Union Meeting Minutes Dec. 2, 2009
Meeting called to order at 7:15p.m.
Thanks to Bert Weisner, Amy Campain, and Tom Preston for the food and drinks at tonight’s meeting…
Announced guests that were in attendance at meeting. NALC President Fred Rolando, National Business Agent, Tim Dowdy, State President Tonya Detrick, arbitration advocate, Del Wilson and carriers from Silver Spring and West Va.
1) Roll Call- All Present.
2) Minutes from the Nov. meeting. Motion to dispense with reading and accept as written and distributed. Motion by Mike Hotovy. 2nd. by Shearly Shawn. Motion carries.
A) Next Union Meeting is Wed. Jan 6 at 7:oop.m.
B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Wed. Dec 30 at 6:30 p.m.
C) Next Steward’s Meeting is Wed Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
D) Grievances of Note. Read at Meeting.
E) NALC Bulletin dated Nov. 6, 2009. Read at Meeting. Talks about “FERS” credit for unused sick leave.
F) Clockrings after 1800. This is most important to show that there is NO window of operation. Please tell your Stewards.
G) Please consider signing up for COLCPE. Our COLCPE coordinators are Shearly Shawn and Tom Preston. They have been signing up a lot of people lately. These monies go to support legislation beneficial to Letter Carriers and their families, and support candidates that support Letter Carriers.
H) Any comments on our newsletter or our web site? The newsletter is on the way.
I) Steve Fairfax has paid some of the money he owes, he still owes tens of thousands of dollars. Amy Campain is working on this for our branch.
J) We are down to 496 active members! Please try to sign up these NON-MEMBERS !!!!!!!!!!!
K) Passed out new Carrier pay schedule to the people present. ($1,000.00 pay raise)
L) You will have your new leave to use by Jan. 2, 2010.
M) NALC Bulletin dated Nov. 20, 2009. Read at meeting. Talked about bargaining, open season, $3.8 bill. Loss, retaining 6 day delivery and no COLA.
N) An OWCP Physician’s office will open in Jan. in Arlington Va. Ken met with them and they seem to be experts with the complex paperwork for these claims. They are from the Oakland Ca. area.
O) Read MIARAP signoff letter dated Nov.16, 2009, at meeting. This letter was written by our own Chuck Clark and from mgts. side, Robert Neal.
4)APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP-None
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
President Kenneth Lerch
Vice President Amy Campain
Recording Secretary Tom Preston
Fin. Sec. Treasurer Beth Parsons
Editor Mike Shawn
Sgt.-at-Arms Don Lewis (Mike Hotovy stood in)
HBR Tony Gatling
MBR Sergio Lemus
Distributor Shearly Shawn
Trustees Gary Kirwin
The above were sworn in by NALC President Fred Rolando. Pres. Rolando also presented Ken with an inscribed Gavel and Block to mark this event.
6) COMMITTEE REPORTS
A) Budget comm. Met on 10/21, and 10/29. There will be another meeting on Dec.16.
8) HEALTH BENEFITS REPORT- None.
9) NEW BUSINESS
A) President Rolando spoke to the branch members and had a question and answer time. Fred answered every question and even stayed after the meeting!
B) National Business Agent also spoke about the state of the Postal Service.
C) 31 Delegates have been elected for the National Convention. The Convention will be held in Anaheim, Ca. Aug. 9-13, 2010.
D) MIARAP sum ups and questions. We have lost 47 bid assignments in IARAP and MIARAP.
E) The branch is down to 496 active dues paying members with over 100 retirees now. We are losing about $800.00 per month from what we budgeted ( based on 520 active members.) SIGN UP THE NON_MEMBERS ! We announced this last month and no scabs have joined!!!!!!
F) The following were excused from tonight’s meeting: 1) Mike Butz by Tom Preston. 2nd. by Arriga Thomas. 2) Mike Curley by Tim Smith. 2nd. by Howard Gross. 3) George Abid by Beth Parsons. 2nd. by Tom Preston. 4) Clariza Turner by Kevin Abernathy. 2nd by Ismael Lemus. All were passed by motion.
10) IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICE-None
11) GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION- None
12) TREASURER’S REPORT
A) Given by Beth Parsons. Motion to accept report by Mike Hotovy. 2nd. by Buzzy Denell. Motion carries.
13) MOTION TO ADJOURN
A) Motion to adjourn by Mike Hotovy. 2nd by Buzzy Denell. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned at 9:15p.m.
Thomas A. Preston
Recording Secretary, Branch 3825