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The APWU: Still Fighting for You!

You helped build the union. You were there when the APWU fought for — and won — better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Now, as a postal retiree, you rely on the retirement benefits and healthcare coverage the union negotiated to enrich the quality of your life.

Although you have moved on to a new chapter in your life, we hope you will remain involved with the union as an active member of the APWU Retirees Department.

Stay Involved in Union Affairs! 

Join the APWU Retirees Department Today

For only $36 per year (which can be deducted in $3 increments from your monthly annuity check), your membership entitles you to a voice in union affairs and to participate in:

You will also receive a certificate for a free $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance policy, a continuing subscription to The American Postal Workermagazine, and access to the Members Only pages on the APWU Web site.

Joining the APWU Retirees Department is also a great way to stay in touch with old friends and make new ones! Participating in union activities is a great way to get involved. Click here for a list of chapters and information about how to form a chapter.

How to Join

Any former member of the American Postal Workers Union — or of any of the five predecessor unions that merged in 1970 to form the APWU — is eligible for membership in the APWU Retirees Department.

To join, click here to download a membership form, or call or write to the APWU Retirees Department at the address given below. Send a copy of the form to:

APWU Retirees Department
1300 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-8584

Retiree COLA Information

Retiree Q & A Center

Decisions about retirement are among the most important you will ever make. Knowing how to navigate the paperwork and make the calculations to understand your retirement plan can be daunting.

The APWU Retirees Department is here to help.

If you have questions regarding military buy-back, disability retirement, Social Security, Medicare, part-time regular calculations, supplemental annuity, cost-of-living adjustments, reporting death claims, Windfall Elimination and Government Pension Offset, or any other questions pertaining to planning your retirement, please email us at We will gladly assist you in every way possible.


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MID-TERM Elections: Use Your Voice and Your Vote

Elect to Protect your Federal Pension Benefits and the Postal Service

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor

Retirees in Action
(L-R) Roosevelt Daniel, President of the California Area Local Retiree Chapter,
with Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31) 
Letitia Ochoa, Vice President California Area Local Retiree Chapter.

Use your voice to let the candidates running for the U.S. House and the Senate know that you and your family will only vote for those candidates that are committed to protecting your hard-earned benefits. This includes your federal pension, i.e., CSRS or FERS; Social Security; Medicare; health insurance and life insurance.

Tell those candidates running for Congress in your area that you will only support candidates who are opposed to privatizing the Postal Service and the federal agencies such as OPM, Social Security and Veterans Administration. Let the candidates know that you are only voting for candidates who will fight to protect and preserve the Postal Service and federal agencies.


Members in Action

07/27/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 


Teresa Oller, steward from Portland OR Area Local, 
helps lead a rally against jobs and service cuts. 

In June, as the APWU bargaining team prepared for contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service, union members in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio rallied with supporters to protest job and service cuts that have led to long lines and delays in mail service.

How You Can Engage at Every Age

05/01/2018 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor 

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that we are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities

Organizing for Action in 2017

11/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Sisters and brothers, an important part of our fight to protect and secure our hard-earned benefits and to help to preserve the Postal Service includes the continued growth of the APWU Retirees Department. Our collective efforts will help us achieve our goals. Retiree Chapter members participate in social, political, legislative, and educational activities for the dual purposes of improving retirees’ quality of life and reaching out to help those less fortunate. Retiree Chapters also assist APWU local and state organizations. The members of Retiree Chapters have proven to be an asset to the union at every level – as mentors and a support system for our local unions.

APWU Retirees Rock

10/14/2014 - Many APWU members ask, “What do I do once I retire?” It is, of course, a personal choice. However, I have a suggestion: Become a union activist. Many of our members understand the importance of staying involved with the union and keeping up with important issues that affect retirees, our families, our former co-workers, and the American people.

That’s what activism is all about, and it keeps you pretty busy. The Retirees Department works to keep you up-to-date on important issues hoping that you will get involved. I proudly boast that, based on reports from our retiree chapters, many of our members are active organizers in the union and their communities. But there is room to increase our involvement.


Do You Have What It Takes to Vote?

09/11/2014 - There has been a lot of information on TV, in newspapers, and online about changes in voting procedures for the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 4. Voter identification laws have made it more difficult for seniors to exercise their right to participate in the election process in many states.

Seniors who don’t drive may not have the necessary ID and, depending on the state, there may even be a fee to obtain proper ID.

APWU Web News Article 060-2013

St. Louis Retirees Celebrate Older Americans Month

05/15/2013 - Approximately 250 APWU retirees celebrated Older Americans Month in St. Louis on May 10. “Our retirees were not only happy to begin a new chapter of their lives, they were also fired up and ready to stop post office closings, protect service standards, and support legislation that would stop cuts to seniors’ benefits,” said Retirees Director Judy Beard.

APWU Web News Article 041-2013

APWU Honors the Achievements Of Older Americans

04/15/2013 - In recognition of the achievements of our retirees and older union members, the APWU will celebrate Older Americans Month in May. The union is encouraging all APWU state and local affiliates to recognize the countless contributions that APWU retirees have made and continue to make to the APWU, the labor movement, their communities, and their families, and the nation.