Union Meeting Nov. 4, 2009

Meeting called to order at 7pm.

Announced guests from the Silver Spring and Kensington Branches that were at tonight’s meeting.

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

1) Roll Call- All present except for Tony Gatling (HBR.)

2) Minutes from the October Meeting. Motion to dispense with reading the October minutes and accept as written and distributed. Motion by Mike Hotovy. 2nd by Mike Shawn. Motion carries.

3) Communications

A) Next Union Meeting is December 2nd at 7pm. (Installation of Officers) Have not gotten the correspondence back from the National President if he is going to be able to attend the meeting to install the officers.

B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 24th (Change) at 6:30pm.

C) NEXT STEWARD’S MEETING is next Tuesday, Nov. 10th (Change) at 6:30pm.

D) Grievances of note. Read at meeting.

E) NALC bulletin dated Oct. 2, 2009. Read at meeting. Talked about Congress voting for Carrier Relief Bill. Also talked about the death of the New Orleans Letter Carrier.

F) Clockrings after 18:00. This is very important because this is going to deal with W.O.O. ( Window of Operation).

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. This money goes to support legislation beneficial to Letter Carriers and their families and to support candidates that support Letter Carriers.

H) Any comments on our newsletter or our web site? www.nalc3825.com. All the comments were favorable.

I) 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.

J) E-mail from Branch 725. Read at Meeting. The web master complimented our web master.

K) Calendar of events: Jan. 11-12 2010, New Shop Steward’s Training. Feb. 08-09, 2010, Shop Steward’s Training. May 23-25, 2010, Officers training. Aug. 09-13, 2010, National Convention.

L) You will have your new leave to use by Jan 2, 2010.

M) GPS communication. GPS devises will be installed in approximately 10 vehicles per unit. The GPS units will monitor speed, time, and gas consumption. Carriers will be advised when the GPS units are installed in their vehicles.

N) FSS communication dated Oct. 23, 2009. Management will be making the route adjustments to the routes after FSS is installed. Most of us are going to be getting FSS.

O) NALC bulletin dated Oct, 2009. Read at meeting. Talks about critical health care reform, sick leave, 6th COLA (none), and penalty pay exclusions will be 12/05/09 thru 01/01/10.

P) Phone calls to Kenneth Lerch. Only Shop Stewards should be calling Kenneth Lerch. The rest of the membership should be talking to the Shop Stewards. Then call Kenneth Lerch if you still have a question or comment.

4) APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP – W. Koukos (retiree)

6) COMMITTEE REPORTS

A) Budget comm. met on 10-21 and 10-29. We will meet again on Dec 16. (Wed.) 6pm.

7) MBA REPORT - None.

8) HEALTH BENEFITS REPORT – None.

9) NEW BUSINESS

Passed out COLOR-CODED CALENDARS again.

A) Election of delegates. (Committee—Amy Campain, Beth Parsons and Don Lewis). Did not need to have an election for delegates because Charlene Walker withdrew her name and Tim Smith withdrew his name but will be an alternate. Also, you must be present for 75 percent of the meetings prior to the Convention in order to qualify for any reimbursement (Article 5 Section 3 of our by-laws).

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

B) MIARAP sum ups and questions. We have lost 47 bid assignments in IARAP and MIARAP. The month of November will be used for data collection for most of the offices for another possible route adjustments. Also, there was a question and answer period that Chuck Clark gave (The UNION District LEAD DEAT TEAM MEMBER.)

C) Down to 495 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 new members were signed up!

D) Sum up the State Convention (spent $5,000.00). Kevin Abernathy gave a brief summary, 18 people from our Branch attended the Convention.

E) The following were excused from tonight’s meeting: 1) George Abid by Sergio Lemus. 2nd by, Mike Curley. 2) Chris Lively by Hugh McElroy. 2nd by, Bert Weisner. 3) Mike Shawn by Kevin Abernathy. 2nd by Mark Baker. 4) Greg Brooks by Bert Weisner. 2nd by Ismael Lemus. 5) Tony Gatling by Kevin Abernathy. 2nd by, Sergio Lemus. All were passed by Motion.

10) IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICE - None

11) GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION – None

12) TREASURER’S REPORT- Given by Beth Parsons. Motion to accept by Theo Anthony. 2nd by, Mike Hotovy. Motion carries.

13) MOTION TO ADJOURN – Motion by Beth Parsons. 2nd by, Sergio Lemus. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas A. Preston

Recording Secretary, Branch 3825