Retired teachers chapter news

October 5, 2017

September 7, 2017

Issue with 2016 Medicare Part B reimbursements for some retirees

Even though 2016 Medicare Part B premiums varied depending on a retiree’s Medicare eligibility date, the city reimbursed all retirees at the same base rate of $104.90. Retirees who became Medicare-eligible in 2016 should have received the higher reimbursement rate of $121.80 for those months they were eligible for Medicare last year, but instead got only the base rate of $104.90 for all 12 months.

Constitutional convention could harm our pensions
The possibility of a New York State constitutional convention is a threat to our basic rights and benefits because it would allow delegates to tinker with any part of the document including our pension guarantees. The UFT Delegate Assembly has voted to urge a decisive NO vote on the proposal in the Nov. 7, 2017, election. UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently sent this flier to retirees so I am reinforcing his message by making that flier my first column for the new school year.
Automatic COLA increase – September 2017

In 2000, after many 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.

July 6, 2017

Vote 'no' on constitutional convention

UFT members’ pensions are among the many bene ts at risk if New Yorkers vote this fall to hold a constitutional convention. Vote “no” on Nov. 7. New York should not hold a state constitutional convention.

Termination pay for 2015, 2016

The New York City Department of Education will issue the last installment of termination pay for 2015 retirees and the second installment of termination pay for 2016 retirees.

Write letters against constitutional convention

With the constitutional convention looming, now is the time for us to practice what we taught. It is vital that we get the message out about how important a NO vote is for retirees.

Summer checks for new retirees

Members who are retiring at the end of the school year will receive four summer checks.

June 1, 2017

We must organize the organized

Organize the organized! That’s an old labor saying to remind union leaders that simply signing up individuals as members should not be the end of the process.

Medicare Part B, IRMAA checks to be issued in same year


Starting this year, Medicare Part B Reimbursement and IRMAA checks will be issued in the same year

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