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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.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
Secretary Treasurer


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 (jflashgordon@sbcglobal.net) 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 jflashgordon@sbcglobal.net.

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


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.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon


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.

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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.


Retiree Chapter Meeting Minutes


Documents

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.