To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself


The Agency has began releasing, on a staggered basis, $654.00 to employees included in this grievance settlement effective May 2016.


Click below to Read the Final IVOLSettlement Agreement between AFGE and Social Security Administration.


union meetings


Monthly Membership Meetings

 2nd Wednesday of each Month.

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location:  600 W. Madison, Chicago IL 60661

Room:  HWSSC Conference Room #1- 1st FL.



May 7th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Growing Stronger Every Day!

May 6th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? - (0 Comments)

Big Enough to Win- Update

Where are the Discounts?

May 6th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits - (0 Comments)



May 5th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | News | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on

Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Food Drive
The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”

The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for 1 in 6 Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working.

Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.

The drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May, and so Saturday, May 14, has for months been circled on the calendars of hunger-relief advocates who have watched as food supplies collected during winter holiday drives dwindle day by day. The drive also comes just before many school systems end their academic years, and that often can mean a suspension in subsidized meals for many students.

The food drive’s national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Valassis.stamp-out-hunger-

Your Letter Carrier will collect non-perishable food left on your porch.



The Federal Government established the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954. It is the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering over 4 million Federal employees and retirees, as well as many of their family members.

Most employees are eligible for FEGLI coverage. FEGLI provides group term life insurance. As such, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up value. It consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three options.

In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck unless you waive the coverage. In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance you can elect. You must have Basic insurance in order to elect any of the options. Unlike Basic, enrollment in Optional insurance is not automatic — you must take action to elect the options.

The cost of Basic insurance is shared between you and the Government. You pay 2/3 of the total cost and the Government pays 1/3. Your age does not affect the cost of Basic insurance. You pay the full cost of Optional insurance, and the cost depends on your age.

The Office of Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI), which is a private entity that has a contract with the Federal Government, processes and pays claims under the FEGLI Program.


You’ve Got Mail!

April 26th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | New Address - (0 Comments)

Haven’t Heard From Us In A While?Updates

There’s probably a reason for that.  And that reason could be an outdated address, email address, telephone number, or all of the above. That’s why we designated every January as AFGE’s Data Update Month. After reaching an important milestone of 300,000 members in 2015, we have been working to make sure that we have the most accurate contact information for everyone. AFGE thanks our members and leaders who took the time to update your information.

Here are the results:

Phone numbers: 13,529 people updated their phone number, for a 709% increase over the monthly average.

Addresses: 4,521 people updated their addresses in June for 109% increase. Email: 11,010 people entered a new email or updated their existing email, for a 74% increase over normal monthly activity.

Government Standard: 1,000 people opted for electronic Government Standard. If you haven’t updated your individual and/or local information, please do so today at  Updates.

Link:  The Government Standard



April 20th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News | Political | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

CALL NOWMembers,

Right now, Congress is reviewing a proposal to eliminate every federal employee’s most basic rights on the job. If this becomes law, you will have almost no recourse to contest a wrongful termination or suspension.

We need you to call 888-775-3148 NOW and tell Congress: oppose any version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes provisions to take away civil servants’ rights!

Here’s what you can do right now to protect your rights:

  1. Call 888-775-3148 and enter your zip code to be connected to your lawmaker.
  2. When you’re connected to your lawmaker, tell them this:
    Hi, My name is _________ and I’m a federal employee from (name of town). There is a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would take away my right to use the grievance and arbitration process to resolve wrongful suspensions and terminations. If that happens, my only choice would be to file a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board, which could take longer and cost taxpayers more money. This is nothing more than an effort to gut my rights as a federal worker
    . Please oppose any version of the NDAA that includes these harmful provisions.

Tell Congress: My rights are NOT negotiable! Call 888-775-3148 NOW

NOTE: Don’t Call from your Government Telephone or during your Work day. 

In solidarity,

Buying A Home

April 18th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Did you know? | News - (0 Comments)
Home Sweet HomeThe Union Plus® Mortgage program, with financing available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, can help you purchase a home while also receiving special benefits by virtue of your union membership.

For qualifying members, exclusive benefits include a $500 My Mortgage GiftSM award1 from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and, from Union Plus, special hardship assistance and the opportunity to earn a $500 First-Time Home Award.

New! $1,000 Mortgage Veterans Grant program for union members who’ve served in the U.S. armed forces.