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Health Benefits

UFT members are entitled to premium-free health insurance.

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UFT members earn pay increases based on experience thanks to the bargaining power of the union.

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A defined-benefit pension will provide guaranteed monthly payments from the day you retire for the rest of your life.

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Through the strength of collective bargaining, the union has negotiated contracts that protect the rights of its members.



It’s now clear to me how much better off I am being a teacher in NYC rather than North Carolina, thanks to having a union...

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Aimee Thomas
2nd-grade teacher at PS 449 in the Bronx

Now that the union is fighting for my financial security, I feel empowered...

Kelly Finlaw
Kelly Finlaw
Art teacher at IS 528 in Manhattan

I was able to overcome many obstacles to earn my bachelor’s degree with honors while working full time as a paraprofessional and raising three children...

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Rida Ehsan
Paraprofessional at the Robert Peary School in Queens
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