Meeting was called to order at 7:00 Pm at 918 Benjamin
NE, Grand Rapids.
Meeting was opened with the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
Roll Call of Officers:
Ray Novakoski, President
Dick Page, Executive Vice-President
Barbara Tubbs, Recording Secretary
Jennifer Amos, Treasurer
Linda Norman, AO Director
Jim Myszka, Maintenance Craft Director
Mike Long, Sergeant at Arms
Bill Scutt, Clerk Craft Director
Scott Larabel, MVS Craft Director
April General Membership meeting minutes were accepted
with the correction that the word "reconvention should
be "preconvention" and that the word "than" should be
"then" in the AO report.
Applications for Membership: None
Treasurerís Report: Amos: Treasurerís report accepted
as written and read.
Maintenance Report: Myszka: Meeting with senior plant
manager, trying to get developmental training
implemented in our office. Their meeting will be April
16th. Hopefully we will get our employees needed
training instead of hiring off the street. Filed
grievances on casual in lieu of grievance settlement
implementation. Custodial positions are under
withholding. trying to get our positions filled.
Talked to Bob Martin about staffing packages. Need
another MOS clerk at annex. ET Fred Febo is retiring
AO Report: Norman: Filed grievances in Ada about
reverted position. Management signed off and the job
will be reposted. Settled grievance on dual appointee
in Lowell. All three employees will be paid. They will
not use the dual appointee on days when she has a full
time route. Letter of warning in Hudsonville reduced
to discussion. Have your doctor fill out your FMLA
papers with a minimum and maximum number of days
involved. Thank you for sending her to meeting on
excessing. Brought up concerns. Hopefully they
listened. Another grievance on OWCP. Will ask for
Jennifer Amos' help.
Executive Vice-Presidentís Report: Page: Had steward's
training last week. Addressed holiday scheduling and
overtime issues. USPS extended lease for P-2 for up to
2 years, in 6 month increments. APPS first article
test failed. Second is in progress. Will have those
results soon. If USPS accepts the machines, they will
get a date for implementation. They will be moving the
scan where you band machine from the P-1 to the AMF.
Two clerks' jobs will move with it. Hired 8 additional
TEs for SPBs with a total of 20 coming. Eight casuals
are in training for SPBs currently. Projected APPS
problems are equipment space and safety issues.
Transportation is hiring 3 PTFs and possibly 1 casual.
Presidentís Report: Novakoski: Still looking at moving
T-1 scheme jobs to the stations. Those jobs probably
will be 4 hours in plant and 4 hours at stations..
Will have to determine where choice vacation
selection, overtime desired lists, etc will be. Jobs
will probably start in plant, and then go out to
stations about 4 AM. Went to rally in Greenville on
March 28th. Large contingency of UAW workers there.
Fifty one people, one from each state plus one from
Washington DC, who have lost their jobs are on bus
tour telling their stories, showing what effect moving
jobs to Mexico is having on this country. At the last
convention, we passed a resolution to boycott Taco
Bell because of very low wages Florida tomato growers
pay their workers. They are paid the same wage as in
1978, with no benefits. Recently met with the
Postmaster. She wants to do the step two's instead of
labor rep. Scheduled for two arbitration dates: one in
May and one in June. Most are AO cases. Main office is
installing new security system. It is close to
completion. New badges will limit access within
building. New early out retirement timeline has come
out for those who were denied, who opted to decline,
and the newly eligible. Statements of interest for
full time employees will be sent out April 16th and
must be returned by May 14th. Statements for part
time employees will go out May 24th and must be
returned by June 14th. If you don't receive one and
think you should, let someone know. National has filed
a grievance on the automated interactive voice
response system. Union plus mortgages are a new
benefit available to our members, their parents, and
their children. The May general membership meeting
will be Saturday, May 8th at 9:00 AM.
COPA: $20.00 received from John and Michelle Gregory.
Golf Outing for Diabetes Association: Jim Stoddard:
Getting contributions from areas businesses. Need lots
of volunteers: Registration, Hole in One monitor, etc.
Retirees: George Hendricks: We need labor support for
There still is no answer from the National on Casuals
in Lieu of settlement issue.
James A. Sweeney Memorial Scholarships Drawing:
$1000.00 winners: Brett Hermann, Kara Fitzgerald,
Douglas Edwards, Jamie Lynn Febo, Danielle Taylor.
Alternates: Jordan Fennema, Sarah Walsh, Matt
Stachowiak, Julie Smiegel, Jeanette Graham.
MSC to donate $200.00 to state convention hospitality
MSC to donate $50.00 to the River City Bass Club for
their Juniors' Tournament.
MSC to donate $100.00 for tee sponsorship for the
August NALC MDA golf tournament.
MSC to donate tonight's COPA proceeds to the state
convention COPA raffle.
MSC to submit resolution to the state convention
commending the National Postal Press Association on
their 40th anniversary.
MSC to buy $50.00 Meijer gift certificates for Deb
Spaulding and Velda Timmer, former A & E committee
members for their hard work.
Point of Personal Privilege: Phil Marckini: Tour 2
mail handlers are doing expediter work. ******* start
the new station jobs at 4 AM and send them to the
plant to finish their tours?
Meeting not yet scheduled. If you have anything, let
an officer or steward know.
Barbara Tubbs $21.00, state COPA fund $21.00
Hams: Mike Long, Nancy Gingery-Merchant, George
Hendricks, Jim Myszka, Ed Lesiewicz, Mike Hill,
Barbara Tubbs, Pat Hostetler, Jim Stoddard, Linda
$10.00 Door Prizes: Richard Fletcher, Linda Norman,
Jackie McKenzie, Dan Bourasso, Sally Lesiewicz.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:46 PM.
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