Your Education Benefits Fund

Dear Member:

The Education Benefits described in this section are provided through the CWA Local 1180 Education Fund. This Fund is maintained through a trust, separate and distinct from the trust maintained for the Security Benefits Fund, the Legal Benefits Fund, and the Members’ Annuity Fund.
The information contained in this section provides a description of the benefits provided by the Education Fund.

Sincerely,

Board of Trustees
CWA Local 1180 Education Fund

College Tuition Reimbursement
Book Reimbursement
Queens College Urban Leadership Program
Undergraduate Study
Graduate Study
THE CUNY/DCAS Public Administration Program
Undergraduate Certificate In Public Administration And Public Policy
Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy: Level I (Graduate)
Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy: Level II (Post-MA)
New York City Reimbursable Courses
Adult Education Program Tuition Reimbursement
Career Development Conferences
Workplace Literacy program
Exam Prep Courses



What Are The Benefits Provided By This Fund?

The benefits from this Fund cover the wide range of educational programs described below.
    
College Tuition Reimbursement
The College Tuition Reimbursement Program provides reimbursement of up to $200 per semester for tuition and/or registration fees if you successfully complete courses for which you earn college credit at any accredited college or for remediation courses given at a college or university. If you complete your course(s) with a passing mark and submit the required claim form, you will be reimbursed at the end of the term. The program will pay benefits for a maximum of three terms per year.
   
Book Reimbursement
If you are enrolled in a course covered by the College Tuition Reimbursement Program, you can be reimbursed up to $25 each semester for books related to the courses you are taking.
   
Queens College Urban Leadership Program
Graduate and Undergraduate students covered by CWA Local 1180 Education Fund are eligible to participate.
A major advantage of this program is that for New York State resident tuition and fees are completely waived for up to eight designated three-credit courses in Urban Studies. One or two courses each semester may be taken on a tuition-waived basis. This benefit is in addition to the College Tuition Reimbursement Benefit.

Undergraduate Study
Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree include courses in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. These are designed to improve the student’s writing and critical thinking skills and to provide students with a well-rounded liberal arts background.
In addition, students are expected to major in a department or program. A total of 128 credits are necessary to complete the Bachelor’s degree.
Undergraduates may take two Urban Leadership courses on a tuition-waived basis in a semester if they:

1.    Have completed at least 64 credits, whether at Queens College or transferred from other colleges;
2.    Have completed at least one semester at Queens College; and
3.    Do not have any incomplete or absent grades pending in any Urban Leadership course.

Admission: Applicants must submit a completed application form; a copy of their high school diploma or GED certificate and an official high school transcript; and official transcripts from all accredited colleges they may have attended.

Graduate Study
Urban Leadership graduate students enter the Masters of Arts in Urban Affairs program of the Urban Studies department.  The college can waive New York State resident tuition and fees for up to 24 of the 30 credits required for the Masters degree of the designated courses in such areas as public policy, public administration, and specific topics.
Graduate students may take two Urban Leadership courses on a tuition-waived basis in a semester if they:

1.    Have completed at least 6 credits as a graduate student at Queens College; and
2.    Have at least a 3.0 grade point average; and
3.    Do not have any incomplete or absent grades pending in any Urban Leadership course.

Admission: Depending on their previous academic record, applicants may be admitted either on a matriculated or non-matriculated basis. Those applying for matriculated status must submit a completed application, letters of recommendation, an official transcript, and an essay. Applicants for non-matriculated status must complete a shorter application and submit proof of a college degree.

For further information call:
Queens College LEAP Office at 1-718- 997-3060 or
The Murphy Institute at 1-212-827-0200

    
The CUNY/ DCAS Public Administration Program
The CUNY/DCAS Public Administration Program is offered in collaboration with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), City University of New York’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education (JSMI) and Local 1180 on both the undergraduate and graduate level. It is designed to provide an opportunity to earn college credits, improve communication and analytic skills, and provide for expanded knowledge of government agencies, social services, labor relations, and the legislative and budgetary process in the context of deepening the understanding of urban challenges.

1180 members may enroll at the undergraduate, graduate or post MA level.

Students may attend classes at DCAS on released time (with supervisory approval) or at CUNY during the evening. Students earn a Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy from the City University of New York and the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Students may have their tuition waived (except for the post MA level certification) under the Urban Leadership Program and may apply credits toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Queens College, CUNY.

Courses of Study:
Undergraduate Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy

This undergraduate certificate program provides you with a solid background in government, the policy-making process, and public administration. The interdisciplinary approach taken in this program focuses on public agencies and the problems they face in the delivery of social services. You can apply the 16 credits you earn in this program to a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies.

Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy: Level I (Graduate)
If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree, this certificate program will provide you with a deeper understanding of such topics as public management, the administrative decision-making process, training and staff development, and union-management relations. You will also learn how to analyze data and research on public policy and its implementation. You can apply the 12 credits you earn in this program towards a Master’s degree in Urban Studies.

Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Public Policy: Level II (Post-MA)
If you already hold a Master’s degree in Urban Studies or a related field, this 9 credit certificate program provides you with an opportunity to practice decision and policy making skills through field based projects. You will also use the advanced research skills you develop in the program to analyze and evaluate public policy, produce policy reports, and generate policy recommendations.

For further information call:
The Murphy Institute at 1-212-827-0200 or DCAS at 1-212- 669-3630

    
New York City Reimbursable Courses
The New York City Reimbursable Courses Program provides reimbursement for tuition for a maximum of 2 courses up to $100 per year, for eligible members who successfully complete courses offered by the New York City Reimbursable Courses Program. Reimbursement will be made at the conclusion of the term to each eligible member who has applied to the program and has completed the course(s) and received a certificate.
New York City Reimbursable Courses Program is provided by the CWA Local 1180 Education Fund for full-time municipal employees in covered titles.   

Adult Education Program Tuition Reimbursement
If you successfully complete courses in a job-related area in an Adult Education Program, you can receive full reimbursement of the tuition up to a maximum of $100 per year. The reimbursement will be made at the conclusion of the term.
   
Career Development Conferences
If you attend a conference in a job-related area for Career Development, you can receive reimbursement up to a maximum of $100.
NOTE: Combined reimbursement for New York City Reimbursable Courses, Adult Education Courses and Career Development Conferences can not exceed $100 for all such benefits in a calendar year.

Workplace Literacy Program
The Fund develops and administers courses for Local 1180 members to upgrade and expand their skills in order to function more effectively on their jobs.
These courses are designed to assist the member in improving workplace skills in such areas as management, supervision, communications, computers, and personal development.
Program offerings are announced through the Communiqué and registration is done online at www.cwa1180.org.
    
Exam Prep Courses
The Fund develops and administers courses for Local 1180 members to assist them in preparing for civil service examinations for titles covered under the collective bargaining unit or for promotional titles into management.
Program offerings are announced through the Communiqué and registration is done online at www.cwa1180.org.
    
Who Is Eligible For Benefits?
Education Fund Benefits are available to you if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are employed in a covered title before the first day of class and you remain employed in a covered title for the term.
  • You are an active, full-time, per annum employee. Part-time employees and employees on leaves of absence are not eligible.
  • You work for an employer whose contract with CWA Local 1180 provides for contributions to the Local 1180 Education Fund.   

How Do You Apply For Benefits?
If you want to take advantage of any of the benefits provided by the CWA Local 1180 Education Fund, call or write to the following address for a claim form:

CWA Local 1180 Education Fund
6 Harrison Street
New York, NY  10013-2893
1-212-966-5353


You must submit:

  • A separate claim form for each semester,
  • your bursar’s receipt and/or financial statement showing tuition and registration fees paid,
  • a letter from your supervisor verifying that the course is job-related, in the case of Adult Education Program Tuition Reimbursement claims or career development conferences,
  • your grade and credits on college stationary report,
  • receipt from other educational benefits you received (e.g., a financial aid statement such as TAP, Pell, etc.).

These items must be submitted to the Fund within 90 calendar days after your course ends.   

No Duplication of Benefits
You cannot receive duplicate benefits from the Education Fund.  For example, you cannot receive tuition reimbursement from the College Tuition Reimbursement Program and the Adult Education Program for the same expense.
   
Amendment or Termination of Benefits
The benefits provided by this Fund may, from time to time, be changed, modified, augmented or discontinued by the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees adopts rules and regulations for the payment of benefits and all provisions of this Supplemental Plan Description are subject to such rules and regulations and to the Trust Agreement that established the Fund and governs its operations.

Your coverage will stop on the earliest of the following dates:

  • When the Fund is terminated.
  • When you are no longer eligible.
  • When the Employer ceases to make contributions on your behalf to the Fund.

Benefits under this plan have been made available by the Trustees and are always subject to modification or termination in the exercise of the prudent discretion of the Trustees.  No person acquires a vested right to such benefits either before or after his or her retirement.  The Trustees may expand, modify or cancel the benefits for active members; change eligibility requirements; and otherwise exercise their prudent discretion at any time without legal right or recourse by an active member or any other person.

Right to Appeal
The Board of Trustees may change the benefits provided by this Fund.  The Board of Trustees adopts rules and regulations for the payment of benefits and all provisions of this Supplemental Plan Description are subject to such rules and regulations and to the Trust Agreement that established and governs the Fund operations.
The Fund Office uniformly applies all rules.  The action of the Fund Office is subject only to review by the Board of Trustees.
A member may request a review of action by submitting notice in writing to the Board of Trustees, CWA Local 1180 Education Fund, 6 Harrison Street, New York, New York, 10013.  The Trustees shall act on the appeal within a reasonable period of time and render their decision in writing, which shall be final and conclusive and binding on all persons.

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