September 2016 Minutes



Date:  Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Place:  Buster’s Bar and Grill

President Kelly Heaney called the meeting to order at 1130 hours.

A quorum was declared with 28 members in attendance.

Kelly Heaney led the Pledge of Alliance and Steve Paradise 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, Bay Breeze Editor: Mary Davis, Recording Secretary: Jenny Starry

Minutes of the July 2016 NEWAL meeting were printed in the Bay Breeze.  A motion to approve the June 2016 NEWAL meeting minutes as printed was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Dave Kroll.  Vote was unanimous.

The Financial Reports for July and August 2016 were read by Bryce Thomas.


Executive Committee:    The e-board discussed the resolution to change the constitution to pay stewards.  The executive committee recommends voting this down. It will be resubmitted with clearer language.   The e-board discussed the crossing crafts grievance in staging, to spend $45 to upgrade website so members can add articles.  The e-board recommends to spend $75 to use the NEWAL logo on t-shirts and to look at finances to see if we can buy t-shirts for all members.  They also discussed the reverting of 7 jobs, new steward training, LMOU training and voting to open up the LMOU, and that our local supports Russ Feingold and Tom Nelson.

Labor/Management: What is said in the Labor/Management meetings is different than their minutes.  Kelly will post minutes when he feels they are what was really said.  Topics discussed were the reverting of 7 jobs and not reverting correctly.  Jobs were reposted.  Jeff Grendziak said the reason for this is the staffing was based on us getting all of the Wausau mail.  The lack of air conditioning in the building was also discussed.  Denial of steward time, job postings, and many other issues.

Grievance:  There is a Crossing Crafts grievance at step 2.  Mail Handlers are doing dirty sort and doing letter staging on their side of the low cost.  There have been a lot of grievances for attendance.  Management shouldn’t be disciplining people when they have FMLA pending, lots of grievances here as well.   People are running out of FMLA. Dave Kroll reminded members that you must work 1250 hours in the previous 12 months and it’s a rolling calendar.  Jeff Grendziak  had a meeting on the floor with a couple employees about Mike Reno and thought his termination was justifiable.  Dave Kroll said statements from members are very important in the grievance procedure.

Scheme:  No report.

Automation:  Automation 2.0 training was discussed.  A job was reposted because someone had a change of heart.  This will be looked into.  They are posting jobs before they become vacant.  Job was posted correctly and grievance withdrawn.  Management is changing the was new PSE’s are being trained.

Safety/Health:  Kelly stated that if you ask for an ambulance you might get the bill.  If you get hurt at work management believes it’s 100% your fault.  ABA-you get $14/day (including days off) even if you get hurt outside of work for a traumatic injury.

Legislative:  Steve Paradise stressed to members to write to Tammy Baldwin.  We don’t want her to vote on the TPP or the Postal Accountability Act.  None of our union dues go to political candidates.

OWCP:  Anyone that files a report usually gets denied the first time.  If you get injured at work, make sure you get the paperwork filled out correctly.



New Members: James Perron, Jordan Wenzel, Andy Mondroski

Lost Members:






A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Jean Wald to withdraw the amendment to the constitution to pay stewards for attending meetings.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Lia Mahabir to endorse Russ Feingold and Tom Nelson.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Mary Davis and seconded by Deb Nehmer to spend $45 to change the front page of the web site so members can submit articles to be printed in the Bay Breeze.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Lucy Hauser to have the next meeting on Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00pm at Buster’s.  Motion passed unanimously.





A motion was made by Deb Nehmer and seconded by Nick Ratajczyk to adjourn the meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.  NEWAL meeting adjourned.

The $10 door prize was won by Barb Glaser.

Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.

Minutes submitted by Recording Secretary Jenny Starry.