Retired teachers chapter news

February 1, 2018

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.

Some new retirees will receive dues refunds

UFT/RTC members who received vacation paychecks for July and August at the end of June may have noticed that deductions were made for UFT dues. The checks were prepared before their retirements became effective and the usual deductions were made.

December 7, 2017

SHIP 2018 Premium Notices

The Supplemental Health Insurance Program’s 2018 premium notices will be sent in early January to retirees who have not elected to pay premiums via automatic pension deduction.

Labor must show the way

Early in the last century, when icebergs threatened North Atlantic sea lanes, a London newspaper suggested placing two or three members of the same political party who had different points of view on the icebergs so the heat of their vicious arguments could melt away the frozen shipping hazards.

November 2, 2017

Bipartisanship could lead to progress

Will bipartisanship work in the present national climate? This is an age when congressional combatants have retreated to their respective corners. When the bell rings they come out slugging, looking for the knockout blow. It’s hard to imagine success, but maybe it’s worth a try.

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