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APWU Web News Article 95-2008

Retirees to Get Big Cost-of-Living Raise

Increases to be Reflected in January Annuity Checks

10/16/2008 - Postal and federal workers who retired under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) will soon receive the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in more than 25 years, and the COLA for the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) is its largest COLA ever, according to information released by the Department of Labor. The increases will become effective Dec. 1 and will be reflected in January annuity checks.

APWU Web News Article 80-2008

VER Offers Expanded

Burrus to Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Employees: Don't Go!

09/04/2008 - With news that the Postal Service will offer Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) to Motor Vehicle Services and Maintenance Craft employees — except Electronic Technicians — APWU President William Burrus is reiterating his advice to union members: DON’T GO! 

“My reasoning is simple,” he said. “Every APWU-represented employee who leaves early will save the USPS hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet the Postal Service is refusing to offer cash incentives.”

APWU News Bulletin

In Historic Speech, NALC's Young Emphasizes 'Need to Work Together'

08/19/2008 -

President Bill Young stands with President Bill Burrus.

In an inspiring speech that brought rank-and-file members of APWU crafts to their feet several times, National Association of Letter Carriers President Bill Young gave an emphatic call for standing together to get this country headed back in the right direction.

“Something’s got to change, and we’ve got make it happen,” Young said during an address to APWU delegates on the first day of the convention. “The men and women of the NALC are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women of the APWU to make sure that it does."

APWU Web News Article 76-2008

$1,477 Raise on Aug. 30

COLA Increase Will Be Highest in History

08/14/2008 - Thanks to a cost-of-living adjustment that will be the highest in APWU-bargaining history, postal workers represented by the union will be receiving an annual raise of $1,477 at the end of the month. 

The increase is the result of the Consumer Price Index rise during July, the last month of the most recent six-month Cost-of-Living measuring period under the 2006 National Agreement. 

APWU News Bulletin

Burrus to VER-Eligible Employees: 'DON'T GO'

07/15/2008 - With news that eligible employees will soon be receiving notice from the Postal Service about an offer of Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), APWU President William Burrus is advising union members to delay making a decision as long as possible. 

“The decision about when to retire is a personal one that is influenced by family obligations and lifestyle,” Burrus said. “But the attractiveness of ending a career early should be weighed with consideration of factors that may not be readily apparent.”