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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.

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.

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.

Budget Deal Protecting Social Security and Medicare Beneficiaries Passes U.S. House

10/30/2015 -  

Congressional leaders and the White House announced on Monday that they had reached a deal to avert default and keep the government funded. Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner helped arrange the deal, which also cleared the way for new Speaker Paul Ryan to become the new Speaker without having to worry about clashes over the debt limit and budget issues until 2017.

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.

 

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