Minutes for Union meeting December 5, 2007


Meeting called to order at 7:23pm. (Approx 3 inches of snow today)

Thanks to Tom Preston for the food and Amy Campain for the drinks at tonight's meeting.

Announced guests Tim Dowdy and Dennis Fitzpatrick.

1) Roll Call All present except for the President and the Health Benefits Rep.

2) Minutes from the November meeting. Motion to dispense with the reading and accept as written and distributed. Motion by Mike Shawn. 2nd By Shearly Shawn. Motion carries.

3) Communications

A) Next Union meeting is Wed. January 2, 2008 at 7:00pm.

B) Next Stewards Meeting is Wed. December 12th at 6:30pm.

C) Next Executive Board meeting has been changed to Thursday, December 27th at 6:30pm.

D) Grievances of Note. Read at meeting.

E) Thanks to all of the officers that served in 2007 and have stepped down. A special thanks to Dominick Lignelli who will be retiring next year for all that he has done for this union.

F) Website letters www.nalc3825.com.

G) $100.00 donation sent to the Thiels Family.

Dowdy speech and Installation of new officers. (Dominick Lignelli stood in for Ken Lerch. Mike Butz stood in for Tony Gatling. George Abid stood in for Chuck Clark.)

H) Pay Charts January 2008.

I) LMOU Negotiations Rockville and Germantown signed and Gaithersburg is going to Impasse.

J) Double Dues- National sent letter stating that NBA Tim Dowdy will take steps regarding the National Alliance signing up new carriers before the NALC.

K) The By-Laws committee has met and will read the proposed By-Law changes at the next Union meeting on January 2, 2008.

L) Las Vegas Training Session. Tim Dowdy spoke about this at meeting.

M) NALC Bulletin dated Nov. 20, 2007. Read at meeting. Second COLA $104.00. NALC Health Benefits Plan #1 according to Checkbook poll. Open Season ends December 10 th, 2007.

N) Metro-Washington Council request- WPFW radio station has historically supported workers struggles including the Postal Workers. Executive Board recommendation to donate $50.00. Motion by Mike Curley. Second by Tom Preston. Motion carries.

O) HBR Tony Gatling went to Las Vegas session without prior approval. Executive Board recommendation but will be tabled until President Ken Lerch is present.

P) Please consider signing up for COLCPE.

Q) Dennis Fitzpatrick spoke on the MDA Bowling for Gold. $4060.00 has been raised.

Application for membership None


Committee Reports

1) By-Law Report- None.

2) Health Benefits Report None

New Business


A) Motion by Ron Miranda to donate $150.00 for retirement dinner for Harry Polis. Beth Parsons called for a discussion. Second by Clay Baldwin. Motion denied.

B) Motion by Tom Preston to excuse Ken Lerch from tonight's meeting. Second by Jose Herra. Motion carries.

C) Motion by Dominick Lignelli to excuse Sergio Lemus from tonight's meeting. Second by Greg Brooks. Motion carries.

D) Motion by Greg Brooks to excuse Tony Gatling from tonight's meeting. Second by Burt Weisner. Motion carries.

E) Motion by Steve Klein to excuse Chuck Clark and Raj Barbara. Second by Chester Crews. Motion carries.

F) Motion by Kevin Abernathy to excuse Claudia Jimenez. Second by Tom Preston. Motion carries.

Improvement of Service None

Good of the Association- None

Treasurer's Report Read at meeting. Motion to accept by Shearly Shawn. Second by Dominick Lignelli. Motion carries.

Motion to adjourn By Shearly Shawn. Second by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries.

Meeting adjourned at 8:57pm.

Motion by Ron Miranda to bring up old business. This is to inform the Branch that the former financial secretary of the Gaithersburg Branch will begin to repay the monies embezzled from that Branch.

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas A. Preston

Recording Secretary, NALC Branch 3825