MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETINGS


MINUTES OF THE FEB. 21st MEETING

MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING
APWU Fayetteville Local 667
February 21, 1999
1:00 p.m.
Quorum 16

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS

President  H
Vice President  H
Recording Secretary  H
Financial Secretary  H
Editor-Publisher  H
Safety Representative  H
Senior Steward  H
Tour One Steward  A
Tour One Alternate  A
Tour Two Steward  H
Tour Two Alternate  A
Tour Three Steward  H
Tour Three Alternate  A
Dickson Street Steward  A
Dickson Street Alternate  A
Maintenance Steward  H

RECORDING SECRETARY'S REPORT -- Gini Hickman
Correction:
Grievance on Article 8 -- bringing the custodian down from Rogers; each member
got 4 hours regular time and 2 hours overtime....

Change to each member got 4 hours regular time.

Motion to accept the corrected minutes and report as read.
Motion -- Fred Cusanelli
Second -- Emmitt Biswell
Vote  -- Passed

FINANCIAL REPORT -- James Hickman
Motion to accept the report as read
Motion -- John Davis
Second -- Jim Warford
Vote -- Passed

SENIOR STEWARD REPORT -- Jake Lamkins
New Members:
Tonya Cramer
Michael Brown (needs to sign papers)
Pam Fishel (will be soon)

Total members:  132
Terry Mullins transferred to Van Buren.
Had a new transfer to Lowell, but no response from him yet.

MAINTENANCE STEWARD REPORT -- John Davis
Have 2 grievances denied at step one.
Rumor of re-doing the staffing package by reducing the custodial compliment by
one.
Enjoyed the trip to Hot Springs; very informative

TOUR 3 STEWARD'S REPORT -- Dorothy Jordan
Have 2 grievances going on at this time.

TOUR 1 STEWARD'S REPORT -- read by Loren Adams
Grievances currently in system:  none
Grievances filed and resolved in the past month:  3
Discipline activity -- crackdown on attendance; trying hard to set specific
number of incidence that would trigger a discussion or discipline.
They are still trying to include disciplinary items on the quarterly
evaluations -- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN -- THESE ARE ILLEGAL.

Welcome to Pam Fishel and introduced her to everyone and everyone introduced
themselves.
Some issues on tour one are non-members favored in some jobs; no lunches on
days off; and working OT.
PTFs working 6 days a week and being penalized for working 5.
Pulling PTF and casual hours weekly looking for violations.
Conversion to regulars -- the 3 names from National should be NEW positions,
not just conversions.
Case checks / working employees off of their assignment.
PTFs who call in sick should fill out their own 3971 and request hours they
want -- not what Noe puts on the sick call 3971 (always 6 hours).

SAFETY REPORT -- Gary Devlin
Date set for next quarterly meeting:  March 17th
All the violations found in the OSHA inspection; 95% of them have been taken
care of.
One of the things they found in the paperwork is that not enough training for
employees.  We will have more classes CPR, blood packaging and disposal,
lifting, working fire extinguishers.
Management asked for a safety team; selected Gary Devlin as captain.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT -- Vickie Alves
Thank you for sending us to Hot Springs.
LMOU discussed and they handed out some valuable information.
Have some booklets to help write; be careful of the language.
This year management can open negotiations.
We have to consider it; they have to prove it is an unreasonable burden.
Light Duty -- is for clerk craft only.
Scheme Training should start 10 days after posting.
Also post the jobs 28 days after posted successful bidder.
Convention in Camden in June -- would like to put on another convention.

EDITOR'S REPORT -- Fred Cusanelli
Need articles by next weekend.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT -- Loren Adams
New office coming along fine.
Have 3 steward's training books on order.
Labor-Management meeting moved to Feb. 5.
Lee stated she would organize a RI-399 committee.
Signal light at the corner of 15th and City Lake Road.
Talked of making job posting clear and precise.
Discussed the priority belt and OSHA concerns.
Next meeting May 7th.
Have a new desk chair in the office that Loren donated.
Forms are on the shelves for stewards/officers/alternates.
Arkansas State Meeting in Hot Springs was good; LMOU classes were especially
good.
Points of interest:
No instantaneous gratification in LMOU negotiations; ongoing.
If management makes proposal, ask "based on what?"  Proof of unreasonable
burden through documentation.
Items 4-12 Leave Program most in question.
Don't know when negotiations will begin yet.
Feb. 15 - April 15 window of 30 day allotment for LMOU.
All negotiations in by April 15; appeals to impasse in by April 30; appeals to
Stapleton and USPS rep., same as Step 3.
Was appointed as state delegate to Tri-State in Davenport, Iowa, March 25-28.
Messages and information for stewards and officers will be put in each rack in
office; please check it often.

OLD BUSINESS
Social Committee needs to make plans for Christmas Party.
Stewards' CDs are passed out.
Thank you to John Davis for laser printer and scanner (on loan) and a computer
will be there soon.
Jake withdraws his original motion from last meeting on change in
Constitution.
Emmitt also withdraw his second.
Randall withdraws his amended motion.
James withdraws his second to the motion.
Flowers will be inserted to sentence to Article 5, Sec. 2 (a).
Flowers will be sent to a union member when a parent dies.
Motion -- Jake Lamkins
Second -- Randall Woodlee
Vote:  For - 15  Opposed - 1
Will come up for vote at the next meeting.
The automation Level 4 to Level 5 has gone to Step 4.

NEW BUSINESS
Elect LMOU Negotiating Team
Jake nominates Frank Fickle
Randall seconds
Vote -- passed

Motion to have 4 member LMOU team
Loren Adams, John Davis, Randall Woodlee and Frank Fickle
Motion -- Jake Lamkins
Second -- James Hickman
Vote -- Passed

Stewards' Training Lunch on April 17th; speaker will be Lynn Walker from
Traverse City, Michigan.
Putting out newsletters by mail.
Sponsoring the convention here; bring up at a later meeting.

Lawsuit
Developing a Legal Defense Fund through James Hickman
Motion -- Jake Lamkins
Second -- Emmitt Biswell
Discussion
Vote -- Passed
Tom Trailer wants to be included; wants their organization to be included in
the Defense Fund; they are also receiving contributions.
Motion made to pay $3,000 to retain lawyer to represent our APWU
representatives who were representing us.
Motion -- Randall Woodlee
Second -- Fred Cusanelli
Money will be paid back
Vote -- Unanimous
Legal Defense Fund is for all 4 unions involved in the lawsuit.

Motion made to adjourn after drawing door prize.
Motion -- Jake Lamkins
Second -- Emmitt Biswell
Vote -- Passed

Door Prize -- #11 Gary Devlin

Next Meeting, March 21, 1999

JANUARY17, 1999, BUSINESS MEETING

MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING
January 17, 1999
Time:  13:00
Quorum:  14

ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS
President, H
Vice-President, H
Recording Secretary, H
Financial Secretary, H
Publisher-Editor, H
Safety Representative, A
Senior Steward, H
Chief Steward, H
Tour 1 Steward, A
Tour 1 Alternate, A
Tour 2 Steward, H
Tour 2 Alternate, A
Tour 3 Steward, A
Tour 3 Alternate, A
Dickson Street Steward, A
Dickson Street Alternate, A
Maintenance Steward, H

RECORDING SECRETARY'S REPORT READ - Gini Hickman
Motion to accept the report as read
Motion -- John Davis
Second -- James Hickman
Vote -- Passed

FINANCIAL SECRETARY'S REPORT READ - James Hickman
Motion to accept report as read
Motion -- Fred Cusanelli
Second -- Emmitt Biswell
Vote -- Passed

VICE-PRESIDENT'S REPORT - Vickie Alves
Vacant Positions -- 5
     #63 -- Scott Ridenoure, but he has to pass scheme
     #4 pending on Scott Ridenoure passing scheme
     Mail Processing #18 which Nancy Serack held
     Mail Processing #19 Scott Ridenoure's old position
     Mail Processing #21 ????
     Mail Processing #23 - Jeanine Mohr's old job, Sat-Sun off
     Mail Processing #24 - Cheryl Wing's Priority position

Steve Birch is still an unassigned regular
Which position did Mario Grassie hold?  Is it still open?
LMOU coming up and management wants to change the overtime desired lists --
discussion.
Grievances may be duplicated; President and Vice-President need to know or be
made aware of all grievances being filed on all tours.
Stewards do not file the grievance until you have contacted the President or
Vice-President with your information.
If given a direct order to do a job, do it; ask to speak to the steward; then
you can file grievance on it.  But you must work a direct order from any
tour's supervisor.
Flowers in by-laws we need to change or re-word.
OSHA is allowed to come into our workplace now.
File a grievance on unsafe working conditions; there are several out in
maintenance and they are not filling the empty hours.
OSHA can fine anyone they see violating safety rules; so do not make a mess
and pick up after yourselves.
Bid assignments:  Many not working their bid jobs.  Everyone needs to be
working their own bid jobs so we can tell and identify vacant positions.
When the vacant positions are identified, then we can tell where a new
position is needed.
Need to make 3 copies of changes of schedule again.  Changes of schedule are
not for extended periods of time.  Need to keep check on favoritism.

SENIOR STEWARD REPORT - Jake Lamkins
Have had around 900 hits on website.
T-shirts -- Only 24 people responded; not worth pursuing.
Helped move into new office.
Held the Step 2 on the Level 4 to Level 5 automation case; and the hearing
officer (Plant Manager) refused to hear any testimony from any automation
clerk.  Gave the standard denial.  Going to Step 3.
OSHA -- Congress just passed legislation; OSHA can fine the Postal Service
now.  Before, they could not fine.  They could come into facility, but now
they can fine.
Dues check-off list down to 2 discrepancies.

WELCOME to Davis Bolsterli
THANKS to Jake Lamkins for website

SAFETY REPORT - Gary Devlin, read by Loren Adams
Safety Meeting held on November 17, 1998.  Many items brought up and talked
about and resolved.  Minutes to the meeting available to anyone who wants to
review them.
January 5, 1999 has a safety inspection team from Little Rock which simulated
OSHA.  Gary walked around with them and took notes; copies of notes available
upon request.
Will be checking to make sure all stand-up safety talks are given.
Thanks for all your support and remember SAFETY FIRST.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - Loren Adams
Held Steward Training Seminar December 12, 1998 with Dennis Taff, State
President, instructor.  There is video for review available to check out.
Possibly have another training class in April.
The union office was obtained and set up; thanks to Vickie Alves for saying
right words for getting office.
Purpose for office is to counsel and educate.
Labor-Management Meeting set for January 28th with Gary Blackburn at plant.
There is lawsuit pending, I cannot discuss it.
Have a new steward on Tour 2, Jewell Thomas; also Tour 3, Dorothy Jordan.
Annual Calendar -- only the week before Thanksgiving have been denied; many
open dates left.
Committee to check on sending or mailing newsletter bulk rate; also send the
minutes of meetings to associate offices.

EDITOR'S REPORT - Fred Cusanelli
Anyone who has an article, please turn it in this week; need articles by this
next weekend.

OLD BUSINESS
Thank you to everyone who helped with Christmas Party.
Have the computer search arbitration disks back; good system but takes long
time to use; and every minute one is on-line, long- distance rates being
charged.
Grievance on Article 8 - Bringing the custodian down from Rogers; each member
got 4 hours reg. time and 2 hrs. overtime.
There are 2 actions -- a review of all facilities are staffed appropriately,
especially the Annex.
A complete staffing review to see why those hours aren't being maintained (Kay
Pollock's hours).
Tour One automation clerks Level 4 not being rotated into Level 5 positions;
Plant Manager assured that she has talked to supervisors.

NEW BUSINESS
Christmas Party for 1999.  Social Committee needs to check now to book
accommodations.

Amendment to Constitution
Motion made to delete paragraphs 2 and 3, Article 5, Section 2 (a) and insert
new language in Article 4, Section 3 (Recording Secretary) second paragraph to
read:
"The Recording Secretary will send flowers in the event of the hospitalization
of a member, a member's spouse, a member's child.  The Recording Secretary
will send flowers in the event of the death of a member, a member's spouse, a
member's child or a member's parent.  The Recording Secretary will send a card
in the event of the serious illness of a member, a member's spouse, a member's
child."  ...and that the 3 paragraphs in Article 4, Section 3 be designated as
(a), (b), (c).
Second -- Emmitt Biswell
Amended motion -- Randall Woodlee
To delete sending flowers to a member's child for hospitalization; delete
sending flowers to member's spouse for hospitalization.
Second -- James Hickman
Discussion
Motion to table changes to Article 4, Section 3
Motion -- John Davis
Second -- Jake Lamkins
Vote -- Passed
Gerald Bradley made a point that Recording Secretary does not hear about
deaths from area offices.

LMOU Committee needs to be chosen.
LMOU negotiating team chosen from committee.
Committee suggested:  Randall Woodlee, Frank Fickle, Jake Lamkins, John Davis,
Vickie Alves, Loren Adams, Brian Adams.  Anyone else interested on being on
committee welcome.
Discussion.
State Convention - Hot Springs, February 11-13
Motion made to send members to State Convention -- Loren Adams, Vickie Alves
and John Davis
Motion - Emmitt Biswell
Second - Randall Woodlee
Discussion
Call for Vote
Vote - Passed
Review changes in Article 30 and 37
Maintenance Craft Convention, March 4-6, 1999, San Diego, California.  Special
airfare $250, hotel $129 per night.
Motion made to send John Davis to Maintenance Craft Convention.
Motion - Randall Woodlee
Second - Fred Cusanelli
Discussion.
John states he will take annual.
Call for vote
Vote -- Passed
Lunch breaks on Tour One -- Management coming around and stating to PTFs,
"Have I got a deal for you!  You can take a no-lunch."  Needs to be same for
everyone on all tours.
Talked to Lee Thompson about Priority Belt.
Motion made for drawing and adjournment.
Motion - Jim Warford
Second - Randall Woodlee
Vote - Passed
Next Meeting -- February 21, 1999
Door Prize #11 -- Loren Adams


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