Retired teachers chapter news

October 4, 2018

Legacy, monuments, grief

Legacy is a concept that resonates with retirees. We often reflect on our personal lives, our careers and, for many of us, the fate of our union. Today, across the country, we are struggling with an evaluation of our past in the context of where we are and where we go from here.

September 6, 2018

Automatic COLA Increase— September 2018

In 2000, after frustrating years, the UFT, NYSUT and the rest of the state’s labor movement convinced New York State to provide an annual, permanent cost-of-living adjustment to our pensions.

Janus decision and retired members

Does the recent Supreme Court decision in the Janus case affect retirees? No and yes.

July 5, 2018

School days

Our retirees remain on the front lines

Summer vacation for retirees can be any month just as retiree weekends can be any two days ending in y. Because so many retirees have committed the free time that retirement provides to union organizing and political activities they have become known as the UFT’s Daytime Army and they are mobilizing all across the country.

June 7, 2018

UFT to use new automated dues refund system for retirees working for the DOE

If you return to work for the Department of Education and continue to collect a pension, you will find that you are paying union dues both as a retiree (from your pension check) and as an employee (from your payroll check).

Changing banks for your EFT retirement payments

If you’re planning to choose a new bank to electronically receive your monthly retirement payments from the TRS, keep in mind the following so that you can avoid suspension of your Electronic Fund Transfer.

Doing the good nearest to us

Since many of us still live in an academic-year mindset, I thought this column should round out the semester.

May 3, 2018

Termination pay: have you moved?

If you have moved since you retired, you must update your address with the Department of Education.

A campaign for our union’s survival

The best antidote for the ongoing anti-union poison is member engagement. The UFT has launched a door-knocking campaign to connect with our members as the best way to prepare for the expected, potentially devastating Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

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