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Thank You for Your Service

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor  


APWU member Betsy Huff at the Retiree
Conference in Las Vegas.

As we enter the season of gratitude, I want to first thank all of our veterans and active military personnel for their service. In recognition of Veterans’ Day, I share the story of one of our APWU retiree members, a Navy veteran who has truly been Aging Out Loud.

Retirees Friday Alert:

2018 Social Security COLA to Health Care Executive Order

10/13/2017 -

HEADLINES: 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums; House Slashes Medicare to Fund Children’s Health Insurance Program; President Trump Signs Health Care Executive Order, Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies; CNN: Investigation Finds Drug May Be Inappropriately Prescribed Pill to Nursing Home Residents; Nebraska Alliance Elects Officers, Wisconsin Alliance Draws Gubernatorial Candidates.

Organizing for Action in 2017

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 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.

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.

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.

Congressional Democrats Draw Line in the Sand over Social Security, Medicare Cuts

10/23/2015 -

The November 3 deadline for raising the federal debt limit is fast approaching, bringing with it the risk of a U.S. credit default if Congress fails to act. Democrats in Congress have drawn an early line in the sand, saying they will reject any effort by Republicans to cut earned Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of this fall's budget talks, according to Politico and a source familiar with the discussions. This means that Republican leaders in the U.S. House will likely have to rely on Democratic votes to increase the debt limit without any policy concessions.

 

APWU Web News Article 190-2014

Retiree COLAs Set at 1.7%

10/22/2014 - The Social Security Administration has announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 1.7 percent for the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The increase will be reflected in January 2015 annuity payments.

APWU Retirees Rock

10/14/2014 - Many APWU members ask, “What do I do once I retire?” It is, of course, a personal choice. However, I have a suggestion: Become a union activist. Many of our members understand the importance of staying involved with the union and keeping up with important issues that affect retirees, our families, our former co-workers, and the American people.

That’s what activism is all about, and it keeps you pretty busy. The Retirees Department works to keep you up-to-date on important issues hoping that you will get involved. I proudly boast that, based on reports from our retiree chapters, many of our members are active organizers in the union and their communities. But there is room to increase our involvement.

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