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I would like to thank all the Stewards and Officers of Branch 2589 for all the hard work they put in each and every month to keep this Branch operating correctly.  It takes a TEAM, and we have a good one! 

This month I would like to touch on a few annual leave rules.  Mainly, all carriers need to remember that after you have bid your leave weeks for the year, if you bid to another station or are transferred to another station for any reason, your annual leave slot remains at the station where you bid.  More

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WE NEED UNIFORM DONATIONS AT THE UNION HALL ASAP OUR NEW CCA'S ARE IN DIRE NEED OF UNIFORMS AND WE ARE SHORT, ESPECIALLY OF LARGER SIZES.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING TORN OR WORN OUT.

COATS, HATS, GLOVES, SHIRTS, PANTS, ETC.

SECRETARY REPORT: 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 J. Smith. The membership said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken. All officers were present except T. Robles, M. Links, J. Petrey and J. Ladd. E. Odle, M. Kuss and M. Links were added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward meetings. No additional names were added to either list. J. Smith moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2017, Newsletter. The motion seconded by C. Rabby. Motion carried.  More

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Safety Corner 

How many times have you heard management say "safety is of the utmost importance"?  Do you believe that safety is as important to management as it should be?  Of course not. That's because safety is only important when it doesn't take time or cost money at the USPS. My wife worked for AT&T as a repair technician for many years and that company found ways to incorporate safety into the workday each and every day.  They had safety rodeos, and award ceremonies for lengths of time without accidents.  Safety was actually more important to the company than how long it took to complete a job.  A good friend of mine was a train engineer for BNSF railroad for 40 years.  That company held local and district and regional safety meetings constantly to find ways to keep employees safer.  They would do joint cookouts at work and tie it into safety. And both of those companies are extremely profitable. Here at the post office we get a 3 to 5 minute safety talk once a week, only because it is required.  And actually most stations don't even do that.  Most stations cannot get an employee to be the safety captain, because everyone knows management heart is not in safety.  If you have an accident, you are almost always blamed, and discipline is sure to follow.  If you get injured on the job, most managers immediately think you are lying and are not really hurt. They seem to go out of their way to keep you from getting paid, and to keep your claim from being excepted as an on-the-job injury.  We must all remember that every employee is responsible for safety at all times.  Safety does come first, even if you are not told that by your boss.  Always, always work safely even if it takes a little bit longer.  Maybe someday Postal management will understand how important safety is and give us the tools and support that we need.  Until then, please be safe.