2019 California State APWU and Retiree Convention Report

The California State APWU had an LMOU Training on Friday, May 17, 2019 conducted by Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez.

The next two events were the California State Retiree Chapter Executive Board Meeting and the California State APWU Executive Board Meeting.

California State approved two $500 Mike Evans scholarships. One for state local members and one for Members at Large.

Saturday morning May 18, 2019 was a General Session. First order of business was a Mike Evans Memorial. Mike Evans passed away in February and he was our California State APWU President.

We heard comments from California 80th Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. The California State Convention endorsed her for 2022 California Secretary of State.

We heard comments from California candidate for the 73rd Assembly District.

The APWU Auxiliary addressed the convention. My wife Pam and I have been Auxiliary members for approximately 40 years.

We heard from APWU Secretary Treasurer Liz Powell. She distributed the health plan checks based on last year’s convention action. We are in good financial shape. LM2 has been filed. The scholarship application period has been extended until May 31, 2019.

We also heard from President Mark Dimondstein and Executive Vice President Debbie Szeredy during opening sessions.

Dates for the 2020 National APWU Convention are August 15-20 in Los Angeles, Ca.

Dates for the 2022 National APWU Convention are August 13-18, 2022 at the Gaylord in National Harbor, MD 20745.

We heard from Sonia Canchola Clerk NBA and Legislative Director Judy Beard regarding USPS privatization.

We had numerous break outs. Clerk NBA’s Shirley Taylor, James Scoggins, Chuck Locke addressed Clerk Issues. Maintenance NBA’s Louis Kingsley and Hector Baez, Maintenance Director Idowu Balogun and Maintenance Assistant Director Jimmie Waldon addressed Maintenance Issue. MVS NBA Jerome Pittman, MVS Director Mike Foster, and MVS Assistant Director Javier Piñeres addressed MVS Issues.

POWER – Post Office Women for Equal Rights met.

Alain Gatignol addressed TSP Planning. Dr. Paul Kim, MD addressed pain management.

California State Legislative Director Phil Warlick had a legislative breakout.

Western Regional Coordinator Omar Gonzalez had a NLRB – Duty of Fair Representation break out.

In addition, we had representative from the APWU Health Plan, Voluntary Benefits, APIS Alain (Gatignol & representatives), and GPIS (Johnny Gottstein) present.

There were numerous candidates seeking office for National APWU, AFL-CIO. I will, not try to name them because I do not want to miss the name of anyone.

In conjunction with the California State APWU Convention the California State Retiree Chapter members met. All State Retiree Officers were present (Frank Townsend, Bobby Donelson, Larry DeNayer, Byron Denton, Yogie Riley, and Dave Renshaw).

The retirees heard from CARA Representative Susan Meyers on the issue of elder care – Hospital Stay Rights and Advance Directives.

We heard from a lot of National Officers.

  • President Mark Dimondstein
  • Executive Vice President Debbie Szeredy
  • Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell
  • Industrial Relations Director Vance Zimmerman
  • Apwu Health Plan Director John Marcotte
  • Legislative & Political Director Judy Beard
  • Retirees Director Nancy Olumekor

Major issue was to ask your Congressperson and Senator to support HR 1170 & HR 141 (House) and S 478 & S 521 (Senate). We had a lengthy discussion related to the USPS contacting retirees regarding Medicare. We also had a lengthy discussion related the Hospital Plan and associate membership vs retiree membership.

Having the above officers present for a Question and Answer Session was a very successful part of the Retiree’s Convention.

There was a motion to purchase “we are not the enemy” T-Shirts for all retirees attending the All Craft Conference in Las Vegas in October.

The retirees Endorsed Western Region Convention Delegate Dr. Pat Williams. Pat is doing an excellent job and we wanted to show her how much we appreciate the work she does.

Final Retiree Action was for us to concentrate on an APWU Constitution Resolution permitting retiree chapter members voice and vote on the convention floor at the 2020 National APWU Convention..

The Resolution defeated at the 2018 National APWU Convention was:

ARTICLE 6 REPRESENTATION

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 retired department members paid full dues for decades, and

WHEREAS, calculating some estimated 40,000 retiree department members, paying full dues an average of just twenty-five (25) years, equates to a million years of full dues-paying members in American Postal Workers Union history, and

WHEREAS, currently, 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, therefore be it

Resolved, to amend the American Postal Workers Union Constitution and Bylaws Article 6. SEC 6. to read: “Retiree delegates will be seated with a voice and a vote at the national convention pursuant to the formula in Article 6. Section 1.” In addition, renumber current Article 6 section 6 as section 7.

This report is based on my notes and I do apologize if I missed anyone.

The California State APWU Convention Report

Bobby Donelson
California State Retiree Chapter Vice Presdient
and
Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter President

Greg Bell Announces he will be seeking the position of National APWU President.

Greg Bell Announces he will be seeking the position of National APWU President.

Please read his announcement letter.

Greg Bell Announcement Letter for President (3)

Retirees can vote for the following positions:  Retirees Department Director, Retiree National Convention Delegate, for the region he or she will represent, National APWU President, Executive Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer, and three (3) resident department officers: Legislative/Political Director, Human Relations Director, and APWU Health Plan Director

Retirees shall elect the Retirees Department Director and five (5) delegates to the National Convention. The Retirees Department Director and each Retiree National Convention Delegate will have a voice and one (1) vote at the National Convention. The five (5) Retiree National Convention Delegates shall be paid necessary expenses to attend the National Convention and the All-Craft APWU Retiree Department Conference.

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.

 

Collective Bargaining Information/Documents.

Attached below are Collective Bargaining Information/Documents.

2015-18 APWU CBA

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The Step 4 Book Table of Content

The Step 4 Book Table of Content

Step 4 – Part 1Step 4 – Part 2

Article 3

Article 6

Article 7

Article 8

Article 9

Article 10

Article 12

Article 13

Article 14

Article 15

Article 16

Article 17

Article 19

Article 21

Article 23

Article 25

Article 28

Article 30

Article 33

Article 37

Article 38

DCO Training

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays &New Year to Everyone

Happy Holidays from the Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapter

Officers: Bobby Donelson – Frank Townsend – Walter Lovett – Carrie Zeller -Ed Gonzalez

2018 was a rough year for our Retiree Organization.  I sincerely hope 2019 will show an improvement.

Current officers at all levels of the union should respect and involve retirees, especially the retirees who want to stay involved.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2019.

November 2018 Election Information

Looks like we were able to flip the four Orange County Congressional Districts.

Considerations for Southwest Coastal Area Local Retiree Chapters Members – November 2018 Endorsements – Successful Candidates. 

All-out effort on the part of Orange County Labor, State Labor, and Democratic Party.

Non-partisan offices

City of Anaheim District 3 City Council Dr. Jose Moreno

Anaheim Union High School District Al Jabbar

Orange County Supervisor 4th District Doug Chaffee

Measure L – Anaheim Living Wage Initiative – Passed

Partisan Officers

Governor GAVIN NEWSOM (DEM)

Lieutenant Governor ED HERNANDEZ (DEM)

Secretary of State ALEX PADILLA (DEM)

Controller BETTY T. YEE (DEM)

Treasurer FIONA MA (DEM)

Attorney General XAVIER BECERRA (DEM)

Insurance Commissioner RICARDO LARA (DEM)

California Superintendent of Public Instruction TONY K. THURMOND (DEM)

UNITED STATES SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 38th District LINDA T. SANCHEZ (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 39th District GIL CISNEROS (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 45th District KATIE PORTER (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 46th District LOU CORREA (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 47th District ALAN LOWENTHAL (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th District HARLEY ROUDA (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 49th District MIKE LEVIN (DEM)

 

California STATE SENATOR 34th District TOM UMBERG (DEM)

 

California MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 65th District SHARON QUIRK-SILVA (DEM)

California MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 69th District TOM DALY (DEM)

California MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 74th District Cottie Petrie-Norris (DEM)

 

Very Proud to say, Phil Warlick, Cheryl Young, and I helped the new 39th Congressional District Representative Gil Cisneros get elected.  He was the last of the four target districts in Orange County.

He will be working with the others Congressional Representative representing Orange County, Ca.

The new Orange County Team:

*UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 38th District LINDA T. SANCHEZ (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 39th District GIL CISNEROS (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 45th District KATIE PORTER (DEM)

*UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 46th District LOU CORREA (DEM)

*UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 47th District ALAN LOWENTHAL (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th District HARLEY ROUDA (DEM)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 49th District MIKE LEVIN (DEM)

*Incumbent Congressional Representatives.

Very Proud to say

 

2019 COLA Increase 2.8% and Medicare Part B Increase ($1.50 for most of us)

Except For Hefty New Hit To Highest Earners 

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced Medicare Part B premiums for 2019, and the base premium increases modestly from $134 to $135.50 a month. Yet high earners are still getting used to a big bump in income-related surcharges that kicked in this year. And the very highest earners are facing another big increase for 2019. That means that the wealthiest senior couples will be paying over $11,000 a year in Medicare Part B premiums. Part B (the base and the surcharge) covers doctors’ and outpatient services.

The CMS announcement comes just after yesterday’s Social Security Administration’s COLA announcement: a 2.8% cost of living adjustment for 2019. The average Social Security benefit for a retired worker will rise by $39 a month to $1,461 in 2019. The small increase in Part B premiums mean most retirees will get the benefit of the Social Security COLA (Part B premiums are deducted from monthly Social Security checks).

While most Medicare recipients will pay the new $135.50 standard monthly premium, an estimated 2 million (3.5%) will pay less because of a “hold harmless” provision that limits certain beneficiaries’ increase in their Part B premium to be no greater than the increase in their Social Security benefits.

Then there’s the 5% of Medicare recipients who have to pay income-related surcharges. The graduated surcharges for high-income seniors kick in for singles with modified adjusted gross income of more than $85,000 and for couples with a MAGI of more than $170,000. An individual earning more than $85,000, but less than or equal to $107,000, will pay $189.60 in total a month for Part B premiums in 2019, including a $54.10 surcharge. That’s barely up from 2018: $187.50 total in a month, including a $53.50 surcharge.

By comparison, the wealthiest retirees – singles with $500,000 of income and couples with $750,000 of income — will see a 10.3% increase in their income-related surcharge from $294.60 in 2018 (when they were part of the greater-than-$160,000/$320,000 group) to $325 in 2019. Total premiums for this group will be $460.50 a month in 2019 ($11,052 a year).

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019.

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits.)

The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900.

The earnings limit for workers who are younger than “full” retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) will increase to $17,640. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $17,640.)

The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2019 will increase to $46,920. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $46,920 until the month the worker turns age 66.)

There is no limit on earnings for workers who are “full” retirement age or older for the entire year.


Medicare Information

Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.


Your COLA Notice

In December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security.

This is a secure, convenient way to receive COLA notices online and save the message for later. You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. Be sure to choose your preferred way to receive courtesy notifications so you won’t miss your secure, convenient electronic COLA notice.

Online notices will not be available to representative payees, individuals with foreign mailing addresses, or those who pay higher Medicare premiums due to their income. We plan to expand the availability of COLA notices to additional online customers in the future.

Remember, our services are always free of charge. No government agency or reputable company will solicit your personal information by email or request advanced fees for services in the form of wire transfers or gift cards. Avoid falling victim to fraudulent internet “phishing” schemes by not revealing personal information, selecting malicious links, or opening malicious attachments. You can learn more about the ways we protect your investment, personal information, and my Social Security.


History of Automatic Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLA)

The purpose of the COLA is to ensure that the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is not eroded by inflation. It is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of the last year a COLA was determined to the third quarter of the current year. If there is no increase, there can be no COLA.

The CPI-W is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor. By law, it is the official measure used by the Social Security Administration to calculate COLAs.

Congress enacted the COLA provision as part of the 1972 Social Security Amendments, and automatic annual COLAs began in 1975. Before that, benefits were increased only when Congress enacted special legislation.

Beginning in 1975, Social Security started automatic annual cost-of-living allowances. The change was enacted by legislation that ties COLAs to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

The change means that inflation no longer drains value from Social Security benefits.

 

 

Special Note not sure how much Medicare B will increase.

2019 health plan rates for both retirees (non-postal) and current postal workers (postal).

https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/premiums/ web site for 2019 health plan rates for both retirees (non-postal) and current postal workers (postal).

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Open Season to Change Health Plan is from Nov 12, 2018 – Dec 10, 2018.