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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
Agenda: Discussion on the possible Medicare mandate for retirees and
Retiree Chapter Picnic
The 2017 Dave Lenard Retiree Chapter picnic is on for Thursday August
24th at Halmich Park in
Warren on 13 Mile between Ryan and Dequindre, from noon until 3 pm. All Retiree
Chapter members are invited and all retired postal workers are welcome as guests
of the retiree chapter.
This will be primarily a social function to spend some time with old friends
and coworkers. It will also be an opportunity to bring everyone up to date on the
legislation that may well impact our health care. It will be necessary to RSVP
to ensure that we have enough hot dogs, chips and soda (H2O). Please have
members and guests respond through this email address:
PS: We could use some volunteers for the day of the picnic, i.e. hot dog
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
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
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
Please visit the
APWU Retirees page for more retiree related news.
are intended for questions of a general nature and are not for formal administration of the grievance procedure.
Individuals with specific questions and or problems must contact their steward within 14 days in order to protect grievance time limits.
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.