APWU CSRS AND FERS RETIREES, SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS, AND FECA EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE 2009 COLA

For CSRS retirees:
(Updated 10/17/08) - The CSRS retiree COLA is based on the increase in the third quarter (July, August, September) average of the CPI-W over the same quarterly average from the previous year. After the final quarter (Q3 of 2008) of the measuring period, the 2009 CSRS retiree COLA will be 5.8% and will be reflected in the January 2009 payment. Note: The 2008 CSRS Retiree COLA was 2.3% effective with the January 2008 payment.

For FERS retirees:
(Updated 10/17/08) - The FERS retiree COLA is based on the increase in the third quarter average of the CPI-W over the same quarterly average from the previous year. However, if the CPI-W quarterly average increases three percent or more, the COLA is the increase less one percent. If the quarterly average increase is between two percent and three percent, the COLA is two percent. If the quarterly average increase is two percent or less, the COLA is equal to the quarterly average increase. After the final quarter (Q3 of 2008) of the measuring period, the 2009 FERS retiree COLA will be 4.8% and will be reflected in the January 2009 payment. Note: The 2008 FERS Retiree COLA was 2.0% effective with the January 2008 payment.

For Social Security recipients:
(Updated 10/17/08) - The Social Security COLA is based on the increase in the third quarter average of the CPI-W over the same quarterly average from the previous year. After the final quarter (Q3 of 2008) of the measuring period, the 2009 Social Security COLA will be 5.8% and will be reflected in the January 2009 payment. Note: The 2008 Social Security Retiree COLA was 2.3% effective with the January 2008 payment.

For FECA employees:
(Updated 11/19/08) - The percentage increase in the December CPI-W index from year to year determines the FECA COLA increase. After the eleventh month of the measuring period for the 2009 FECA COLA, the index has risen 0.7%. Note: the 2008 FECA COLA was 4.3% effective with the April 2008 payment.

APWU OF FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE BOARD


FLORIDA STATE RETIREE CHAPTER OFFICERS
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President: Mario G Miceli
2034 Los Lomas Dr., Clearwater, Florida 33763 Phone: 727-446-4781
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Vice President : Dave Bernstein
2616 South Toronto Ave., Tampa, Florida 33629 Phone: 813-839-4233
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Secretary/Treasurer:
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Legislative Director: Dave Bernstein
2616 South Toronto Ave., Tampa, Florida 33629 Phone: 813-839-4233
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Health Plan Director: J.C. Wise
4018 W. Fig St., Tampa, Florida 33609 Phone: 813-289-0382
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Benefits & Organizing Director: Michael K. Jordan Sr.
1826 Oak Dr S., Rockledge, Florida 32955 Phone: 321-403-5156
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Trustee: Charlie Redd
1822 Baylor Court, Cocoa, Florida 32922 Phone: 321-632-2898
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Trustee: Pedro Torres,
8400 S.W. 181st St., Miami, Florida 33157 Phone: 305-251-7938

VALENTINE R. SERPICO, AGE 73, PASSES AWAY ON TUE., NOV. 18, 2008 IN VITAS HOSPICE, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. CATHOLIC MASS AND SERVICES ON TUE., NOV. 25!

“Val” Serpico was serving as the President of both Broward County Area Local #1201 Local Retiree Chapter APWU and APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, APWU, AFL-CIO. “Val” was a loving friend to everyone he met and his heart was bigger than all the gold in the world. He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and a retired U.S. Postal Service Maintenance employee in the Fort Lauderdale Post Office.
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The funeral arrangements are being made from the Edwards Funeral Services, 1108 NE 23rd Drive, Wilton Manors, FL. 33305 (Fort Lauderdale Metro Area), Phone 954-566-5564. Anyone wishing to send flowers may contact Jim Threlkel Florists, 820 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, phone 954-566-7571, or access the florist website at
www.jimthrelkel.com to get same day delivery to the funeral home.
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Catholic services will be held on Tue., November 25, 2008 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2500 NE 33rd Ave. near 2511 N. Ocean Blvd. (A1A), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305, phone 954-564-1763 or go on the internet at
www.saintpiusthetenth.org for more information. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Catholic Mass begins at 11 a.m.
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Expressions of sympathy may be sent to his loving wife, Claudette Serpico, and family members at 2701 Middle River Drive, Apt. #1, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. A brief newspaper obit article was published in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel on Sat., Nov. 22, 2008 and can be displayed at
www.sunsentinel.com website.
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A funeral procession from St. Pius X Catholic Church to the new 313 acre South Florida United States National Cemetery, 6501 S. State Road 7/U.S. Route 441, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, FL. 33449, phone 561-649-6489 or type in on your computer
www.cem.va.gov for more info. Full Military Funeral Honors will be given Valentine R. Serpico beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 25, 2008 at the grave site where the beautiful new cemetery will serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years.
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Several of Val’s family and friends from all over the country are headed to Fort Lauderdale, FL on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25, 2008 to pay homage to a beloved APWU Retiree Chapter leader who never quit the fight to represent his brothers and sisters. Mario G. Miceli, Vice President, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter, is automatically elevated to President of the State Retiree Chapter due to Val Serpico’s death, pursuant to the Florida State Retiree Chapter Constitution and By-Laws.
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*****This article written by Editor Jack Gose, former founding President, APWU of Florida State Retiree Chapter and Florida Suncoast Area Local Retiree Chapter #1228, APWU, AFL-CIO. If you need more info phone me at home 727-343-2998 or leave a message, or go on the computer to send me an E-mail to jak.gose@excite.com for a reply. We Love All of You, My Brothers and Sisters Worldwide!






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