Retired teachers chapter news

March 1, 2018

Facing our latest challenge

Two years ago, public employee unions and all of organized labor narrowly escaped a bad decision by the Supreme Court in the Friedrichs case when Justice Antonin Scalia died. But as my predecessor Tom Pappas always reminds us: “The bad guys never go away.”

2017 sales tax break for New York, Florida and other states’ residents

Federal tax law allows taxpayers who elect to itemize deductions to deduct their state and local: income taxes or sales taxes, but not both, to reduce their federal income tax.

February 1, 2018

Retiree Health Rate Changes
Are you a 50-, 60- or 70-year member?

If you have been a UFT union member for 50, 60 or 70 consecutive years, you might be eligible for the UFT 50-, 60- or 70-Year Membership and Service Award.

Changes for Florida’s West Coast

Of all our retiree sections around the country and the world, the West Coast of Florida has been seeing an influx of UFT retirees in recent years.

January 4, 2018

What to do when you turn 65
Tax plan would hurt middle class

Aside from the general insidious premise of this legislation that favors corporations and the wealthy, there are some particularly onerous parts that will harm New Yorkers and like-minded states whose local governments actually provide to their citizens a more positive network of social services.

2018 Costs for Medicare Part B

The standard Part B premium amount in 2018 will be $134 (or higher depending on your income). After several years of no or very small increases, Social Security benefits will increase by 2.0 percent in 2018 due to the Cost of Living adjustment.

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