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August 2009 Meeting Minutes


The meeting was called to order by President Joe Paul at 7 PM in Lakeland.



Joe Paul               Linda Minix        John Burton       Robert Lohr        Wendy Crandle                               



Joe Paul submitted a written report that is posted on our website at


Linda Minix reported that there are conflicting stories about what problems are going on in Winter Haven.  Linda and Joe Paul have both been to the Winter Haven Post Office and it seems to be a no win situation.  Employees complain about one officer to another but when confronted about their statements they attempt to lie and act innocent.  Some members still won’t go by Article 15 when requesting a steward.  Our Local is still representing all members to the best of our ability by getting some grievances settled, some monetary payouts and some appealed to the next step of the grievance procedure.


Bob Lohr states that there are still ongoing safety issues at the Lakeland Plant such as running the machines with no ET on hand.  These issues are being pursued as well as a disciplinary action against an employee who called in but the supervisor was not there so the employee was disciplined.  Bob said he has been in Winter Haven as well over the last 3 weeks working on overtime issues and creating custodial route sheets.


John Burton reported on the outcome of the charges filed against our Local by Richard Cornell.  Since there were no documents, witness statements or any other information provided with the charges it was determined that they were only allegations and an answer was sent to Cornell as well as all of the members that signed the petition.


Brenda Barry moved to adopt the Officer’s reports.  The motion was seconded and adopted.



Paul – 32 hrs LWOP, 200 miles, reimbursement of lost AL and SL time

Lohr – 13.5 hrs LWOP, 102.5 miles, postage 14.88

Minix – 26 hrs LWOP for AO representation

Brenda Barry moved to pay the bills as submitted.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


The July meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed.  Linda Minix moved to adopt the minutes.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


They July financial report was distributed and reviewed.  Bob Lohr moved to adopt the financial report.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes from the Executive Board meeting that was held prior to the union meeting.  Linda Minix moved to adopt the minutes.  The motion was seconded and adopted.






Linda Minix moved to pay Brenda Barry 8 hrs LWOP to attend the APWU of Florida Fall Seminar in St Petersburg.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


Joe Paul talked about the uncertain future of our local as we lose more members to retirements and the excessing of positions from the Lakeland Plant.


David Cramer won the attendance door prize of a $25.00 gift certificate.


Linda Minis moved to adjourn.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.


 Respectfully Submitted,


John Burton