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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.

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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.

Donald Trump’s “Wages are Too High” Mentality is an Attack on Social Security

11/13/2015 -

During Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump answered a question about raising the minimum wage by saying that wages are too high. Rather than taking on Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson helped reinforce that message by stating their own opposition to a minimum wage hike.

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill Providing One-time Payment of $581 to Social Security Beneficiaries, Veterans

11/06/2015 -  

 

 

On Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced S. 2251, the Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act. The bill would provide a one-time payment in 2016 to Social Security beneficiaries, veterans, and others of $581, or 3.9% of the average Social Security retirement benefit.

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

We have a tradition in this country of celebrating birthdays by sending cards and giving gifts.

Rep. Allan Grayson (D-FL) celebrated Medicare’s 50th birthday by introducing the “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act” (H.R. 3308), which would expand Medicare coverage.

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