By Mark Hennessy

Keeping the vigil - Summer is here, time for the much-needed week(s) vacation to just get away from the postal workaday grinds.

Many if not all of our members are grinding it out with anticipating a future retirement. Hopefully they are planning accordingly, building their nest egg for the big day! At our last regular meeting in June, we had the privelege to have Louis R. Finberg, Senior Analyst from the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), speak to the assembly. Mr. Finberg spoke on the many options available to meet our members' needs in the area of the Thrift Savings Plan accounts and the other options available.

We plan to have Mr. Tom Poppert, representative from the APWU-sponsored AFLAC group, at our September meeting to speak on options available for our members' needs. We all know of all of the tremendous plans available through the Voluntary Benefits Program sponsored by the APWU for members only.

We also have the ABA - Accident Benefit Association - benefits covering all of our members, which each of our union members pays 53 cents per pay period as part of their union dues deduction. The benefit is for the unpredictable event of an accident incapacitating you from going to work to do your job. This benefit pays you $12.00 per day, seven days a week for the time you are out of work until you return, up to one year. And it is non-taxable as it is paid for by your dues - your money you are receiving back for this benefit. The main requirement is that the accident incurred must be of a forceful nature in cause (fall off a ladder, automobile accident, etc.). Forms are available from the President, but must be obtained timely, given to your doctor for verification, required questions all filled out and returned to the President to be completed and mailed to the ABA. Checks are processed within a week's time, barring the submission of incomplete paperwork.

Many other benefits are also available through the APWU participation in Union Plus, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, of which APWU is a proud member. You may find all the information on your union bulletin board and also online at our award-winning web site ( At the site, you'll find much more information concerning your local and national APWU. You may also want to submit a letter to the Editor of a question you have, explanation of a problem you are having or just to sound off!

In Unionism,

Mark Hennessy


July 30, 2009

Mr. Paul Janssen
Interim Borough Manager
Borough of Yeadon
Church Lane and Baily Road
PO Box 5187
Yeadon, PA 19050

Re: USPS Yeadon Branch Finance Office

Dear Mr. Janssen,

This letter is in support of keeping the Yeadon Branch Post Office open to the citizens of the Borough.

The Postal Service (?) seems to forget that they are just that - a service to the public under the Constitution and the Postal Reform Act of 1970.

To ask the citizens to make the trek to the main office in Lansdowne when there is one right within their community is just not providing service but actually pushes the community to seek our competitors or use alternate means of communication.

One adage to the community would be - use it or lose it! This surely wakes people up when they know they are going to lose something that they take for granted.

For our only one clerk we represent in Yeadon it means a lot, but the bigger picture is we need the community to use the USPS, not let it flounder along or be eliminated.

Communication to one another in whatever form to our loved ones - a card or a serviceman/woman overseas in the form of gift packages, etc. is not something the American people want to lose sight of.

We hope the community, both residents and businesses, foresee the loss they will have to endure with the closing of the Yeadon Post Office.

In a recent MSNBC online poll, the question was asked: What is your reaction to the possibility of your local Post Office, Branch or Station closing and how would it affect you? There were varied comments solicited, some bad, but the majority positive. The ratio was 15 to 1 in favor of not losing their local office. Enough said!

Hopefully the Yeadon community will stir up in protest, but in more commanding terms not take the Yeadon Post Office for granted but use it - or lose it!


Mark Hennessy, President