Secure your future

September 6, 2018

UFT members enjoy gold-standard pensions

The majority of UFT members participate in a defined-benefit pension, the gold standard of retirement plans. A defined-benefit pension guarantees a lifetime annuity — regular payments based on a formula. This formula takes into account your years of service, your salary and your age. With a defined-benefit pension, you don’t have to worry about the vagaries of the stock market. The amount of the pension benefit remains the same each month throughout your retirement.

July 5, 2018

Working after you retire

If you are thinking of joining the ranks of working retirees, here are some guidelines so you don’t put your retirement benefits at risk.

June 7, 2018

Your TDA options when you retire

The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) have designed their TDA programs so you have choices in how to handle your money when you retire. Here are some things to consider about these three alternatives as you ponder what works best for you.

May 3, 2018

Retirement savings can be source for a loan

One of the many benefits of membership in the Teachers’ Retirement System is that members can borrow against their invested retirement funds.

April 5, 2018

TRS resources and information

The Teachers’ Retirement System’s primary responsibility is providing retirement benefits, but TRS is also committed to offering exceptional service and a variety of resources to union members including the TRS website, a call-in center, a walk-in center, and many publications describing TRS benefits and services.

March 1, 2018

Superlative retirement benefits for members

Retirement is life-changing and the UFT has many resources to help you navigate this new phase in your life and make educated financial decisions.

February 1, 2018

Retirement security key to union membership

Anti-union reactionaries want to destroy the four pillars of our retirement security: a defined-benefit pension, Social Security, the Tax-Deferred Annuity and premium-free health insurance.

January 4, 2018

Difficult conversations made a little easier

We urge you to speak with your family about what to do in the event of a debilitating illness or death. Here is a list of topics you should discuss with family and the legal documents you should have.

December 7, 2017

TRS benefits that protect you and your family

The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) provides benefits if you become disabled, die or leave service before retirement age. 
Some of the benefits depend on choices you make now. 


November 2, 2017

It’s back to basics for our new members

To help newer members understand the benefits of union membership, we’re reviewing some basics about the Qualified Pension Plan, the Tax-Deferred Annuity Program, death benefits and more.


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