you haven’t paid your 2013 dues yet, they are now due!IF you have the death benefit, the yearly dues are $18.00.If you just want membership, but not the death benefit, your
dues are $12.00 a year! Thanks for staying a member of your union!
The next meeting
of the Retirees' Chapter will be March 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Office (2261 Waters Dr, Mendota Heights).
All are welcome!
Congratulations New Retirees!!!
The St Paul Area Local
APWU Retirees Chapter wants to
congratulate and extend best wishes to all our new retirees. “Retirement is a time to quit living at work and begin working at living”.
We also invite you to continue your national APWU membership as a retiree at an annual fee of $36. This will allow you to receive updates and info
from “The American Postal Worker” magazine and automatically makes you a member of our local Social / Rec Chapter.
We will be discussing upcoming events and ideas for future events at our next meeting on Wednesday, March 20th, 11:00 AM, at the Eagan Union office.
Snacks and beverages will be served.
All retirees are welcome.
Stop by and say hello. Best of luck to you all and hope to see you in March!
St. Paul, MN Area Local
Todd Elkerton , President
The number of people
that are scheduled to retire has been a difficult number to obtain. However, it looks like up to 130 people
that the St. Paul APWU represents will be retiring on January 31, 2013. With so many people preparing for
retirements we are getting a large number of questions. This bulletin will attempt to answer the basics.
The Union continues to be a valuable resource for retiree members to go to when they are unable to get questions answered.
The St. Paul APWU values these retiree members and gladly provides help where possible.
a retiree you will have some choices to make concerning Membership, both the Local and National offer retirees a reasonable
way to stay a member and keep open the door for your questions and needs. Upon retirement, both the Local
and National will send you a letter of how continue membership. Remember these are two different programs
with two different dues structures and benefits.
Paul, MN Local Membership
If you wish to remain
a retired member of the St. Paul, MN Area Local dues are $12.00 per year payable January 1st of each year.
This entitles you to participate in all activities of this Local to include union meetings and functions.
These activities are announced in the Local’s newsletter “Postmark” that will be mailed to your house
as a retired member. Further, if you wish to remain in the Death Benefit, which pays $800.00 to your designated
beneficiary, there is an additional $6.00 added to your retiree membership dues for a total of $18.00 a year. The dues are
prorated for those not retiring on the first of the year.Recently the retirees
of this local have started a retiree chapter that meets regularly and discusses topics that affect you as a retiree.
One of the more recent meetings they saw a presentation of Medicare and how it works with Health Care.
If you continue as a retiree member stay involved and attend one of these meetings. The dates and
times are printed in the Postmark.
APWU National Membership
If you are in the APWU Health Plan you will need to
maintain this membership. The National Membership is $36.00 per year. This membership
provides that you will continue to receive The American Postal Worker, enrolls you in the APWU accident benefit plan and many
other member benefits. Specifics can be found at apwu.org under the department of Retirees.
For those that do not have access to a computer you can contact the Retiree Department at the following address:
1300 L Street
Washington, DC 20005
Give Management Your Address
APWU members that are retiring and want to receive their incentive checks in the mail are required
to fill out PS Form 3077. The incentive agreement stipulates that employees will complete PS Form 3077,
Request to Forward Salary Check, and submit it to their employing office.
The incentive payments
will be distributed to the address provided by the employee. In absence of the submission of PS Form 3077, both payments will
be mailed to the locations where the employees WORKED before they retired or resigned.
What’s the Last Day
It is clear from the questions that some retiring members
are unsure of what the last day to report to work will be under this January 31st date. If you are scheduled to work Thursday January 31st, retiring employees should report
for duty that day.
A Tour 1 employee who is normally scheduled to work on January 31st, the last work
day will be the shift that starts on January 30th and ends on January 31st. So those
employees report on Wednesday night at the reporting time and when they finish work on Thursday they are now retired.
Tour 2 and Tour 3
A Tour 2 or Tour 3 employee will be required to report to work on Thursday and will start their
retirement at the conclusion of their shift.
The St. Paul, MN Area Local wishes all that are retiring a long and healthy retirement
and thanks everyone for their endless support to the Union.
At the March meeting, the following offices were unopposed and
are thereby elected:
President – Pat McCarty
Treasurer – Dan Blees
– Mike Mazurkiewicz
Trustee – Mark Hayden
Center Now Available for Retirees
APWU Web News Article 115-2010, Oct. 19, 2010
Retirement decisions are among the most important and daunting that members can
make. Now, navigating the paperwork and understanding retirement plans is easier, thanks to the APWU Retiree Advice Center.Retired APWU members or members who plan to retire in
the near future can now e-mail their retirement-related questions to RetireeAdviceCenter@apwu.org.
The union’s expert team of retirement counselors will answer questions regarding military
buy-back, disability retirement, Social Security, Medicare, part-time regular calculations, supplemental annuity, cost-of-living
adjustments, reporting death claims, Windfall Elimination and Government Pension Offset, or any questions pertaining to retirement
planning.Members are also encouraged to
visit the Retirees Department pages at www.apwu.org for updates on these issues.Postal employees are encouraged to join the Retirees Department to stay in touch with co-workers and fellow retirees,
and learn more about benefits and retirement issues.
To do so, visit the Retirees Department pages for an enrollment
form, or download it directly atwww.apwu.org/dept/retiree/retjoinform.pdf.