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MINUTES OF MONTHLY MEETING OF NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN AREA LOCAL #2247
Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
President Kelly Heaney called the meeting to order at 1415 hours.
A quorum was declared with 26 members in attendance.
Kelly Heaney led the Pledge of Allegiance and Steve Paradise gave the Invocation.
The following officers were present:
President Kelly Heaney, Vice President Dave Kroll, Secretary/Treasurer Art Ciesielczyk, Recording Secretary Jenny Starry, Clerk Craft Director Steve Paradise, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Jeremy Linberg and Maintenance Craft Director Pete Knutson. Bay Breeze editor Kelsey Helf was excused.
Minutes of the October 2020 meeting were read by Kelly Heaney.
A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Donna Hansen to accept the minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
The financial report for was read by Secretary/Treasurer Art Ciesielczyk.
Executive Committee: The e-board discussed giving donations to the Salvation Army, NEW Community Shelter, House of Hope, Toys for Tots and Paul’s Pantry.
Labor/Management: Christine Bouyear and Kelly Heaney attended the labor/management meeting. Some items discussed were the temperature in the plant, the vehicles in the parking lot, supervisors doing clerk work at Cofrin, lines at the window at Cofrin, an APC shortage and use of gaylords, buggies not being fixed, and a training SOP. The minutes will be posted.
Grievance: A grievance for an express clerk went to step 3.
Safety/Health: If you get hurt outside of work, contact A.B.A. Every union member has this benefit. Open season for health insurance is going on now and runs through December 14th.
Legislative: Steve Paradise gave the legislative report. He talked about the election and how the USPS saved our Democracy.
OWCP: We have had 6 accidents so far this year.
A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Dave Kroll on behalf of the Scholarship Committee to amend the existing Standing Resolution pertaining to the Tony Van Scholarship with new language to award 3 scholarships instead of 2, 2) Age of 26, 3) September 30, 2021, 8) Submission deadline July 15, 2021 Mail Only, 9) 3 winners and an alternate drawn, mail applications to Tony Van Scholarship/NEWAL #2247, PO Box 13394, Green Bay, WI 54307-3394 and all applicants must write a minimum 200 word essay about Unions in American Society that will be published in the Bay Breeze. See attached. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Chris Opolka to pay MacKenzie Bartkowiak, daughter of Tony Bartkowiak $200 for designing a logo for our t-shirts, hoodies and hats. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Chris Opolka to give a donation of $100 each to the Salvation Army, the House of Hope and the NEW Community Shelter. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Chris Opolka that in lieu of a children’s Christmas party, that we purchase 20 $25 dollar toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Jeremy Linberg that we purchase 1 $200, 4 $50 and 10 $20 gift cards and have members bring in a full brown paper bag full of non-perishable food to a union steward to be brought to Paul’s Pantry and you will receive an entry for every bag you bring in to be in a drawing for the gift cards. Deadline is December 31, 2020 and the drawing will be at the January union meeting. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Dave Kroll and seconded by Jeremy Linberg for an attendance based accumulating union meeting door prize. The door prize will start at $100. A name will be drawn from all members in good standing. If the member’s name who is drawn is not present, the door prize will grow $20 to $120 for the following meeting, and will grow $20 for each successive month where there is no winner of the door prize. See attached. Motion passed unanimously.
Everyone in attendance received a $25 Festival Foods gift card.
The members in attendance voted to have a rectangular logo on a black background for the shirts, hoodies and hats.
The penalty overtime exclusion period is from November 28th to December 25th this year.
A motion was made by Art Ciesielczyk and seconded by Steve Paradise to have the next meeting on Sunday, January 24th at 1pm at Gallagher’s. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Steve Paradise and seconded by Pete Knutson to have the February meeting on Sunday February 21st at 7pm at Gallagher’s. Motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Bryce Thomas and seconded by Jeremy Linberg to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously. NEWAL meeting adjourned at 1540 hours.
The $10 door prize was won by Abran Rodriguez.
Attendees: See attached sign-in sheet.
Minutes submitted by Recording Secretary Jenny Starry.