01/17/2013 - As approximately 20,000 union members prepare to retire at the end of January and February, the APWU is wishing them well and encouraging them to stay connected to the union and their co-workers by joining the Retirees Department.
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:
- The APWU Health Plan
- The APWU Mastercard
- Voluntary Benefits Plan programs
(Including Group Legal Services, Hospital Indemnity Insurance, and the Basic Care Hospital Plan).
- APWU Accident Benefit Association protection against temporary disability, dismemberment, or death as a result of a covered accident. Remember, Accidents Never Retire!
- Union Plus discounts and services
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
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 RetireeQandA@apwu.org. We will gladly assist you in every way possible.