February 2016 Minutes

MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING OF NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN AREA LOCAL #2247

Date:  Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Place:  Buster’s Bar and Grill

Vice-president Steve Paradise called the meeting to order at 1130 hours.

A quorum was declared with 17 members in attendance.

Steve Paradise led the Pledge of Alliance and read the invocation.

The following officers were present:

Vice-president: Steve Paradise, Secretary/Treasurer: Bryce Thomas, Bay Breeze Editor: Mary Davis.  Craft Directors: Tim Alberts, and Dave Kroll, and Recording Secretary: Leanne Adams.  President Kelly Heaney and Maintenance Craft Director Dave Villock were excused.

A motion was made by Bryce Thomas and seconded by Tim Alberts to suspend the normal order business for the servers to take our lunch orders.  Motion passed unanimously.

After the servers were done taking lunch orders, a motion was made by Mary Davis and seconded by Sue Pranke to resume the normal order of business.  Motion passed unanimously.

Minutes of the January 2016 NEWAL meeting were read aloud by Leanne Adams.  One correction to the minutes was in Other Business; the word “no” should proceed lunches in the first paragraph.  A motion to approve the January 2016 meeting minutes as corrected was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Lia Mahabir.  Vote was unanimous.

The Financial Report for January 2016 was read by Bryce Thomas.

REPORTS

Executive Committee:    The executive committee discussed the number of members that NEWAL should send to the training sessions at State APWU convention.  The executive committee recommends sending up to 12 members selected by the e-board to the training sessions at the State APWU convention.  The e-board approved Leanne Adams as the Recording Secretary and Amy Zehms as a new steward for customer service section employees.  The next NEWAL monthly meeting dates in March as well as April 2016 will be recommended to the members.  The e-board will recommend to the membership that before upgrading the computers in the union office that we should hire a professional computer consultant.  The e-board will recommend establishing two $500 Tony Van scholarships to the membership.  The e-board rejected an idea of sending an under-35 year age union activist to the 2016 National APWU Convention because of our current constitution that prohibits the membership from appointing delegates to the national convention.  The e-board voted to send a proposal to the constitution committee that active stewards who attend 75% of membership meeting should have their union dues reimbursed.   The e-board discussed the possibility of paying members $5.00 for turning in to the union the Postal Pulse surveys that are not filled out.  And discussed the right of clerks working maximum overtime having two overtime 15-minute breaks on the clock.

Labor/Management: Topics discussed at the February 2016 meeting were having two overtime breaks for those working 12 hours, JCIM language stating that normal operations of the DBCS’s is two bargaining unit employees per machine, grievances at step one not being discussed between steward and the SDO, stewards not receiving adequate “union time” and the lack of stand up service talks.

Grievance:  From November and December 2015; five grievances were successfully settled in Step One and ten were successfully settled in Step Two.  Grievances settled since the January 2016 membership meeting; three grievances were successfully settled at Step One and one was settled at Step Two.  (Grievance Report filed with these minutes)

Scheme:  Name should be changed to Customer Service.

Automation:  We need a new committee chair.

Safety/Health:  Fire Safety and Prevention was presented.

Legislative:  Steve Paradise reminded the membership of the 28th Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Labor Temple on Saturday, March 19 with registration starting at 8 am.

OWCP:  No Report.

Constitution:  We have a number of requested proposals.  We need more members for the committee.

New Members:  PSE Clerk Arthur Cieselzyk and PSE Craig LaBelle from Motor Vehicle Service.                

Lost Members:  Al Vaile (retired).

COMMUNICATIONS

None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

A motion was made by Tim Alberts and seconded by Barb Glaser that the March, 2016 meeting for NEWAL will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 1130 hours at Buster’s Bar and Grill on West Mason St.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Peter Knutson and seconded by Mary Davis that the April, 2016 meeting for NEWAL will be on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1330 hours at Buster’s Bar and Grill on West Mason St.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Mary Davis and seconded by Sue Pranke that NEWAL shall send up to 12 members, to be determined by the e-board, to the training sessions at the Wisconsin State APWU convention in Green Bay.   Also, that expenses such as registration, lost time and per diem will be paid by NEWAL.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Mary Davis and seconded by Dave Kroll that NEWAL shall establish two $500 Tony Van scholarships to be given out to members’ family college bound students who are selected from an essay contest.  The awards will be given out at the annual summer picnic of NEWAL.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Bryce Thomas and seconded by Deb Nehmer that NEWAL shall spend up to $500 for a new professional Adobe computer program.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Sue Pranke and seconded by Deb Nehmer that NEWAL shall use part of the $2,000 that was already approved to purchase new computers for the union office to be used for a professional computer consultant.  Motion passed unanimously.

OTHER BUSINESS

Clerk Craft Director, Dave Kroll spoke to the members the importance of asking for a supervisor’s permission to leave the floor for bidding a job and for those wishing to talk to a steward.  Steve Paradise reported that the contract between the USPS and the APWU is now in arbitration and results are expected to be out by mid-summer.  Steve implored the membership not to fill out the Postal Pulse surveys.  They may be used against us in the contract arbitration proceedings.  Steve also reported on a secret plan that the USPS had to privatize the Post Office.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Bryce Thomas and seconded by Dave Kroll to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.  NEWAL meeting adjourned at 1245 hours.

 

The $10 door prize was won by Amy  Loch