John P. Smeekens
*Director Position Vacant*
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.
Retiree Chapter Quarterly Business Meeting
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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
Retirees not yet members of the Chapter are welcome provided they are willing to complete a membership application at the event.
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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.