2006 WELCOME TO NEW TAMPA AREA LOCAL #259 RETIREE CHAPTER!


NEW RETIREE INTERNET LINK LAUNCHED: GO TO www.apwuflorida.org and click on Retiree link

VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3 MAY-AUG., 2006

A publication of the Suncoast Area Local, APWU, AFL-CIO, serving over 740 APWU Retiree Chapter Dues Paying Members and their families living in zip codes 337 and 346 along the Gulf Coast of Florida and a Proud Member of APWU National Postal Press Association, Florida Postal Press Association, National Alliance for Retired Americans, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, and West Central Florida, Federation of Labor, Central Labor Council. The Florida Suncoast Retiree Chapter was chartered by the National APWU in November, 1998. Our APWU Retiree Newsletter is the first published and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service in the Nation and we really do care! Contact us when in need of a lifeline. Life is full of wonderful surprises. What a great feeling to live in Florida! Never any local or state APWU Retiree union dues to pay!

FLORIDA SUNCOAST RETIREE CHAPTER AND APWU OF FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER WELCOME NEWLY FORMED RETIREE CHAPTER OF TAMPA AREA LOCAL, APWU

Congratulations to the Tampa Area Local, APWU # 259 leadership and membership who approved the formation of an Area Local Retiree Chapter for APWU Retirees paying $24.00 year union membership to the National APWU Retirees Dept. in Washington, D.C.

Douglas C. Holbrook, Director, National APWU Retirees Dept., was on hand to answer questions from the Tampa Area Local membership at the Founders Organization Meeting in Tampa, FL on March 22, 2006. Tampa is the 33rd Local Retiree Chapter to apply for a Charter from the National APWU.

Dave Bernstein, Legislative Director, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, was appointed President of the newly created Chapter by Tampa Area Local President Richard Phillips. Director Holbrook took the interim list of Chapter Retiree officers and proposed Chapter Constitution and By-Laws back to Headquarters with him, awaiting approval of a Chapter Charter from Terry R. Stapleton, National APWU Secretary-Treasurer.

The new Chapter Officers will represent all APWU Retiree membership residing in Zip Codes 335 and 336 from Zephyrhills to Ruskin, Florida, and we can look with pride to many years of steady growth and development as other Chapters are created in the State of Florida.

Jack Gose, President, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, was the main invited guest speaker at the Tampa Area Local Retiree Chapter meeting on April 19, 2006 explaining the benefits of the Tampa Area Local Chapter joining the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans for Legislative Action and Representation!

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