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.
Moment of silence was observed for former AO Director Orv Glombowski.
Roll Call of Officers:
Ray Novakoski, President
Dick Page, Executive Vice-President
Barbara Tubbs, Recording Secretary
Jennifer Amos, Treasurer
Jim Myszka, Maintenance Craft Director
Mike Long, Sergeant at Arms
Linda Norman, AO Director
Scott Larabel, MVS Craft Director
Bill Scutt, Clerk Craft Director
Retiree Ed Moore addressed members on the benefits of joining NARFE, National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
November General membership meeting minutes were
accepted. Correction: new memberís name is Kay
Applications for Membership:
Grand Rapids clerks: John Kent, John Olszewski,
Bill from for $50.00 for tonightís refreshments
Treasurerís Report: Amos: Accepted as written.
Clerk Craft Report: Scutt: Tour one start times
changed from 9 oíclock to 10 oíclock. APPs being
installed at P-1. The National is still fighting for
these jobs. Former AO Director Orv Glombowski passed
away last week. Elections are over. Bill has served on
Board for 9 years. Wishes the new Board good luck.
They are facing new challenges. Dan Quillan will be
the new clerk craft director, and Bill will be
available to help. Thanks for the opportunity to serve
AO Report: Norman: Linda's last meeting, too. Now
maybe sheíll get a date on Saturday night. Still
working on OWCP case in Coopersville, now has the
clock rings. Nunica grievance was withdrawn.
Requesting more information. PTFs in Lowell are sick
of postmaster working the window. Waiting for decision
on Big Rapids grievance. PTF may be made regular
there. Thank you to George Hendricks for what he did
at Orvís funeral. Very sad to lose Orville. Linda has
a full time job because of Orvís efforts.
MVS Report: Larabel: Congratulations to the new Board.
Been a pleasure to work with the outgoing Board.
Management has reneged on past grievance settlements
and National grievance resolutions. Management has
totally disregarded all the work Scott and Mike Hill
have done, and are totally disregarding contract.
Weíre not going to sit back. Cooperation has been a
sham. Talk of contracting out work. Hiring casuals
although they agreed to hire career drivers. Canít
appreciate Mikeís work too much.
Presidentís Report: Novakoski: Sunday premium
settlement coming up. USPS had refused to pay the
premium for those on COP and military leave, but have
now agreed to pay it. Penalty overtime exclusion runs
from 12/4 through 12/31. Inquiries about health plan
open season. Open season has been extended to 12/28.
Election Committee: Cat Beemblossom: Gave full report
on election and results.
Motion by Long 2nd Norman to accept committee report.
POWER Committee: Karen Hodges: Wish upon a Star Tree
adopted a Somalian family. USPS donated two restaurant
gift certificates for drawing for donors.
Retiree: George Hendricks: Election underway. 138
ballots sent out. They are due 12/15.
Still waiting for a response from National on casual
in lieu of grievance.
To use current budget until new the Executive Board
establishes their own budget. Discussion. Carried.
To have a monthly $50.00 drawing for full dues paying
members who turn in their VOE surveys, plus two
$500.00 drawings at the December meeting. Tickets
drawn as the monthly winner will be held out of the
remainder of the monthly drawings, but all will be
included in the December drawings. Discussion.
To send Linda Chandler, Jennifer Amos, and Amy Marcus
to Secretary Treasurer training in Palm Springs
January 20-22 with airfare, lost time, per diem,
registration, taxes, lodging, ground transportation,
and parking if needed. Discussion. Carried.
To expend $163.00 for new Santa suit accessories, to
be stored at the Union office. Discussion. Discussion.
To purchase a 256 memory stick for WMAL editorís
Point of Personal Privilege: Larabel: Uniform rep sold
Scott a large embroidered iron on patch, honoring
military. Several members have shown interest in
buying one. Cost is $10.00, and $1.00 from each goes
to the families of soldiers slain in Iraq. The rep
will be seeing Scott next week.
Motion by Jim Birman 2nd Hendricks to revoke policy of
publishing financial report in the Localís newsletter.
Point of Personal Privilege: Don Kramer: Chansky has
now agreed to lower Flag to half mast when a soldier
is slain in Iraq.
Motion by Steve Austin to establish a Veteranís
committee. Ruled out of order.
Motion by Beemblossom 2nd Norman to donate $100.00 to
the Wish Upon a Star family. Discussion. Carried.
January meeting will be January 8th at 7:00 pm.
Labor Management: Let an officer or steward know if
you have something for L/M.
VOE $500.00 drawings: Crystal Kimble and Ron Kotowski
COPA $48.00, Glenda Novakoski $48.00
$25.00 Drawings: John Niswonger, Barbara Tubbs, Linda
Yarnott, Mike Hill, Jim Myszka, Ray Novakoski, Richard
Fletcher, Steve Lang, Rose Jerrils, Karen Hodges
$10.00 Door Prizes: Mike Long, Don Kramer, Dave Janes,
Jack Fryling, Tammy Byrnes
Don Kramer donated $20.00 to COPA.
Adjourned at 8:38 PM.
Jennifer Amos. © Western Michigan Area Local
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