05/03/2010 - Many APWU members who retired in October have reported that they still have not received regular annuity checks. We also have heard that many retirees receive a busy signal every time they call the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on the agency’s toll-free number.
10/28/2009 - President Obama signed legislation Oct. 28 that will allow postal and federal workers who retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to receive credit for sick leave when they retire.
10/22/2009 - At long last! After a protracted campaign, postal and federal workers who retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) will receive credit for sick leave when they retire.
10/09/2009 - The campaign to win sick-leave credit for workers who retire under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) got a big boost this week when it was included in a compromise version of the 2010 Defense Authorization bill.
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.
09/10/2008 - APWU President William Burrus has notified the Postal Service of significant errors in information the USPS provided to employees eligible for Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), and has requested management’s “immediate attention to these matters” so that employees do not suffer irrevocable harm as a result.
VER Offers Expanded
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.”
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."
$1,477 Raise on Aug. 30
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.
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.”