Retired teachers chapter news

June 6, 2019

Teachers want what students deserve

When teachers went on strike in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and North Carolina in the Teacher Spring of 2018, it was not just for themselves — although their pay, pensions and health insurance have been diminishing for the last decade. It was just as much for the students and the communities they serve, so that they might have the schools they deserve.

May 2, 2019

Medicare Part B / IRMAA

Most of our retired members on Medicare should have received their 2018 Medicare Reimbursement by May 1, 2019. The 2018 Medicare Part B Reimbursement will be electronically deposited into the same account as the pension payment.

Understanding senior voter tendencies

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently asked me to fill its held position on the Senior Council of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Since the Council’s purpose is to offer advice on strategic issues and policies important to retirees’ economic security and general livelihood, I gladly agreed.

Required Minimum Distribution

Do you participate in the Teachers’ Retirement System’s and the Board of Education Retirement System’s Tax-Deferred Annuity programs? If so, you may be required to receive a distribution from your account this year if you have reached the age of 70½, are retired, and have elected TDA deferral status.

April 4, 2019

UFT retirees still help select union officers

Union democracy is an essential characteristic of the American labor movement. New England town hall meetings based on Athenian democracy allow every citizen to gather and voice their concerns and then vote. Many unions operate on that simple and direct model.

March 29, 2019

Florida Luncheon ‘a huge success’

UFT President Michael Mulgrew was the keynote speaker at the 40th annual Florida Luncheon at the Royal Fiesta Event Center in Deerfield Beach on Feb. 26. A full house turned out to hear Mulgrew discuss the latest education, labor and political news.

March 7, 2019

On the road again!

Each year my colleagues and I go on the road for Annual Meetings, mostly from January through March, with our far-flung retirees across the country and in Puerto Rico.

February 7, 2019

Council created to help chapter grow

New blood is important to any organization or institution so that it continues to maintain its mission and prepare for a dynamic future. With that in mind, the UFT Retired Teachers Chapter Executive Committee, at my request, recently authorized the creation of a Leadership Council.

January 3, 2019

A Rose for retirees

The Retired Teachers Chapter’s general membership meeting on Dec. 4 in Shanker Hall, Manhattan, included some interesting speakers:

A great time to get political

This year is an off, off year for elections and that means we have a political breather. But it is not a time to be idle.

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