Meeting was called to order at 7:02 Pm at 918 Benjamin
NE, Grand Rapids.
Meeting was opened with the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
Without objection, Attorney Glenn Smith, formal Postal employee, was allowed to introduce himself as an attorney knowledgeable in dealing with the Post office.
Roll Call of Officers:
Ray Novakoski, President Dick Page, Executive Vice President Barbara Tubbs, Recording Secretary Jim Birman, Treasurer Bill Scutt, Clerk Craft Director Linda Norman, AO Director Scott Larabel, MVS Craft Director Jim Myszka, Maintenance Craft Director Linda Norman, AO Director Mike Long, Sergeant At Arms
November membership meeting minutes were accepted with
the correction that Cat Beemblossom’s benefit party
was on November 29th, not the 27th.
Applications for Membership:
Clerks: Kimberly Wilson and Randall Boogaart
Maintenance: Jim Baranowski
Treasurer’s Report: Birman: Treasurer’s report was
accepted as written.
Maintenance Report: Myszka: Apologized for missing the
November meeting. An MPE transferred out and that
position was bid. Management claims that we’re still
under withholding, so Jim has filed a grievance. AO
offices were solicited for transfers to custodians in
GR. These people have not taken the test, and there
currently is no register for custodians. There are 3
MPE – Level 8 positions that are in the process of
being filled. If anyone wants to transfer to
maintenance, they should apply.
AO Report: Norman: Sylvia Taylor has given these AO
offices excessing notices: Comstock Park, Hamilton,
Newaygo, Fennville, Wayland, Middleville. Ray is going
to set up a meeting with management to address issue.
Middleville OIC has said he will intervene there
because of a retirement. There are several offices that have
reverted positions. Big Rapids is working PTFs
excessive hours. Linda is trying to get another
position there. Dealing with sick leave usage issues
in Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
Clerk Craft Report: Scutt: Low Cost tray sorter jobs
have been given to the mailhandlers despite grievance
filed by WMAL. Seven mailhandler PTFs were converted
despite being under withholding. Our PTFS are not
being converted for that reason. Bill is
investigating. Thanked Michelle Gregory for help on
arbitration case heard on 12-5-03. Case was settled in
MVS Report: Larabel: Thanked MVS drivers for attending
meeting. One steward is having trouble getting
steward’s time. Drivers have been getting paid at Step
2 for non-MVS drivers transporting mail. Eleven Step
ones were sent to Step 2 last week alone, because
management refuses to do Step ones. There is an
opening for an MVS steward. There will be an opening
for a mechanic soon.
Executive Vice President’s Report: Page: Stewards’
training was held November 24th. Commended stewards
that showed up despite bad weather. Dick is
documenting the use of contract drivers transporting
Express. The last 3 clerk messengers were excessed and
assigned to automation. Keep track and let Dick know
about the problems with the contract drivers. If
carriers are handing off the Express to other
carriers, let him know.
President’s Report: Novakoski: Fourteen jobs that were
vacant due to retirements and transfers were reverted.
This will be grieved because the work still exists.
Ray, Jim, and Dick attended a Department of Labor
class on LM-2 reporting. There were many changes,
making it much more difficult for Unions. Human
Resource offices will be closing down the road. @1200
of @1300 affected employees are managers. The window
for closings is 2004-2006. The excessing in the AO
offices will be fought.
Solidarity for Charity: Beemblossom: T-shirts are
being clearanced for $5.00
Power Committee: Beemblossom: Wish upon a Star trees
downtown If you want to donate and don’t work
downtown, Cat will take your donation.
Cans for COPA: Beemblossom: $85.10 Jackie Pike (NE
A & E: Jennifer Amos: On Wed, December 10th, the A & E
committee will be providing Pizza for the Membership.
Dental: Long: Signups are over. @ 50% dropped out.
Solicitation received from the Salvation Army.
Unfinished Business: Casuals in Lieu of grievance
issue was tabled at the Executive Board meeting to
request legal input from the National on ramifications
of paying some or all of the people requesting to be
paid with Local funds.
MSC to donate $75.00 to United Labor Charity Bowl for
Special Olympics to sponsor our logo on tee shirts.
MSC to pay Jennifer Amos 12 hours pay to reimburse
her for lost annual and sick leave due to LWOP for
MSC to buy three new computers at a cost of up to
$1500.00 each to replace obsolete ones.
Motion by Nancy Gingery-Merchant 2nd Beemblossom to
donate $1000.00 to Deaf, etc. Discussion. Carried.
Point of Personal Privilege: George Hendricks:
Veteran’s Home is developing a nature walk and they
are selling inscribed bricks for $25.00 each.
Motion by Hendricks 2nd Don Kramer to buy up to 8
bricks at the Veteran’s Home nature walk. Discussion.
Motion to table by Birman 2nd Norman. Carried.
Point of Personal Privilege: Kramer: Ceremony will be
held December 7th at 2:00 PM at Navy Reserve Center on
Monroe in remembrance of Pearl Harbor.
Motion by Beemblossom 2nd Austin to donate $50.00 to
each of the two adopted Wsh Upon a Star families.
Request from Nunica to become part of our Local.
Discussion. Secret ballot taken. Yes – 35. No – 5.
If you have anything, let your steward or officer
know. Regular meetings should be scheduled after
COPA $47.00 Don Kramer $47.00 donated to Wish Upon a
$25.00: Rose Jerrills, Cat Beemblossom, Sally
Lesiewicz, Steve Austin, C.J. Lozon, Barbara Tubbs,
Tammy Byrnes, Jackie Pike, Jennifer Gilbert, Richard
$10.00 Door Prizes: Nancy Gingery-Merchant, Cheryl
Gregory, Tina Myers, Scott Larabel, Linda Norman, Bill
Scutt, Amy Puhalski, John Myszka
Meeting Adjourned at 8:58 PM.
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