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 Working with Allies to Address Unintended Consequences
10/20/2016 - The APWU has joined with 74 other organizations to urge Congress to correct an outrageous disparity, Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor reports. Unless the legislature takes action, a miniscule 0.3 percent 2017 cost-of-living adjustment for millions of retirees will result in a substantial reduction in the annuities of hundreds of thousands of postal and federal employees who are enrolled in Medicare.
09/01/2016 - Time is running short for APWU retirees who are interested in applying for temporary positions as Holiday Clerk Assistants: Applications are due Sept. 11.
The Peak Season Exception Periods memo signed by President Mark Dimondstein and the USPS Vice President of Labor Relations in September 2015 has been carried forward into the new contract. Therefore, retirees will have the opportunity to be rehired as temporary Holiday Clerk Assistants again this year – this time in both Mail Processing and Customer Service.
09/01/2016 - This article first appeared in the September-October 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
As we go to press it is too early to know if retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in 2017.
The Social Security Board of Trustees will announce the 2017 COLA in October, and an update will be posted at apwu.org as soon as possible after the announcement is made. Current projections range from no adjustment to 0.2 percent increase.
APWU retirees no longer work in the post office, but they are still a fighting force in the union and their communities. Delegates from around the country who attended the Retiree Conference held in conjunction with the 23rd Biennial APWU National Convention made that crystal clear.
08/25/2016 - It’s a sign of the times: An energized, fighting spirit has gripped the APWU. To build on the momentum and secure a vibrant future for the union, convention delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution to create a National Young Members’ Committee.
07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue ofThe American Postal Worker Magazine)
It is an honor and privilege to serve as the new director of the APWU Retirees Department. I look forward to working together to continue the fight on issues of importance to retiree members and future retirees – active members. We are all part of the “Fight for Justice.” Lest anyone forget, retirees are part of the history and the fabric of APWU.
05/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
Retirees frequently search for ways to cut expenses. Recently, many have asked if you can still switch your coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) from Self and Family to Self Plus One.
04/11/2016 - APWU President Mark Dimondstein has appointed Judy Beard to serve as Legislative and Political director, effective April 16. She will fill the vacancy created when John Marcotte becomes Health Plan director following the retirement of William Kaczor. In accordance with APWU Constitution, the National Executive Board approved the appointments.
03/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
May is Older Americans Month. In keeping with our union’s tradition of observance, the APWU National Executive Board passed a resolution encouraging all our locals, state organizations and retiree and auxiliary chapters to hold events in honor of retirees. This is our way of thanking the retirees for their contributions.