Member Benefit Summary
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Dependent Scholarships. Any CAPS member with a dependent in college, or bound for college the NEXT fall may apply a $500 cash scholarship to help with college costs. 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.
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.
Representation. 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.
CAPS Grant Application. CAPS awards three quarterly education grants of $300 each to qualifying CAPS members. The purpose is to support scientific research and professional development not fully funded by the state. Download application
Communications. 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.
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Public Relations. CAPS maintains extensive contacts with the written and broadcast media statewide to promote the professionalism of state scientists and the accomplishments of CAPS.
$5,000 Free Life and $100,000 Travel Accident Coverage. 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.
MEDEX Travel Assist provides medical, security, legal and travel assistance to CAPS members and their eligible family members when they are traveling more than 100 miles from home or internationally, for trips of up to 180 days.
Theme Park and Consumer Discounts. Members receive savings at theme parks such as Knotts Berry Farm, Paramount's Great America and dozens more. Consumer discounts on car rentals are also available.
Join CAPS Today. CAPS dues are $49.00 monthly. Membership is available to rank-and-file, supervisory and managerial state scientists employed in the civil service of the California State Government.