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The Maine Education Association is a diverse group of professional educators, standing together to ensure that our voice, values, and priorities are heard and respected and that every Maine student has the opportunity for an outstanding education. MEA advocates for better pay, benefits, and working conditions for members. We stand up for, support, and empower members in and out of the classroom. And MEA works to ensure equity, prevent discrimination and prejudice, and advance great public schools for all educators and students across the state.

MEA offers educators an early enrollment membership option, giving you the chance to join the Association between April 1st and August 31st and PAY NO DUES until September 1, 2022! While you’re not paying dues, you’ll still get many of the benefits of membership, including the exclusive NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) coverage that protects you from personal financial liability stemming from employment-related lawsuits.

*Pay no dues until Sept. 1, 2022. Have access to limited member benefits.

*Become full dues paying member and have access to all member benefits.

Membership Benefits

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MEA provides contract rights and benefits as well as access to grievance procedure with qualified representation to non-members.

MEA Member Benefits

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Contract Rights and Benefits

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Access to grievance procedure with qualified representation

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*$1 million professional liability insurance through NEA

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*NEA Member Benefits

  • Life Insurance
  • Auto & Home Insurance Program
  • Car Rental Program
  • Travel Discounts
  • Magazine Service
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*Access to MEA staff, who are always a phone call or click away

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*Free death and dismemberment coverage for eligible members

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Award-winning magazine, Maine Educator, highlights important issues, shares interesting member stories, offers workplace resources

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Attorney representation in employment-related criminal defense matters

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Help maintaining and negotiating your collective bargaining agreement to safeguard working conditions, salaries and benefits

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An outlet to share your voice in public education policy issues

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Advocacy work to make sure state and national policies directly benefit students and educators

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Retirement counseling services

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Access to educator mentors and free lesson plans

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Access to MEA App and Members Only Section on website

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Right to vote in Association matters-officers, contracts, etc.

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Grants to fund education related projects for members and MEA scholarships for students

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Legal help with certification/authorization denials

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National Board Certification training and guidance

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Programs to improve outreach to your students and your community

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Ability to serve on your negotiations team to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions

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Legal assistance with disputed retirement claims

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On-going professional development opportunities, including help with implementation of work related issues, like evaluations, dealing with administrators or discipline

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MEA public image campaigns to highlight the success of members and public education

Non-Member Benefits

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Contract Rights and Benefits

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Access to grievance procedure with qualified representation

*Accessible through Early Enrollment

Other Benefits listed are only available for full dues paying members. These benefits become available to members who joined through early enrollment on September 1, 2022.

Who Can Join?

K-12

Certified members, including teachers, nurses, school counselors, school librarians, social workers and psychologists make up the largest group of members in the Association.

ESP

(ESP)-Ed Techs, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, cooks and other support personnel who work for a public educational institution.

Higher Ed

Professors, Support Staff and Supervisors in higher education are represented by several units: UMPSA, ACSUM, AFUM, CCFA and CCAA.

AFUM-Associated Faculties Of The Universities Of Maine

AFUM is the only faculty organization that has a contract with the University of Maine system. All faculty committees are “advisory” and their advice may be accepted or rejected by the administration. The AFUM contract is a legally binding document that governs the behavior of both parties. It has legal standing in court and with arbitrators.

AFUM membership has many benefits for you. If you are ever called in for an investigation, you have the right to have an AFUM representative present with you at the hearing. Membership brings with it a $1,000,000 educator liability policy. Most importantly, your membership means that you support the role of the faculty in the governance of the University of Maine system.

UMPSA-Universities Of Maine Professional Staff Association

UMPSA is the collective bargaining agent for the professional staff of the Universities of Maine System.  UPMSA mission and purpose includes promoting the professional welfare of the members of the University of Maine System Professional Staff by improving salaries, job security, retirement systems and other conditions of employment including those for professional research and scholarship so as to attract and retain highly qualified professional staff.

By being a member of UMPSA, you are part of a larger family of colleagues working to improve wages, benefits and job security for all our members.  When you have questions or concerns, even things that may not be at a grievance level, a union representative is only an email, phone, or walk away!   Being a member of UMPSA means you have a strong advocate on your side when you need it.

ACSUM– Associated COLT Staff Of The Universities Of Maine

ACSUM represents the hourly COLT (clerical, office, laboratory, technical) staff in the University of Maine System.  ACSUM consists of eight local chapters and a state executive board. ACSUM is by law the sole bargaining agent for the COLT unit, and negotiates with the University to establish better workplace conditions, wages and benefits for all COLT employees.

CCFA-Community College Faculty Association

The Community College Faculty Association (CCFA) represents the full-time faculty at the seven campuses of the Maine Community College System. The faculty prepare Maine’s youth for rewarding careers and transfer opportunities for baccalaureate degrees. The faculty also assist returning students, who have work experience, update skills and find new career paths. The role of the CCFA is to make it possible for the membership to do their jobs in a way that meets the needs of the students we are committed to and maintains a proper work-life balance. The focus of the CCFA is to protect faculty academic freedom and workplace security so they can create programs to meet the aspirations of the students and achieve the end goal of fulfilling Maine’s workforce needs.  Membership benefits range from local to national programs and services as well as the NEA Educators Employment Liability Insurance.

CCAA- Community College Administrator Association

CCAA represents the supervisors within the community college system.

MEA-Retired

Any retired former employee of a public educational institution, including ESP are eligible to join as members of MEA-Retired. Learn more about MEA-Retired here.

Student MEA

Student membership shall be open to any student enrolled in or preparing for a program of study in an accredited institution of higher learning that qualifies that student for a career in education. Apply here to become a student member.

*Pay no dues until Sept. 1, 2022. Have access to limited member benefits.

*Become full dues paying member and have access to all member benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i learn what the dues are?
Dues vary based on what district/employer, position and work status (full-time, part-time or quarter-time). Please contact us by using the Live Chat or by sending us a message using our contact us form and we can get you the correct information.
What professional development is available?
The MEA provides, free to members, high-quality professional development. To learn more about upcoming conferences and training check out our latest offerings here.

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