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Topics in the News:
Labor spotlight | April 4, 2019 >>
About 100 musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have traded their instruments for picket signs, striking to demand a contract that protects their pension plan and provides fair wages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Tom Brown, the UFT’s assistant treasurer, has been re-elected as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.
Secure your future | May 4, 2017 >>
TRS allows members to choose how much of their benefit to receive: Members may take the maximum retirement allowance for which they’re eligible. Or, they may take a smaller amount and, if they die first, survivors receive a benefit.