Benefits of Membership

As a member of the Brunswick Education Association (BEA), you also become a member of the Maine Education Association (MEA) and the National Education Association (NEA)

Benefits for members range from discounts to local and national businesses to legal benefits to professional development opportunities.  Members also have access to grants and scholarships to assist with the financial responsibilities that come with advancing  professional skills.

One of the most important benefits of membership (and important reason to join) includes a stronger voice to address and improve working conditions.  The larger the membership, the greater the impact employees will have on the matters that most affect them.



BEA Representative at all personnel-related meetings with administration
Staff assistance and access to legal consultation if you are injured in the course of your work or need a leave of absence for health or personal reasons.  
Legal assistance if you face a dismissal for cause hearing.  
Legal representation if an allegation of abuse or inappropriate conduct with a student is filed against you and an investigation is launched by a state agency.  
Legal representation if you are accused of committing a crime for an act you performed related to your school duties.  
Liability insurance coverage for attorney fees and costs if you are acquitted of a criminal charge or if those charges are dismissed.  
Liability insurance coverage to pay for the defense of civil suits brought against you for acts performed related to your work and to cover damages assessed against you in such suits.
The Attorney Referral Program, which offers discounts for legal representation in matters not related to your school employment, such as wills, real estate and traffic court matters.
Free professional development opportunities including conferences, online courses, and local workshops  


Many more benefits come with membership.  Access a more comprehensive list by clicking here.