John P. Smeekens
*Director Position Vacant*
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.
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 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.
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.