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Topics in the News:
Know your benefits | April 5, 2018 >>
If you and your spouse or domestic partner are both in-service UFT members, you don’t have to choose one or the other’s benefits — you have the benefit of both when it comes to certain UFT Welfare Fund benefits.
Secure your future | April 5, 2018 >>
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.
News | March 2, 2018 >>
The Teachers' Retirement System of New York's divestment from gun manufacturers, which began in February 2013, is now complete.
Know your benefits | March 1, 2018 >>
Did you think sabbaticals were just for university professors? Think again! UFT members who are teachers may apply for a sabbatical leave to enhance their teaching skills, restore their health if they are ill or achieve state certification in a shortage area.
Info you should know | March 1, 2018 >>
Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills have until Monday, March 19, to submit an application on SOLAS for a study sabbatical for the 2018–19 school year.
News stories | March 1, 2018 >>
The UFT leadership is asking all union members to sign nominating petitions to reelect David Kazansky to a second three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.
Around the UFT | March 1, 2018 >>
With workers’ rights and benefits under attack across the country, one of the most valuable assets UFT educators have is a defined-benefit pension for a secure retirement. The UFT offers pension clinics several times a year to support members as they plan for retirement.
News stories | March 1, 2018 >>
A "Know Your Rights” coalition led by the UFT and health care advocates — including Nordstrom’s Stuyhealth — came together to raise awareness about 9/11 benefits and compensation.
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.