The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:03 P.M.  The invocation was given by H. Steffens.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Robles and J. Petrey. T. Robles and B. Longoria will be added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. J. Ladd moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2018, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – We received an acknowledgement from the Alzheimer’s Foundation thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Mrs. Olga M. Leaney, Brother Ed Leaney’s mother.  (2) Personal Note – We received a personal note from Mrs. Gay Grimes and the family of Brother Billy Grimes thanking us for our donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of Brother Billy Grimes.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: HBR – Fernando reported that everything is going fine with the NALC Health Benefit Plan.  H. Steffens commented that they have had two accidents and the doctors act shocked that our insurance covers motor vehicle accidents. Apparently most policies do not. Howard just had a motorcycle accident and everything done within the first 72 hours was covered 100% no deductible. He had an MRI with no out of pocket cost.  When you call the Health Benefits office, they are always there when you need help. It is great insurance.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Office Time – If you don’t make office time, they are doing office counts.  They are also going with you, if you go over ten.  (2)  Outside Building Repair – We had a request from Bengoa Masonry for a draw of $1600.00 on the building repair.  They have already started work and it looks like they are doing a good job.  J. Smith moved to pay Bengoa Masonry $1600.00.  Motion seconded by E. Casias. Motion carried. (3) Route Count – We are finished going over the paperwork and some grievances have been filed.  We are asking for (1) the routes to be put back like they were and adjusted to our numbers, or (2) count again…everything goes back the way it was and start over. To qualify for a special route count, you must have 30 minutes or more of overtime for at least 3 days a week for six consecutive weeks.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Fall School – Stewards just have this month to book your flight, if you are going. You need to do that as soon as possible, if you haven’t already done so.  Fernando needs your flight schedule. (2) Letter Carrier Political Fund – Protect your job and your own security.  It is only $5.00 per pay period. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Cable – Now that we have cable, it was suggested that we use it to get members together to watch football games and other events. The only TV we have is set up for Mitch to use in the classes.  We have a projector. We can try it. V. DiPaolo moved to purchase a sound bar for $80.00.  Matt Kuss seconded the motion.  Motion failed.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. J. Ladd moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Smith.  Motion carried.  (3) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (4) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Michelle Radtke won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Penny Polk,
Recording Secretary