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Topics in the News:
News | March 14, 2019 >>
There is an upcoming special NYC Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period for active employees.
News stories | March 7, 2019 >>
The UFT leadership is urging members to sign nominating petitions to re-elect UFT Treasurer Debra Penny to a new three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.
Secure your future | March 7, 2019 >>
Most members of the UFT are lucky to be among the minority of U.S. workers who still have a traditional defined-benefit pension that provides regular payments for life based on a formula that takes into account years of service, salary and age.
Union resolutions | January 16, 2019 >>
We urge NYSUT, NEA, AFT and AFL-CIO to reiterate their longstanding position that Medicare be given the right to negotiate drug prices and that we urge Congress to make this a priority.
Know your benefits | January 3, 2019 >>
Did you know there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes? It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.
Know your benefits | December 6, 2018 >>
As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain an optical service once every two years.
Editorials | November 1, 2018 >>
In case anyone wondered what it’s like to rely on the promises of a corporation instead of the power of a union, consider the case of the Xerox Corporation.
Secure your future | November 1, 2018 >>
Here is some important information about death benefits offered by the Teachers’ Retirement System and the Board of Education Retirement System for in-service members in Tiers 3, 4 and 6.
Know your benefits | October 4, 2018 >>
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 4, 2018 >>
Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990.
News stories | October 4, 2018 >>
Because your pension is one of the most important benefits you have as a UFT member, the union’s Pension Department is expanding its outreach to help today’s in-service members better understand their pensions and plan for retirement.
Editorials | October 4, 2018 >>
Reducing the use of fossil fuels that lead to carbon pollution is one of the most important strategies for rescuing the planet.
Info you should know | October 4, 2018 >>
Are you covered by a New York City health benefits plan but also covered by the non-city health insurance plan of your parent, spouse or domestic partner, or through other employment?
Chapter news | September 14, 2018 >>
This October, we'll receive a one-time, lump-sum payment. If you are a Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) member and take advantage of the Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) program to save for your retirement, you may increase your TDA contributions with income from your October lump-sum payment.
Know your benefits | September 6, 2018 >>
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 | July 5, 2018 >>
The Municipal Labor Committee, the umbrella group of nearly 100 municipal labor unions of which the UFT is a member, has reached an agreement with the city on a plan to save $1.1 billion in employee health care costs while maintaining premium-free health insurance for city employees.
Press releases | June 27, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in support of the Municipal Labor Committee's agreement with the city of New York to save approximately $1.1 billion in employee health care costs over the next three years.
Union resolutions | June 20, 2018 >>
The United Federation of Teachers fully supports the terms of its newly won paid parental leave benefit.
Retired teachers chapter news | June 7, 2018 >>
If you return to work for the Department of Education and continue to collect a pension, you will find that you are paying union dues both as a retiree (from your pension check) and as an employee (from your payroll check).
Secure your future | June 7, 2018 >>
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.