John P. Smeekens
*Director Position Vacant*
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.
Every member should be concerned about the potential regressive actions targeting our retirement benefits as well as any legislative action that may well effect us as postal workers. The National APWU has put together a list of "Legislative Priorities". I encourage you to take the time to read the linked pages. I also encourage you to contribute to COPA.
Proposed Constitutional Change
Midwestern Dental Premiums Increased
Those members carrying Midwestern Dental Plans will experience a small increase in your dues withholding that we reflect the increase in dental premiums. The increases are as follows: Single will increase 35 cents; Double will increase 66 cents and Family will increase 97 cents. These increases will appear on (or about) your Pay Period 16-17 pay stub.
480-481 Constitution Changes
Please review these proposed Constitution Changes to be discussed at the January 2017 General Membership Meeting.
These were read into the minutes at the November 2016 meeting in accordance with the 480-481 Area Local Constitution.
The attached changes posted online include Secretary Treasurer Joe Gordon's analysis of their impact to our finances and our constitution.
If you have any questions or concerns please come to the January meeting where these proposed changes will be discussed and voted on.
Sign Up That Non-Member
We are obviously in a critical situation these days with our current National Agreement in mediation and eventually arbitration. Thus, we should have all hands on board, by this I mean every APWU represented employee should be paying their fair share. Unfortunately there is still a small minority that are nonmembers yet they reap the same “contractual” benefits that the rest of us pay for.
Well, this is where you, the member, can step in and take an active role in reducing the number of nonmembers in our jurisdiction and by doing so you will be rewarded in more ways than one. First, you will get the undying gratitude from the membership and secondly you will be eligible for a $25 “bounty” for your efforts.
The Local Constitution under Article XIV states: “Any member who signs up a new member on dues withholding form shall receive a minimum of $25.00 per application that results in a new member for this Local…”. It has been the practice of the Local that Officers and Stewards are not eligible for the award as organizing is part of their standard duties. However, that does not preclude any member in good standing to go on a personal organizing drive and make some pocket money in the process.
I have added the nonmember list to the website for easy access from any office under our jurisdiction. Simply go to http://www.apwu480.org/ and then to the documents page. The list is sorted first by Post Office in alphabetical order and then by last name of the nonmember. If someone finds their name on this list in error please let me know. We have experienced on occasion that one of our members is listed on another Local’s membership list. This will make it appear that they are not members of our Local.
Midwest Dental Increase
There will be a small dental premium increase for those folks enrolled in the Midwestern Dental Plan. The increase will be effective in Pay Period 18-15. The increase will be 13 cents for Single; 36 cents for double; and 38 cents for family coverage.
I encourage everyone to have a safe, healthy and happy summertime. Stay tuned to the website and the Communicator for the various Union activities that have been planned.
Contractual Pay Raise
E-Mail links 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, 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.