Congratulations on your new job and new membership in ASTA! Navigating your benefits from both the district and ASTA/CTA/NEA can be overwhelming, and we are here to help! Your Site Reps are a great resource at your school site. The Executive Board is also ready and willing to answer questions and help in any way we can.
Here's what every new member needs to know:
Know Your Contract
Read your contract so you know your contractual rights. You can also email the Bargaining Chair with questions and concerns.
If you believe your administrator is not following the contract, reach out to your site representative - they are here to help you with concerns or issues you are having at your site.
Retirement As a California educator, you are a member of the largest U.S. teachers' retirement fund and one of the largest pension systems in the country. From day one you want to make sure you are building for retirement. Your STRS Contributions will be reflected on your paystubs.
ASTA recommends you set up a 403(b)/457 plan. Do some research on the differences between the plans utilizing CTAInvest.org
We also suggest you request a copy of our district's 403(b) plan document and/or 457 plan information, including a summary of the plan provisions such as loans, transfers, exchanges and any fees.
Be sure to get the list of approved vendors for both ongoing contributions and exchanges.
Ask for enrollment forms and any associated paperwork
If you are planning a Leave of Absence, make sure you understand what your rights are, according to the contract, for taking leave. You can review the article in the contract here.
When you take a leave, you want to make sure you don't lose any of your membership benefits. Make sure you follow the steps to keep your benefits active.
Member Benefits and Privileges When you join ASTA, you are also joining CTA and NEA! Upon enrollment you will get a CTA card in your mailbox. You can contact the ASTA office to find out what your CTA number is if you haven't received your CTA card.