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.
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.
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.