November 2016 Minutes



Date:  Sunday, November 20, 2016

Place:  Buster’s Bar & Grill

President Kelly Heaney called the meeting to order at 1650 hours.

A quorum was declared with 19 members in attendance.

Kelly Heaney led the Pledge of Alliance and Dave Villwock read the invocation.

The following officers were present:

President: Kelly Heaney, Vice-president: Steve Paradise,  Motor Vehicle Craft Director: Tim Alberts, Maintenance Craft Director: Dave Villwock, Recording Secretary: Jenny Starry, and Bay Breeze Editor: Kelsey Helf.  Secretary/Treasurer:Bryce Thomas and Clerk Craft Director: Dave Kroll were absent.

Minutes of the October 2016 NEWAL meeting were read by Jenny Starry.  A correction to the minutes was made by Jean Wald to change VOE to VOE/Postal Pulse.

A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Nick Ratajczyk to accept the corrected minutes.

The financial report for October 2016 was not read as Bryce Thomas was not present.


Executive Committee:    The e-board recommends spending up to $2800 to buy the members navy blue t-shirts.  If you want a hoodie you have to pay the difference.   E-board recommends giving gift cards to Dave Villwock, Tim Alberts,  Steve Paradise and Lucy Hauser for helping with the LMOU.

Labor/Management:  There was no labor management meeting.

Grievance:  There have been denial of steward time grievances filed for Lea and Dave Kroll.  Have a coworker nearby when you tell mamagement you need to see a steward.  We are up to 187 grievances with the majority being for displacement.  A grievance was settled  stating if you’re on the ODL and they give you less than an hour notice to stay over you can turn it down, but they can mandate.  Jeff Grendziak agreed in an email that you can run 1 APC or 30 minutes by your self or run a short program, 896, 894 slickies, BRM or bulky program by yourself.



Safety/Health:  Don’t pull 3 APC’s, if you get hurt it will be your fault.  There have been issues with people on light duty and limited duty picking what job they want to do.  If you’re seeking light duty this means you got hurt outside of work and management and the union will meet and decide whether they can provide work for you.  Limited duty means you got hurt at work and they have to make more of an effort to provide work for you.  The health insurance premiums are going up.  It’s open season right now.

Legislative:   Steve Paradise read the Legislative Report.  There is a web site you can go to to compare all the health plans that are available.  There are several to choose from.

The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015 has been extended to current employees.  This is for service members in their first year of federal employment.

The USPS board of governors could lose it’s last presidential member in mid December.  Unless congress acts quickly, the USPS could become powerless to handle several vital tasks.  Setting stamp prices, hiring or firing the postmaster general, and planning new postal products are all powers granted to the nine presidential governors who oversee the USPS.  In December, the last presidentially appointed member of the Postal Service’s board of governors can no longer sit on the board.  Its not clear what the incoming Trump administration wants to do with the USPS, which has defaulted on billions of dollars it owes the U.S. Treasury.  The word “postal” did not appear in the 2016 Republican Party platform, and Trump did not discuss any postal issues during the campaign.

The only good thing that came out of this election is we now have 2 more democratic senators so we are up to 52.

In the Postal Employee Network they discussed why some red stated turned blue and vice versa.  They think it was because of the Hispanic vote and they focused on labor issues.

OWCP:  If you get hurt outside of work you get $14/day from ABA.


New Members:  Derek Zurakowski, Amber Reed and Chase Golden

Lost Members:



 A motion was made by Dave Villwock and seconded by Jean Wald to spend up to $3000 to get union made navy blut-shirts for APWU members with the option to pay the difference if you want a hoodie.  Motion passed unanimously.


A motion was made by Jenny Starry and seconded by Nick Ratajczyk to get $60 gift cards for Dave Villwock, Steve Paradise and Tim Alberts and a $20 gift card for Lucy Hauser for helping with the LMOU.  Motion passed unanimously.

The RI399 and the dirty sort operation were discussed.

The LMOU was discussed.   There was a minor change in the VMF on separating the Body Man from the Mechanics.   Anyone promoted to Full Time Regular or awarded a different position has 7 days to add their name to the ODL.  In Maintenance there was a change in the excessing wording.

A motion was made by Gloria Shermo and seconded by Nick Ratajczyk to allow up to $100 and up to 8 hrs lost time per person if necessary for the Audit Committee, Lucy Hauser, Art Ciesielczyk, and Deb Nehmer to do an audit.  Motion passed unanimously.

20 $20 Festival Foods gift cards were given out.  Everyone in attendance got one and Gloria Shermo got two.

A motion was made by Tim Alberts and seconded by Gloria Shermo to have the next meeting on Thursday,  January 19th at 11:30am at Busters’s.  Motion passed unanimously.


ADJOURNMENT   A motion was made by Nick Ratajczyk and seconded by Lucy Hauser to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.  NEWAL meeting adjourned.

The $10 door prize was won by Lacy Buck.

Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.

Minutes submitted by Recording Secretary Jenny Starry.