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Please browse this page (and come back often!) to view helpful information related to the OCTA! 


Interested in learning more?
How well do you know your paycheck?
Ever wonder what those codes stand for in the DEDUCTIONS section of your paycheck? Please see below to get a better understanding of the most common codes and their meaning.

FICA is social security
MEDI is Medicare
FEDERAL is federal tax
STATE is state tax
D/I OCTA is disability insurance
HI10F12% is 10 month family health
MED/DENT is your flex spending account
NYSUT is a benefit option through NYSUT member benefits
(life insurance/ vision)
OCTA28+ is your union dues
OPL is city library contribution

Did you know that you are also a member of the New York State United Teachers Union??

Welcome to NYSUT, our union representing more than 600,000 professionals who work in, or are retired from, New York’s schools, colleges and health care facilities.

We are classroom teachers, college and university faculty and professional staff, school bus drivers, librarians, custodians, secretaries, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and teacher aides, nurses and health care technicians. We are one union — working together to remain strong for our members and champion the good work you do every day.

To your left, is a link to The NYSUT Member Guide:
What Every NYSUT Member Should Know. Click to find out more about what it means to be involved in a union!! 
​Your statewide union has a political fund-raising arm called VOTE-COPE. VOTE-COPE is NYSUT's non-partisan action fund that coordinates the voluntary contributions of members and supports NYSUT-endorsed candidates and campaign committees that are pro-public-education and pro-labor.

No NYSUT dues dollars are used to support candidates or campaign committees.

Click on the VOTE-COPE banner to watch a short video on the POWER of VOTE-COPE! (NOTE: you must log in with your NYSUT username and password to view the video! Don't have a NYSUT account yet? Don't worry! You can create one at the login page . . . 
Why give to VOTE-COPE?