our committees to address, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
It is possible to recoup what you pay in annual membership dues by taking advantage of the many benefits offered by NEA, AFT, FEA, and CCEA. (You’re a member of ALL these organizations when you join CCEA.) When people say they can’t afford to join, the truth is, 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