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Retiree Chapter Picnic

Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm


This year’s retiree picnic will be Wednesday September 26, 2018 at Sterling Heights' Dodge Park Pavilion #2 located at Utica Road and Dodge Park. We will have our quarterly business session at noon before starting the picnic. The picnic will start at 1:00 pm. This event is open to members of the Local’s Retiree Chapter and their guests. If you are a 480-481 Area Local APWU Local retiree but not yet a member of the Chapter you are welcome to come to the picnic and sign up.

View/download a map showing the pavillion's location.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
Secretary Treasurer

Retiree Chapter Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes
Louie’s Pizzeria March 28, 2018 Attendance; 14
Treasure’s Report $11,408.12
MGM Luncheon was only $241.50

Conventions – How many delegates, what expenses – Gordon stated that it would cost approx. $600 per person for MPWU and about $1000 per person for APWU. A discussion concluded with a motion (John Smeekens 2nd Teresa Williams) to send up to two delegates to both conventions (amended to three delegates) (PASSED). MPWU Delegates will be Dave Campbell & Teresa Williams.

Future expenses at our quarterly meetings – Discussion opened regarding paying for food at our business meetings. Motion by Rose Byrnes 2nd Mary Bailey: The Chapter can spend up to $150 for food at our Quarterly Meetings (PASSED).

Legislative news HR 756 and related Legislation – Gordon passed out an informational flyer re Postal legislation. Opened a lengthy discussion re Medicare and Postal Reform. It was decided that we need to stay on top of this issue and take appropriate action when necessary.

New Business – Next meeting? Let’s come back to Louie’s, It was agreed for June 27th, but later moved to Wed June 20th.

Motion to Adjourn 2:44 Smeekens 2nd Rose (PASSED)

Joe Gordon
Secretary Treasurer

Teleconference 4-5-18

The National APWU Retiree Department conducted a teleconference yesterday that addressed the following:

The Senate has introduced a postal reform bill (S-2629) that addresses the concerns that had been raised by the Unions. There will be “opt out” options regarding the mandating of Medicare B for postal retirees. Also, the language regarding cluster boxes has been removed.

Sun Carney spoke regarding the current class action NRP lawsuit. It appears that some 18,000 APWU retirees may be eligible to be in the class. The phone number for information is 877-272-4066.

There will be National Action Days where the Local will be leafleting the public regarding postal issues related to our upcoming contract negotiations. President Dimondstein has asked that the Retiree Chapters help out in this endeavor.


2018 Annual Retiree Chapter Hosted Luncheon

We have scheduled the Retiree Chapter hosted luncheon at the MGM Casino Detroit for Thursday February 15, 2018. All Retiree Chapter members are invited for a free meal at the Palette Buffet inside the MGM Grand Casino. We will be meeting inside the MGM just outside the Palette at 2:00 PM.

Please RSVP by February 12th ( to allow for us to notify the Palette regarding our number. We look forward to this get together as an opportunity for fellowship in addition to “nourishment”, if you know what I mean. If you need directions please contact me at the Union office or by email

Retirees not yet members of the Chapter are welcome provided they are willing to complete a membership application at the event.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
Sec/Treas Retiree Chapter

Why Should Senior Citizens
Support Postal Workers?

Did you know...

The Postal Service does not receive a dime of taxpayer money.

The Postal Service had an operating profit of over a billion dollars last year.

Postal management is cutting back on service in ways that will harm senior citizens.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU), along with other unions and community groups have formed a Grand Alliance to preserve good jobs and good service.

The APWU contract expires May 20th. We are bargaining not just for our own wages and benefits, but for quality mail service. Management plans to close 82 processing plants this year. A letter mailed in Lansing to an address just across the street will no longer be processed locally and delivered the next day. It will be sent to Pontiac and take 2-3 days to travel across the street. In Pontiac, and plants across the country, they are practically eliminating the midnight shift, moving employees to day shift and afternoons. The midnight shift gets mail sorted and out to the carrier for delivery in the morning. Now it’ll have to wait another day.

The APWU Strategy

APWU is fighting these cutbacks. In contract negotiations, we are demanding that these cutbacks be reversed. We want USPS to provide more service to the community. We want to make it harder for management to close a post office that serves your neighborhood. And the alliance we build will fight attempts to eliminate door-to-door delivery in favor of cluster boxes (meaning you’d have to walk a block or so to pick up mail that used to come right to your door).

The current and proposed future postal cutbacks hit senior citizens harder than most. Many of us don’t feel comfortable using the Internet to pay our bills, and the delays in processing mail could cause our payment to arrive late. If we have to walk some distance to get our mail every day, that could be problematic for many of us. The same could be said if they eliminate the nearest post office and make us travel further to handle postal issues.

The Grand Alliance includes National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Alliance for Retired Americans, as well as Jobs with Justice and about 60 other national organizations. The Alliance will continue past the contract to fight to protect the Post Office from those who would dismantle and destroy it. So please join us in the continuing struggle for good jobs and good service.


Retiree Bulletin Board

Retirees may post social events by emailing them to Elaine Dunlap or Joe Gordon through the web site. The Retiree Chapter is not endorsing or advertising these events, just letting retirees know what other retirees are doing.

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Retiree Chapter Constitution [PDF]
  480-481 Dave Lenard Retiree Chapter Constitution
  as amended May 4, 2015

APWU Retirees in Action [PDF]
  By Judy Beard, Director of Retirees Department
  APWU National Executive Council Meeting, March 3-6, 2014


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The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pinckney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Troy, Troy Customer Care Center, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.

The Union office is normally open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.