Branch Union Meeting Minutes
September 3, 2008
Guests- Kathy McKirchy Community Services Agency- Metro Labor Council of which 175 locals are affiliated that represents over 150,000 workers in the DC metropolitan area. Two Carriers from Wheaton.
1) Roll Call- All officers present except Recording Secretary Thomas Preston on annual leave. Vice President, Amy Campain, will take the minutes.
2) Last Month's Minutes- Motion to dispense with the reading by Steve Klein and accept them as written and distributed, 2nd by Shearly Shawn- motion passed unanimously.
A) Next Union Meeting is Wed. Oct. 1, 2008 at 7:00pm.
B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Wed. Sept. 24 at 6:30pm.
C) Next Steward's Meeting is Wed. Sept. 10 at 6:30pm.
D) Grievances of Note read for Branch which included 6 REMOVALS knocked out and over $30,000 in article 8 wins.
E) Emails sent to our Branch from around the country thanking us for a great website and asking our advice on various issues.
F) Clock rings after 1800 are needed to win WOO grievances.
G) Please sign up for COLCPE- Coordinators for the Branch are Shearly Shawn and Hugh McElroy. Some ideas are possible raffles and utilizing laptops to help carriers sign up. COLCPE is used to help Letter Carriers by advancing legislative issues that support and benefit Carriers/Workers.
H) Communication from NBA Tim Dowdy dated August 4, 2008 read.
I) Thanks to Chuck Clark for his amazing work on the branch website.WWW.NALC3825.com.
J) NALC Bulletin dated August 14, 2008 – COLA at $1,498.00. WE LOVE THE UNION!
K) Article from Duluth MN Branch 114 that talks about the Postal service planting GPS devices in Pallets and then tracking the lost pallets. Pallets cost the Postal Service 40 million dollars a year.
L) Kathy McKirchy from the Community Services Agency (CSA) spoke on the need for financial aid from labor unions. CSA is a non-profit organization that helps union workers on strike, lay-offs and families in dire financial need. She asked carriers to give to CSA during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) designation number 19579. Kathy McKirchy also thanked President Ken Lerch and our Branch for creative grievance resolutions by having monies donated to the charity of our choice which is CSA. She said that we have already donated over $1500.00. At that point, President Lerch stood up and announced that we had just won another $350.00 for failure to give information timely and $150.00 for failure by management to meet at Informal A. President Lerch then presented Ms. McKirchy with a check from our Branch for $500.00.
4) Application for Membership
5) Nominations for Offices for NALC Branch 3825
President-Kenneth Lerch Amy Campain
Vice President-Amy Campain Kenneth Lerch
Rec.Sec.-Thomas Preston Amy Campain
Fin. Sec.Treas-Beth Parsons Dominick Lignelli
Editor- Mike Shawn Dominick Lignelli
Dist.- Shearly Shawn Mike Shawn
Sgt-at-Arms- Les Gaynair Steve Klein
HBR-Tony Gatling Beth Parsons
MBR-Hugh McElroy Chester Crews
Gary Kirwin Dominick Lignelli
Kevin Abernathy Mike Shawn
Chuck Clark Steve Klein
Steve Klein Beth Parsons
Robert Weisner Greg Brooks
The above officers were nominated and won office by acclamation.
Delegates to the 2009 State Convention –Ocean City
1) Shanelle Lewis Kevin Abernathy
2) Clariza Turner Kevin Abernathy
3) Erbin Valdez Dominick Lignelli
4) Buzzy Denell Dominick Lignelli
5) Ismael Lemus Dominick Lignelli
6) Sergio Lemus Dominick Lignelli
7) Gary Kirwin Steve Klein
8) Les Gaynair Gary Kirwin
9) Greg Brooks Les Gaynair
10) Mike Curley Les Gaynair
11) Don Lewis Les Gaynair
12) Matthew Ackah Hugh McElroy
13) Chester Crews Hugh McElroy
14) Mark Baker Mike Shawn
15) Arlene Galang Mike Shawn
16) Shearly Shawn Greg Brooks
17) Antonio Outlaw Greg Brooks
18) Hugh McElroy Greg Brooks
19) Steve Thompson Dominick Lignelli
20) Robert Weisner Dominick Lignelli
21) Tony Gatling Sergio Lemus
22) Tak Tam George Abid
23) George Abid Shearly Shawn
24) Kevin Abernathy Mike Shawn
25) Tim Bonnett Les Gaynair
26) Claudia Jimenez Sergio Lemus
6) Committee Reports-
A) Great Picnic- Thanks to Kevin Abernathy and all of his helpers.
B) MDA Chairperson Shearly Shawn reported that we raised $1020.40 for the Bowling for Gold MDA event with more pledges due.
7) New Business
A) New wage schedule passed out.6-1 Carrier now up to $52,749. 6-2 Carrier is now up to $53,883!
B) Tim Bonnett has stepped down as trustee and Steve Klein has been appointed by President Lerch to serve for the rest of the term.
C) Communication from NBA Tim Dowdy dated August 29, 2008 passed out at meeting. Discussion on the paper about Early Outs for Letter Carriers, FSS implementation and our area is now under Art 12- Withholding. This means that PTF's will not be converted to regular to fill residual vacancies.
D) District Manager Henry Dix held a Presidents meeting. The Union's agenda was not discussed and another meeting has been requested. During the meeting, postal costs, FSS implementation, and Art. 12 were discussed among other topics.
E) By-Laws- Chairperson George Abid announced that the By-Law changes would be given at the October Branch meeting for approval.
F) TE's told to use their own vehicles- it is optional for the TE and they must be compensated.
G) Damascus- Postmaster nightmare- Problems arising due to management's refusal to hear grievances, take phone calls, accept emails or even sign for union sent certified mail. Another intervention meeting has been requested.
H) Dominick Lignelli is honored for his service to this branch and for his retirement. He gave a farewell speech and was presented with a hat, an NALC watch and a plaque given by Branch officers.
8) Good of the Association
Les Gaynair commented on the speech given by NALC President Bill Young that he heard at the APWU convention he attended. Speech was very good.
9) Treasurer's Report-
Motion to accept the treasurer's report by Steve Klein, 2nd by Dominick Lignelli- motion passed.
Motion to adjourn the meeting by Shearly Shawn, 2nd by Chester Crews-motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:52pm.