Union Meeting Minutes Jan. 6, 2010

Thanks to Bert Weisner for the food and drinks at tonight’s meeting…

Announced guests that were in attendance at the meeting. Carriers from the Wheaton Post Office.

1) Roll Call – All Present.

2) Minutes from the Dec. meeting. Motion to dispense with reading and accept as written and distributed. Motion by Theo Anthony. 2nd. by Shearly Shawn. Motion carries.

3) Communications

A) Next Union Meeting is Wed. Feb 3 at 7:00p.m.

B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Wed. Jan 27 at 6:30 p.m.

C) Next Steward’s Meeting is Wed. Jan 13 at 6: 30 p.m.

D) Grievances of note. Read at Meeting.

E) Clockrings after 1800. These are important, tell your Shop Stewards. We need these to prevail in any WOO grievance.

F) 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. This Money goes to support legislation beneficial to Letter Carriers and their families and to support candidates that support Letter Carriers.

G) Any comments on our newsletter or our web site? No comments or suggestions were made. www.nalc3825.com.

H) Steve Fairfax has paid some of the money he owes us, but still owes tens of thousands of dollars. Amy is working on this for us.

I) We are down to 493 active members. Please try to sign up the NON- MEMBERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

J) MIARAP- Settlement read of appeal sent up by Chuck Clark.

K) GPS ( M-01705 ) Read at meeting. Letter dated May 15, 2009.

L) President Kenneth Lerch selected Shearly Shawn as our Branch Food Drive Coordinator. We need coordinators for each unit. The Food Drive is May 8, 2010.

M) NALC Bulletin dated Dec. 21, 2009. Read at meeting. Also said that there is no COLA.

4) APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP- ( RET. ) R. Burrill.

6) COMMITTEE REPORTS-

A) Budget Committee will give presentation under New Business.

7) MBA REPORT- None

8) HEALTH BENEFITS REPORT- None

9) NEW BUSINESS

A) Buddy Henkle is retiring after 36 years of service (Long applause.)

B) 31 Delegates have been elected for the National Convention.

ALSO, You must be present for 75% of the meetings prior to the Convention in order to qualify for any reimbursement. ( Art. 5 Sec. 3 ).

NATIONAL CONVENTION WILL BE HELD IN ANAHEIM, CA. AUG. 9-13, 2010.

C) Budget proposal passed out at meeting. Kenneth Lerch thanked the Committee who met on three evenings. Nov. 21&29. and Dec. 16 for a total of approximately 9 Hours! The committee was Amy Campain, Beth Parsons, Gary Kirwin, Shearly Shawn, Kevin Abernathy, and Kenneth Lerch.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. Motion to accept by Mike Shawn and 2nd by Hugh McElroy. Motion carries.

D) Executive Board recommends to endorse Resolution from branch 693 concerning Article 41 Section 3 “O”. Read at meeting. Motion to accept by Amy Campain. 2nd. by Sergio Lemus. Motion carries.

E) Executive Board recommends to send 3 Stewards to new stewards training at a cost of (approx $560.00 per person ) 16 hours lost time plus one night hotel, and 3 Stewards to the Advanced Steward training at a cost of approx ( $720.00 per person) 16 hours lost time plus two nights at a hotel and $60.00 registration fee per person. Motion by Mike Shawn to send Viktor Fraker, Jermaine Graham and Vivian Walker. 2nd by Chester Crews. Motion by Bert Weisner to cut off debate. 2nd by Hugh McElroy. Motion carries. Motion then passed on item (E). Kenneth Lerch, Amy Campain and Robert Weisner will go to the advanced Steward training.

F) Motion by Tom Preston to send 2 Stewards to advanced training instead of three. No second.

G) Executive Board recommends to give $300.00 to the Emergency Assistance Fund of the Community Services Agency of the Metro Labor Council. Motion by Don Lewis. 2nd. by Tim Smith. Motion carries.

H) The following were excused from tonight’s meeting: 1) Tyron Butler by Kevin Abernathy. 2nd. by Sergio Lemus. 2) Mike Butz by Amy Campain. 2nd. by Mathew Ackah. 3) Mike Hotovy by Mathew Ackah. 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 Mathew Ackah. 2nd. by Ismael Lemus. Motion carries.

13) MOTION TO ADJOURN

A) Motion to Adjourn by Mathew Ackah. 2nd. by Theo Anthony. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas A. Preston

Recording Secretary, Branch 3825