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May 2009 Meeting Minutes


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



Joe Paul               Linda Minix        John Burton       Warren Wright                 Robert Lohr        Tracy McKinney

Wendy Crandle                Luz Pizarro-Goosby



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


Joe also stated that he needs labor management agenda items for both the Lakeland Plant and Lakeland Customer Service.  The impact letter on staffing from the Postal Service is expected anytime.  Joe said that at least 30 positions have been excessed from Manasota.


Linda Minix told the members that she is retiring from the Postal Service on June 30th.  She intends to remain active in the local and in Union affairs overall.  As Education Committee Chairwoman she said she will have a more flexible schedule so she is planning on area training classes for members and stewards instead of having every one come to Lakeland.

She reminded the members that they need to ensure that they are doing their jobs by the book, to work safely and not try to hurry because of staffing shortages and risk possible injury to themselves and others.  Shortcuts only make it easier for management and more risky for the employees.

This is also true because light and limited duty jobs are quickly disappearing due to the National Reassessment Program in which mgmt will find you a job you can do in the private sector and eventually do away with your benefits.

It is imperative that Associate Offices keep the Union apprised of any job changes, reversions, job abolishments or any other changes.  The Union cannot help if you do not inform us of what is happening in your office.  We also need to file grievances if any other craft or management is doing our work.  Members need to step up now more than ever.


Warren Wright reported that he is very happy to have the help of former President Gary Desmond who is on board as a steward again on Tour 3.  Management morale is also very low and they seem to be letting things go downhill.  There continues to be incidental leave problems.  Members are advised to be aware of the local contract language and procedures regarding this issue and ask for leave the proper way in order to grieve violations as they occur.


Bob Lohr reported that he has filed two unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board regarding non-compliance with previous grievance settlements.  A Maintenance Craft employee in Winter Haven was given a monetary award 7 days after the grievance settlement.  He is trying to force maintenance to put the relief jobs that you are responsible for on the job bids the way they should be.


Tracy McKinney said that management in Sebring will not approve advance sick leave for doctor’s appointments.  Short of filing a grievance calling in sick for the whole day is the only other alternative.


Robert Lohr moved to accept the Officer’s Reports.  The motion was seconded and adopted.



Linda Minix – 20 hrs of LWOP this month and 27 hrs from last month for AO representation.

Joe Paul- a total of 26 hours LWOP for the last two months and 165 miles

Robert Lohr – 6 hrs LWOP for maintenance craft issues

John Burton – 8 hrs LWOP for tax work

Linda Minix moved to accept the bills as submitted.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


The April meeting minutes were distributed and reviewed.  Linda moved to adopt the minutes as corrected.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


The April financial reports were distributed and reviewed.  Bob Lohr moved to adopt the report.  The motion was seconded and adopted.








Morena Johnson won the attendance door prize of a $25.00 gift certificate.


Wendy Crandle moved to adjourn.  The motion was seconded and adopted.


Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.


Respectfully Submitted,


John Burton