UNION MEETING MINUTES January 2, 2008
Meeting called to order 7:01pm.
Thanks to Bert Weisner for the food and drinks at tonight’s meeting.
1)ROLL CALL- All present except the VP Amy Campain, Editor Mike Shawn, Sergeant-at-arms Les Gaynair, Health Benefits Rep. Tony Gatling, and Trustee Tim Bonnett.
2) Minutes from the Dec. meeting will be passed out and distributed at the Feb. meeting.
A) NEXT UNION MEETING IS Wed. Feb 6, 2008 at 7:00pm.
B) NEXT EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING IS Wed. Jan. 30 at 6:30pm.
C) NEXT STEWARD’S MEETING IS Wed. Jan 9 at 6:30pm.
D) Grievances of note. Read at meeting
E) Combined Federal Campaign is over.
F) Clockrings after 18:00. Tell your Shop Stewards for WOO cases.
G) Please consider signing up for COLCPE. We are the last in the region!!
H) Residual vacancies. Rockville and Germantown are converting Sat. Jan. 5. Gaithersburg – Ken is working with the NBA office to put pressure on Gaithersburg’s management.
I) Thanks to Chuck Clark, our website iswww.nalc3825.com. (Any comments or suggestions?)
J) Two of the letters mailed to every Rockville employee are being challenged with Class Action grievances. Supervisors will not accept any FMLA documentation. It must be sent directly to the District's FMLA coordinators. This is outrageous! Cell phones must be left in lockers. Also outrageous!
K) NALC bulletin dated 12/20/07. Second COLA is $333.00. Postal Relief Fund has granted monies.
4) Application for membership– Amy Campain has them.
6) COMMITTEE REPORTS
A) By- Laws committee has met five times. George Abid – Chairperson, Chuck Clark, Steve Klein, Shearly Shawn, Amy Campain and Ken Lerch. We are meeting again on Wed. Jan. 23 at 6:30pm at the Union Office.
B) Budget Committee is meeting on Wed. Jan. 16 and Thurs. Jan. 17 at 6:30pm at the Union Office.
C) We need a Food Drive Chairperson and committee. Bill Young letter dated December 2007. Read at meeting.
7) MBA REPORT– None
8) HEALTH BENEFITS REPORT- None
9) NEW BUSINESS
A) Ken Lerch and Chuck Clark have been selected to serve on the National Committee on FSS work methods. This will determine how FSS is carried nationwide.
B) Bills in Congress and the importance of COLCPE. Read at meeting. Talked about The Windfall Elimination Provision. Government Pension Offset. I’m sure there will be a bill on contracting out as well.
C) Newsletter. Passed out at meeting.
D) Article 8.5G and “Good Cause” to go off the ODL list.
E) EAF (Emergency Assistance Fund) of CSA (Community Service Agency) of MWC-AFL-CIO. Executive Board recommended to send $300.00. Motion by Shearly Shawn. Second by Dominick Lignelli. Motion carries.
F) Executive Board recommends approval for the President to negotiate on more space at 326 N. Stonestreet Ave. at approximately $410.00 per month. Motion by Dominick Lignelli. Second by Steve Klein. Motion carries.
G) Tabled motion from last month concerning Tony Gatling. First Executive Board recommending reimbursing whole amount 6 to 3 with 6 abstaining. Next Executive board recommended reimbursing half. Motion by Bert Weisner. Second by Ismael Lemus. Motion to table vote until Tony returns. 16 votes yes, 10 votes no. Motion carries to table.
H) Motion by Steve Klein to excuse the following, Amy Campain, Mike Curley, Jose Herrera and Mike Shawn. Second by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries.
I) Motion by Sergio Lemus to excuse Erbin Valdez. Second by Hugh McElroy. Motion carries.
J) Motion by Greg Brooks to excuse Tim Bonnett. Second by Sergio Lemus. Motion carries.
K) Motion by George Abid to excuse Les Gaynair. Second by Ismael Lemus. Motion carries.
L) Motion by Sergio Lemus to excuse Daniel Essome. Second by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries.
M) Motion by Greg Brooks to excuse Tony Gatling. Second by Sergio Lemus. Motion carries.
N) Motion by Gary Kirwin to purchase financial update software at $299.00 to help the Treasurer. Second by Dominick Lignelli. Motion carries.
O) Motion by Kevin Abernathy to pay $100.00 to reserve a picnic area for the 2008 picnic. Second by Beth Parsons. Motion carries. Friendly amendment by Gary Kirwin to increase picnic reservation to $200.00 to be able to reserve 2 picnic pavilions. Second by Mike Hotovy. Motion carries.
10) IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICE– None
11) GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION– None
12) TREASURER’S REPORT. Read at meeting. Motion to accept by Mike Hotovy. Second by Clay Baldwin. Motion carries.
13) Motion to adjournby Shearly Shawn. Second by Chester Crews. Motion carries. Meeting adjourned at 8:02pm.
Thomas A. Preston
Recording Secretary Branch 3825