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Stop the Postal Sell-off: Say NO to a Privatizer as the Postmaster General

The public service mission of the Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at risk if we don’t all act soon.

In June 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020.

The Postmaster General has wide powers to shape the mission of USPS and there is a real risk that Brennan’s successor could hand over parts of the service to private, profit-making corporations and prepare it for a wholesale sell-off.

The people will rightly expect a new Postmaster General who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and will work to preserve and enhance our national treasure.

Add your voice. Protect our public Postal Service. [ CLICK HERE to Sign the Petition ]

US Mail Not for Sale petition talking points

Message from the President – April Updates

Charlene ButlerGreetings Fellow Retirees,

Welcome to the month of April. I hope each of you are well. Thank you for casting your vote in our last election for me to serve as your President for another term. I am eternally grateful for your vote of confidence in me and my ability to represent our APWU Retirees chapter. I am excited to bring you the latest important updates.

APWU 2019 Spring Seminar Workshops scheduled for April 17-19, 2019 at Cape Canaveral Florida. I hope each of you received the news letter sent by Doris Orr-Richardson giving the details.

On behalf of our Local APWU Chapter, I received a plaque from Eddie Caldwell, now past President of APWU Miami Area Local, for outstanding service, dedication and unwavering support to APWU Miami Area Local chapter. We are also proud of and appreciate the honor of receiving the 2016 COPA POLICAL ACTION COPAMATIC AWARD. We were created to win.

Now a bit of unfinished business:

I have been notified that we must have a “REDO” of last months election for President of our Local chapter because we failed to executed it properly. This means you will receive a new ballot in the mail to “RECAST” your vote for President.  We apologize to everyone for this error and hope this completely corrects and satisfies the proper people.

As always, I remain actively engaged in recruiting new members and seeking positive ways to make a difference.

In Solidarity,

Charlene Butler, President Elect
APWU Miami Area Local Retirees Chapter

Alliance for Retired Americans 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit

Dear Alliance State Presidents, Regional and CAN Board Members and Field Team,

Last week, we sent you the 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit to support your efforts lobbying the members of your state’s federal delegation on retiree issues.

Today, as promised, we are happy to resend the toolkit with two additional fact sheets – one on Drug Price Competitiveness and another on the Health Benefits Tax. Both fact sheets are already in the 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit google folder. They are also attached to this email as stand alones and included in the attached, updated version of the full toolkit.

Remember, please keep us in the loop about the district lobby visits you plan to schedule as well as the results of your visits.

Next week, the Congress is on recess. Now is the time to make the requests and schedule your district lobby visits.

We are excited to share with you the Alliance for Retired Americans 2019 Winter Legislative Toolkit for the 116th Congress. The full document is attached to this email along with a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, which covers the material and which you should feel comfortable delivering to your board and members.

The product of this toolkit are the in-district legislative lobby visits it prepares you to schedule and complete.To this end, you will find Alliance fact sheets that each correspond to specific asks to be made during lobby visits and listed on the Lobby Report Back Form.

Listed below are three important links for using this toolkit:

1) Follow and share this link to a google folder with each individual part of the toolkit available for download.

2) Follow and share this link, which is a form for those planning or coordinating lobby visits. As soon as this form is completed, we will follow up with the lobby visit leader to ensure they have materials as well as accurate membership counts for the legislative district in which they are lobbying.

3) Follow and share this link to a form for use after legislative visits to record the responses on our issues of the members of Congress. These answers are critical moving forward as we track and advocate on our issues.

This toolkit also contains ancillary resources valuable for your organizing. You will find a Storytelling Minikit, a memo on best practices of Photography for Activism, a petition page and a state banner request form. Maximizing the potential of these documents will contribute to stronger State Alliances.

Thank you as always for the work you do building a retiree movement. Your enduring activism advances our progress.


Brendan S. Kelly, Director, Field Mobilization
Alliance for Retired Americans | 815 16th Street, NW, 4th Floor North | Washington, DC 20006

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Cell: 732-762-2465

We need you October 8th

Save our service
Eddie Caldwell APWU Miami Area Local President & Charlene Butler Miami APWU Retirees President

Privatizers–those who want to sell the public postal service to private corporations–are hard at work. But together we can stop them in their tracks.

The four postal unions are holding a national day of action to Save Our Service on Monday, October 8th, with events around the country.

See if there is an event near you this Monday, October 8th, to Save Our Service!

Here’s what we’re up against:

In April, President Trump created a task force on the United States Postal Service, and gave the it four months to create recommendations for the future of the USPS1.

But the White House tipped their hand when the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released their reorganization plan in June. Among many sweeping changes to the federal government, that proposal called for the privatization of the USPS–and OMB is one of the three partners leading the Task Force.

After the OMB plan met bipartisan opposition in Congress–and facing difficult midterms in November–the White House decided to hide the recommendations until after Election Day. They’re already on their heels. Now, let’s come together to send a message – The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale

If there isn’t a rally in your area, you can still participate by calling your members of Congress and telling them to co-sponsor H.Res. 993 and S.Res 633. You can learn more about the Resolutions and contact your member of Congress here.

I hope you’ll join us Monday–either at a rally in your community or by calling your member of Congress.

In unity,
Mark Dimondstein, APWU President

Face the Nation You Are Winners

Charlene ButlerWill your income last? Can you sustain your income and life style for next 20 or 30 years? Many baby boomers can reasonably expect to live to be 80 or 85, or perhaps even longer, therefore, we must have sustainability. Let’s fight against budget cuts and privatizing the United State Post Office.

This is what can you do:

Call your Congressman and Senator to say NO! Stop adverse changes to our current benefits affecting our livelihood and the future of our families.  Also, teams of people are needed to learn your district, to walk your district and get to know the people. We can hold politicians accountable for the needs of the people.  We believe this is a clear path to the kind of victory we want to win.  Don’t complain about what you did not bring to the table before just know people need people and together we have tremendous power. We do not have to be hostages.  Let’s step up and fight for OUR justice.

As you already know, these are crucial times so we need to network with all unions and pull together as a whole.  Just as it takes an army of people to stand up and fight for justice it takes lots of workers to run a union organization successfully.  That’ why we need you, because the year of 2018 campaign is just around the corner and we more shakers and movers.   With your involvement we can increase our membership and get auxiliaries to help PUSH legislators on issues that concern us.  Don’t forget to protect your right to vote.  You must register.

Please join the retiree chapters, if you haven’t already.  Your participation is greatly needed.  You are invited to the next Miami Area Local Retirees Chapter monthly meeting on December 13, 2017, 11:00am at APWU Union Hall 2500 N.W. 97 Avenue, Miami, Fl, 33172. It does matter who you are but how hard we work together to stay on the right track.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting on December 13, 2017.

Casey’s Spotlight: The BENES Act – Bipartisan Solution To Medicare Enrollment Issues

Casey's spotlight

Dear Friends:

In an effort to simplify the complex Medicare enrollment process, I recently introduced the bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act (BENES Act).  The BENES Act would increase education and outreach to individuals nearing Medicare eligibility and eliminate coverage gaps during Medicare enrollment periods.

This legislation responds to calls and letters I have received from older Pennsylvanians who inadvertently miss the deadline for signing up for Medicare.  Many explain that they made the financial decision to delay retirement and defer their Social Security benefits.  They were unaware that by making this decision they would not be automatically enrolled in Medicare, and as a result, face a lifetime of Medicare penalties and higher out of pocket health care costs.

The BENES Act is common sense legislation that would provide the millions of Americans approaching Medicare eligibility with simple advice about their coverage options.  The legislation has already received support from over 70 organizations.  If you or the organization you represent would like to voice your support for the BENES Act, please respond to this e-mail.


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Bob Casey
United States Senator
Ranking Member, Senate Special Committee on Aging

Stop Drug Company Price-Gouging

Alliance for Retired Americans

As you’ve probably heard, we recently celebrated a victory. Alliance members made thousands of phone calls and participated in demonstrations — and our efforts helped force the Senate to reject their destructive Obamacare repeal bill.

But the battle for affordable, quality health care isn’t over. Drug corporations are raking in huge profits at the expense of seniors and all Americans, forcing us to pay astronomical amounts for essential prescription drugs like EpiPen and diabetes medications. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world.

That’s why we need your help. Will you please take action and sign this petition saying that you support requiring Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices?

Last year, the CEO of Mylan, the company that makes EpiPen, received $97.6 million in compensation, yet Mylan charged $608 for a two-pack of its medicine. Humalog Insulin was accused of fixing insulin prices during the same period that it took in $2.7 billion of profits. Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, summed it up best when he explained why his company had i nflated the price of its HIV/cancer drug by 5,000 percent: “almost all of it is profit.”

Drug companies have shown again and again that they will put profits ahead of patients. This won’t change unless we modify the rules and require Medicare to negotiate lower prices. Please click to sign the petition, before it’s too late.

Thank you for your activism and your support.

Richard Fiesta
Executive Director
Alliance for Retired Americans

Hot Topics: Expand, Do Not Cut Healthcare

Charlene ButlerYesterday, every Republican Senator but two voted to start the process of taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans. Mitch McConnell will now hold votes on specific health care bills, with Senators on both sides of the aisle offering amendments.

Our champions in the Senate are offering amendments to expand Medicare and make health care a right of all Americans. Call your Senators right now at 202-224-3121 and tell them: Don’t cut health care―expand it!

It’s not too late for the Senate to abandon Trumpcare and do the right thing. There are proven ways to provide quality affordable health care to every single American including expanding Medicare, taking on big pharma, and closing tax loopholes to ensure the wealthy and corporations are paying their fair share.

Thanks to massive pressure from grassroots activists, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted the right way yesterday. It only takes one more Republican to avert disaster by voting down Trumpcare.

Call your Senators and tell them to expand health care, not destroy it: 202-224-3121

Thank you,

Alex Lawson

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Charlene M. Butler
APWU Retirees President

2017, The Year of Realized Purpose

Charlene ButlerBlack History Month is a month of recognition, reclamation, and resolution. Every February, we force America to not only learn more about its Black citizens, but also recognize that our history is American history too; and that it matters, also. This month also serves as a time when America’s Black citizens reclaim the attitudes and mindsets of our ancestors, who didn’t allow an oppressive political system and anti-Black social climate to keep them from dreaming BIG and achieving even BIGGER. Finally, this month is more than wearing African wardrobes and talking civil rights; but rather a time for personal resolutions to do better, act better and be better, not just as Black American citizens, but world citizens.

“YOU were created to WIN!!!” – Don Manning

The year of realization in America! As we set focus on life changing events, we must also look for some sort of peace in our Country despite the issues at hand. As we celebrate Black History Month we have to understand that we (Blacks) are magical in every way. Knowing that our President is attempting to change Black History Month to African American History Month just makes me ponder on how can someone who knows nothing about being a black man in America can make such a gesture. Black History Month is a way back into time to learn more about our roots and where we all started from. One thing for sure is that I’ve learned more and more as the years go by that Blacks were involved way more than anyone could imagine. I viewed the movie “Hidden Figures” a few months back and it was a breathtaking movie! The work of a black woman WOW! This movie showed me a piece work they were involved in that was so monumental for our country. These women exemplified poise, brains, and dedication through out their acts with NASA. I would never fathomed the thought of a female “Black” working to make America great and ultimately get the first astronaut around the planet. This was so amazing to know how impactful these women were made my heart smile! I say this all to say Black History Month is our month, our time to understand and dedicate our time to learn more about our ancestors. To know that we were behind the scene so much just shows how much we are in the dark about our great black women and men. We owe it to them to realize the truth in America. We are one of the most dominant races, let’s continue on great new legacies for our ancestors. In closing, I encourage you to work hard at your craft, dedicate your time, and continue to learn more than every before this Black History Month!

Be Great / God Bless

– Charlene Butler
APWU Retirees President