Retired teachers chapter news

April 2, 2015

Smiles in Puerto Rico
Working to protect benefits, rights

Click on the UFT website to see the photos of parents and teachers, arms interlocked, circling hundreds of city schools to “protect” them from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s devastating education agenda.

March 5, 2015

Lump-sum payments to recent retirees

UFT members who retired between Nov. 1, 2009, and June 30, 2014, received the retroactive money from the 2014 contract in late Februar

A look at just the facts

With total disregard for facts and verifiable truths in the public forum, political, mass media and especially the social media these days, let’s cut through the hyperbole and take a cold look at some verifiable facts that should inform people and provide part of the foundation for society’s decision-making process.

February 5, 2015

Reporting TRS distributions on your federal income taxes

If you received one or more of the distributions listed below during 2014, you are required to report the total gross amount of the distribution in box 16a and the taxable amount of the distribution in box 16b on your 2014 federal income tax form 1040.

New year consequences

February is one of those months. The afterglow of the holidays is gone. Those of us shivering in the north and even the unhuddled southern snowbirds have time to reflect on the wintry depths of experience or memory.

January 8, 2015

Health plan rate changes

The city has just announced changes in premiums for Medicare-eligible retirees who receive prescription drug coverage from their health plans. In recent discussions with the city, the Municipal Labor Committee was able to prevent the originally proposed increases by GHI and keep the rates unchanged.

A walloping!

Pro-labor progressives took a walloping on Election Day and we should face it squarely.

December 4, 2014

AFT working to protect pensions

The American Federation of Teachers is working “to reclaim the promise of a secure retirement and … to ensure that all Americans, after careers of hard work and service, are able to live independent, dignified lives.”

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