As the UFT Representative of a school I view it as part of my duty to make sure my members know what resources are available to them. To that end I co-hosted a Pension Clinic with the school downstairs (Brooklyn New School) about one of the best benefits of being part of a strong union. As part of the UFT we not only have a defined benefit pension we also have access to Tax-Deferred Annuities with incredible interest rates. My coworker who retired last year benefited from a lot of that and is living off it for the rest of his life (he is age 58, retired early through a special program) and he can raise his kids with peace of mind.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!