About the Retirees Department

The APWU Retirees Department is the voice of retired APWU members — within the union and on Capitol Hill.

Retiree Q&A Center

If you have any questions about when to retire from the USPS or questions about what retirement benefits you are owed from your time as a postal employee, please email RetireeQandA@apwu.org.

Still Fighting for Justice: Continuing to Use Our Voices for What’s Next

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Yes, the voice of retirees, and everyone else, was heard in the 2020 elections. We must still do the work to protect our federal pensions, benefits and the Postal Service. Retirees and postal workers will continue to let Congress know that we expect them to protect our hard-earned benefits – our federal pensions (CSRS or FERS), Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and life insurance, and we expect them to protect and preserve the Postal Service by supporting and passing legislation to accomplish these goals.

There are still millions of CSRS annuitants waiting for Congress to pass legislation to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) in order to provide us with a fair return on our investment in the Social Security system. Many CSRS annuitants worked and contributed into the Social Security system at the same rate as other non- CSRS annuitants who contributed to Social Security, yet CSRS annuitants are denied an equitable benefit for those contributions. It is time for the Social Security Fairness Act to become the law.

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Latest News for Retirees

January 8, 2021

February ZOOM Trainings

The Research and Education Department is sponsoring a series of Zoom Trainings for local and state officers and shop...

December 24, 2020

Annual Leave Payment Limitations for Retirees

For APWU members planning on retiring at the end of the year, you may be affected by limitations to the annual leave...

November 17, 2020

Still Fighting for Justice: Continuing to Use Our Voices for What’s Next

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) Yes, the voice...

October 13, 2020

Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1....

Events

Disability Retirement

February 25, 2021

The Research and Education Department is sponsoring a series of Zoom Trainings for local and state officers and shop stewards in February 2021.  The link to register is only being sent to local/state presidents. If an officer or steward wishes to attend the Zoom Training, they must contact their president.

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