Retiree Chapter General Meeting Wednesday, August 24,2022.

Retiree Chapter General Meeting Wednesday, August 24,2022.

We currently have 221 members.  We normally meet four times a year.  The meeting location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange, Denny’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865.  The next scheduled meeting for the SWCAL Retiree Chapter will be Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 11 AM.

National APWU elections are happening.  Ballots are due in early September.  You will have an opportunity to vote for the National President, Legislative/Political Director, Human Relations Director, and Retiree Director in September of 2022.

Your Retiree Chapter reviewed the candidates for these four positions.  We will vote and decide who to endorse.

Thank you and be well, Bobby Donelson.

2022 National APWU Election

The Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter will discuss endorsements of candidates at our July 20, 2022, Regular Retiree Meeting.  We take that responsibility very seriously.

(m) Members of the APWU Retirees Department who pay thirty-six dollars ($36.00) per annum and retired as members of the APWU-represented bargaining unit, shall be eligible to vote for the three (3) APWU General Officers: President, Executive Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer, and three (3) resident department officers: Legislative/Political Director, Human Relations Director, and APWU Health Plan Director, excluding all local, state, and national resident and craft/division officers not specifically listed herein, or in any matter pertaining to National Agreement ratification, Local Memorandum of Understanding, or proposed work stoppages.

Retirees ($36.00 Department Members) will have the opportunity to vote for the following officers: President, Legislative/Political Director, Human Relations Director, and the Retiree Department Director.  The Southern Region retirees can vote for the Southern Regional National Convention Delegate.
The APWU Executive Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Health Plan Director, and Central Region, Eastern Region, Northeast Region, and Western Region Convention Delegates were all unopposed and considered elected.
Ballots will be mailed in early to mid-September.  Please encourage all members of the APWU to vote.
Retirees who pay full dues will be able to vote for members as they did in the past.
These are the announced candidates for 2022 are:
Mark Dimondstein (I), Greater Greensboro SCF Area Local (NC)
John L. Marcotte, Gaylord Local (MI)
Legislative/Political Director
Judy Beard (I), Detroit District Area Local (MI)
Thomas Benson, Lake Geauga Area Local (OH)
Human Relations Director
Daleo Freeman (I), William H. Burrus, Cleveland Area Local, #72 (OH)
Doris Simmons, Atlanta Metro Area Local (GA)
Retiree Director
Nancy E. Olumekor (I), Nation’s Capital Southern MD Area Local (MD)
Robert L. Jeffrey, Jr., Oakland Local (CA)
 Retiree National Convention Delegates Southern Region
Patricia A. McGriff (I), Northeast Florida Retiree Chapter (FL)
Kim H. Guy, Greater Smokey Mountain Area Local (TN)
 In closing congratulations to all unopposed officers who are considered elected.   
Good luck to everyone seeking office for the 2022-2025 Term of Office.


Bobby Donelson
9692 Canton Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
Phone: 714 206-5947
Cell: 714 206-2931
Date of Postal Strike – March 18-25, 1970.
Postal Reorganization Act -Public Law 91-375 – August 12, 1970
American Postal Workers Union formed – July 1, 1971
Southwest Coastal Area Local Chartered – August 1, 1973
Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter Chartered – September 10, 2004
Retiree Chapter’s Web Site –
“We are not the Enemy”

July 20, 2022, Retiree Chapter Meeting

July 2022 Retiree Chapter Meeting

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular January Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, July 20,2022.
Meeting times is 11 AM to 1PM.  The meeting normally is an hour or so.
Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.  Denny’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865
The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.
Please RSVP at this e-mail address or at 714 206-2931.
We will be discussing the 2022 Union Elections.  Retirees can vote for some positions.
Bobby Donelson, Chapter President

Retiree’s 2022 Resolution

Constitution Amendment

Southwest Coastal Area Local, APWU

WHEREAS, as the mothers and fathers of the American Postal Workers Union, retired members are a storehouse of knowledge, battle-tested experience, and wisdom to be utilized as a valuable American Postal Workers Union asset, and

WHEREAS, a majority of American Postal Workers Union Retiree Department members paid dues for decades, and

WHEREAS, calculating some estimated 35,000 Retiree Department members, paying full dues an average of just twenty-five (25) years, equates to close to a million years of full dues-paying members in the American Postal Workers Union history, and

WHEREAS, currently with five (5) elected national retiree delegates to the American Postal Workers Union National Convention, one in each region, the average representative voting strength is 1 for 8,000 members, therefore be it

Resolved, to amend the American Postal Workers Union Constitution & By-Laws Article 6 “Representation” by adding a new Section 6 and changing current Section 6 to Section 7.   New Section 6 to read: Whenever in Article 6, Section 1. there are references to National Conventions, local, state, or regional affiliates, organizations voting strength/representation such provisions will apply to Chartered Local and State Retiree Chapters with the exception that retiree chapters’ voting strength/representation will be one (1) vote for one-hundred (100) members or fraction thereof.

Retiree Department members who do not dwell within the jurisdiction of a Local or State Retiree Chapter shall be afforded the same cited proportionate representation in accordance with Article 6, Section 1. (f).

I hereby certify that I am the President/Secretary/Secretary-Treasurer of the above named APWU Retiree Chapter.  

 Name:  ____Bobby Donelson______________________                           

 Title: ______Chapter President______________________

April Retiree Chapter Meeting

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular January Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, April 20,2022.  Meeting times is 11 AM to 1PM.  The meeting normally is an hour or so.

Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.  Denny’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865

The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.

Please RSVP at this e mail address or at 714 206-2931.

Bobby Donelson
Chapter President

Delegates for the 2022 State APWU and National APWU Conventions.

The following will be delegates for the 2022 State APWU and National APWU Conventions.

There are three categories:  
Automatic Delegates: Will Khong, Phil Khong, Desirey Benavides, Garrett Jenkins, Joe Lucero, and David Lugo
Five Additional Funded Delegates: Valounny De La Cruz, Rebena Balisacan, Quynh-Anh Tran, James Taylor, and David Chang
Non-Funded Delegates:  Reggie Rose, Frank Townsend, and Bobby Donelson
The SWCAL Retiree Chapter is also has four delegates:  Walter Lovett, Carrie Zeller, Richard Cantu, and Wilma Arriaga 
Our local will be well represented at the conventions.  Both California State APWU & National APWU Conventions were cancelled in 2020.

Tentative APWU/USPS Agreement

The APWU and USPS have reached a Tentative Agreement. Members will have the opportunity to vote on the agreement.

These are my observations.

Pay package is like pay packages in the past COLA remains. PSE’s wages are increasing.

The job security remain sound.

Additional holiday (Juneteenth) improves holiday provision and increased PTF pay.

Health Insurance languages did not see a decrease.

PS Grade 8 reflects PS Grades 8-11 step provisions.

PTF gains were good and provide PTF with more benefits.

PSE Conversions are always a benefit for PSE’s.

PSE and PTF annual leave advance make it possible for PTF and PSEs to make plans.

Uniform and work clothes reflect normal increases. As in the past uniform manufacturers will increase cost of items.

Work rule improvements are good.

Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle, and Support Services provisions all saw increases.

A three-year contract is good.

I have read the agreement and expect the members to vote yes. Like the last negotiated agreement current members benefits expanded and they were no give backs to any current APWU represented employee. I expect the Tentative Agreement will be supported and ratified by the majority of our members.

This is what the APWU Posted:

Contract Time Period

  • Three-year contract: September 21, 2021 through September 20, 2024

General Annual Wage Increases and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)  

  • 1.3% November 20, 2021 (Will be Retroactive)
  • 1.3% November 19, 2022
  • 1.3% November 18, 2023
  • Six (6) Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) for career employees (March and September of each year) with no change to the current formula based on the July 2021 CPI-W. (After the fourth month of the six-month measuring period, the COLA increase is at $0.39 per hour and will be based on the January 2022 CPI-W Index)
  • PSEs receive the general wage increases and an additional 1% increase each year in lieu of COLA (i.e. 2.3% each November)
  • $0.50/hour additional increase for PSEs effective the first pay period of the second full month after the Agreement is ratified

Job Security 

  • No Lay-off protections for career employees with six years of service remain in full-force and effect.
  • Any current career employee on the rolls as of September 20, 2021, with less than six years of service will be included in the no lay-off protections for the life of the National Agreement, providing an additional 72,000 career employees protection from lay-offs.
  • 50-mile limit on excessing of employees
  • The current moratorium on subcontracting of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) work will continue in its present form during life of the Agreement


Holiday Pay 

  • Juneteenth added to the holidays for career employees for a total of 11 paid holidays per year
  • PTF pay rate will be increased to reflect a total of 11 holidays each year, increase will be effective on January 1, 2022


Health Insurance 

  • No change to the Postal Service contribution to premiums for those participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
  • 95% Postal Service contribution to premiums of the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP)
  • PSEs converted to career will receive credit for time they were enrolled in a FEHBP plan towards the 1-year qualifying period for the 95% Postal Service contribution to CDHP premiums


Enhanced Level 8 & 11 Pay Scales 

  • Grade 8 Pay Scale:
  • Bottom Steps FF-AA eliminated with Step A becoming the first Step.
  • New top Step P added
  • Employees currently in Grade 8 will move into new steps while retaining all credit toward next step
    • Steps FF-BB moved to Step A
    • Step AA moved to Step B
    • Steps B-O moved up one Step
  • Grade 11 Pay Scale increased by an average of 2.3% prior to any general increases or COLAs


Part-Time Flexible (PTF) Work Rules 

  • Schedule guarantee of 24-hour per pay period, increased from 2 hours a pay period
  • Guaranteed at least four hours of work or pay when scheduled
  • Forty (40) hours of annual leave will be advanced at the start of each leave year for immediate use
  • Guaranteed a minimum of one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during the peak season exception period with notice Wednesday the week prior
  • Within 90-days of ratification a One-time Voluntary Transfer Opportunity to residual full time regular vacancies in larger offices within a district.


Automatic Conversion of PSEs in Level 20 offices and above 

  • PSEs will be converted to career status upon reaching 24-months of relative standing
    • Clerk PSEs assigned to offices Grade 21 or higher will be converted to Full-Time Flexible with such assignments made in accordance with the Clerk Craft provisions of Art. 37.4
    • Clerk PSEs assigned to Grade 20 offices will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
    • MVS PSEs assigned in any size office will be converted to Part-Time Flexible
    • PSEs converted under this provision start at a new Step GG in Grades 5-7 and Step A in Grade 8.
    • Automatic Conversion does not apply to PSEs assigned to Grade-4 RMPOs
  • Conversions will still occur prior to the 24-months
    • The “Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU” and Article 37.5.D remains in full force and effect
    •  MVS Craft Conversions will be made in accordance with Article 39.2.A.11
    • Conversion occurring earlier to 24-months start at Step FF for Grades 5-7 and Step-A for Grade 8


Other PSE Provisions 

  • Forty (40) hours of advanced annual leave upon completion of an initial 360-day PSE appointment in Level 20 offices and above.
  • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs receive an additional one (1) hour of paid annual leave per pay period upon completion of two (2) 360-day appointments
  • PSEs assigned to Level 4 RMPOs upon completion of two 360-day appointments will receive 40 hours of advance leave.
  • PSEs will be offered one (1) non-scheduled day each service week except during peak season with notice the Wednesday the week prior.


PSE Staffing 

  • The 12 PSEs per District assigned to Level 4 RMPOs will no longer count against the 20% District cap
  • 10 PSEs in the 46 Package Support Annexes (PSAs) will not count against the District cap (for a total maximum of 460 PSEs) and will be allowed to work in any facility in the installation the PSA is attached to
  • A four (4) weeks “ramp-up” period prior to the start of accounting period 3, the 20% PSE District cap will be temporarily increased by 1% per week equating to no more than a 4% increase.
  • New protections for the OTDL during “ramp-up” whereby prior to utilizing a PSE more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a service week, qualified and available employees on the appropriate OTDL will be utilized. No requirement to use an OTDL employee on the second non-scheduled at the penalty rate prior to using a PSE in excess of 40 hours.



Uniform/Work Clothes Program Allowances 

  • 2.5% increase to the uniform/work clothes allowances in 2022, 2023, and 2024
  • Delivery/Sales Service Distribution Associate (DSSDA) will receive Type 1 uniform allowance
  • New “Rollover” program where unused funds can carry over to a successor allowance year


Additional Work Rule Improvements 

  • Remote Encoding Center staffing ratio changed to 62% Full-time Regular and 38% PSE and all career duty assignments are Full-time Regular.
  • 90-day waiting period to use annual leave eliminated for new career employees with 90-days continuous service prior to their conversion.
  • Updated the Deaf and Hard of Hearing MOU
  • Work Environment Improvement Task Force
  • Work Place Free of Harassment
  • Enhanced and Expanded Services
  • Environmental/Sustainability issues, EAP, and Child and Elder care, included in the jurisdiction of the National Labor Management Committee
  • District Safety Committees made permanent
  • Right of Union Officials to Enter Postal Installations
  • Regional Safety and Health Representative Training Opportunities
  • Repromotion MOU
  • Article 8 Task Force to address excessive overtime, particularly in relation to non-list employees
  • Election Mail Task Force MOU
  • Full per diem for employees traveling to NCED


Additional Clerk Craft Provisions 

  • Window training starts within 10-days after posting of the senior bidder
  • Updated NTFT duty assignments language
  • Pilot program to test new pecking order for the assignment of PTF Hub Clerks
  • Filling of Residual Vacancy MOU updated


Additional Motor Vehicle Service Craft Provisions 

  • PTFs identified for conversion to FTR converted within 28-days
  • APWU will have opportunity to submit recommendations on new vehicles prior to specifications being sent to contractors and before manufacturing and completion of new vehicles
  • National committee established to address training initiative and opportunities
  • HCR limitation on Subcontracting MOU remains in full force and effect.


Additional Maintenance Craft Provisions 

  • No additional custodial staffing packages will change from MS-47 TL-3 to TL-5 for life of the contract
  • Change the calculation method of PS Form 4852 for Juneteenth Holiday
  • Annual cap on the number of times an employee can be involuntarily assigned to off-site training courses
  • Career employee may request to be tested for maintenance craft positions and if rated eligible may request placement on the appropriate in-service register.
  • Updates to the posting of relief assignments in the craft
  • Agreement to consolidate and upgrade multiple legacy jobs.
  • Employees traveling to NCED for training receive full per diem for length of stay

Additional Support Services Craft Provisions 

  • In Material Distribution Centers Maintenance Mechanic General Grade 7 eliminated and Building Equipment Mechanic Grade 9 added.
  • Penalty Overtime provisions applied to Operating Service employees








January Retiree Chapter Meeting

The Southwest Coastal Area local will have it regular January Retiree Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, January 19,2022.  Meeting times is 11 AM to 1PM.  The meeting normally is an hour or so.

Meeting Location is Denny’s located at the corner of Tustin and Lincoln in the city of Orange.  Denny’s1695 E Lincoln Ave, Orange, CA 92865

The Retiree Chapter will cover your breakfast or lunch.

Please RSVP at this e mail address or at 714 206-2931.

Bobby Donelson
Chapter President