UNION MEETING MINUTES JUNE 3, 2009
Meeting Called to order @ 7:02p.m.
Thanks to Bert Weisner and Don Lewis for the food and drinks at tonight’s meeting…
Announced guests in attendance… Two carriers from the Silver Spring Branch.
1) Roll Call- All Present except for Health Benefits Rep. Tony Gatling, Mutual Benefits Rep. Sergio Lemus, and Trustee Chuck Clark. Steve Klein is stepping down for personal reasons.
2) Minutes from the May Meeting. Motion to dispense with reading the May Minutes and accept as written. Motion by Shearly Shawn. 2nd. by Mike Hotovy, motion carries.
A) Next Union Meeting is Wed. July 1, 2009 at 7:00p.m.
B) Next Executive Board Meeting is Wed. June 24 at 6:30p.m.
C) Next Steward’s Meeting is Wed. June 10 at 6:30p.m.
D) Grievances of note. Read at Meeting.
E) New Step B address. Given out at Meeting.
F) Clockrings after 1800. Please give them to your Steward’s. This is important to win a WOO grievance!!
G) Please consider signing up for COLCPE. Our COLCPE coordinators are Shearly Shawn and Tom Preston.
H) Any comments on our newsletter or our web site? www. Nalc3825.com. We received many complimentary e-mails. Shooting for the month of July for the next newsletter.
I) E-mails received . Very nice compliments about are Web site. They were read at the meeting. These e-mails were from Boston, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.
J) NALC Bulletin dated May 15, 2009. Read at meeting. Talks about Free Choice Act, and H.R.22.
K) Scab List. 14 nonmembers. The branch is at 97.2% organized!
L) Notification for Steward election at Gaithersburg Main Office will be posted tomorrow.
4) Application for Membership-
Thomas Conlon, Leslie Gaynair, Brian Marshall, Patrick Twomey, and Kenneth Winfield.
6) Committee Reports
A) Picnic update (AUG. 2 ) On the Committee is: Coordinator- Kevin Abernathy, Chuck Clark, Chris Lively, Tom Preston, Beth Parsons, Robert Weisner, George Abid, Sergio Lemus, and Ismael Lemus. The first meeting is June 18, 2009 at 6:30p.m.
B) Food Drive sum up. Shearly Shawn gave the report. 55,776 pounds of food was collected. Also, Ken read a letter from the St. Martin’s Pantry thanking the Branch for the donation.
C) MDA fundraiser June 27 at 7:30p.m. at Bowl America in Gaithersburg. 4 or 5 teams thus far have entered the event.
7) MBA Report- None.
8) Health Benefits Report- None.
9) New Business
A) This passed at the March Union Meeting. Reimbursement for State Convention- $5,000 divided by the number of delegates with a compensation cap of mileage, hotel, registration, plus $25.00 per day. Everyone makes their own reservations and must give $50.00 to the Branch for registration by June 1.
Also, you must be present for 75% of the meetings prior to the Convention in order to qualify for any reimbursement. (Art. 5 Sec. 3 of our by-laws).
Did the Officers and Stewards pass out the Convention materials to the Delegates? Most did. The rest were distributed at the meeting to the delegates.
B) Tomorrow is Lobby Day. Meet at NALC headquarters at 8:30a.m. Lobbying on H.R. 22 ( Pre-fund future retiree health benefits, EFCA, sick leave for FERS retirees, do not mail registries, vote by mail, Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset.) Van Hollen, Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
C) Hundreds of 50-50 tickets have been sold for COLCPE with the drawing to be held tomorrow, June 4 at Lobby Day. Shearly Shawn and Hugh McElroy are bringing the money and tickets to NALC headquarters.
D) Derwood Post Office is closing. Carriers will be moved June 29 to the Rockville Main Post Office. ODL list, leave and 41 section 3 "O" were discussed.
E) 8.5G costs and Kenneth Lerch's estimate of 24 hours per week to run the branch. Kenneth Lerch has been working over 40 hours per week. Budgeted 6 and a half days per week so we are still financially sound. The Potomac Article 8 Section 5G cases have cost us more than $10,000.00 (lost time and copying costs.) We have won more than $10,000.00 and the violations have been reduced to a trickle.
F) M-01702. Implementation dates. Local Contacts for MV will be Clay Baldwin, DF Mathew Ackah and Gaithersburg Main Office to be determined.
G) We are mailing COLCPE packets to every member.
H) The Executive Board has interpreted Article 4 Section 5 of the Branches by-laws to mean the following; Any person who wants to run for a Shop Steward election must get 20 percent of the members at that unit to sign a petition requesting such, and present this petition to the president of NALC branch 3825. If this is done, a sign will be posted at that unit asking for members to sign if they want to run for Shop Steward. An election will then be held as soon as possible. If only one person signs, then that person would become the Shop Steward by acclamation.
I) Sum up Officer’s Training. Kenneth Lerch gave the sum up.
J) The Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 16 at the Union Office at 6:00p.m.
K) The following were excused from tonight’s meeting: 1) Tammy Butz, by Mike Butz 2nd by Tom Preston. 2) Tony Gatling, by Greg Brooks. 2nd by Tim Bonnett. 3) Chuck Clark, by Gary Kirwin 2nd by Chris Lively. 4) Sergio Lemus, by Robert Weisner 2nd by Ismael Lemus. 5) Clariza Turner, by Kevin Abernathy 2nd by Mark Baker. All were passed by Motion.
10) Improvement of Service- None.
11) Good of the Association- None.
12) Treasurer’s Report- Report given by Tom Preston. Beth Parson's had to leave during the meeting. Motion to accept by Mike Hotovy. 2nd by Shearly Shawn. Motion carries.
13) Motion to Adjourn- Motion by Buzzy Denell. 2nd by, Shearly Shawn. Motion carries. Meeting Adjourned at 8:05p.m.
Thomas A. Preston
Recording Secretary, Branch 3825