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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.
News stories | June 7, 2018 >>
David Kazansky has been reelected to serve a second three-year term as one of three teacher trustees on the board of the Teachers’ Retirement System.
Know your benefits | May 3, 2018 >>
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?
Secure your future | May 3, 2018 >>
One of the many benefits of membership in the Teachers’ Retirement System is that members can borrow against their invested retirement funds.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
Are you planning to retire soon from active employment? If so, you’ll need to maintain your UFT membership as a retiree in order to continue participating in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs and services.
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.”
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.