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Florida RTC office gets facelift for members

The 7,500 UFT retirees who live permanently in Florida, as well as thousands of winter part-timers known as “snow birds,” continue to await the reopening of the remodeled Florida Retiree Center in Boca Raton, the busy hub that serves them all.

It’s time to take action

Lily Tomlin: “Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” In the White House, the occupant has been whining, finger-pointing, dividing and complaining since Day One. Imagine having him in your classroom as a student. But the complainer in chief isn’t alone. We all indulge. My message is: Complain but act.

Florida office ribbon-cutting

RTC members in Florida flocked to Boca Raton for the reopening of the remodeled Florida Retiree Center on Feb. 27. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Treasurer Debra Penny cut the ribbon during the ceremony, while (back, from second left) Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy and Florida Section Coordinator Ken Goodfriend joined other onlookers.

Office of Labor Relations update

The Office of Labor Relations is still closed and working remotely. Anything that was mailed in, rather than submitted via email, will be addressed when the office reopens. We will let you know as soon as it reopens.

Automatic COLA increase

In 2000, after several frustrating years, the UFT, NYSUT and the rest of the state’s labor movement convinced New York State to provide an annual, permanent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to retiree pensions. 

Fall SI BEAGLE Courses/Seminars

The Fall 2020 Si Beagle courses and seminars are being held remotely from your home.  We are using the Zoom platform to meet, greet and interact.  Please download the Zoom app. You will receive an email invitation from your instructor to join the class on Zoom with the necessary links.   Please make sure your email address and phone number are up to date with the UFT Membership Department.

Contacting TRS while offices are closed

Teachers’ Retirement System offices are still closed to visitors, but TRS is finding other ways to serve its members during the pandemic period. 

New Jersey members focused on November election

Retiree volunteers in New Jersey are ready to launch a telephone campaign to get out the vote for presidential candidate Joe Biden and all the other Democratic candidates on the state ballot in the crucial upcoming election, reports Judy Rosenstein, the coordinator of the Garden State’s RTC section.

Former Brooklyn teacher finds ‘Joy’ in retirement

Jennifer Hardy’s new life as a competing equestrian in the state renowned for the Churchill Downs racetrack and the Kentucky Derby is a dream come true.