The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:02 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Smith.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except, V. DiPaolo and T. Chrestman. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. B. Longoria moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2018, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Baca.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Membership Report – Secretary P. Polk reported that as of Pay Period 14, Branch 2589 has a total of 380 members.  We have 21 Associate Members. There are 218 Active Members which include: 169 regular carriers; 1 PTF; 39 CCAs and 9 members of other crafts. There are 141 Retied Members which include: 103 retired regular carriers; 28 Life Members and 10 retired members of other crafts.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.  We do want to welcome Sister Michelle Radtke (Freedom) to Branch 2589.  She transferred to Lubbock from Wheeling, Illinois.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: HBR – We have a new Director, Health Benefits Plan, Sister Stephanie Stewart.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Arbitration Hearing – The arbitration hearing on the LMOU Impasse on CCA Annual Leave during Choice and Incidental Leave was on Wednesday.  It will be a while before we get the decision. (2) Building Repair – We had another bid from Breck Wofford Brick Repair. It was for the complete job, but was over $40,000.00.  We had decided to accept the bid from Bengoa Masonry before receiving this last bid.  The bid from Bengoa was for $13,064.00. This bid does not include block fill or paint. We will address that after the mortar is repaired.  E. Casias moved to accept the bid for mortar repair from Bengoa Masonry.  Motion seconded by B. Longoria.  Motion carried.  (3) Food Bank – The Food Bank wants us to be Table Captain for a table of eight at a luncheon November 1, 2018. They want each of those eight people to tour the Food Bank sometime before the Luncheon.  They will provide a lunch on the day you choose to go for the tour.  Michael Links has a schedule of dates.  Get with him after the meeting, if you are interested and able to go. (4) Sound – We talked about the effectiveness of the speaker we used one night a few months ago.  We discussed other ways to reduce the echo noise.  (5) Coke Machine – The guy M. Kuss called several times has never called him back.  Adrian is going to take the coke machine.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Fall School – There will be a Fall School for Region 10 in Houston, Texas, October 6-8, 2018.  It will be at the Doubletree Intercontinental. J. Smith moved to send the stewards and J. Petrey to the Fall School and pay expenses and per diem.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion was amended to include M. Terral.  Motion carried as amended.  (3) Route Count and Inspection – This was not a joint route count.  We are filing grievances.  They have chosen office and street times.  Actual adjustments are beginning to come in.  They have their numbers and we have ours. We are losing routes. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Convention Reports – Several delegates gave reports on the meetings and classes at the National Convention last week in Detroit.  Focus was on the Letter Carrier Political Fund to fight privatization of the Postal Service.  Tere’ Petrey gave a report on the NALC Auxiliary Meetings. We want to build our local Auxiliary in order to help Letter Carriers. Anyone who is sixteen years of age or older and knows someone in the NALC is eligible for membership in the NALC Auxiliary. (2) Condolences – Our condolences to Brother Ed Leaney on the loss of his mother, Mrs. Olga M. Leaney.  Our condolences also go to the family of Brother Billy Grimes.  Brother Grimes passed away on July 7, 2018, at the age of 80 years. He worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. He served for 10 years as President of the local Letter Carrier Union, two years as District 3 Representative in the Texas State Association of Letter Carriers, and two years as State Treasurer. Billy and Gay Grimes were married for 41 years.  (3) The AC at Singer Station – We keep reporting it.  Don’t know what else we can do. (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  J. Smith moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Alvin Williams won for July.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:02 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Penny Polk,
Recording Secretary