When taking an unpaid leave of absence beyond using sick time, your union membership is put on hold. By
purchasing a leave of absence membership, you maintain your active status in your union and maintain your
access to:
● NJEA Legal Services. An extensive legal services program is provided to all our members through
their NJEA and NEA membership. This program provides protections should our members on a
leave of absence experience issues with the structure of their leave, any payroll issues, returning to
the district, etc.
● NJEA Member Benefits. Our staff often provide assistance with our Member Benefit partners
(including Prudential Disability Insurance) should issues occur. If you have any of our insurance
products purchased at a discount because of your union membership, active membership is
necessary to keep your policies in good standing. Continue to access your members’ only discounts
while on your leave.
● Access to the members’ only parts of njea.org and our publications. Stay in the know when it
comes to what’s happening in education across our state and country.
● Invitations to events and workshops. Continue to connect with your colleagues while out on your
leave.
How much does it cost?
We offer the opportunity to maintain your union membership at a 50% reduction in dues for the months they
are out. For example, if a member was out from November through the end of April, he or she would only have
to pay three months of dues for a six month time period.
How do I sign up?
Reach out to Jessica Denney from our UniServ office at jdenney@njea.org or 856-782-1225. Gale will connect
with the NJEA Membership Department and get information to you so that you can send payment directly to
NJEA Headquarters in Trento