Saving money is important to everyone, but it’s been especially important to Linda Crow. She came into teacher later in life and needed to watch her budget while raising her daughter after her husband’s early death.
Question: It was difficult time for you. How did CTA help?
Our member benefits took the worry off my shoulders so I could do my job. I was the sole breadwinner with bills and student loans to pay off. CTA/NEA Member Benefits – the home and auto insurance programs, the travel and entertainment discounts, the help with purchasing a new a car and financial education I received over the years – helped me stay ahead.
Question: Have you used any member benefits since then?
I’ve called on California Casualty a few times, most importantly when a fire caused massive damage to my home, and another time when my car was smashed in a hit-and-run. They were fantastic! I was out of my house for six months, and when I moved back in, it was even better than before. Later, when my car was hit while I was parked at the airport, California Casualty did a wonderful job, and I had it back within the month – and my insurance covered the rental car. I also saved almost $4,000 using the NEA Auto Buying program to purchase a new car.
Question: It sounds like you’ve been talking to you colleagues about your experiences.
Oh yes. When a few MTA leaders tried to convince members to disaffiliate from CTA, some of my colleagues and I began comparing CTA/NEA benefits with what the new independent association could offer. We discovered changing wasn’t worth it, and I told them I couldn’t afford to do it.
My California Casualty insurance saves me $2,400 a year as a CTA member, while I would only get a discount of $347 if I were to become of a member an independent association. I’d be paying more for less coverage. And then there are all the other discounts for entertainment, traveling and Disneyland.
Question: Were you surprised when you totaled up the savings?
When I started looking into the member benefits I had, I knew they were good, but I didn’t know they were that good. It was amazing.
In fact, my daughter, Drew Crow Bray, is a resource specialist in Sunnyvale. She, too, enjoys the benefits and feels secure that she is protected in her first of teaching. I am a very proud mom.