October 2016 Minutes



Date:  Sunday, October 23, 2016

Place:  Buster’s Bar & Grill

President Kelly Heaney called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.

A quorum was declared with 18 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, Secretary/Treasurer: Bryce Thomas, Clerk Craft Director: Dave Kroll, Motor Vehicle Craft Director: Tim Alberts, Maintenance Craft Director: Dave Villwock, Recording Secretary: Jenny Starry.

Minutes of the September 2016 NEWAL meeting were printed in the Bay Breeze.  A motion to approve the  meeting minutes as printed was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Cheryl Schoen.  Vote was unanimous.

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

A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Dave Villwock to move up new business to discuss the LMOU.  Motion passed unanimously.


A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Dave Kroll to resume normal order of business.  Motion passed unanimously.


Executive Committee:    The e-board discussed the LMOU meeting and the LMOU proposals.  The e-board recommends buying 20 $20 gift cards for Thanksgiving and buying back VOE surveys for $5.

Labor/Management:  There was no labor management meeting.

Grievance:  There was a step 3 grievance settlement stating that if you work 12 hours and you take a lunch, you get 4 breaks.  If you work 12 hours and don’t take a lunch, you get 3 breaks.



Safety/Health:  There has been a grievance filed on the new manual flats set up.  It’s not ergonomically safe.

Legislative:   There’s a bill introduced by Senator Claire McCaskill and cosponsored by Republican senator Jerry Moran that would prevent the Postal Service from using its emergency suspension process to temporarily close small rural post offices. Since 2011, 650 postal facilities were “temporarily” closed and 511 remain closed today.  According to a new survey, more than half of swing voters responding said direct mail is helpful in deciding how and whom to vote for, beating out television, online and email.  The APWU has joined with 74 other organizations to urge Congress to correct an outrageous disparity.  We got a 1 cent per hour COLA raise, but they can now raise what we pay into medicare.   The APWU wrote a letter to Congress asking them not to do this.  Steve Paradise and Steve Lord presented a check to Tom Nelson for $2000 from the APWU.  This money was from COPA as none of our dues go to any political candidates.   And it started with a motion made at a union meeting.  The APWU supports the candidates we do because of how they will deal with the Post Office.


Constitution:   Bryce read a change to the constitution proposed by Mary Davis on how the editor of the Bay Breeze is paid.

New Members:

Lost Members:  Michael McCoy, Donna Vandenbush, Donna Matchefts and Ron Berndt.




A motion was made by Kelsey Helf and seconded by Dave Villwock to change the constitution to pay the editor for attending meetings in months when there is no Bay Breeze.  Motion was defeated unanimously.

A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Cheryl Schoen to add to the standing resolution that the NEWAL APWU will pay up to 2 times per year per member in good standing a $5 gift card to Festival of Fleet Farm for turning in the VOE.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Barb Glaser to purchase 20 $20 Festival cards to be given out at the November union meeting for Thanksgiving.  Motion passed unanimously.

The next union meeting is Sunday November 20th @ 4:30.


ADJOURNMENT   A motion was made by Cheryl Schoen and seconded by Deb Nehmer to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.  NEWAL meeting adjourned.

The $10 door prize was won by Dave Villwock.

Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.

Minutes submitted by Recording Secretary Jenny Starry.