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Retiree Chapter Meeting

Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Polish Century Club 2975 Maple Rd (at Dequindre)

This is a meeting for all retirees that pay the $3.00 monthly dues; however all retirees are welcome to attend and join the Chapter. Applications will be available.

Agenda: Discussion on the possible Medicare mandate for retirees and retiree picnic.

2017 Casino Excursion

I am a volunteer for the Ways and Means Committee and this is a fundraiser for the group that may be of interest to our members.

Joe Gordon

To: Friends & Associates
From: The “Ways & Means” Community Foundation
Subject: 2017 Casino Excursion

Hi Everyone,

Once again the “Ways & Means” Community Foundation is planning a one (1) day excursion to Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. This year the excursion is planned for Saturday, November 4th. (Registration flyers available here)

You and your friends are invited to join us; there are still seats available (hope to see you on the bus)!

This excursion is a fundraiser to help support the Foundation’s Incentivized Reading Program for youth and the Detroit Repertory Theatre – Community Actor’s Workshop Program. For more information visit the Foundation’s website at


James E Means

Executive Director

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, Pickney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.

The Union office is normally open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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.