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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.

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.

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.

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.

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