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Victoria Kravets shows off the tools of remote OT

Our occupational therapist of the year

Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. During this challenging and unusual semester, we wanted to highlight a therapist who's done outstanding tele-therapy. Here's a conversation with with our occupational therapist of the year, Victoria Kravets (known affectionately by her students as Miss Vicky), who works at PS 231 in Brooklyn.

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State budget spares schools from cuts

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking economic havoc, the UFT successfully avoided large-scale cuts to public school funding in the New York State budget signed on April 3 for the upcoming fiscal year.

JHS 291 Chapter Leader Catherine Rhee (left) and paraprofessional Frances Rivera

Brooklyn school fights off charter’s expansion

The UFT helps parents and the community thwart the expansion of a co-located charter school in Brooklyn.

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Prime peril for profit 

As consumers increasingly rely on Amazon for their shopping needs during the coronavirus crisis, the company’s workers say the digital giant is putting their health in peril to turn a profit.

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RTC events canceled

All Retired Teachers Chapter activities are canceled or postponed in the interest of safety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Required minimum distributions suspended for 2020

The recent CARES Act legislation has suspended RMDs for 2020 for defined-contribution plans like TRS’ TDA Program.

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Contact health benefits programs via secure email

Due to the closure of the Health Benefits Retiree client service walk-in center, it cannot access or process forms or correspondence mailed or faxed on March 11, 2020, or after.

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Medicare Part B and IRMAA reimbursements

Medicare Part B 2019 reimbursements were scheduled to be distributed by the end of April 2020.