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APWU Web News Article 231-2016

Paltry COLA Will Leave Postal, Federal Retirees Worse Off

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.

APWU Web News Article 202-2016

Attention Retirees:

Applications for Holiday Temp Jobs Due Sept. 11

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.

COLA Projection for 2017?

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.

Still ‘Fighting for Justice’

07/08/2016 - (This article first appeared in the July-August issue of The American Postal Worker Magazine)


Members of the San Francisco Local at an Older Americans Month luncheon.

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.

APWU Web News Article 081-2016

Judy Beard to Take the Reins as Legislative Director;

Nancy Olumekor to Fill Retirees Spot

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. 

Older Americans Month Contest

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.

Retirees Educational Conference

01/01/2016 -


Velma Chism, Ohio State Retirees president, (second
from right), received the John R. Smith Award.

(This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Over 200 retirees attended the National Retirees Educational Conference, held in Las Vegas Oct. 12-14.  

President Dimondstein’s opening remarks on the status of contract negotiations and the values of postal banking motivated retirees to commit to getting more involved in the APWU contract campaign.

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