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2023 COLA increase is 2.5%

Thanks to the advocacy of labor unions, including the UFT, each year retired public employees in New York State receive an adjustment to their pensions linked to an increase in the cost of living.

Bringing retired paras into the UFT fold

The UFT has initiated an outreach program to determine how the union can best support retired paraprofessionals. The Retired Teachers Chapter includes approximately 7,600 paraprofessionals.

Aetna health plan put on hold

The city’s roughly 250,000 Medicare-eligible retirees will remain in their current health plans with the same benefits this fall after a trial court judge this summer blocked the city from moving ahead with the Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO Plan. The city is appealing the decision.

UFT founder Leo Hoenig dies

Leo Hoenig, a founder of the UFT and longtime active member of the Retired Teachers Chapter, died on June 3 at age 86.

Nassau "Not Back To School" Luncheon

After four years, our annual Nassau Section “Not Back to School” Luncheon is returning. Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park, 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

MSK Direct for retirees facing cancer

The UFT has a partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Northeast, that benefits both in-service and retired UFT members. When you or a family member is facing a cancer diagnosis, MSK’s specialists and services are available to you.