John P. Smeekens
*Director Position Vacant*
Retiree Chapter Meeting
Thursday December 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Retiree Chapter Members:
The next business meeting is scheduled for Louie's Pizzeria at 23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030 at 2:00PM on Thurs Dec 13, 2018. The agenda will include the discussion regarding our Holiday Luncheon, treasurer's report and future expenditures. Hope to see you there.
Civil Service Retirement Seminar
We have scheduled our next Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirement planning seminar for 4:00 PM Sunday, April 14, 2019. The seminar will follow our regular scheduled general membership meeting at the American Legion Hall located at 2079 W 12 Mile Rd, Berkley Michigan. Please contact the Union office to reserve a seat. Remember this is exclusively for the “old-timers” in CSRS.
The folks in this group are almost certainly eligible to retire, so if you are considering retirement feel free to contact me at the Union office before the seminar. If you do plan on attending the April 14th session, it would be beneficial to bring along a pay stub, social security information (if you have any), TSP information (If you have TSP) and a benefit estimate from LiteBlue.
We will be covering all the aspects of CSRS including but not limited to service year credits, calculation of pension benefits, spousal benefits, health care benefits, TSP, Social Security in conjunction with CSRS and more. Hopefully, we will be able to cover everything in two hours.
In the meantime, take a look at what your budget will be after retirement. Consider the following: Is the house paid off? If not, when will it be? What is the status of credit card debt? What benefit do I need to provide my spouse upon my death? What do I intend to do in retirement?
Knowing the answers to the above questions will help in the decision as to when to retire. I look forward to seeing everyone in April.
Retiree Chapter News
The Local’s Retiree Chapter was organized over four years ago with the purpose working together to maintain our benefits as well as an opportunity to have continued fellowship. We meet quarterly to deal with our business as well as making new friends and seeing our old friends. All Local retirees are welcome to join the Chapter. Contact me at the Union office for the membership application.
The Retiree Chapter met December 13th for our quarterly meeting at Louie’s Pizzeria. It was decided to have our holiday luncheon at the MGM Palette Buffet on Thursday February 21, 2019. The event is open and free to all those Local retirees that are currently paying the $3 per month retiree dues. Those that have not as yet joined the Chapter will be welcome provided they are prepared to sign up at the event. If you are willing to join, please bring your CSA number and we’ll see you there.
The next quarterly Retiree Chapter business meeting will be Thursday March 21, 2019 once again at Louie’s Pizzeria in Hazel Park. Pizza, salad and soft drinks are provided. The officers will be providing updates on the current contract negotiations and legislative activity that could impact our retirement benefits. We will also be discussing future social activities. I hope to see you there as well.
Why Should Senior Citizens
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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.