Retired teachers chapter news

May 4, 2017

A blueprint to move forward

John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917. As the president, he inspired many of us who came of age in the 1960s through his idealistic call to action in his inaugural address: “Now the trumpet summons us again …”

April 6, 2017

2016 sales tax break for New York, Florida and other states’ residents

Federal tax law allows taxpayers who elect to itemize deductions to deduct their state and local income taxes or state and local general sales taxes to reduce their federal income tax.

Reporting TRS distributions on your local income tax

If you received one or more of the distributions listed below during 2016, you are required to report the total gross amount of the distribution on line 16a and the taxable amount of the distribution on line 16b on your 2016 federal income tax Form 1040.

Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Payment for Medicare Part B
If you paid more than the standard monthly reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B in calendar year 2015 as an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), you are eligible for additional reimbursement. If you filed promptly for your calendar year 2015 Medicare Part B IRMAA reimbursement, your reimbursement for 2015 will be deposited directly into your bank account on or about April 14.
Protecting what we’ve worked for

When the president’s chief strategist used the phrase “deconstruction of the administrative state” in his speech at the February meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, he was signaling what’s ahead in this administration. The phrase represents an ideology designed to undo 150 years of progressive achievements to establish a social safety network. It stands in contradistinction to the basic progressive belief that government at its best is a catalyst for social good.

March 2, 2017

A parting gift for her colleagues

Attendance is up, way up, in the bright, new teachers’ lounge at PS 205, a retirement gift from Lourdes Diaz-Austin to her former colleagues after 30 years as an ESL teacher at the school in the Belmont section of the Bronx. “It was a gift from my heart,” explained Diaz-Austin.

Attacks against us figure to grow
The Republican Party is more stridently opposed to unions and workers’ rights than when it last controlled both houses of Congress and a majority of state houses in 2006. It now controls Congress, the presidency and the majority of state houses, and is poised to dismantle the American labor movement. It began in Wisconsin when Gov. Scott Walker gutted the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector employees like us and now the threat looms in the federal government.

February 2, 2017

Retiree optional rider checks to be mailed in February

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who chairs the union’s Welfare Fund Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that retirees will be receiving their Optional Rider reimbursement at the end of February.

Annual Membership Meetings
Caring for an aging relative

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 34.2 million people in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or over in 2015. You may find yourself in this situation: a caregiver for someone who is frail — your partner, parent, another relative or a close friend.

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