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Join the RTC!

Benefits of union membership

By joining the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC), you will have valuable benefits and remain an active, vital and protected part of your union.  As a member, you'll have the right to play an important role in our union, its actions and its policies.

You'll have access to these exciting programs and perks:

  • Supplemental Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
  • Nationwide retiree social services
  • Life insurance and travel discounts
  • Continuing education courses & workshops
  • Union support and full voting rights
  • Free legal advice
  • New York Teacher subscription
  • Community and connection
  • And more!
  • See our list of the Top 15 benefits of being a member of the RTC
Please note: As a retiree, union membership is NOT automatic. You must re-enroll in the UFT's Retired Teachers Chapter.

Become a member today!

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Join by mail

If you prefer to enroll by mail, please print, fill out and mail in one of our membership forms for paraprofessionals or for other DOE members including teachers.


FAQs on Joining the Retired Teachers Chapter

How do I join the UFT's Retired Teachers Chapter?

Retiring members who wish to continue their UFT membership and take advantage of our many benefits must enroll to join the Retired Teachers Chapter. You can enroll online or download an application form on the UFT website and mail it to us at:

UFT Membership Dept.
50 Broadway, Fl 13
New York, NY 10004

How much will be deducted from my pension for union dues once I retire?

Union dues for members of the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC) are 0.4 of 1% based on their retirement allowance.

What information do I need to enter on my application for the Retired Teachers Chapter?

When filling out your application to join the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC), please include your name, file number/UFT ID number, exact retirement date, current contact information and pension provider. To avoid a delay in processing, please remember to sign and date the application. Applications with no signature will be returned.

After joining the Retired Teachers Chapter, do I need to send a payment for membership?

No, union dues for members of the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC) will be automatically deducted from your monthly pension. The RTC dues are .004% of your monthly pension.  

Once I retire, can I send my Retired Teachers Chapter and SHIP application at the same time?

Yes, you can send both enrollment applications for the RTC and SHIP together in the envelope included in the retirement packet you were given at your final pension consultation. However, to avoid a delay in processing, you also have the option of sending each application to their respective departments. 

How long does it take for my Retired Teachers Chapter application to be processed?

Applications for the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC) get processed on your date of retirement, however, due to a high volume of applicants, please allow for up to one week to complete the process.