Minutes for October 3, 2007 Union meeting

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m.

1) Roll call- All present except for Health Benefits Rep. Tony Gatling.

2) Minutes from the Sept. meeting were dispersed. Motion to dispense with the reading and accept them. Motion by Shearly Shawn, second by Mike Shawn. Motion Passed.

3) Communications-

A) Next Union Meeting is Wed. Nov. 7, 2007 at 7:oopm.

B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Wed. Oct. 24, at 6:30pm.

( Meeting has changed due to Halloween )

C) Next Steward’s meeting is Oct. 17 at 6:30pm.

( Change due to State Convention )

D) Grievances of note** Read at Meeting.

E) Union advantage from Branch 43. Read at meeting. Talked about Union earnings as opposed to non-union earnings.

F) Clock rings after 1800. Tell your Stewards!!!!!!!!

G) Please consider signing up or COLCPE . Business Agent is making a big PUSH to join.

H) Residual vacancy letter dated Sept. 7 (reached 45 ) Read at meeting . We will be getting excessed from North. Va.

I) Thanks to Chuck Clark for our Web site. Any suggestions?

J) CSA (Community Services Agency) Combined Federal Campaign new # 19579.

K) NALC Bulletin dated Sept. 14. Read at meeting. NALC gave 2.1 Mil. To MDA. NALC backs Clinton for President. 2008 NALC health rates reduced. Minnesota 2012 for Natl. Convention.

L) Howard Gross won his EEO. The Judge made a Bench decision in Howard’s favor.

M) Read OIG Letter. Sent to health care provider to basically snitch about our medical records. FIND OUT IF YOU ARE A VICTIM!!!!!!!!

N) NALC Bulletin dated Sept.27. Read at meeting. COLA paid Oct 19th. Paycheck. Back pay Nov.30th paycheck.

4) Application for new Membership.

Crusoe Gongbay. Linda Ross (Ret.)

6) Committee Reports

A) By-laws committee has met four times and will meet again on Thurs. Oct. 18th. George Abid, Chuck Clark, Steve Klein, Shearly Shawn, Amy Campain and Ken Lerch.

7) Committee Report. NONE

8) Health Benefits Report. NONE

9) New Business

A) Motion by, Shearly Shawn 2nd By Mike Curley to reimburse Mr. Ho for double dues because the Alliance is signing up City Letter Carriers at the District Office. Motion carries. Mr. Ho will have to provide documentation.

Branch 3825 will only pay up to his anniversary date. This will provide him the time to drop from the Alliance union.

B) Motions to excuse the following from tonight’s meeting are:

Tony Gatling. Motion by Les Gaynair.2nd. by Shearly Shawn.

Clay Baldwin. Motion by Chuck Clark 2nd. by Mike Hotovy


C) Mike Curley addressed the food drive and the lack of Mgts .willingness to

make the Food drive a success.

D) Outburst by a carrier from Derwood about a Shop Steward.

E) Germantown will be the first FSS (Flat Sorting Machine) Post Office in

the Capital District.

F) New FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) policy to refuse documentation and force the employees to send it to the FMLA coordinators. We MUST grieve this every time because it violates the J-CAM!

G) Exec. Board voted to send Amy Campain (V.P.) and Kenneth Lerch (Pres.) to the National Contract Training Conference in Las Vegas. Also, pay for lost expenses, lost time, hotel, travel and per diem. Motion by Dominick Lignelli.2nd. by Steve Klein. Motion carries.

H) Exec. Board recommended not to send anyone to the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO convention. Not overturned by the Branch.

I) State Convention. The Branch will return the $50.00 check to you after the Convention, provided that you attend the Convention. We have 13 Delegates. Use your credit card when you arrive to check in and bring your receipts for reimbursement.

J) Newsletter- Many compliments.

K) Maryland and Washington DC State Assoc. of Letter Carriers audit report.

10) Improvement of Service. NONE.

11) Good of the Association. Les Gaynair gave thanks (kudos) to all the help that he was given for the Art. 8’s at Potomac.

12) Treasurer’s Report. Read at meeting. Motion to accept report by Shearly

Shawn . 2nd. by Mike Butz. Motion carries.

13) Motion to Adjourn by Shearly Shawn. 2nd. by Sergio Lemus. Motion carries

Meeting Adjourned 8:20pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Thomas A. Preston

Recording Secretary, NALC #3825