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Member-only discounts

Did you know that your UFT membership is a special pass to savings — on movie and theater tickets, travel, clothing, health and wellness, school supplies and more?

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Victim Support Program

Did you know there’s a place to turn for support — both at and away from your work site — when tragedy strikes? It’s the Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department and the New York City Department of Education.

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UFT-represented employees receive regular pay increases negotiated in each Department of Education-UFT contract as well as differentials, step payments and longevity increases based on level of education and years of service. 

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Fulfilling your CTLE requirements

In 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted standards that require certain teachers and paraprofessionals to collect and track professional learning credits called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. The following Q&A will help you learn more about how to fulfill your CTLE requirements.

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360-degree wellness

School professionals have challenging jobs. Our work includes taking care of the needs of students, colleagues and community members, as well as taking care of ourselves and our families. A 360-degree approach to wellness can help.

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Retiring in June? Take these steps first

If you are planning to retire at the end of June, this is the time to start thinking about what you need to do. Members of TRS and BERS often retire immediately after the school year ends. If you are considering this major step, you should attend to the following items now.

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Absences and leaves for paraprofessionals

If you are a paraprofessional, have you ever wondered what your rights are in terms of leave time and absence from work? You earn one sick leave day for every month in which you are in service for at least 16 calendar days. The maximum number of sick leave days earnable in a school year is 10 for September through June.

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Social Security changes in 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced in October.

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Eyeglasses and contact lenses

As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain an optical service once every two years.

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Borrowing from your retirement funds

One of the many benefits of our Teachers’ Retirement System is that we each have the ability to borrow against our retirement funds.