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Tickets for stage performances, sporting events or any event of a commercial nature require a service fee of $1 per event (not per ticket). Tickets are mailed two weeks prior to the date of an event. For undated passes and discounts, allow three weeks for processing. No cancellations or refunds.


For questions regarding trips, call Chris Santoro at 212-598-6861 or Rovenia McGowan, chair of the Social and Recreational Committee, at 212-598-7778. Rates are based on participation of at least 35 people. For overnight trips, include name of roommate.

Trip to the North Fork vineyards

Join UFT members, retirees and friends on Saturday, May 10 when we travel by air-conditioned, DVD-equipped motor coach to the North Fork to visit two of Long Island’s finest vineyards for wine-tasting. Palmer Vineyards offers a guided tour, tasting and a discount on purchases.The Baiting Hollow Vineyard dates back to 1861 and features rescue horses and live music. Lunch is served in the picturesque town of Greenport at Claudio’s waterfront restaurant, open since 1870. Buses will depart at 8 a.m. from UFT Manhattan (52 Broadway) and 8:30 a.m. from UFT Queens (97-77 Queens Blvd.) and will return at 7 p.m. to Queens and 7:30 p.m. to Manhattan. Price: $89 per person (includes transportation, driver's gratuity and lunch), plus $1 service fee. To register, download the flier.

Free concert

Canada-based Notre Dame Music and New York's Uptown Brass Quintet present a free concert at the Church of the Intersession (550 West 155th St at the corner of Broadway) on Monday, May 19 from 1–3 p.m. For more information, download the flier.

UFT Defensive Driving Course

A driving course that can save you money and maybe your life!

For credit you must attend one full-day course or both parts of a two-session course, in sequence (if you miss the first class you cannot take the second). Limit: 40 students. Currently being offered at these borough offices: To register, download this form.

  • MANHATTAN: One session, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.: April 27, June 21
  • BROOKLYN: Two sessions, 4-7:15 p.m. (classes held on Tues.-Wed.): April 1-2, June 3-4
  • QUEENS: One session, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (all classes held on Saturdays): April 12, May 10, June 21
  • BRONX: One session, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (all classes held on Saturdays): April 26, May 17, June 14
  • STATEN ISLAND: One session, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (all classes held on Saturdays): May 3, June 8

Cost: $35 per person. Checks must be received one month prior to first preference and must be made payable to UFT/Safe Driving. Write “Safe Driving” on envelope. Mail to: Vinicio Donato, UFT, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, 11th floor. Payments are accepted in advance at UFT headquarters; bring exact change or money order. Confirmation: A letter will be sent to you indicating admittance or denial based on state class-size regulations. If you do not receive a letter in two weeks, call 212-598-6861. Refunds: If you cannot attend, please submit a written request with a copy of your canceled check (front and back). Allow four weeks to receive refund. Refunds can only be given during the current school year that original request was submitted. Credit: You may take a course only once every three years for insurance reduction benefits, and once every 18 months for point reduction. For active members only.

Car rental discounts

Looking for a deal? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has discounts on its rental vehicles to UFT members. The deal includes a free pickup and dropoff. Call 1-800-RENT-A-CAR [736-8222] for the nearest Enterprise location. Remember to use the union’s corporate class ID# FFC0049. Discounts are also available through Avis at 800-831-8000, using ID# S958000.

Theme park discounts

The UFT no longer offers discount cards to theme parks (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, etc.), but as a union member you can still obtain discounts from NYSUT by calling 1-800-626-8101; or from the AFT by visiting its website.


TheaterMania's Gold Club sends you to the theater for only $4.50 a ticket! The Gold Club offers UFT members an exclusive 40 percent discount — $59 for the entire year (regular price $99). Join now to access 150+ different shows and events each month and over 2,000+ choices each year! Broadway, Off Broadway, Lincoln Center, comedy, dance, drama, concerts and more for only $4.50 a ticket! How?! Theaters and producers need to discreetly fill seats with excellent, attentive audiences to help build buzz and strong word-of-mouth. That's where you come in! For more information, and to join, visit https://goldclub.theatermania.com/gold/partner/UFT or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative. 

Discount movie tickets

Notice of price change: The price of the AMC/Loew's/Cineplex movie tickets will increase to $9 with no restrictions. The UFT has a limited number of the $7.50 tickets still available and will continue to offer them until the stock is depleted.

Discounted movie tickets are $7.50 each for United Artists/Regal, AMC/Loew's and Clearview Cinemas. They are accepted nationwide and never expire. However, they are not valid for the first 10 days of a new release and a surcharge may be applicable for 3D, special events and for use in Manhattan (UA and Clearview only).

To purchase tickets by mail, download this form, or come to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway where we accept money orders, cash and personal checks up to $100. NOTE: There is a four ticket minimum for mail orders.

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