This Week’s Focus
Flip your ballot and vote NO on Prop #1 on Election Day
Because there are no hotly contested races at the top of the ticket this year, we anticipate that overall voter turnout will be low on Election Day. That’s why it’s essential that every UFT member turns out to vote NO on Proposal #1. Also, take a moment this weekend to remind your friends and family in New York State to go to the polls on Nov. 7. The New York Timeseditorial board on Oct. 31 came out against a state constitutional convention, saying the risks are greater than the possible benefits. Read The New York Times editorial. In New York City, the following offices are also on Tuesday’s ballot: mayor, city comptroller, public advocate, the five borough presidents, all City Council seats and two district attorneys (Manhattan and Brooklyn). Check the full list of the union’s 2017 endorsed candidates on the UFT website to see whom the union is supporting in each race.
Donate a new toy for a deserving child
The UFT, in collaboration with the Coalition for the Homeless, is seeking your support to bring the joy of the holiday season to girls and boys who do not have a permanent home. Please join us by donating an unwrapped, brand-new toy for children — newborn to 16 years of age. Donations can be dropped off at a UFT borough office. We will accept donations until Wednesday, Dec. 6. For details, including who to contact in each borough office, see the Share in the Season of Joy flier.
Use our event hashtags when posting on social media during Teacher Union Day
We look forward this Sunday to celebrating the members and chapters that make the UFT a powerful voice for public education and working people. Please use the hashtags #TeacherUnionDay and #UnionProud when posting on Twitter and Instagram during the event. One of the highlights of this year’s celebration will be the presentation of the Charles Cogen Award, the highest honor the union gives to a member, to recently retired UFT Welfare Fund Executive Director Arthur Pepper. Pepper has held fast against any diminishment of members’ health care benefits in a challenging environment. This year’s event will also honor chapters, members and a school district that embraced the union’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign and made it their own by sharing photos and videos on social media, hosting events and engaging in activities that showcase the work of New York City public school students and educators. See the full list of honorees.
Your prescription drug benefits and the Express Scripts app
All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. Read this Know Your Benefits column to learn more about the types of prescription drugs covered by the plan, the three-tier co-pay structure and specialty drugs. UFT members who use a smartphone can download the Express Scripts Mobile app at the app store. This application provides a host of services including refills and renewals and a section called Medicine Cabinet (to check interactions, claims and history, which is great for reviewing a past drug you have taken). Best of all, if you have forgotten your drug card, the app has a copy available by just tapping the Prescription ID Card.
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