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
Linda Norman, AO Director
Bill Scutt, Clerk Craft Director
Linda Norman, AO Director
Scott Larabel, MVS Craft Director
Jim Myszka, Maintenance Craft Director
Mike Long, Sergeant At Arms
Jim Birman, Treasurer
December Membership meeting minutes were accepted as
Applications for Membership:
Clerk: Jack Auricchio
Maintenance: Daniel Schultz, Thomas McDonald, Marv
Retained: Howard Shaner, Thomas Kuzma, Walt Walkowski
Treasurer’s Report: Novakoski: Treasurer’s report was
accepted as written.
MVS Report: Larabel: Has been winning monetary awards
for non-MVS personnel hauling mail. Putting together a
class action. Looking for documentation on an ongoing
basis (dates, times, locations, etc.) Looking for help
from everyone to document each incident in order to
get compensation for MVS. They are converting 2 PTFs,
but not replacing them.
AO Report: Norman: Ray got all of the excessing
letters sent to the AOs rescinded. Has step 2 meeting
scheduled for Wednesday in Grand Rapids, and on the
14th in Big Rapids. Make sure that all AO members who
were sent questionnaires concerning excessing still
fill them out in case this comes up again.
Clerk Craft Report: Scutt: APPS machines are coming
in. Got a copy of the package. There are five possible
arbitration dates for February. New casual in lieu of
grievance has been filed. Greg Bell said the national
should reimburse the Local for its $4935.44 in legal fees to get
compliance with an arbitration award. Grievance is
ready to be filed when the low cost tray sorter is
implemented on the 10th.
Maintenance: Myszka: Rich DeCommer retired, and there
have been some moves in maintenance. Custodial
positions have not been filled. Management is
interviewing for the MPE position. Maintenance was not
included in the APPS meeting.
Executive Vice President’s Report: Page: Happy New
Year. Lull in steward’s training. Will be starting
again soon. Moving SPBs from P-1 to P-2. number of
employees affected by APPS will be @ 63. Target date
May 2004. Management does not anticipate a need for
SPBs after APPS is implemented.
ABA Report: Tubbs: There are 27 Advantage members and
31 Value members. Three recently approved claims
totaled @ $1000.00.
COPA Report: Tubbs: A total of $417.00 was collected
from September 2003 through December 2003.
President’s Report: Novakoski: Acting plant manager
Greg Chanski will not run his supervisors operations
for them. They must make their own decisions and
mistakes. VOE survey contest was approved in February
2003. Anyone who turns in their survey will get a
ticket for drawings to be held in December 2004 for
two $500.00 prizes. VOE surveys are first class mail
that belong to the addressees. Management gets credit
for all surveys turned in. bill Scutt won his
arbitration case on emergency suspension and his 7 day
suspension was reduced to a letter of warning. Bill
will reimburse the Local for the funds advanced to
him. Good award, thanked Dan Quillan for being a very
credible witness. Scholarship applications were
printed in the paper, drawing will be in April.
Cans for COPA: Scutt: $62.50 from P-1.
Thank you from D.A. Blodgett (Wish Upon a Star) and
Deaf, etc. Christmas card from retiree Betty Beattie.
MSC that the income and expenses over the allowed 2003
budget be approved. Discussion.
MSC that the Western Michigan Area Local accept, as an
authorization for expenditure of funds from the Local
treasury, the income and expenses from 2003 as it was
presented in the treasurer’s report today, as the
temporary budget. The budget committee will meet prior
to the February meeting and present a balanced budget
to be voted on at that meeting. Discussion.
MSC that the policy established 2/1/03 to pay any
WMAL steward lost wages during their regular scheduled
tour to attend up to three general membership meetings
in a calendar year, not to exceed three hours per
meeting, be expunged from the policies of the WMAL.
MSC that the WMAL will send up to 25 stewards or
officers to the MPWU Area 7 & 9 District meeting in
Grand Rapids MI at the Midway Hotel on March 5th & 6th
2004 (classes held on Friday & Saturday) and
compensate the stewards or officers for registration,
2 days per diem, and up to two days lost time and that
no schedule changes for SDOs be accepted unless it is
a savings to the Local. No rooms or mileage will be
paid to the stewards or officers by the Local.
Discussion. Amended by Long, Steve Austin to strike
“per diem” and add “up to $10.00 per day for lunch
with receipt). Carried as amended.
MSC that the number of delegates sent from the Local
to the MPWU Convention in Lansing MI April 29th & 30th
& May 1st, 2004 and the APWU National Convention in
Los Angeles CA August 20th thru 27th, 2004 (to include
craft conferences) will be equal to the allotted
delegates (48 for MPWU and 38 for the APWU) per the
MPWU Constitution (pg 6) and the APWU Constitution (pg
9). The number of paid delegates out of the elected
delegates will be 15 for the MPWU and 12 for the APWU
(4 automatic plus the delegates with the 8 highest
number of votes in concurrence with the WMAL
Constitution). The paid delegates will be paid for
registration, airfare or mileage (whichever is
cheaper), per diem for the location, lodging (actual
cost per delegate), ground transportation, and any
applicable taxes. It is understood that if any paid
delegate withdraws prior to the convention (and
arrangements can be made at no additional cost to the
Local) the next non paid delegate with the highest
number of votes (within concurrence of the WMAL
Constitution) will become a paid delegate. It is also
understood that any cost incurred by the Local by the
withdrawing delegate will be paid by that delegate
(the Local will be reimbursed.) Emergencies will be
considered and may be approved by the President. It is
also understood that all compensated delegates are required to attend all
sessions of the conventions or are subject to repay
the Local any monies expended for the day they fail to
attend the conventions either full or partial days.
Emergency situations will be taken into consideration
and will be decided by the President if the delegate
is excused. The President also has the authority to
excuse a delegate from a session. Work done on a
committee will be considered as attendance to the
MSC that any member in good standing on January 3,
2004 that has attended at least three meetings in the
previous 12 months is nominated as a delegate for the
MPWU Convention in Lansing MI April 29th & 30th & May
1st, 2004 and nominated as a delegate to the APWU
National Convention in Los Angeles CA August 20th thru
27th, 2004. The nominees if present will sign an
acceptance or declination of their nomination before
they leave tonight and the others will be contacted as
soon as possible. The list of nominees will be posted
on Union boards when the minutes are sent out. If
someone is unavailable to accept or decline their
nomination, they will be put in as accepted. The
election of the delegates will take place at the
February General Membership meeting on February 7,
2004, under unfinished business. Discussion.
Additional nominations for delegates to MPWU
Any unnamed stewards and officers by Page, 2nd
Joe Harper by Austin 2nd Scutt
Pat Mondry by Austin 2nd Harper
Brenda Oppenhuisen by Austin 2nd Page
Glenda Novakoski by Page 2nd Tubbs
Kathy Radlinski by Austin 2nd Harper
If you have anything, let your steward or officer
know. Will be scheduling a meeting for January.
COPA $40.00 Barbara Tubbs $40.00
$10.00 Door Prizes: David Janes, Dick Page, Steve
Austin, George Hendricks, Pat Hostetler
Meeting Adjourned at 8:27 PM.
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