FROM THE DESK OF DAVID BERNSTEIN,
President, State of Florida Retirees
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA RETIREES AS WELL AS ANY BY-LAWS OR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES.
OFFICIAL NOTICE.. FOR ALL DUES PAYING RETIREES OF THE APWU “JACK GOSE” STATE OF FLORIDA CHAPTER regarding Nominations and Election of State Officers for the Term of Office From June 1, 2018 to May 31, of 2020. As per Article 6 of our Constitution and By-Laws, Nominations for the following 5 Positions shall be taken at our April 9, 2018 convention...followed by a secret ballot vote:
To be eligible for office you must have been a member in good standing for at least 3 months immediately preceding the nomination, as certified by the Treasurer of our State chapter. ELECTIONS shall take place at our April 9, 2018 convention meeting by secret ballot. An election committee will be appointed if needed. To be eligible to vote. You must be a member in good standing for at least 3 months immediately preceding the elections.
FOR ANY BY-LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES AND/OR PROPOSALS TO BE CONSIDERED... “they must be submitted in resolution form for membership consideration and voted upon provided such amendments are not inconsistent with the Constitution and By-laws of the APWU of Florida and the National APWU, AFL-CIO or with other rules and regulations established by the National APWU Retiree Department.” A CONSTITUTIONAL and BY-LAWS CHAIRPERSON, “RITA SMITH” of the Tampa Area Local 259 Retirees Chapter, has been appointed. Anyone wishing to submit one or more changes and/or proposals can do so by either e-mailing our Chairperson at APWURITA@gmail.com or mailed to my home address “ David Bernstein – 2616 S. Toronto Ave., Tampa, Florida 33629...either way TO BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FORM TO USE!
JACK GOSE APWU OF FLORIDA RETIREE CHAPTER
2018 STATE CONVENTION
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, APRIL 9, 2018
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,__________________________________________
CONCUR _____ NON-CONCUR ______
In Friendship & Union Solidarity,
The following is an article by Corliss Ball your State Retiree Legislative Director:
Dear brothers and sisters, this will be my final term as State Legislative Director for the state of Florida...I will not be seeking re-election. At this time, however, I would like to update you on some of the Legislative priority bills that has the support of the APWU. They need your support by calling your Representative and Senators. Toll free number is 1-866-220-0044.
H.R. 756 - The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 - Solves the disastrous postal pre-fund mandate.
Action: It has advanced to the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees.
H.R. 760 - Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017 - Allows USPS to invest a portion of the retiree Health Benefit Fund to better Match medical inflation and significantly reduce future liabilities
H.R. 2669 & S. 1231 - Vote by Mail Act - Requires every State to provide registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail which can reduce election-related expenses and is proven to increase voter participation.
H.R.676 & S. 1804 - Medicare for All - Ensures universal access to high-quality affordable health care for all Americans regardless of employment, income or health care status. - Sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Last Action 9/13/2017: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H.R. 6489- The "Social Security Reform Act of 2016,"- Introduced on December 8, 2016 by Representative Sam Johnson Last Action: There has been no movement since being referred to the committee on ways and means in 2/8/2016.
H.R 1205- Social Security Fairness Act-Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces Social Security benefits to spouses or widows by two-thirds if they are presently getting a disability or retirement pension from prior employment in which they did not pay into Social Security. Sponsored by Representative Rodney Davis (Il-13)
Last Action 3/6/2017: Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security
Starting in April, The Social Security Administration will start reissuing cards over a 12 month period so make sure that your address is updated. You may contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. The transition period will be ending December 31st, 2019. During this time both the old and new cards will work. When disposing of your old cards remember to either shred it or cut it up.
It has been a pleasure serving you as State Legislative Director.
In union solidarity,