Strength in Numbers!
State Scientists are stronger together, working as one. Without a single, unified voice speaking up for ALL of us on employment and professional issues, we depend on the good faith and largesse of the Governor and the state legislature. We’ve been there, before collective bargaining. It didn’t work very well. As tough as it is to achieve even modest gains on pay and benefits, it could get MUCH tougher. But when we all do our part, CAPS has the resources to protect our retirement, maintain quality health benefits, and make sure that Salary Equity is our top priority at the bargaining table. Please join today. Maintain your CAPS membership.
Members receive expert representation on employment and professional issues at the worksite, in the state Legislature and, if necessary, in court. Representation is provided by a labor relations consultant or lawyer (at CAPS’ discretion) who is experienced in representing state scientists on employment issues. Certain limitations apply.
Exclusive Membership Rights
Only rank-and-file members vote in ratification elections of CAPS’ labor contracts with state management. Only CAPS members are eligible to become worksite representatives. Only members can stand for election to the CAPS Board of Directors, and only CAPS members vote in these elections.
Every member receives CAPSule, a monthly newsletter. Periodic CAPS Alerts and informational letters provide more detailed information. CAPS leaders and staff hold meetings at worksites statewide to present information in person whenever necessary. Volunteer local representatives receive training and regular mailings for distribution to members at the worksite.
CAPS maintains extensive contacts with the written and broadcast media statewide to promote the professionalism of state scientists and the accomplishments of CAPS.
Travel Accident Insurance (Included with membership)
All CAPS members automatically receive $5,000 in term life insurance, $5,000 in accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and $100,000 in travel accident coverage at no additional cost. The travel accident policy covers you on almost any public transportation system where a fare is paid. Double-indemnity for loss on a scheduled airline flight.
Optional Insurance Benefits
In addition to the $5,000 basic life and $5,000 accidental death and dismemberment coverage listed above, each CAPS member may purchase additional term (self, spouse and dependents) and long-term disability insurance.
Liberty Mutual Insurance: Only members get big savings on auto and homeowner insurance premiums paid via payroll deduction.
Get medical, security, legal and travel assistance for CAPS members and their eligible family members when traveling more than 100 miles from home or internationally, for trips of up to 180 days. That means a comprehensive program of information, referral, assistance, transportation and evacuation services designed to help you respond to medical care situations and many other emergencies that may arise during travel. Travel Assistance also offers pre-travel assistance, which gives you access to information on things like passport and visa requirements, foreign currency in worldwide weather. All services are provided by one of the most experienced assistant companies in the United States, UnitedHealthcare Global.
CAPS members get substantial savings on a variety of amusement parks ( SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and more) plus other vacation activities and many other goods and services.
CAPS Professional Development Grants
Every quarter CAPS awards four education grants of $400 each to qualifying CAPS members. The purpose is to support scientific research and professional development not fully funded by the state.
Any CAPS member with a dependent in college, or bound for college the NEXT fall may apply for a $500 cash scholarship. The number awarded each year depends on the number of applicants and availability of funds. If you aren’t yet a CAPS member, or you know someone who should be, you may apply online. NOTE: Funding for this benefit was made possible several years ago by an endowment unrelated to CAPS dues or fees.
CAPS dues are $59.00 monthly. Membership is available to rank-and-file, supervisory and managerial state scientists employed in the civil service of the California State Government.