Working together since September 2000, both Mr. Kaczor and Mrs. Johnson have announced their decision to retire on April 15.
William "Bill" Kaczor, Jr., has had a long-standing career working and leading the APWU efforts. His constant dedication to the Health Plan as Director has helped to establish the APWU Health Plan as a premier carrier in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Mr. Kaczor has been the Director of the union’s health insurance program for more than three decades, beginning in June 1985. He also served as Assistant Director. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Kaczor worked tirelessly to improve health benefits for postal and federal employees.
Prior to leading the APWU Health Plan, Mr. Kaczor served as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Post Office and General Services Maintenance Employees Union. He held that position until July 1971, when the union merged with four others to form the APWU.
In July 1971, he became the Administrative Assistant in the Maintenance Craft Department of the APWU and in 1978 he was elected Executive Vice President of the department. He served on the APWU National Executive Board from 1971 to 1980, when the board was restructured. He is the only national officer in Washington, DC, who has served since the five unions merged to create the APWU.
Mr. Kaczor began his postal career in Buffalo, NY, in 1962 as a clerk. He was a member of the United Federation of Postal Clerks before he became a Maintenance Mechanic. He has been a member of the Buffalo Local for 54 years. He participated in the Great Postal Strike of 1970, an illegal work stoppage that led to the passage of the Postal Reorganization Act, the creation of the APWU, and major improvements in the pay and benefits of postal employees.
Mr. Kaczor is looking forward to spending more time with Joan, his wife of 54+ years, as well as with his four children and six grandchildren. We will miss his vision and commitment, outstanding leadership and steady direction over the years which have propelled us to our present position.
Audrey Johnson has been with the Health Plan for over four decades and has provided service and worked diligently to assist the members of the Health Plan and the office of the Director. Her willingness to put in the time and effort it takes to help members resolve issues has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend upon. Mrs. Johnson started with the Health Plan on September 18, 1970, in our Bargaining Unit. Throughout her career at the Health Plan she has held several positions, which include Clerk Typist, Small Claims Analyst, Claims Analyst I, Claims Analyst II, and Communications Specialist.
On December 1, 2000, Mrs. Johnson joined our management staff as the Executive Secretary to our Director, Mr. Kaczor. From the very beginning, Mrs. Johnson has been invaluable to the team and we owe her a debt of gratitude.
Mrs. Johnson, although she is looking forward to spending time with her family and friends, will miss her position and passion to help postal and federal employees. Mrs. Johnson has been a great employee, co-worker and friend to all with her thoughtfulness and quiet encouragement.