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Welcome to the pension system

As members of the UFT, you are entitled to a benefit that is becoming as rare as it is important — a traditional defined-benefit pension plan, the gold standard of retirement plans, which guarantees a lifetime annuity of regular payments based on...

Planning for difficult decisions

Many of us who retire at age 62 can expect to live longer than our forefathers. But to be safe, it's important to prepare by having family discussions about what to do in the event of a debilitating illness or death. Here is a list of topics to...

Your retirement timeline

Whether you are a new member, in mid-career or close to retirement, there are steps you can take to learn about your pension benefits and stay on track as you progress down the road to a financially secure retirement.

Designating your beneficiaries

You possess a valuable financial asset from participating in a defined-benefit pension system and saving money in a tax-deferred annuity. That’s why it’s important to designate beneficiaries, keep your beneficiary designations current after life...

TRS self-service website

The TRS website, was built to enable members to manage their accounts on their own schedules, and TRS routinely adds features. Members must register on the site if they do not already have a username and a password.

Purchasing credit for prior service

If you were a public employee who worked for New York City or New York State before joining the Teachers’ Retirement System or the Board of Education Retirement System, you may be able to purchase credit for that prior service and increase your Total...

Boost retirement with TDA

The Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) program is an excellent way for eligible UFT members to save extra money that will allow them to fully enjoy retirement. They can defer paying federal income taxes on their TDA, which lowers income taxes during their...

Good time to review your retiree benefits

The start of the school year is an excellent time to think about yourself and the best way to secure your future.

Your TDA choices

The UFT's Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) Program is one of the most popular benefits the union has won for its members, with more than 120,000 in-service members and retirees participating.

Pension options to consider

Experiencing a pandemic can be life-changing, especially for essential workers like UFT members who face its challenges every day. Sometimes that kind of experience makes people reevaluate their lives and their goals. They move, they reconnect with...