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Tom Murphy
A symbiotic connection

Are UFT retirees missing out when they attend union events and courses remotely? The Si Beagle Learning Center now offers remote courses, activities and seminars that were only available in person before the pandemic. But there is growing pressure to organize more in-person activities, and the RTC is trying to provide both options.

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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. 

Filling a void with novels about her heritage

Retired educator Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa has sought refuge in libraries and books her whole life, and now she is contributing her own works to libraries — historical novels that reflect the richness, complexity, beauty and brutality of her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage.

Technology in the ESL classroom
Putting technology to work in Queens

The Retired Teachers Chapter's Queens section continues to develop the rich selection of remote classes it created during the pandemic — from baking and line dancing to guitar — and is taking its use of technology to a new level in the process.

Seniors beware
Seniors beware: Scammers often target the elderly

Senior citizens need to be wary of emails, phone calls and text messages designed to get them to hand over money or share personal information, an elder fraud expert told UFT retirees at the Retired Teachers Chapter membership meeting in May. Fraud is a booming business, said Anna Diao, chief of the Elder Fraud Unit in the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Retiree Health Care Committee relays member questions

The RTC's volunteer Retiree Health Care Committee has been busy since its inception studying, evaluating and then explaining for members the premium-free health plan for retirees adopted in July by the Municipal Labor Committee. 

Virtual travel keeps members on the ‘move’

Si Beagle trips make a seamless transition from in-person walking tours to virtual excursions for Retired Teachers Chapter members.

New health plan for Medicare-eligible retirees

Following months of painstaking negotiations, the Municipal Labor Committee voted on July 14 to approve a new group health care plan for all Medicare-eligible New York City retirees that allows the municipal unions to address the rising cost of health care while maintaining their current benefits and quality of care.

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan

The Municipal Labor Committee on July 14 voted to approve the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan for Medicare-eligible New York City retirees. The following Q&A answers some of the most common questions that retired UFT members have.

Special Retiree Health Care Committee established

A 50-member volunteer Retiree Health Care Committee has been created by the Retired Teachers Chapter to serve as middlemen between the chapter and union leadership on health care topics.

IRMAA 2020 reimbursement

IRMAA 2020 reimbursements are scheduled to be issued by the end of October 2021.