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Topics in the News:
Know your benefits | February 1, 2018 >>
Workers’ Compensation can provide valuable benefits if you are a paraprofessional, school nurse or occupational or physical therapist and have a work-related injury or occupational illness.
Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Using its strength in numbers, the UFT has negotiated comprehensive health benefits that are valuable — and increasingly rare — in today’s economy. Thanks to the union, members also can look forward to a secure retirement, have opportunities for professional growth and can get help when they are struggling or in crisis.
News stories | January 4, 2018 >>
When the UFT launched its fight for paid parental leave in November, more than 6,000 members joined the campaign. In December, chapter leaders and engaged members organized “baby showers” in their schools to educate fellow members about parental leave issues and share stories about how the DOE’s lack of paid parental leave has affected them.
Know your benefits | January 4, 2018 >>
The UFT Welfare Fund, which provides an array of supplemental health benefits to eligible UFT members, provides a hearing aid benefit of $1,000.
News stories | December 7, 2017 >>
In presenting the Charles Cogen Award to just-retired UFT Welfare Fund Director Arthur Pepper, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “We still have our health care without a premium. And we’re able to give every single person whatever prescription drugs they need, only because of the work of Artie Pepper.”
Know your benefits | December 7, 2017 >>
As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain an optical service once every two years.
President's perspective | December 7, 2017 >>
UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.
Secure your future | December 7, 2017 >>
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.
Info you should know | November 2, 2017 >>
If you enrolled in the Catastrophe Major Medical Plan sponsored by the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust during the limited-time open-enrollment period in spring 2017, your first bill will be arriving in mid-November.
Know your benefits | October 5, 2017 >>
UFT members who travel to work by public transportation can save up to 42 percent monthly by participating in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.
News stories | October 5, 2017 >>
If you spend a lot each month on child care, or your out-of-pocket spending on health care is burdensome, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in federal and Social Security taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program.
Know your benefits | September 7, 2017 >>
The UFT Welfare Fund provides dental benefits through two programs: the Scheduled Benefit Plan, which provides services through the Welfare Fund panel or a dentist of your choice; and Dentcare, a no-cost dental HMO.
News stories | September 7, 2017 >>
MSK Direct, a new program offered by the UFT Welfare Fund, ensures access to a dedicated and compassionate team of cancer specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Info you should know | July 6, 2017 >>
Following a new state mandate, EmblemHealth and the other New York City employee health plans will now cover members for medicines used to treat substance-use disorders, including medicines usually prescribed for opioid addiction and dependence.
News stories | July 6, 2017 >>
Changes to HIP’s HMO health benefit plan took effect on July 1.
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Tom Brown, the UFT’s assistant treasurer, has been re-elected as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.
Secure your future | May 4, 2017 >>
TRS allows members to choose how much of their benefit to receive: Members may take the maximum retirement allowance for which they’re eligible. Or, they may take a smaller amount and, if they die first, survivors receive a benefit.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
If you are retiring, you must maintain your UFT membership as a retiree in order to continue participating in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs and services.
Know your benefits | May 4, 2017 >>
Are you or a family member, because of a change of job or other life circumstance, going to lose your health insurance provided by the Department of Education and your UFT Welfare Fund benefits?