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National education and labor news | November 3, 2016 >>

The Chicago Teachers Union narrowly averted a planned strike, announcing a tentative deal with Chicago Public Schools minutes before a midnight deadline on Oct. 10.

Secure your future | November 3, 2016 >>

The Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 0.3 percent in 2017, an increase that will affect more than 65 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients.

Secure your future | September 8, 2016 >>

The UFT and its allies — the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems and the National Education Association — are leading the fight to protect public pensions.

Retired teachers chapter news | July 7, 2016 >>

The UFTWF Retiree Programs are seeking new instructors to teach during the day.

Secure your future | June 2, 2016 >>

Thanks to the strength of the and its negotiating power, the salaries of UFT members employed by the Department of Education have regularly increased. When they retire, members receive a defined-benefit pension, employer-provided health insurance that eventually supplements Medicare and, for most members, income from a Tax-Deferred Annuity.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Changes to the city health plan affecting GHI-CBP and HIP in-service members and retirees who are not Medicare eligible take effect on July 1.

Info you should know | June 2, 2016 >>

The newly enhanced New York City Health Benefits Program makes finding a doctor and booking an appointment as easy as 1-2-click for DOE-employed UFT members covered by GHI CBP or HIP HMO plans.

News | June 1, 2016 >>

Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 signed into law a bill that enables public school teachers and other public employees who are honorably discharged veterans and have five years in their civilian jobs to purchase up to three years of service credit toward their pensions.

Know your rights | May 5, 2016 >>

Pedagogues — teachers, guidance counselors, school secretaries, psychologists, social workers and lab specialists — injured or made sick on the job are covered by the Injury-in-the-Line-of-Duty provision of the UFT-Department of Education contract.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

UFT members have health benefits that they can count on if serious illness strikes them or a close family member. Most Americans, without a union, are not so lucky.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Electronic prescribing (“e-prescribing”) will improve medication safety, reduce errors (the pharmacy won’t have to interpret your doctor’s handwriting) and may help to reduce medical costs due to adverse drug interactions caused by the pharmacist giving the wrong drug. But the new process also will create challenges at first.

National education and labor news | May 5, 2016 >>

The New York City Employees Retirement System has divested its $1.5 billion portfolio of hedge funds, citing poor performance and high fees. “We have not seen the results that we had expected,” said trustee Henry Garrido, the executive director of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

Secure your future | May 5, 2016 >>

When you retire, you have another important decision to make: “Should I take the Maximum Retirement Allowance or select an option that provides for beneficiaries but reduces my monthly pension check?”

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

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.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT leadership is urging members to sign nominating petitions to elect UFT Staten Island Borough Representative Debra Penny to a three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.

Info you should know | March 3, 2016 >>

The deadlines for submitting an application via SOLAS for a study sabbatical for the 2016–17 school year is March 17.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

“As part of our last collective-bargaining agreement, we agreed to achieve health care savings,” said UFT Welfare Fund Executive Director Arthur Pepper. “By collaboratively working with the city, we have been able to preserve access to quality health care while meeting our savings obligation.”

News | February 4, 2016 >>

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to provide six weeks of paid parental leave to the city’s 20,000 nonunion, managerial employees was welcome news to the city’s labor leaders and advocates of enlightened labor policies but it came with a cost: the Mayor’s Office unilaterally canceled a 2017 raise of 0.47 percent for some managers and reduced the number of leave days for its longest-serving city employees.

Q & A on the issues | February 4, 2016 >>

To fulfill obligations connected to the Affordable Care Act, the UFT Welfare Fund is required to send IRS Form to all members covered by the Fund.

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