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Retiree Chapter Meeting

Thursday September 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Retiree Chapter Members:

Our next meeting is on Thursday Sept 26th at 2:00 PM at Louie’s Pizzeria in Hazel Park. This meeting is for current members of the Chapter as well as those retirees that are ready to sign an application to join. We hope to see you there.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
Secretary Treasurer

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.

Piggy Bank

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.

Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon
Sec/Treas Retiree Chapter

Retiree Chapter News

The 480-481 Area Local Dave Lenard’s Retiree Chapter met on Thursday June 20, 2019. The lunch provided business session was attended by 17 active members of the Chapter. You can go to the Retiree Chapter Minutes which are archived below to see what was discussed. It is our mission to work together to maintain the benefits for, not only retirees but our brothers and sisters still employed by the USPS. We also get together in fellowship to enjoy a bite to eat and a bit of conversation. We discussed the potential that Postal Retirees may eventually be forced into Medicare Part B, currently that decision is optional. For more information on Medicare call 1- 800-772-1213 or in Michigan call MMAP at 1-800-803-7174.

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.


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


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


Please visit the APWU Retirees page for more retiree related news.

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.