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09/26/2017 - The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) had their 19th Biennial Convention in Detroit, Michigan from Sept. 6-9. Over 400 union delegates from across the country attended, representing 27 national unions. CLUW is a national women’s organization within the labor movement. Its goals are to empower women in the workplace, advance women in their unions and promote policies that support women and working families.
08/18/2017 - Early registration for the All Craft Conference and the Retirees Conference has been extended until September 8, 2017. The cost is $85 for the All Craft Conference and $40 for the Retirees Conference. After September 8, 2017, the cost for the All Craft Conference is $135 and $45 for the Retirees Conference.
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 - 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.
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.
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.