About the Retirees Department

The APWU Retirees Department is the voice of retired APWU members — within the union and on Capitol Hill.

Retiree Q&A Center

If you have any questions about when to retire from the USPS or questions about what retirement benefits you are owed from your time as a postal employee, please email RetireeQandA@apwu.org.

Retirement Benefit Questions

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

What will happen to your federal retirement benefit should you resign/separate from the USPS prior to being eligible to retire depends on several factors, starting with how much creditable federal service you have when you leave.

Active duty military service credit can be considered towards retirement eligibility, however, federal employees must complete a minimum of five years of civilian federal service covered by FERS retirement deductions to meet the minimum requirements for a FERS retirement benefit.

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Latest News for Retirees

October 13, 2020

Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1....

September 16, 2020

Retirement Benefit Questions

(This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) What will...

July 1, 2020

APWU Retirees Still Fighting for Justice

(This article first appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) This summer marks...

July 1, 2020

APWU Retirees Still Fighting for Justice

(This article first appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) This summer marks...