Member saves more than dues by switching to union insurance plan


ALBANY — How easy it was to save more than $2,000 per year with a CSEA members-only benefit is what impressed Gwyn Trask the most.

Trask, a civil enforcement supervisor at the state Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany, picked up a flyer for Pearl Insurance at a member information day three years ago, but took no action to change to Pearl at that point.

A year later, when Trask got a new car, she contacted her insurance company to add the vehicle onto her policy. The insurer came back with a quote “that was going to push us over to a ridiculous amount [to pay].”
Trask remembered the Pearl Insurance flyer and called Pearl to see if she could get a better rate.

“[Pearl] came back with a much lower quote,” Trask said. “I thought, ‘there must be a mistake.’”

To verify the lower quote, Trask went through the coverage, line by line, with the Pearl representative.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Trask said. “[The Pearl representative] said that Pearl Insurance can even take the premiums out of my paycheck.”

“I thought, ‘this is crazy — we will be saving $2,200 a year,’” she said. “We had the same company for 10 years and [the premiums]kept going up.”

Trask noted another feature of Pearl Insurance that she values — an annual review of the policy that includes shopping it around for potential savings.

“After the first year, Pearl Insurance called me to review the policy,” Trask said. “We decided to stay put; we were happy with the coverage.”

Trask was so happy with her insurance that she now bundles her car and home insurance through Pearl, helping keep rates down. She no longer worries about rates sneaking up.

“The [Pearl Insurance] benefit is convenient, super-efficient and it feels like they are looking out for me,” she said.

— Therese Assalian


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Therese Assalian

Therese has been working as the Capital Region Communications Specialist since 2002 handling all facets of internal and external communications for the region. Therese started her career at a Madison Avenue Public Relations firm and held several positions in public relations, marketing and event planning in corporate and non-profit roles in New York and Pittsburgh prior to moving to the Capital Region in 1999. Therese holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies and is also a published freelance writer on travel, food and the arts.

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