About the Retirees Department

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

APWU Retirees Still Fighting for Justice

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) ​

COLA 2020

Is 1.6 percent a fair Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Seniors?

It is projected that the average increase in benefits will be $24 and that the average Medicare B premium will increase by $8, with a net COLA of $16 per month for most seniors.

Retirees are short-changed because their COLA is calculated using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) instead of the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). Using CPI-W short-changes the seniors by not considering the spending habits of elders. Elders have higher costs for things such as health care and housing, while urban and clerical workers have higher costs related to expenses such as education, clothing, and transportation.

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Latest News for Retirees

January 16, 2020

John R. Smith, First Retirees Director, Passes Away

John R. Smith, former Retirees Department Director, passed away Jan. 11, at the age of 91. Brother Smith (known by most...

November 20, 2019

APWU Retirees Still Fighting for Justice

(This article first appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) ​ COLA 2020 Is...

October 29, 2019

Motor Vehicle Service and Retirees' General Sessions take place on Tuesday at All-Craft Conference

On Tuesday, October 29, the All-Craft Conference continued into its third day. Motor Vehicle Service Craft and Retirees...

October 8, 2019

Dimondstein Re-Elected National President

APWU President Mark Dimondstein was elected to a third term on Oct. 8. Also re-elected were Executive Vice President...