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March 2019 Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2019

There were 15 members present. The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m. Motion by Jody A. and
2nd by Bill H. to accept the minutes as posted. Motion passed. Motion by Jody A. and 2nd by Nick D. to
accept the Treasurer’s Report as given. Motion passed.
Officers Report: If you have a safety issue, make sure you fill out your 1767. You can make a copy before
turning it in or you can mail it anonymously. Any questions, please ask one of the Union Officers. On
April 1st we have a change of vendor for EAP. We are waiting to see who our new consultant is going to
be. The contact phone number will not change. On April 17th from 5 to 9 p.m. there is a New Employee
Survival Skills Program. It will educate them on basic information and what it means to be a part of the
Union. The RI399 has been sent to our regional person. The regional people may come in to ask
questions as to who does what duties.
The computers in the union office have upgrades to their memory. The cost was $50 and they are now
running faster. Capital Vendors would like to use some of our internet service. Our internet speed has
been upgraded for no change in internet cost, but it required a two-year contract. It was roughly $160
cost to install and upgrade our modem ($99 for the upgraded modem and $59 for the install). We have a
transfer individual coming in, please welcome this person to our building.
Tri-State Convention: There are several small offices in the state scheduled for closure or are closed.
There are steps necessary before such an action can occur. Privatization was discussed and Sam N. has
more information about fighting privatization. The National Day of Action is April 15th so please try to
wear your union shirt that day and on Thursdays. If you need one, Bob D. has more you can buy. Sam N.
also has buttons if you would like one.
Arbitration is going to take place for the Union contract. There are several topics that the Union and the
post office are not agreeing on. The National officials are posting on their website more information on

this. Please be careful when making a statement for management. We are trying to increase our COPA-
Matic. There is a national Safety program starting.

COPA: $29
Old Business: State Convention is in Davenport on April 26th to the 28th. There is a $60 reservation fee
plus cost for rooms. Motion by Bill H. to send four people excluding the president who will be covered
by State. Amendment by Jody A. that the President’s per diem be covered by the local union and 2nd by
Sam N. Motion passed. Stewards will be Nick D, Jody A, Ashlee S. We are considering sending an
alternate steward. May 11th is the National Carrier’s food drive.
New business: Bootcamp covers cases for grievances all the way up to arbitration. It will be July 14th to
the 20th. It teaches stewards how to word their grievances. Bill H. motions that we send Nick D.
Amendment by Sam N. to send up to four people and 2

nd by Bob D. Motion passed. If you see an
individual get hurt, make sure they get medical attention and notify Kim K. Motion to use up to $300 for
expenses for the survival skills class by Bill H. and 2nd by Nick D. Motion passed.
We have a flyer on the accident benefit. Bob D. will get that posted on the board. There is a union
activist scholarship for $1,000 and Bob D. has the applications for that if you have a child going into

college that is interested. Purdue University has a postal worker discount for online classes. Sam N. has
the necessary information. If you become indebted to the post office for any reason, you do not have to
pay it back in one lump sum. Any Union member can be a member of the postal auxiliary. Dues are just
$10 per year. The postal auxiliary promotes us in the community, does charity work, and has more
leeway concerning politics.
Motion for the drawing by Bill H. and 2nd by Jody A. Motion passed. Motion to adjourn by Sam N. and
2nd by Jody A. Motion passed. Lisa H has won the drawing.

 

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