Written by David Bernstein


APWU “Jack Gose” Florida State Retiree Chapter ....Convention Report 2016 - 2018 from

David Bernstein, President

     After 16 years of serving in various capacities within the State of Florida Retirees, including the past 6 ½ years as your State of Florida Retiree President, I have decided that it is time for me to semi-retire...(I am still serving as President of the Tampa Area Local 259 Retirees and am Legislative Director for the Tampa Area Local 259). I have therefore decided not to seek re-election. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to the membership for allowing me to be such a big part of this great organization. It has been an extrememly interesting, emotionally rewarding and hectic road that I have travelled with you...and I have loved every moment...even those occasional early morning calls...both my wife and I were happy to be of service and hope that we were. All kidding aside, while we sometimes fielded over 20 calls a week, most were mid day to preferred time. I can only hope that my being here made a difference

     We have tried to offer interesting and educational programs at our State Retiree Conferences and have grown the membership participation. The Retirees in general have also been an active Legislative arm of the Union…helping in the fight to protect the Union and all that the Union has achieved for its members over the years. To that extent, we have our own Legislative Director. We were involved with the “Stop Staples” rallies as well as the “informational picketing” at various Post Offices...handing out leaflets to keep 6 day deliveries. We are in an active alliance with the ARA (Alliance for Retired Americans) and FLARA (Florida Alliance for Retired Americans) as well as NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees). These alliances have been a great asset when it comes to Legislative Issues.

     At this State of Florida Retiree Convention, we will be holding elections of all officers. We will also be presenting two (2) National By-Law changes (as well as those that were presented by our members). We welcome & encourage all dues paying Retiree members to come and participate.

     At this time I especially wish to thank my wife, Phyllis, (who always described herself as my unofficial secretary) and the entire Executive Board for their support...without which we could never have achieved the “National Status” as one of the most active State Chapters in the Country

Yours In Union Solidarity,

Dave Bernstein

















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