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
Jim Myszka, Maintenance Craft Director
Barbara Tubbs, Recording Secretary
Jennifer Amos, Treasurer
Linda Norman, AO Director
Mike Long, Sergeant At Arms
Bill Scutt, Clerk Craft Director
Scott Larabel, MVS Craft Director
Dick Page, Executive Vice President
January membership meeting minutes were accepted as written.
Applications for Membership:
TE Clerk: Linda Galloway
Treasurerís Report: Novakoski for Amos: Amended
December and January treasurerís reports were accepted
Executive Vice Presidentís Report: Novakoski for Page:
APPs information and timeline notices have been posted
in the break rooms. If you have any questions, ask
Dick or give them to your steward to give to him. He
has sent letter to national organizing officer Frank
Romero requesting reimbursement for our organizing
Clerk Craft Report: Scutt: Had Labor Management
meeting on January 30th; has an optimistic opinion of
new postmaster and new plant manager. Has a meeting
scheduled for Monday with the postmaster on Step 2s
and possible changes coming to stations. Has sent
request for payment to Greg Bell for our legal fees.
Please do not answer mail handlers questions. They are
taking our jobs left and right. Every job that is
being taken is being grieved. Feels confident that we
will be successful in getting the low cost tray sorter
Maintenance Craft Report: Myszka: Shakeup in
management. Bob Martin and Ralph Bowles are new
managers. Meetings on casuals in lieu of grievance. Did not reach a resolution, and was sent
up. Fighting within the department going on. We need
to stop arguing and stand together against management.
Doing oldest arbitrations first. At the Labor
management meeting, the postmaster sounded like she
would allow clerks to transfer to vacant custodial
AO Report: Norman: Was sick for a week and was told by
Doug Warner that she was ineligible for FMLA because
she only went to the doctor once. She fought that
misinformation and was approved for FMLA. Grievance
filed in Lowell because PTF not getting 8 hours, and
dual appointee clerk/ RCA was working in office as
well as full time route. Saved full time position in
Scottville. Reverted window position in Big Rapids
grieved as improper reversion. Found copy of Byron
Center local memo and now clerks that had been
required to use 7-8 hours annual only have to use 4 to
take day off. Helped make training video for window
clerks. Hopefully a positive thing. Got makeup pay for
Holland grievant. Welcomed our new member from Nunica,
our newest AO.
Presidentís Report: Novakoski: Labor Management
meeting in January: P-2 facility lease has been
extended until September 2004. AMF lease has been
extended through the end of the year. Union will be
more involved in holiday scheduling. Leaning towards
keeping SPBS until APPS is fully functional. We will
be getting some more mail from Kalamazoo. PTF MVS
drivers were converted but have not yet been replaced.
They are in the process of hiring 2. Asked for Tour 2
red room back up job. Postal Ease problem not printing
confirmation numbers is being checked on. Asking for
another full time review job. Incident at main office
when white powder was found. Did not appear dangerous,
but area was cordoned off until situation could be
assessed. APWU is outraged by handing of ricin
incident in Senate. In November, ricin was mailed to
the President, but public was not notified. Burrus
calling for investigation. He went before House
subcommittee hearing on Postal commission report on
February 5th, in Chicago. Commission feels we are
fools. Criticized suggestion that postal employees be
removed from federal retirement and health plans. He
is continuing to speak for us and our best interests
as well as the American peopleís. At National
Executive Board meeting on February 4th, Secretary
Treasurer Bob Tunstall announced his retirement. Terry
Stapleton was named his successor. Continuing same
Meeting recessed for voting for delegates for State
and National conventions at 8:00 PM. Per
Constitution, President and craft directors are
automatic delegates. Also required are one additional
delegate from each craft, and 2 AO delegates. Only 2
AO members eligible who accepted nomination were
Cheryl Boeskool and David Janes, therefore automatic
Meeting reconvened at 8:30 PM.
Retiree: George Hendricks: Chapter doing well. Up to @
Point of Information; Hendricks: Program to sell
bricks for nature walk at Veteranís Home is on hold so
Don Kramer wishes to withdraw his motion to purchase 8
A & E: Amos: Provided pizza to membership in December.
No longer has time to chair committee so Amy Puhalski
will be the chairperson. Need new committee members
and ideas. Meeting tomorrow at 6 PM.
COPA: $97.00 from P-1 cans.
New treasurer Jennifer Amos sworn into office.
Unfinished Business: Still no response from the
National on the casuals in lieu of grievance
Budget for 2004: MSC that the Western Michigan Area
Local accept, as an authorization for the expenditure
of funds from the local treasury, the report and
budget, and also that the Executive Board of the WMAL
local has the authorization to shift monies, if
needed, between categories as long as the overall
disbursement amount is not exceeded. Also if the
overall disbursement amount will be exceeded, the
Board will have to go back to the membership with a
resolution to address the specific problem and get
authorization for that expenditure. Also in the event
of a dues increase or decrease, either local or
national, the President will reconvene the Budget
committee to review any changes that need to be made
in the budget and those changes will be brought before
the Executive board for review and recommendations,
and then before the membership for their approval,
modifications, or disapproval.
To send one deaf or hard of hearing member to the APWU deaf and hard of hearing Educational conference in Colorado Springs CO April 22-25, to include hotel, ground transportation, per diem, lost time, airfare, and registration. Discussion. Amended by Kramer, Janes to have the membership vote if more than one person wants to go. Carried. Main motion carried as amended.
Motion by Catherine Beemblossom 2nd Kramer to extend the meeting until close of business, including vote tally. Carried.
Proposed Constitution changes read and will be posted and voted on at the March meeting: Article 6 Meetings, Article 17 Committees, Article 21 Budget, Article 22 Dental Program.
Meeting is not scheduled yet, but it appears that the postmaster and plant manager are receptive to meeting and discussing issues.
Results of delegate election:
National: Mike Long, Cat Beemblossom, Jennifer Amos, Amy Puhalski, Steve Lang. Alternates: Jackie Pike, Tina Myers, CJ Lozon.
State: Amos, Beemblossom, Page, Dan Quillan, Pike, Hendricks, Lozon, Boeskool, Janes, Jim Ruark. Four way tie for last delegate: Scott Axterhoff, Mike Hill, Pam Krueger, Linda Yarnott. Ruark and Yarnott declined. Tie breaker: Krueger and Axterhoff delegates, Hill 1st alternate.
COPA $39.00 Jane Symko $39.00
$10.00 Door Prizes: Ruark, Long, Novakoski, Diane Sanders, Tubbs, Tim Burke, Lang.
March meeting will be Wednesday, March 10th at 11:00 AM.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:25 PM.
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