Retirees Jack Gose, President of APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, Dave and Phyllis Bernstein join over 100 other active national, state, and local American Postal Workers Union officers, members, and family picketing the main downtown U.S. Post Office, Ft. Myers, FL. on Thur., Oct. 26, 2006 in opposition to the U.S. Postal Service plan to consolidate mail processing and delivery services in 139 cities across the nation, causing 1 to 7 days delay in mail delivery and loss of some of the city postmarks to the communities involved. Martha Shunn-King, President of APWU of Florida, and ten (10) National APWU Officers led the marchers on a hot sunny day with several TV, radio, and newspaper media outlets recording the events!

An APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter FREE luncheon will be given to each Retiree Chapter member paying APWU Retiree union dues $24.00 year to the National APWU Retirees Dept. and one guest, limit of two per family attending the Retirees Luncheon to be held at the Holiday Inn Select Restaurant, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, FL 33907 from 11:45 am to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006. Retiree Happy folders chock full of interesting information will be distributed to all those attending, and everyone is invited! Retirees like to mix their door prizes with excitement!

Douglas Cowan Holbrook, National APWU Retirees Director, and former Secretary-Treasurer of the 224,000+ active dues paying member American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO for 20 years has been invited by Jack Gose to be the main speaker at the scheduled FREE RETIREES CHAPTER LUNCHEON on Wed., Oct. 25, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel located in Fort Myers, FL. He will elaborate on many changes being made in the membership dues rebate structure of the National APWU Retirees Department, and how they will affect APWU Local and State Retiree Chapters all over the country. We suggest you check your National APWU Retiree dues rebate printouts carefully, and contact Doug Holbrook for any corrections, if needed!

An example of one of the changes being implemented is if you are a member of Detroit District Area Local Union in Detroit, MI, one of 35 chartered Local Retiree chapters, and you retire from the Detroit, MI Post Office, your APWU Retiree union dues rebate of eighty (80) cents per month will be rebated to the Detroit District Area Local Union in Detroit, MI the rest of your life, even if you move your residence to Florida and in reality the APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter and/or the APWU Local Retiree Chapter in Florida represents you and all the APWU Retirees living in Florida. An APWU Retiree pays $24.00 year or $2.00 monthly to the National APWU Retirees Department, and forty (40) percent of the monthly rebate has always gone to the APWU Local Retiree Chapter where the Retiree resides which has been the National APWU previous policy for thirteen (13) years since the creation of the APWU Retirees Department in 1993. If you have questions, phone Doug Holbrook in Washington, D.C.!


A one-day retirement seminar will be conducted by National APWU Retirees Department Director Douglas C. Holbrook during the Fall Educational Seminar for active and retiree members and their families on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006 beginning at 9 am until conclusion in the afternoon to make sure everyone’s questions and concerns are answered by the National APWU Retirees Department Director. The APWU of Florida Spring Seminar begins on Thurs., Oct. 26 thru Sat., Oct. 28, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel where the semi-annual conclave is to be held for educational classes arranged by Pete Trunzo, Education Director, for active and retiree APWU members. The names, dates, and times of other classes and instructors are listed elsewhere in the Florida Postal Worker or on the APWU of Florida website
www.apwuflorida.org and phone Jack Gose 727-343-2998 or jak.gose@excite.com for any comments or suggestions! WE LOVE YOU!

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