MTA/NEA members are covered by an insurance policy that provides $1,000,000 in coverage to protect you if you are sued in connection with your employment under the terms specified in the Educators Employment Liability Policy. Agency fee payers are not covered by this insurance policy.
MTA/NEA members who are charged with crimes alleged during the course of their employment are entitled to assistance from MTA in defraying their defense legal costs. Members who are acquitted of such criminal charges will be reimbursed for up to $35,000 in criminal defense fees. Agency fee payers receive no MTA assistance when facing criminal charges related to employment.
For non-employment legal problems (real estate, divorce, wills, motor vehicle violations, etc.), MTA provides union members access to reduced-fee legal services. Under the MTA Attorney Referral Program, members are provided with up to three free half-hour consultations and up to a 30% fee reduction in legal fees. Agency fee payers may not participate in this Program.
III. MTA members benefit from group
discount purchasing of life, car and long-term care insurance, hotel and car
rentals, mortgage refinancing, tax preparation, home heating oil programs,
credit cards, vision care, and discounts for arts, entertainment, parks and
recreation. A union member who took full advantage of all of these programs
would save over $2,300 a year. Agency fee payers are not eligible for any
of these programs, offered through MTA Educators