NARFE: FEHB Program Premium Increase Highlights Need for COLA Reform

10/4/2017 Alexandria, VA – The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today announced the average Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program premium for America’s retired and active federal workers will increase 4.0 percent in 2018, with the average enrollee’s share rising 6.1 percent. In response, Richard G. Thissen, president of the National Active and Retired Federal […]

Updated: USPS Retirees Wanted for Holiday Clerk Assistants

The following is updated information on USPS hiring retirees and Holiday Clerks for the upcoming “peak season” … The pay rate is slightly higher than previously reported. Summary: Hundreds of “Annuitant Holiday Clerk Assistant” and “Holiday Clerk Assistant” jobs are listed at  The pay is $16.98 per hour.  The deadline to apply is September […]

Paltry COLA Will Leave Postal, Federal Retirees Worse Off

10/20/2016 – The APWU has joined with 74 other organizations to urge Congress to correct an outrageous disparity, Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor reports. Unless the legislature takes action, a miniscule 0.3 percent 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for millions of retirees will result in a substantialreduction in the annuities of hundreds of thousands of postal […]

Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP

From reader: Have you listened to this?  Postal Service Health Benefits and the FEHBP All postal retirees and future postal retirees should.  If the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 5714) passes, a retired postal couple would be hit with an extra $4,000 per year in health insurance premiums for Medicare Part B and Part […]

USPS letter to annuitants to apply for reemployment as Holiday Clerk Assistants

APWU and USPS “agreed to a “one time modification to change the 2016 peak exception period in Function 1 from November 12, 2016 through January 6, 2017.  In Function Four, HCAs [Holiday Career Assistants] will be hired from November 12 through December 23, 2016 or November 26, 2016 through January 6, 2017.  This does not […]

APWU: Postal Retirees May be Affected by OPM Data Breach

06/08/2015 – Postal retirees may be among those affected by a breach in the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Retirees Department Director Judy Beard reports. OPM announced June 4 that the records of 4 million current and former federal employees were compromised in a cyber attack the agency discovered in April. […]

Postal, Federal Retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2015

From various news sources COLA increase =$22 The U.S. government will raise benefits for Social Security beneficiaries by 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration said today. This is the third consecutive year in which the increase will be under 2%. The agency said it expects to send out checks to about 64 million people […]

Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

Officials with the United States Postal Service announced this week that retired city carriers can temporarily return to their jobs during the peak-mailing season. According to the USPS, retired employees can sign up for Holiday Term City Carrier Assistant positions beginning Dec. 6. Their positions will be for a four-week period ending Jan. 2.

More info on ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’ and reemployment of retirees

There has been a lot of interest in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NALC and USPS regarding “Holiday Carrier Assistants.”  The agreement allows USPS to reemploy retirees as “Holiday Carrier Assistants” during the four week December period as operationally necessary. First of all, the agreement is not totally new. USPS and NALC signed […]

NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’

New MOU on Holiday Carrier Assistants in 2014 Sept. 23, 2014—The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 (M-01844). This MOU allows the Postal Service to begin hiring retired employees that wish to work during the upcoming four week December period. However, such employees shall not […]