Melvyn AaronsonMelvyn Aaronson

Melvyn Aaronson is treasurer of the UFT. He is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on pension matters and has made a lifetime commitment to building a secure retirement not only for UFT members and public employees, but also for all working Americans across the country.

Mel has been actively involved in union affairs for more than 50 years, working with Al Shanker as one of the leaders of the strike in 1960 that established the UFT.

Early in his teaching career, Mel served as a chapter leader for 10 years in two large high schools. From 1980 to 2015 he was a trustee and member of the board of the Teachers’ Retirement System of New York City where he challenged himself and fellow board members to seek innovative ways to grow the fund while ensuring that union members who have dedicated their lives to public service attain the secure retirement that they have earned. He was first elected union treasurer in 1998.

Mel was the president of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems and he chairs the New York City Municipal Labor Committee's pension committee. He is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Social Insurance, an organization of 750 of the nation’s most recognized experts on social insurance issues and programs. In addition, he has been a delegate to the New York and White House Conference on Aging and to the White House Conference on Social Security.

At the UFT, besides serving as treasurer, Mel has for over 35 years been a pension consultant for the union. He has served as chairman of the union's Pension Committee, a coordinator of the Ready-or-Not program for retirement preparation and a liaison to the union's Retired Teachers Chapter.

In 2013, Mel received the Charles Cogen Award, the highest honor bestowed on Teacher Union Day. He previously received the Albert Lee Smallheiser and Jules Kolodny awards for his service.

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