It’s everyone’s hope in retirement to be secure and worry-free. Unfortunately, this is not the case these days. We are facing extremely tough times both economically and politically, and there is much uncertainty and anxiety about what the future holds for working people.
We encourage all retirees to maintain your ties with the union and your colleagues by joining the Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC) of the BTU. Your monthly dues deduction ($5.00 for teachers and $2.50 for paras) will usually start a month after we receive your application for membership. Our membership year runs from September 1 through August 31.
You can receive your information packet with an application for membership by calling 617-288-2000 any Wednesday or Thursday between 10 AM and 2 PM. You must fill out an application to become a member. It is not automatic simply because you are retired.
- Retired Teachers' Membership Application
- Boston Retired Teachers 2018 Travel Program
August 25-26: The Beautiful Berkshires featuring the Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
This summer’s premier music festival brings the orchestra together with world-class performers, conductors and aspiring musicians! Conductors: Andris Nelson, Christoph Eschenback, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams! This event is sure to sell out, first come, first served as space is very limited.
September 12-13: Overnight in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Sunset Dune Safari with beach clambake, visit to Truro Vineyards, Chatham, Whydah Pirate Museum, and more!
October 21-23: Vermont Featuring the Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa
The Essex, Burlington’s only AA Four Diamond property, is nestled between beautiful Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield. We’ll enjoy a Chef Dinner Demo, you will have front row seating to view the culinary magic happen before your eyes! Touring of the area with a local guide featuring visits to Cabot Creamery, Morse Maple Farm, Montpelier — Vermont’s capitol and our nation’s oldest and best-preserved State House — Lake Champlain Chocolates, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, The Vermont Country Store and a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III, Lake Champlain’s largest cruise ship.
International trip! November 2-13: India
Join our group of retired BTU members as we sightsee and travel through India. This exciting excursion includes visits to schools, historic sights, fine dining and shopping. For more information, see our flyer, and contact our BTU/RTC International Travel Consultants: Dana Buefort at 617-838-9742, Maritza Agrait at 617-529-0519, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upcoming Events for Retirees
See our calendar of events to find out more about upcoming events for retirees. We’d love to have you join us!
- RTC Scholarships
In 2018, the BTU Retired Teachers Chapter awarded three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, or grandnephews of RTC members. One of our scholarships is earmarked for a student who wishes to attend a vocational school or equivalent institution.
Stay tuned for information about our 2019 scholarship applications!
- Reminder: Eye Care Info
Benefits of Membership
See below for some of the many benefits of RTC membership.
- RTC Scholarships
- RTC Eyeglass Benefit
Participants must be paid-up members of the BTU Retired Teachers Chapter for two full consecutive years before becoming eligible for this benefit. There will be no coverage for spouses or any other dependents, only for retired Teachers and Paraprofessionals.
Eye examinations are not included in this benefit. Members are expected to furnish their own prescription from their own doctor in order to obtain eyeglasses. Eyeglass prescriptions must be complete, signed, dated and be less than one year old.
The eyeglass benefit will consist of one complete pair of single vision or bifocal eyeglasses. The standard category of frames is available in this program at no cost to the members. Effective January 1, 2012 the benefit will include designer Metal frames at no cost to the member. The co-payment for Premier frames ($40.00) will still be in effect. All lens enhancement options that are available to Teachers and Paraprofessionals, are available to RTC members, with a co-payment for the upgrade items.
Members are allowed to use their own frames for this benefit in lieu of receiving a frame from the Eye Care Center for their benefit, if they so choose, as long as the Eye Care Center staff agrees that the member’s own frame is in good enough condition and is a prescription quality frame.
The RTC eyeglass benefit does not cover repair or replacement of damaged, lost or stolen eyeglasses. The Eye Care Center staff will adjust and help you maintain your eyewear if possible, but will not be able to provided any additional or replacement/repair parts for your eyeglasses
Eyeglasses will be provided not more frequently than once in any 24 month period. This benefit applies only if there is a change in prescription. As of January 1, 2011, eyeglasses may be provided under this benefit after 48 months whether there is any prescription change or not.
Members of the RTC, who have been active dues paying members for at least 12 months, may purchase additional pairs of eyeglass through the Eye Care Center’s Eyeglasses Puchase Program.
The Eye Care Center will be available for Retirees only by appointment. Appointments may be scheduled from September through June from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday,except for school vacation periods. To schedule an appointment to order or pick up your eyeglasses or to check on your eligibility you may call the Eye Care Center at 617-288-5540.
All visits to the Eye Care Center are by appointment only.
All payments for eyeglass purchases or upgrades must be made by check or money order.
Members covered by another BTU group plan or who have duplicate coverage are not eligible for eyeglasses through this benefit.
- RTC Dental Plan Benefit
Full or partial coverage for most dental procedures provided by the Delta Dental Plan at a reasonable monthly fee. Click here to view the procedures covered by the Delta Dental Plan. For additional information, contact the RTC.
- RTC Medical Insurance Benefit
Medical Insurance (other than that which is provided by the city)
For further information call: 1-800- 272-4AFT
- RTC Additional Benefits and Discounts
- Complimentary Luncheon: Once a year a complimentary luncheon for our members is held. Members are invited to bring a guest at a nominal fee.
- Publications: The Boston Union Teacher newspaper (ten times a year)
- Membership Meetings: Two times a year. Each fall and spring, an open membership meeting is held in the morning. A guest speaker is invited; coffee and light refreshments are served.
- Travel trips: Designed by and for our members.
- Scholarships to deserving high school seniors who are children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews of RTC members.
- RTC Extended Benefits and Discounts Through AFT Massachusetts
- Lobbyist: AFT Massachusetts, AFT, and AFL-CIO represents us at the State and National level.
- Car: A combination pricing information service at a discount purchasing plan for new cars. Call: 1-800-221-4001.
- Group Rates for Life Insurance and Catastrophic Major
- Legal Services: Free initial consultation, document review and follow-up services. 30% discount on more complex legal matters. Call: 1-800-272-4238
- Magazine Subscription Service: Reduced rates on more than 200 magazines and periodicals. Call: 1-800-877-7238.
- Hearing Care Discount Program
We now have a discount hearing aid benefit and we have a brochure to explain how it works.To view the program Click here.
Resources for Retirees
Check out our list of retiree resources, and feel free to share others with us!
- RTC What You Want To Know Before You Retire
Planning for retirement is a big step. Start by downloading a free copy of the RTC’s “What You Want To Know Before You Retire” guide for advice on everything from insurance changes to severance agreements.
- Massachusetts Retirement Board
Visit the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System page for information on the largest of the Commonwealth’s 104 contributory retirement systems. The site provides information on retirement, disability and survivor benefits.
- Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)
Visit the PERAC website for Public Employee Retirement information.
There you can read online and download copies of “The Massachusetts Public Employee Retirement Guide,” “Guide to Survivor Benefits for Public Employees,” “Guide to Disability Retirement for Public Employees” and “Retiree Rights and Responsibilities.”
Visit the MassSmart page to find out about the Massachusetts deferred compensation SMART Plan for saving and investing on a tax-deferred basis, along with investment options, access to local representatives and call center support, free financial education and planning tools to help you prepare for retirement.
- Mass Retirees
Visit the Mass Retirees page: Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts
- AFT Massachusetts
Visit the AFT Massachusetts page for information about pending legislation relevant to retirement.