Branch 2589 Home

[Under Construction]

Branch 2589 Home

Officers
Convention
NBA Schools
Activities
Colcpe
Lifestyle
Building Rental
Committee
Calendar
Links
About Us

Active Employees Only

Employee Discount

Rental Day List

How To Read Your Paystub

Your Postal Rights

CIGNA PPO Provider

Life Insurance

 

 

REGULAR UNION MEETING

Penny Polk, Recording Secretary

 

 

 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice President Michael Links at 7:04 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except, T. Robles, M. Terral and J. Burton.  T. Chrestman moved to add T. Robles and M. Terral to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried.  M. Links read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward meetings. No additional names were added to either list. T. Magallanes moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) We received a thank you card for expression of sympathy from Brother Bennie Jordan and family.  (2) We received a letter from Hospice of Lubbock thanking Branch 2589 for our donation in memory of Patricia B. Walker, Brother Bennie Jordan’s sister. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have four applications for membership: Leticia Annette Ford, Singer; Joel A. Guerrero, Monterey; Summer Christine Morgan, Freedom; and Sarah Lynn Ochoa, Singer.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – Fernando brought to the attention of the membership that there are benefits of the NALC Health Benefits Plan that members are not taking advantage of.  One of them is the weight loss program and FitBit® Zip™ which helps you get into shape.  D. Quattlebaum pointed out, you are paying the premiums every month; you might as well take advantage of all benefits that come with the Health Benefit Plan. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Columbus Day Party – The Executive Board had discussed having a party on Columbus Day Holiday.  This was brought to the membership.  After much discussion we did decide to have the Columbus Day Party at the Union Hall on October 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.  We will have hamburgers and hot dogs.  The Branch will furnish the meat and buns.  P. Polk will make brownies or cookies. M. Links will bring beans.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – We will order calendars again this year.  The price has gone up again.  The Stewards will need to take the orders, collect the money and bring Craig a check or money order for the entire order.  The order needs to be turned at the October meeting.  (2)  National Elections – Kathy Baldwin is running for NBA Region 10 and is asking for our support. Ballots for the election of NALC National Officers should be mailed the end of September or the first of October.  Re-Elect Kathy Baldwin NBA Region 10.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  C. Rabby moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  The motion carried.  (2)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (3)  Election of Officers – Nominations will be taken at the October Meeting for all Officers of Branch 2589 and Delegates to the 2015 Texas State Convention.  The Election will be November 20, 2014, from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the Union Hall. Election results will be announced at the November 20th branch meeting. (4) Condolences – Our sympathy goes out to the family of Brother Alvin Simek; to Brother Tommy Chrestman on the death of his father; to Brother Gene Snodgrass on the death of his sister; to Brother Emilio Perez on the death of his sister and to Brother Billy Trevino on the death of his mother.  Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  (5) Gift Card Give Away – Gary W. Howard’s name was drawn for the September Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Dennis Quattlebaum won for September.    

Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary

 – AUGUST 21, 2014

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Nairn. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except T. Chrestman. M. Kuss moved to add T. Chrestman, D. Sieler, R. Estrada, E. Odle, A. Rodriguez, H. Steffens and C. Cooley to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by C. Rabby. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. C. Rabby moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) We received a card from the Eula Cemetery Association thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Mrs. Oleta Stephenson, mother of Brother Kyle Stephenson.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership: Lesley Ruiz from Louisville Station. A. Williams moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1)  HBR – Fernando announced that he brought some license plate frames, hand lotion and other items from the National Convention to give away tonight.  The New Health Benefits website is “friendlier” and easier to navigate. In the last report, we spoke about weight loss and the The FitBit® Zip™ that monitors your movement and counts every step you take.  It would cost $59.00, but, it is free through the Health Benefit Plan, along with plans for eating healthy. There is also a program to quit smoking. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) I & I’s:  We discussed procedures for Investigative Interviews.  Listen very closely to the questions you are being asked.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) L/M Meeting – (a) Discussed PM Office Time and how to handle mail you bring back from the street. The SOP needs to be changed, so it will be correct.  (b) Express Mail procedures were discussed.  (c) Misthrown SPRS and parcels within stations should not be scanned as “undeliverable.”  That is supposed to stop. (2) COLA – The fourth cost-of-living adjustment under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $686 annually. This COLA was based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014. It amounts to 33 cents per hour. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fourth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26), the same pay period that the deferred second contract COLA will take effect. The second cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers was $541 annually. This second cost-of-living adjustment was based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index between January 2013 and July 2013.  Combined, the two COLAs equal $1,227. This increase will be added to the salaries of all Table 1 and Table 2 Step O, with proportionate application of the COLA to Steps A-N of Table 2. (3)  COLCPE – Now that you are getting this COLA, this is a good time to sign up to donate $120.00 of that yearly to COLCPE.  That is only $10.00 per month. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. T. Magallanes moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Reasoner.  Motion carried.  (2)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (3) Gift Card Give Away – Cliff “Fergie” Ferguson’s name was drawn for the August Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (4) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – M. Links won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


 – JULY 17, 2014

 

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given By John Nairn.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small, T. Chrestman, M. Links and J. Burton. J. Ladd moved to add E. Odle, F. Small, T. Chrestman and M. Links to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by M. Kuss. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. B. Froemel moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:   There are no communications.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have three applications for membership: Debra Gonzales, Eddie Joe Vega and Jose A. Lopez. T. Magallanes moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Whitaker.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS: There are no committee reports.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) National Convention – Everyone get your delegate check, if you don’t have it.

 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) I & I – The procedures for I & I’s were discussed. (2)  Installation Banquet – We have election of officers this year.  We had a very poor turnout for the 2012 Installation Banquet.  We catered food for 60 people and about 25 people came. We spent a lot of money on food and decorations and had a National Officer here to install our new officers.  After discussing some options, instead of having a banquet at the Union Hall, the membership voted to install the officers at the Union Hall and then go out to eat.  We will have signup sheets for those who want to participate, so we will know how many we need to plan for.  The following restaurants were suggested:  Furr’s Cafeteria; Ruby Tequila’s; Golden Corral and Cagle Steaks. (3) Clearing Accountables – If the Accountable Mail sheet cannot be located when you are clearing your accountables in the afternoon, have them give you something in writing that shows you have been cleared.  (4) Route Adjustments – We have finished going through the route adjustments.  (5) Parcel and SPR Misthrows – Carriers at Singer Station are being told to scan misthrows “undeliverable as addressed”.  They are not undeliverable as addressed.  They need to go to the correct route for delivery. (6) Marriage Mail – Marriage Mail will be delivered as addressed.

 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – We will not have a work night next week.  (2) Christmas Party – Vince DiPaolo volunteered to organize a Christmas Party.  (3)  Audit – In absence of the Trustees, C. Cooley reported that the books were audited last week and they were in order. (4) Membership Report – P. Polk reported that as of Pay Period 12 we had 25 Associate Members; 193 Active Members; 144 Retired Members for a Total Membership of 362.  Active Members include: 154 Regular Carriers; 2 PTR’s 2 PTF’s; 27 CCA’s and 8 of other crafts.  Retired Members include: 117 Retired Regular Carriers; 16 Life Members; 1 PTF and 10 of other crafts. (5) Carrier Uniform Closet – The uniform closet is now clean and organized.  We don’t know who did this, but, thank you very much. It will be much easier for CCA’s to find the uniforms they need. We need more people to bring uniforms that are in good condition; especially women’s and larger men’s clothes. We need belts and shoes, too. (6) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  V. DiPaolo moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried.  (7)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (8) Gift Card Give Away – Josh Smith’s name was drawn for the July Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the card. (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. J. Ramirez, Jr., won for July.  

 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Recording Secretary


– JUNE 19, 2014

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 R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Polk. The following members were added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness: P. Polk; P. Majors and B. Froemel.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. C. Rabby moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card for memorial gift from the family of Joe W. Cox, Brother David L. Cox’s father. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have five applications for membership: Jeremy Charles Jackson, Louisville; Andrew Michael Kochis, Singer; Adam Martinez, Freedom; Jamie V. Romero, Downtown; and, Matthew Curtis Johnson, Freedom. T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – Health solutions through Alere were discussed.  There is a Quit For Life Program designed to help you stop using tobacco.  Enrollment in the Quit for Life® Program is free.  You can call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454), or log on to www.quitnow.net/nalc  for details. Expert Quit Coaches will help you create and follow a tailored Quitting Plan. The other program, Weight Talk, will show you how losing weight can be a part of your everyday life. With this program you will have access to unlimited calls with your own dedicated coach; an online support community and tools to help you succeed; and a welcome kit, including written guidebook and FitBit Zip wireless activity monitor. The written guide walks you through the 10 Essential Practices of weight loss, and the food journal helps you keep track of your healthy diet. The FitBit® Zip™ counts every step you take toward your weight loss goal. Enroll FREE at www.weighttalk.net  or call 1-855-WGT-TALK (1-855-948-8255).

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Parking Vehicle – When you park your vehicle, always curb your wheels and set the emergency brake. (2)  CCA’s  – CCA’s can get insurance after Probation. (3)  The National Convention – Take your blue vests to the National Convention in July, and all Lubbock Delegates sit together. (4) Work Shoes – There was a discussion about wearing postal approved safety shoes.  

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Fingerprinting – Discussed fingerprinting for CCA’s. (2) APWU 4TH On Broadway - APWU will participate in the 4th On Broadway Parade.  They have invited us to join them. (3) Park Points – If you have dangerous park points on a Park & Loop Route, ask management to change the park points; if they will not, please let us know immediately. Please pass this on to other members. (4)  Clock Rings – We arbitrated the case on clock rings being falsified by Monterey Management and are awaiting a decision from Arbitrator.

SPECIAL GUEST and AWARD PRESENTATION – Sister Kathy Baldwin, NBA Region 10, attended the meeting tonight to present Brother Wade Davis with a pin for Preforming a Heroic Act during Delivery of US Mail.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – There will be a Work Night next Thursday, June 26, right after work.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (4) Gift Card Give Away – No one brought their Newsletter to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – M. Kuss won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

F. Small

Financial Secretary


– MAY 15, 2014

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by H. Steffens.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton.  D. Sieler and E. Odle were added to the attendance list for tonight due to medical reasons.  J. Ladd moved to add J. J. Ramirez, Jr., to the attendance list for April, 2014. Motion seconded by M. Kuss.  V. DiPaolo moved to amend the motion to add T. Magallanes, also. M. Kuss accepted the amendment to the motion.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. C. Rabby moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. J. Ramirez, Jr. Motion carried. 

COMMUNICATIONS:   (1) Thank You Card - We received a thank you card for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Ralph Walkup. (2) Friends of Joshua Goldstein – Flyer from David Goldstein, carrier and NALC Member in New Jersey, asking for help funding a wheelchair accessible conversion van for his handicap son, Joshua.  For more information, go to http://www.gofundme.com/7qz498.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership: David Kyler Jolly, Downtown Station.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  There were no committee reports.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Safety – Always curb your tires and set your parking brake when you leave your vehicle.  (2)  Food Drive – There were bags and cards that did not get delivered in some areas.  We collected 42,000 pounds in Lubbock; 1,740 pounds in Plainview and 750 pounds in Levelland.  Thank you all.  (3)  Route Count – The route counts are in different stages.  Some are already implemented. Some are counting.  Monterey and Louisville are having consultations now.

NEW BUSINESS:  Labor/Management Meeting – (1) Reporting times – Routes should have uniform reporting times Monday through Saturday. Management can give you the option of coming in earlier on heavier days, but the official reporting time should be the same every day.  (2) Route Adjustments – Some businesses are getting mail very late in the afternoon.  You should not have businesses on the end of your route.  If you do, submit a line of travel change to management to fix this.  (3) NALC Bulletin Boards – NALC Bulletin Boards should be up and easily accessible at all stations.  (4) Park Points – If park points on Park and Loop Routes are in dangerous areas, they need to be moved.  You should not be parked on a busy street with your back to traffic while working mail out of the back of your vehicle.  Talk to your supervisor if your park points need to be changed for your safety. (5) Social and Rec Committee – The Committee is going to consider using funds to purchase a refrigerator.  (6) CCA Leave Impasse Ruling – Mitch read the settlement decision concerning annual leave for CCA’s.  This is now part of our Local Agreement. It will be incorporated into LMOU’s at all stations.  (7)  District Three Meeting – C. Cooley attended the District Three Meeting in Childress, Texas, on Sunday, May 4, 2014.  T. Magallanes moved to pay C. Cooley mileage for a round trip to Childress, Texas.  Motion seconded by A. Williams. Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) MDA – We received a NALC Branch Activity Report Form to submit so National and MDA will have a record of our fund raising activities for MDA.  (2)  Don Sieler – We received a report that Brother Don Sieler had surgery this afternoon and is doing will.  (3)  Work Night – There will be a work night on Thursday, May 22.  Tommy needs help rehanging a door.  We still need uniforms and hangers and someone to organize the uniforms.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  M. Kuss moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (6) Gift Card Give Away – Andy Rodriguez’s name was drawn for the May Give Away and he was here with his Newsletter to claim his gift card to Abuelos.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Coralie Rabby won for May.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


APRIL 17, 2014

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 H. Steffens. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr., and J. Burton.  R. Estrada was added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the April Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  J. Ramirez, Jr. was added to the Executive Board list due to working late. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  We have no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have seven applications for membership: Lazaro Perez, Jerry Barbosa, Blake Walterscheid, Tanya Reyes, Juan Garcia, Shane Treider and Aaron Hernandez.  E. Odle moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – There is no report.  (2) District Meeting – The District Three Meeting will be in Childress, Texas, on Sunday, May 4, 2014.  We need some people from Lubbock to attend.  (3) HBP – It was reported that 8 million people signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  (4) National Convention – All rooms being held for Delegates who have decided not to attend the convention will be cancelled after the meeting tonight.  The check-in date for the hotel is July 19, 2014, the Saturday before the Convention.  Your room will be cancelled, if you do not check in July 19, 2014.  If you need a different date, you will have an opportunity to contact the hotel before the convention.  The tickets to the baseball game have been ordered.  The price of your tickets will be deducted from your convention check.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Coke Machine – We have called twice and have been told they would send someone out.  We instructed them to call first to make sure there would be someone at the office.  We have not heard from them. (2) Plumbing – The plumbing was done today.  (3)  T-6 Strings – We requested a list of all T-6 Strings.  There are six strings that are not full strings.  One string does not have a carrier on it.  Carriers involved were called by seniority.  Mitch will present our proposal to Management and see what happens.   

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Food Drive – The NALC Food Drive is May 10, 2014.  We have already attended one meeting.  M. Links is the Food Drive Coordinator this year.  He will need help with the interviews and publicity.  There will be standup talks at the stations on May 6, 2014.  The bags and cards will be delivered at all stations this year. Eighty thousand bags were requested.  Twenty thousand of the “Thank You” cards are on the way.  A Letter to the Editor has been sent in.  (2)  Union Shirts – The Executive Board discussed ordering shirts to give to new members and make available for sale.  New members could have a choice of the shirt or NALC cap.  The shirts are union made.  The back has an American flag and lettering “Stand Tall for American Jobs”.  We can have NALC Branch 2589 put on the front.  The heavy weight shirts are $9.65 if we purchase 70 shirts. Stewards will ask at the stations to get an idea of how many members would actually buy one.  We can order fewer shirts, but the price will be a little more.  (3)  Labor/Management Meeting - The following concerns were discussed at the L/M Meeting:  (a) Uniform start times during the week for all stations. They are in the process of changing that now. The new “3-9-5” Plan will have all priority mail completed by 3:00 A.M.  Carriers will be able to come in earlier, be out on the street by 9:00 A.M. and off the street by 5:00 P.M.  This will be done through Plant…Load Levelling. Specific problems with DPS will need to be addressed. (b)  Singer needs CCA’s.  There are two assigned to Singer. (c) Downtown and Singer Bulletin Boards issue will be fixed and both should go back up.  (d)  Downtown grievances are being paid.  (e) Downtown Steward will share a workroom with APWU.  (f) Bid sheet at Monterey is posted.  (g) David Prather – District will not let him come back to carrier craft. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  Motion was seconded by M. Kuss. Motion carried. (2) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (3)  COLCPE – When you contribute to COLCPE, you are contributing to your jobs and to yourselves. It gives you strength in Washington, D.C. Contributions to COLCPE send someone to Washington to fight for you. If they will support us, we will support them, regardless of political party. We can’t make million dollar contributions as individuals, but, we can as a group. It is your job insurance. (4)  Work Night – Stop Staples – Next Thursday, April 24, 2014, we will participate in the “Stop Staples” picket in front of the Staples Store from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. We need to turn out for this. APWU has always helped us out.  (5) Gift Card Give Away – No one brought their Newsletter to the meeting to claim a Gift Card.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – M. Matthies won for April.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– MARCH 20, 2014 

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 R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton.  C. Cooley moved to add J. Burton to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by A. Whitaker. Motion carried. E. Odle moved to add A. Williams and I. Zorola to the attendance list for tonight. Motion seconded by A. Whitaker. Motion carried. M. Terral read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  A. Whitaker moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) No communications were received.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have six applications for membership:  Tyler Wayne Fletcher, Frankie Lee Rodriguez, Enrique DeLaCruz, Ashley Marie Hollis, Mersades Christina Lopez, and Maria Isabel Carmona.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried unanimously.  Enrique DeLaCruz was present for his initiation.  We also have a new member, Kevin Perry, who transferred from Portales, NM.  All of these new members are at Monterey Station.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) COP Meeting – There is no report from the COP Meeting. Mitch had to cancel his plans to attend.  He has written a check to the Branch to refund the Branch funds for the trip. (2) Political – If you do anything as a political activist, State wants to know.  If you attend Central Labor Council meeting, write a letter, send an e-mail, make a phone call, participate in an informational picket or a rally, anything at all, let Eddie Odle know.  We will not be going to Washington D.C. this year.  The hotels are charging an exorbitant amount of money.  (3)  District Three Meeting – The date of the meeting has been changed to Sunday, May 4, 2014.  It will still be in Childress, Texas.  (4) National Union Rally – Fernando brought to our attention that the Post Office wants to use Staples as retail center by putting a substation inside the store. Special Guest, Brother Mike Sturm, Clerk Craft Director, gave us more details about this.  For some time the Postal Service has been farming out retail operations, with the intent to eventually close more and more retail Post Offices.  They ran a pilot program with Staples using Staples employees, paying minimum wage, using part time employees.  It was declared a success, so they are planning to put a retail substation in Staples in Lubbock. Those employees will be allowed to wear clerk uniforms.  The public will not be aware they are not dealing with the Postal Service.  This will hurt retail business at Singer and probably, Monterey Stations. There will be an informational picket at Staples on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Brother Sturm will keep us informed about the time and other details.  Mitch urged all NALC Members to participate.  APWU has always supported us. (5)  HBR – The last day of this month, March 31, 2014, is the last day to sign up for ACA.  Don’t let this opportunity pass by. 

VINTAGE UNIFORM:  Brother Sturm has given a vintage cap and pea coat, on loan, to the Branch to put in our showcase room.  The cap is a bus driver’s cap the Postmen wore, probably in the early 1950’s.  The jacket is from the early to mid 1950’s.  Brother Sturm’s name has been placed inside the jacket and the cap.  There was a round of applause for Brother Sturm. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Plumbing Estimate – We received an estimate of $1,485.00 from Dr. Plumber to run a ¾ inch water line from the rear of the building up to the kitchen area, eliminate all galvanized piping overhead and install a Clear Vue Filter where we tie onto the line. We did not receive any other bids.  E. Odle moved to accept this bid from Dr. Plumber.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) CCA’s – Discussed the new “Amazon” CCA’s and the hours they are getting. Other issues concerning CCA’s were discussed. (2)  Bulk Mailing Account – We need to write a check to put more money into our Bulk Mailing Account.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Route Count Adjustments – We are filing on the adjustments at Formal A.  Grievances will be done on the clock.  (2) 04 Zone – We have not heard anything official about moving the 04 Zone Downtown. (3) COLCPE – You are all paying union dues and we appreciate your membership.  We ask everyone to contribute $5.00 a month or $5.00 per pay period to COLCPE for the benefit of your job.  This is to maintain your job and benefits.  Protect what you have.  You can use LiteBlue to sign up.  If you need help, let Fernando know.  C. Cooley pointed out that not one cent of your dues goes toward political causes or candidates.  That is the purpose of COLCPE.  It is your voice in Washington.  If you have already signed up, talk up COLCPE at work.  Get other carriers to sign up. (4) 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 C. Rabby.  Motion carried.  (5) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (6) Convention Update – The room reservations have been made.  The Hotel is calling it a suite, but, there are only two double beds or one king. (7)  Red Room PM – Do not lay your accountables down and walk away without being cleared.  It is against regulations.  You are responsible for everything you sign for until you are cleared.  (8) CCA Conversions – T. Dubose is scheduled for the 22nd.  We discussed positions on eReassign.  (9)  Work Night – There will be a work night on Thursday, March 27. (10) Gift Card Give Away – Jesse Andres Perez’s name was drawn for the March Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (11) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Don Sieler won for March.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:12 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


– FEBRUARY 20, 2014

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 R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except J. J. Ramirez, Jr., and J. Burton.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward meetings. P. Majors needs to be added to the Steward Meeting and M. Terral needs to be added to both the Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  T. Chrestman moved to add E. Odle, J.J. Ramirez, Jr., H. Steffens, and J. Baca to the attendance list for tonight and to add P. Majors and M. Terral to the meetings last week.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. J. Ladd moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2014, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) A card from the Chaffin Center of Oakwood United Methodist Church acknowledging our donation in memory of Brother Glen Ford.  (2) A personal note from the family of Brother Glen Ford.  (3) A note from Rose Teeler, Treasurer of the Matt Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund, acknowledging our donation in memory of Brother Merle Woods.  (4)  A personal note from Mrs. Janice Woods and the Merle Woods family.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have four applications for membership:  Shanna Ostrom, Sunset; Estevan Bernal, Abernathy; Miguel Murillo, Louisville; and Cassandra Zamarripa, Louisville.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – There is no political report.  Everyone needs to be signed up for E-Activist.  It is free.  Fernando will help you after the meeting, if you would like to sign up tonight.  (2)  HBR – There are no changes. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Plumbing Issue – The sewer stopped up again. We paid a plumber to get it unstopped.  We are trying to get bids to replace the line from the kitchen to the back of the building.  The pipe is corroded and it keeps stopping up.  (2)  Car Rental – We had to rent two cars and purchase gasoline while in Houston for the school.  B. Froemel moved to reimburse M. Terral for the car rentals and gasoline.  Motion seconded by Archie Whitaker.  Motion carried.  (3)  Labor/Management Meeting – Discussed reporting times; Sunday CCA’s; and ice machine repair and maintenance. (4)  National Convention – The delegate registration has been sent in.  We will be receiving Housing information and making room reservations soon.  If you are not going to go, you need to tell Fernando before he makes the room reservations.  We are looking at airline flights. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Coke Machine – Coke Machine is not cooling.  R. Estrada will look into having it fixed.  (2) Art Show – D. Sieler mentioned an artist looking for a place to have an art show.  We had discussed an artist using the building for an art show in the past.  The Executive board approved renting the building for that purpose, but, never heard from the artist again.  Don will try to contact him.  (3)  Uniforms – We need more uniforms; especially in larger sizes.  (4)  Work Night – We will have a work night next Thursday, February 27, right after work.  (5)  Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast is back on.  The next one will be Saturday, February 22, 2014.  Ronnie Mac and Nasty have taken it over.  It should be a lot of fun.  (6) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Magallanes moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried.  (7)  The Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (8) Gift Card Give Away – No one claimed the Gift Card this month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Chrestman won for February.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted

Recording Secretary


 – JANUARY 16, 2014

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. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except T. Robles. J. Burton moved to add T. Robles, A. Reasoner, D. Sieler and Tommy Magallanes to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the January Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the January, 2014, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received two Christmas Cards in December.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have nine applications for membership:  Mickey Chambliss, Ocie Scott, Jacob Penton, Jessica Adame, Antonio Valdez, Derwin Estremera, Amanda Woods, Steven Hernandez and James Lewis.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – Budget Resolution passed the Senate, retaining language calling for six-day mail delivery service.  (2)  HBP – There was nothing new to report. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business was brought to the floor. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Deaths - E. Leaney reported that Brother Rodger McGinty and Raul Diaz, father of Brother Raul Diaz, Jr., have passed away.  Also reported were the deaths of Brothers Merle Woods and Glen Ford.  Our thoughts and prayers are with these families. (2) Budget Committee – The Budget Committee met in December. The Proposed Budget for 2014 was presented to the Executive Board last week. A copy of the Proposed Budget was distributed among the membership. E. Odle moved to accept this Budget for 2014.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried. (3)  Audit Report – T. Chrestman reported that the books were audited and found to be in order. Craig does a fine job.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  (5)  The Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (6)  Route Count School – There will be a Route Count School next Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. here at the Union Hall.  This will be the only school for all stations.  (7) Officer and Steward School – Fernando has room reservations and airline information for those attending the School in February. See him immediately after the meeting. (8) Gift Card Give Away – Charlie Betancourt’s name was drawn for the January Give Away, but he was not present at the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Matt Kuss won for January.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary

– NOVEMBER 21, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:04 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 J. Burton.  J. Baca, P. Majors and E. Odle were added to the membership list tonight due to medical reasons. M. Terral read the attendance list for the November Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. B. Froemel moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the November, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.

HBR PRESENTATION:  The Branch viewed a video in regard to the NALC Health Benefit Plan CDHP and Value Option.  After the video, F. Small answered questions in regard to the new Consumer Driven Health Plan and Value Option Plan.  There were also handouts available.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a personal note of thanks for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Cal Urias.  The Branch also received a letter from Disabled American Veterans acknowledging our contribution in memory of Brother Cal Urias.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  There were no other committee reports. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) CCA Conversions – Four CCA’s are converting to regular.  There is a transfer pending.  Nine positions are up in Lubbock. The bidding process was discussed and the reasons why these conversions didn’t take place earlier in November.  (2)  Route Count and Inspections – The 2014 schedule for route counts is as follows:  Louisville January 4-12 both zones; Monterey both zones January 11-17; Downtown all zones January 25-31; and Freedom zones 04 and 23, February 1-7.  Zone 12 at Freedom was not on the list.  Mitch will look into that.  There may be a count school.  (3) No Lunch – The Freedom case was pre-arbed and they sent it back to the local parties to settle.  They did agree that what the union asked for was reasonable.  We will try to get a city wide No-lunch program worked out.  (4) Monterey Payouts – A lot of money has been agreed to be paid out for mandated overtime. Also discussed moving CCA’s off of hold downs.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) 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.  Motion was seconded by T. Robles.  Motion carried.  (2) The Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (3) Gift Card Give Away – P. Majors’ name was drawn for the November Give Away, but he was not able to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (4) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Raul Diaz, Jr., won for November.   Meeting was adjourned at 8:13 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– OCTOBER 17, 2013

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 Howard Steffens. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Robles.  T. Robles will be added to the attendance list for tonight due to a death in the family.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the October Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Acknowledgment – We received a letter from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church acknowledging our donation in memory of Mr. Marcos Ybarra, father-in-law of Brother Juan Ramirez, Jr. (2)  David Bigden Massage Therapy – Letter from Dr. David Bigden offering an hour massage for $45.00, which is a 25% discount to our members (with proof of union membership).  If you are interested, contact Penny Polk 806.790.0890 for more information. 

 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership:  Daniel Juan Valdez, Levelland; and Brittani Danielle Cathey, Morton. T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by C. Rabby.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – There is nothing going on right now.  There will be a state wide meeting with the Texas Legislature in November or December.  (2) HBR – This weekend is the Health Benefits Seminar.  The next union meeting will be after open season begins.  Open season is November 11 through December 9, 2013.  Fernando can have a special meeting before open season, you would like.  He is standing by. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – Calendar orders and money are to be turned in tonight.  Craig doesn’t believe we will have orders for 250 calendars, which is the number we need to get the $3.75 per calendar price.  J. Burton moved for the Branch to cover the difference in cost of calendars up to a total of 250 calendars ordered. Motion seconded by R. Estrada.   

 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Vice President and Steward Assignments – J. Baca resigned as Vice President and Steward as of October 1, 2013.  Mitch Terral is now Steward at Monterey. President Mitch Terral has appointed Michael Links as Vice President until the next election.  And Michael Links is now Steward at Singer and Sunset Stations.  (2)  CCA Promotions – The CCA Memorandum of August 30, 2013, on Promoting CCA’s is on the web site. We discussed the procedure and tentative dates.  (2)  City v Rural – We have no new information.  Paperwork is at NBA office.  

 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Nominations – Nominations were opened for Delegates to the 2014 National Convention.  We are allowed seventeen (17) delegates. Fourteen (14) delegates were nominated.  There will not be an election of delegates next month.  The Delegates to the 2014 National Convention are:  Eddie Odle, Mitch Terral, Andy Rodriguez, Michael Links, Tommy Chrestman, Fernando Small, Alvin Williams, Ismael Zorola, S. Craig Cooley, Ed Leaney, Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., Tommy Ray Magallanes, Troy Robles and Penny Polk.  (2)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a Work Night next Thursday, October 24, 2013.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Magallanes moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (5) Gift Card Give Away – Tara Garza’s name was drawn for the October Give Away.  She was present at the meeting and chose the Chili’s card.   (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – I. Zorola won for October.  

 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Recording Secretary


 – SEPTEMBER 19, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Nairn.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr.  E. Odle and J. Ramirez, Jr., were added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness and a death in the family, respectively.  J. Ramirez, Jr., will also be added to the August attendance list due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank You Card for expression of sympathy from the family of Judith Leatherman, Brother Mark Leatherman’s mother.  (2) Thank You card for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Ron Brown.  (3)  A letter of acknowledgement from the American Liver Foundation thanking us for our donation in memory of Brother Ron Brown.  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have four applications for membership:  Donald Firkins and Israel Martinez, Freedom; Christopher Gregorcyk and Joseph Herrera, Monterey.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  Motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – The Affordable Care Act goes into effect October 1, 2013.  If your spouse has insurance, you will want to take a look and compare costs.  Ours should cost less.  Don’t forget that children are covered until they reach age 26. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – It is time to order calendars.  Stewards at each station will take orders and collect money.  The calendars are $3.75 each, if we order 250 calendars.  The calendar orders and money will be turned in at the meeting next month.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Election – Nominations for Delegates to the 2014 National Convention will be taken at the October Meeting.  The Election is in November. (2)  Article on Website – Fernando put an article on our website, Victory for Workers in Indiana. An Indiana Superior Court ruled Indiana’s Right to Work Law was unconstitutional.  The State has appealed the ruling, but, it is on the books. Take a look at the article. (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes. Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5) Route Adjustments – Route adjustments will be implemented October 15, 2013.  (6) Gift Card Give Away – Jerry Revere’s name was drawn for the September Give Away, but he was not present at the meeting to claim his Gift Card.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Tommy Ray Magallanes won for September. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:29 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– AUGUST 15, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:07 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except, J. Ramirez, Jr., J. Baca and J. Burton. M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as printed and distributed.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership: Daniel Minor, Midwest Station and Danny Ellison, Monterey Station.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported that we still do not know when we will be going to Washington, D.C., or if we are going.  There are no new updates on six-day delivery.  The Appropriation Committees aren’t in session.  There is nothing to report from State.  (2)  HBR – There is nothing to report.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Air Conditioner – The new unit is in.  They have finished pulling out the old unit.  We need to change the diffusers in the offices.  E. Odle moved to purchase four diffusers for the offices, not to exceed $500.00.  Motion seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Shredding – The blue bin is full of papers that need to be shredded.  We need to have DSS pick it up and bring us a new one.  M. Links so moved.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (2) Bumper Stickers – We have some samples of Union made bumper stickers. If you are interested, see Mitch after the meeting.  (3)  Election Notice – The only election we are having this year is for Delegates to the 2014 National Convention, which is in Philadelphia, PA, July 21-25, 2014.  The nominations are October 17, 2013, and the election is November 21, 2013.  (4)  MSP Scans – We discussed LOWs being issued for missed MSP Scans.  These scanners do drop scans.  (5)  CCA Promotions – Grievances have been filed at Monterey and Sunset Stations.  Downtown will file soon.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Audit – T. Chrestman reported that the books have been audited and are in fine shape.  C. Cooley was applauded for his hard work.  The Audit Committee was thanked for their report.  (2) Raffle – The Masonic Lodge is selling raffle tickets.  See E. Odle immediately after the meeting.  (3) COLCPE – You need to protect what you have.  Those benefits can be gone.  It is because of the Union we have the sick leave, vacation time, insurance and the other benefits we have. You must donate to your own cause.  Also, we need carriers on the floor talking to non-members about why they should be Union Members.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report was printed and distributed to the membership.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by A. Williams. Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report was distributed to the membership.  (6) MDA Telethon – We have not been contacted by MDA about participating in the Telethon or any other fundraiser.  It is too late to try to get anything together at this point.  E. Odle moved to donate $500.00 to MDA.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried. (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – F. Small won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– JULY 18, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 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 J. Baca and J. Burton.  J. Baca was added to the attendance list for tonight due to an illness.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. D. Quattlebaum moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have twelve applications for membership:  Brady Shaw; Eddie Vega; Cassie Snyder; Joe Garcia; Laura Lynn Hernandez; Amie Gutierrez; Raul Diaz, Jr.; Julian Montez; James Turner; Robert Campos; DesRay Baker; and Neal Cortez.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – All carriers who are signed up for E-Activist will get an update on 6-Day Delivery.  (2)  HBR – Fernando reminded everyone to protect yourselves out on the route.  Use sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.  Be aware of symptoms of heat stroke. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) L/M Meeting – Items discussed at the Labor/Management meeting included the sink in the break room at Downtown Station; Last Drag at Downtown Station; Markups – issue not resolved (if you are not sure about a mark-up, look it up on the pink card at the case); Mandating non-OTDL people to get OTDL people back before 6:00 P.M. and using Rural Carriers to carry city mail at Singer Station; and OJT for CCA’s before they are sent to the street.  (2)  PTF Transfers – They have to transfer all remaining area PTF’s to Lubbock before promoting CCA’s.  They are required to promote CCA’s as soon as the transfers take place. (3)  Air Conditioner – We had authorized $1000 to fix the air conditioner in the back.  It was the blower motor and the cost was around $265.00.  Now the front air conditioner needs to be replaced.  We can replace the 3 ton furnace and air conditioner with a with a new 5 ton unit installed for $2,700.00.  E. Odle so moved.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Royal Mail – D. Sieler said he saw in the news that Brittan’s Royal Mail Service will privatize after almost 500 years. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – There will be a work night next Thursday, July 25. If you need to make up a meeting, it takes two work nights to make up attendance for one meeting.  (2) Retiree Breakfast – The next Retiree Breakfast is July 27.  Come on out. (3) COLCPE – Everyone needs to contribute to COLCPE.  Protect your jobs.  Fight for 6-Day Delivery.  (4) APWU Commercial – APWU is running two great nation wide TV Ad Campaigns. If you haven’t seen them on TV, you can search for them online…APWU TV Commercial. (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. B. Froemel moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (7) Gift Card Give Away – Bobby Flores’ name was drawn for the July Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Williams won for July.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– JUNE 20, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:01 P.M.  The invocation was given by E. Leaney.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except C. Cooley and J. Burton.  C. Cooley was added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance list for the June Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card – We received a card from Dee and Terry Simmons thanking the Branch for our donation to Hospice of Lubbock in Memory of Tommy Simmons, Sister Terry Simmons’ brother-in-law. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Tim Harris at Freedom Station.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported that they are going to DC sometime this year, but, do not know when at this time.  (2)  HBR – Most major provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be in place by February, 2014.  This probably will not have much of an effect on us at this time.  You can go to healthcare.gov/index.html to see what is available for your spouse. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) State Convention – Delegate cards will be handed out immediately after the meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) L/M Meeting – Some issues at the Labor/Management Meeting this afternoon  were: (1) Getting union time to get things done; (2) Shortage of people…Lubbock is down 46 carriers from compliment; (3) Reporting times; (4) Mandating overtime; (5) RCA’s delivering mail or clerking.    

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) AC Unit – One of the AC units is out and needs to be fixed.  E. Odle moved to fix the AC Unit and not spend more than $1,000.00.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (2)  Web Site – The Web Site renewal is due.  The price actually went down.  It is $278.25 for the next two years.  E. Odle moved to renew the Web Site for two years for $278.25.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (3) COLCPE – Need to donate to COLCPE to protect your jobs.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (6) Gift Card Give Away – Robert A. Garcia’s name was drawn for the June Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Juan Baca won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:29 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– MAY 16, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:01 P.M.  The invocation was given by D. Quattlebaum.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except C. Cooley and J. Burton. B. Froemel moved to add E. Odle and C. Cooley to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by M. Links. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. H. Steffens moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2013, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Acknowledgement – We received an acknowledgment from the Hospice of Lubbock Foundation for our donation in memory of Tommy Simmons, Sister Terry Simmons’ brother-in-law. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership: Manuel Orquiz from Monterey Station, and Samuel Perez from Midwest/Louisville.  C. Rabby moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ramirez, Jr.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBP – There is nothing new to report at this time.  (2)  Food Drive – Saturday afternoon we collected 43,000 pounds of food.  This does not include the AO’s and is not the final count.  We need a Food Drive Coordinator for next year.  T. Schulmeyer is thinking about it. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Route Counts – They are using COR at some stations.  This route count was not a joint count.  The union had nothing to do with the count or adjustments.  We have not agreed to anything.  We will be filing grievances.  That is our only involvement.  We are having informal meetings to start the grievance process. 

NEW BUSINESS:  Downtown Steward – Temporarily, the Steward at Downtown Station is M. Links.    

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1 Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (2)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (3)  Work Night – T. Chrestman said there would be a work night Thursday, May 23.  We need some people to show up.  (4) Gift Card Give Away – Joe Gray’s name was drawn for the May Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Rabby won for May.    

Meeting was adjourned at 7:27 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– APRIL 18, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 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 F. Small, J. Baca and J. Burton.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the April Executive Board and Steward meetings. T. Chrestman moved to add E. Odle to the attendance list for March and April Union Meetings; add J. Baca to the April Executive Board, Steward and Union meeting lists.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.  H. Steffens moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by Coralie Rabby.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card for Expression of Sympathy from Jo Ann Sumner and James Sumner and Family on the death of Peggy Sumner, Brother James Sumner’s sister.  (2) Thank you card for Expression of Sympathy from the family of Mrs. Eula Mae McNeal, Brother C.H. Huey’s mother. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is nothing to report at this time.  (2)  State Convention – Early Registration is $65.00 per delegate; goes up to $75.00 after May 1, 2013.  Final roll call of delegates was taken to see who is going to Waco.  Delegate cards and Registration will be mailed in before May 1, 2013. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) LMOU – We have until the end of April to complete Local Negotiations.  We can probably finish Plainview, Levelland, and Littlefield by e-mail.  Mitch informed Postmaster Fitzgerald that we can meet for our local (Lubbock) on Friday, Monday and Thursday at 7:00 P.M. The Negotiation Committee is all officers and stewards. (2) Parking Lot Light – It is working again, but it stays on all of the time.  Tommy will check the control box.  (3)  Route Counts – The route counts have started.  (4)  Grievance Procedure – Formal A Appeal is done by the Station Manager now.  (5)  District Three Meeting – The District Three meeting is Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Childress, Texas.  It starts at 9:30 A.M.  We will pay mileage for one car, if two or three members want to go.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) NBA’s Office – Kathy Baldwin’s office has moved.  We have the new address if you want to get it after the meeting. (2) Step B Decisions – We received Step B Decisions for Monterey and Freedom.  (3) Food Drive – Mitch needs some help the Food Drive radio spots.  Vince DiPaolo and Michael Links volunteered.  May 9th is the meeting at City Hall and the Proclamation.  Mitch will attend that.  The Postmaster has agreed to go to the stations to give a talk before the Food Drive.  (4) No Lunch – Grievances are being filed on denied No Lunch requests.  Use only the Request for Temporary Change of Schedule Form 3189 to request a No Lunch or any other temporary change of schedule.  (5)  New Checks – Craig needs to order new check for the Building Maintenance Fund.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion was seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (6) Carriers Selling Stamps – APWU has complained that City Carriers are selling stamps.  That is crossing crafts. If a customer asks you to buy them some stamps, use the Stamps by Mail Form.  Have the customer fill out the form and hand it to you, bring it back to the office; turn it in with the money.  The stamps will be ready for you to deliver the next day.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE and E-Activist – If you are not signed up for COLCPE and E-Activist, you should be. (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter. Motion seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried. (3) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) Work Night – There will be a work night Thursday, April 25, unless we are having a Local Negotiation Meeting.  (5) Gift Card Give Away – Alexander Salas’ name was drawn for the April Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – John Nairn won for April.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:41 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– MARCH 21, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice President Juan Baca at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except M. Terral and F. Small. M. Links moved to add T. Garza to list for tonight because of a death in the family.  The motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  J. Baca read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received an acknowledgment from the family of Ilene Rodgers, wife of Brother J. M. Rodgers.  Brother Rodgers wrote a personal note thanking us for our donation to the American Cancer Society in his wife’s memory.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – Don’t forget the Rally at Singer Station.  Sign up for E-Activist, if you haven’t.  (2)  HBR – There is no report. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Day of Action Rally – The Rally is Sunday, March 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Singer Station. (2)  Route Count School – Route Count School is 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 27.  (3)  Local Agreements – Mitch is working on LMOU’s for Lubbock, Plainview, Littlefield and Levelland.  We have to change the TE’s to CCA’s in the Locals.                                                                                                                           

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Food Drive – The NALC Food Drive is in May.  We need help distributing the literature.  (2)  Secretary-Treasurer Seminar – There is a Seminar in Cleveland, OH, April 22-24, 2013.  T. Chrestman moved to send C. Cooley and pay expenses.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried. (3) MSP Scans – Discussed MSP Scans.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – If you are contributing to COLCPE, we appreciate you.  If you are not contributing, you should be.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  J. Burton moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Villalobos.  The motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to accept the Treasure’s Report as published. Motion seconded by M. Links.  Motion carried.   (4) Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast is Saturday, March 30.  (5) Gift Card Give Away – Wendell Moore’s name was drawn for the March Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Rodriguez won for March. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


– FEBRUARY 21, 2013

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2013, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Acknowledgment – We received a letter from the American Cancer Society thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Mrs. Ilene Rodgers, wife of Brother Joe M. Rodgers.  (2)  Thank you card – The Branch received a beautiful thank you card for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Juan J. Ramirez, Sr.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have five applications for membership:  Ernest Brawley, Jr., Downtown; Justin Williams, Downtown; Daniel McWhirter, Morton; William Stewart, Downtown; and Laura Esparza, Muleshoe.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported that we don’t know if we are going to DC.  Mitch added that, at the Houston School, Micky said there was nothing in the works.  President Rolando would not discuss Saturday closing.  He said we need to be putting that energy into making sure it does not happen.  There is a House Bill, HR 630 and Senate Bill S316 we need to support.  Call and write your Representatives and Senators asking them to support these bills.  NALC Day of action is March 24, 2013.  We will have an informational rally to mobilize public support for Saturday delivery.  It is nation wide, but not in every city.  Lubbock is one.  It is up to us as to what time and where.  We want to involve other local organizations.  This is a public rally, not just a letter carrier rally.  We need good media coverage. See reports about this, the House and Senate Bills, and much more, on the Branch web site:  nalcbranch2589.org.  (2)  HBR – If you just joined NALC Health Benefit Plan, you should have your cards by now.  If you do not, let Fernando know after the meeting.  (3)  Secretary’s Report – P. Polk reported as of the last pay period of December, we had 31 Associate Members; 171 Active Members, including 156 regular carriers, 2 PTR’s, 3 PTF’s, 3 TE’s and 7 other crafts; 140 Retired Members including 113 regular carrier; 16 Life Members; 1 PTF and 10 retirees of other crafts, for a total 342 members.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Houston School – The return flight was cancelled due to weather and everyone had to stay in Houston an extra night.  Because the flight was cancelled due to weather, passengers had to pay for the extra night themselves.  Mitch put all of the rooms and rental car on his credit card.  M. Links moved to reimburse Mitch Terral for the extra night hotel rooms and rental car.  Motion seconded by V. DiPaolo.  Motion carried.  J. Burton moved to pay an extra $30.00 per diem to each of the six members who attended the Houston School.  Motion seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Steward Notification – V. DiPaolo will be the new Steward at Downtown Station.  (2)  Labor/Management Meeting – Some of the issues discussed at the L/M Meeting were: Parcels at cases when carriers come back from routes in the afternoon; Article 8 Violations [over $10,000.00 has been paid out at Monterey since November, 2012]; CCA’s start on Monday; a TE was fired; Carrier Academy—if you did not go through the Carrier Academy as a TE, you will as a CCA.  (3) Parking Lot Lights – The lights are out, but, we don’t have light bulbs or a way to change them. (4)  Local Negotiations – Local Negotiations are to take place April 1-30, 2013.  We have three to do; Lubbock, Levelland and Plainview.  We will get the meetings set up.  (5) Security – D. Sieler brought up security in view of so many shootings everywhere.  He suggested we at least lock the front door when the meeting starts.  If you are late, you will have to come to the side door.  (6)  State Convention – E. Odle reported that the committee selections have been made.  There were three members chosen from our branch.  The Convention is in Waco, Texas, June 26-28.  Fernando has made hotel reservations.   A roll call of delegates was taken to see who is going.  (7)  District Three Meeting – District Three Meeting is 9:00 A.M. April 21, 2013, in Childress, Texas.  E. Odle said he may not be able to attend.  It would be nice to have our branch represented.  (8)  Route Counts – Downtown and Freedom Stations are not scheduled to be counted. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Tent for sale – If you want to buy a tent, contact Craig Cooley.  (2)  COLCPE and E-Activist – You need to be donating to COLCPE.  Several retirees contribute and we thank them.  Contributions to COLCPE protect our future.  Everyone needs to sign up for E-Activist.  It costs nothing. They do not ask for money and they do not sell or share your e-mail address.  They do let you know when there is important legislation coming up so you can contact your Senators and Representatives…like the bills to save Saturday delivery.  Mitch reported while at the Spring School, they were signing up people for E-Activist and COLCPE “Gimme 5” when we found out Vince PiPaolo was the first CCA to sign up for COLCPE.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (5)  Work Night – There will be a work night next Thursday, February 28, right after work.  You can make up a missed meeting by attending two work nights.  (6)  Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast is Saturday, February 23, 2013.  Come on out for breakfast, music and fun.  You don’t have to be retired.  Come eat breakfast if you are off.  (7) Gift Card Give Away – Winston Jerden’s name was drawn for the February Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Don Sieler won for February.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:03P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


- JANUARY 17, 2013

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 H. Steffens.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr., and T. Robles.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the January Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  Minutes of the November meeting were distributed to the membership. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented.  The motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Christmas Cards – The Branch received Christmas cards from the guys at Region 10 and from J. E. Murfee & Son.  (2)  Thank You Card – We received a thank you card for expression of Sympathy from Brother Ken Brashear on the death of his father. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported that they were scheduled to go to Washington D.C. in March, but, does not know if that is going to happen.  (2)  Installation Banquet – B. Froemel reported that only 29 people attended the installation banquet in November.  We ordered food for 60.  We discussed some different options for the installation of officers, instead of having a banquet.  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) APWU – We haven’t talked with them again about renting the building. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Trustee and Steward Positions – Tommy Magallanes has resigned his Trustee and Steward positions.  M. Terral will appoint Jeff Burton as Trustee.  Michael Links has transferred to Freedom and will be the Steward there.  Ismael Zorola will be the Steward Downtown and Jeff Price is the new Steward at Singer.  (2)  Officer and Steward School – Due to Budget cuts, the Executive Board has recommended we only send our Stewards and either the President or Vice President to both of the training schools this year. H. Steffens moved to send the Stewards and the Vice-President to the Spring School in Houston and pay them as recommended by the Executive Board.  Motion seconded by M. Links.  Motion carried.  (3) New Contract – The Terms of the 2011–2016 National Agreement have been set by the Arbitration Board.  We discussed some of the awards.  There is a contract training meeting in Las Vegas on February 9, 2013.  M. Links moved to send M. Terral and J. Baca to the training in Las Vegas and pay them as recommended by the Executive Board.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (4)  2013 Budget – Copies of the Proposed Budget for 2013 were distributed to the membership.  C. Cooley went over some of the changes.  We are making cuts where we can so we will not be losing money.  E. Odle moved to accept this Budget as presented.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (5)  State Convention – E. Odle will be drawing delegate’s names to serve on Committees at the State Convention.  A roll call of delegates was taken to see who is going to the State Convention.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Every member of the branch should be able to contribute $5.00 per pay period to COLCPE.  They are defending letter carriers and are trying to keep our jobs.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report was distributed to the membership.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report was distributed to the membership.  (4)  Spring School – If you are going to the school in Houston, you need to see Fernando immediately after the meeting. (5) Work Night – There will not be a work night this month.  (6)  Retiree Breakfast – There will be a retiree breakfast the last Saturday of January.  (7) Gift Card Give Away – One of the gift cards will start losing money next month.  The Executive Board recommended we give it away as a door prize tonight.  J. Price won the card.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – H. Steffens won for January.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


-NOVEMBER 15, 2012

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. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Robles and T. Magallanes.  Members added to the attendance list for tonight were T. Robles and T. Magallanes for medical reasons.  Lou DeLeon was also added.  He is on Military Leave. M. Terral read the attendance list for the November Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the November, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Burton. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank You Letter – Meals on Wheels sent a letter thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Mrs. Josephina Todd,  Brother Alfredo Todd’s mother.  An acknowledgment was sent to the Todd family.  (2)  Lubbock Central Labor Council – A letter inviting our members to the LCLC Christmas Appreciation Dinner on December 5, 2012.  (3)  Sister Myra Warren – We received a letter from President Rolando letting us know he would be unable to attend the Installation Banquet.  President Rolando appointed Sister Warren, Director of Life Insurance, to attend on behalf of the NALC.  J. Burton moved to purchase a Thank You Gift Card for Sister Warren.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  No applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) NALC HBP Brochures – HBP Brochures were mailed to the Branch.  Stewards need to take some to their stations and hand them out.  Self Only and Family premiums have increased a little, but, benefits have also increased.  Children are now covered until they are 26 years old.  This is your health insurance.  NALC owns their Health Benefit Plan.  Open Season is November 12 – December 10th.   It is also open season for Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and dependent care.  (2) COLCPE – Thank you to those who have been contributing.  You need to go back to your stations and encourage others to contribute.  $5.00 per pay period is not much.  It is for you and your job.  (3) Installation Banquet – The food had been ordered.  We need to set up tables after the meeting.  The Banquet is Saturday at 7:00 P.M. here at the Union Hall. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Calendars – The calendars are in.  See Craig as soon as the meeting is over.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) APWU – APWU looking for another meeting place and are interested in renting our building once a month.  They are now using the Carpenters Hall and paying $200.00 per month.  There was discussion about much to charge them and whether or not it would interfere with Mr. Flores’ church meetings.  Need to know if they will need access to a copier or other office equipment.  We need more information before making a decision.  

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Election Results – Brother D. Sieler reported that there were 27 ballots cast in the Trustee Election.  The three nominees with the most votes were: Tommy Chrestman; Tommy Magallanes and Michael Links. (2) Houston Spring School – Fernando has made room reservations.  Round trip on SW Airlines is $378.00   Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (5) Gift Card Give Away – Teddy Magallanes’ name was drawn for the November Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – B. Bowerman won for November.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


 – OCTOBER 18, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Nairn. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  E. Odle moved to add J. Ramirez, Jr., to the attendance list for the September Union Meeting. Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the October 11, 2012, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  P. Majors’ name was added to the steward meeting due to illness.  C. Rabby moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Thank Card and Letter – The Branch received a thank you card from the family of Mrs. Juanel Brazell, wife of Brother Clyde Brazell, for a memorial to the American Cancer Society.  We also received a letter from the American Cancer Society thanking the Branch for the Memorial. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Marcos Concepcion Gutierrez, Levelland Post Office.  E. Odle moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – Vote!  E. Odle reported that the Political Liaisons will be going to D. C. sometime in March or May.  (2)  State Convention – The 2013 Texas State Convention is in Waco, Texas, June 26-28, 2013.  The COP Meeting is January 12, 2013.  The rooms will be $119.00.  Eddie will need a list of the Delegates.  (3)  Installation Banquet Committee – B. Froemel called six different places that cater.  E. Odle moved to use Bigham’s Smokehouse and order 50 to 60 plates at $10.95 + tax per plate.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  J. Burton moved to spend up to $200.00 on decorations for the banquet.  Motion seconded by C. Rabby.  Motion passed.  (4)  Christmas Party Committee – The Committee met this week.  No money was budgeted for a Christmas Party.  The Committee recommended having a Pot Luck Party with a few decorations and some small gift bags or stockings for the kids.  Because so few members present expressed an interest in having a Christmas Party this year, plus the cost of the Installation Banquet, the Chair ruled we would not have a Christmas Party.  (5)  Election Committee – The Election will be November 15, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.  The voting will stop at 7:00 P.M. and the November Meeting will be called to order.  P. Polk and J. Burton will work the election, unless their name is on the ballot.  We need someone else to volunteer.  It is on a Yellow Day.  D. Sieler volunteered.  (6) HBR – Early voting starts Monday.  That said, Open Season for the NALC Health Benefit Plan is November 10 through December 12, 2012.  We have 177 active members in our Branch.  Out of those, only 44 are in the NALC Health Benefit Plan.  There are 87 Retirees in the plan.  Maybe they know something you do not.  You need to compare benefits and premiums.  If you are interested in Dental and Vision Benefits, you can check that out on Benefeds.com. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – Turn in your orders and money tonight.  Craig doesn’t have Downtown, yet.  M. Links has it ready.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Route Count Schedule – They will be counting routes April 6 through May 17, 2012.  We will try to have a count school before April.  Downtown and Freedom Stations are not counting.  (2)  Checks – C. Cooley had to order new checks.  We were getting low and do not want to run out.  E. Odle moved to pay $87.75 for new checks.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.  (3) Nomination of 2013-2014 Officers and Delegates to 2013 Texas State Convention: President, Mitch Terral; Vice President, Juan Baca; Recording Secretary, Penny Polk; Financial Secretary, Fernando Small; Treasurer, Craig Cooley; Editor, Juan J. Ramirez, Jr.; Sgt at Arms, Troy Robles.  These officers were elected by acclamation. Nominations for HBR: Fernando Small, Mitch Terral and Eddie Odle. Mitch Terral declined the nomination.  Eddie Odle does not qualify.  Fernando Small was elected HBR by acclamation. Board of Trustees (3):  Tommy Chrestman; Tommy Magallanes; Ed Leaney; Michael Links; Jeff Burton; Joseph Davila. The Chair ruled Joseph Davila does not qualify to run for office. There will be an election for the Board of Trustees on Thursday, November 15, 2012, before the Branch Meeting.  Delegates to the 2013 Texas State Convention were elected by acclamation.  The Delegates are:  Eddie Odle; Mitch Terral; Tommy Ray Magallanes; Juan Baca; Andy Rodriguez; Edward Leaney; Bill Froemel; Fernando Small; Michael Links; Alvin Williams; Jeff Burton; S. Craig Cooley; Tommy Chrestman; Juan J. Ramirez, Jr.; Penny Polk; Troy Robles; and Howard Steffens. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast will be Saturday, October 27, 2012.  This will be the last Retiree Breakfast for this year.  There will not be a breakfast in November or December. (2) My Dog Don’t Bite Band – “Boots” Tidwell is still looking for a fiddle player.  If you can play the violin, Boots can teach you to play the fiddle.  The Branch will invite the band to play at the Installation Banquet.  (3) New Postmaster – We have a new Postmaster, Mr. Tim Fitzgerald. (4)  Rural v City – The last we heard they are still at the NBA level in Houston.  They have to meet on Lubbock issues.  We didn’t get any of them back. Don’t know how long it will take.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  Motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (6) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (7) Gift Card Give Away – Robby Mitchell’s name was drawn for the October Gift Card Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Robles won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


– SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by D. Quattlebaum. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small, J. Ramirez, Jr., and C. Cooley.  C. Cooley and F. Small were added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness and a medical emergency.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a thank you card for expression of sympathy from Brother Roy Estrada and family, on the death of his wife, Bertha.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – Register to vote, if you are not registered. We will see if we can get some cards.  (2) Christmas Party Committee – No report.  (3)  Installation Banquet Committee – The chairman of the committee is B. Froemel.  Committee members are J. Ladd, P. Polk and T. Magallanes.  The Installation Banquet is Saturday, November 17, 2012. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Installation Banquet – The banquet is November 17, 2012.  We do not know, at this time, who will be installing our officers.  We wrote President Rolando inviting him to the banquet and to install our officers.  We asked that he appoint someone, if he is not available.  We are on the list for consideration, but, assignments for November will not be made until October.  (2)  Nomination of Officers and Delegates to the 2013 Texas State Convention.  Nomination of Officers and Delegates will be in October.  The election will be at the union hall before the November meeting.  (3)  Contract Negotiations – There is no news.  (4)  City vs. Rural – E. Odle has finished with the paperwork on City v. Rural.  It was the recommendation of the Executive Board to pay E. Odle $1120.00 for the work he has done on City & Rural.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) COP Meeting – The Committee of Presidents Meeting is in Las Vegas in October.  It is the recommendation of the Executive Board to pay expenses and registration for M. Terral and J. Baca to attend the COP Meeting in October.  E. Odle so moved.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.  (2) Letter Carrier Worker Compensation Legal Services – While at National, E. Odle spoke with members of Shapiro & Associates, Attorneys.  They do Worker Compensation; specializing in knee and hip arthritis claims. Eddie has information handouts.  (3)  Printing and Postage Expense – E. Odle incurred $43.78 in printing and postage expense while working on City v. Rural.  T. Chrestman moved to reimburse E. Odle for these expenses.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  (4)  Fall School – Three members are going to the Fall School: J. Burton, M. Links and E. Odle.  T. Chrestman moved to pay expenses for these members to go to the Fall School in October.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (5)  Article 12 – We received Article 12 letters dated August 27, 2012.  Level 6 and below positions will be held under Article 12.  There are eight excess full time Level 6 clerks and all residual Level 6 positions will be held.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night next Thursday, September 27, 2012.  (2)  COLCPE – You should be contributing to COLCPE.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum. Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5)  September Gift Card Give Away – No one claimed the Gift Card this month. (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Joseph Davila won for September.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:31 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


– AUGUST 16, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton.  Members added to the attendance list for tonight were:  J. Burton, E. Odle and H. Steffens; all due to health concerns. M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  C. Rabby moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded B. Froemel.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Card – We received a card from Sister Karen Goad thanking the Branch for the donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of her brother, Steve Goad. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – Fernando thanked the members of the NALC HBP for choosing NALC Insurance. You will soon be receiving a letter notifying you of a premium rebate because of the Affordable Care Act.  If you want to know more about the Affordable Care Act, there is a book available, Health Care Reform Book.  It may be purchased on line for $8.00 or at Barnes & Noble for $18.00.  (2)  Political – No report. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Answering Machine – The answering machine on the phone system has not worked for a while.  Fernando bought an answering machine for $19.00 plus tax.  E. Leaney moved to reimburse F. Small for the cost of the answering machine.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  (2)  Installation Banquet – We wrote President Rolando asking that he appoint someone to install our officers, if he could not.  We haven’t heard anything at this time. (3)  October School – The Fall School is October 6-8, 2012, in Irving, Texas. If you are going, Fernando needs to know tonight.  (4)  Air Line Tickets – The Branch will no longer purchase air line tickets for travel to Schools and Conventions.  The Branch will reimburse a reasonable amount for your travel, but, the ticket will no longer be purchased through the branch.  You will have to purchase air line tickets yourself.  (5) Committee of Presidents Meeting – There is a COP Meeting in October.  M. Links moved to pay Mitch Terral travel and per diem to attend the October COP Meeting in Las Vegas, if he chooses to go.  Motion seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried.  (6)  Receipts – If you went to the National Convention, Craig needs your hotel receipt this week.  (7) Ink Cartridge – E. Odle turned in a receipt for ink cartridge in the amount of $55.87.  B. Froemel moved to reimburse Eddie for the ink cartridge.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion passed.  (8)  City v Rural – There will be a meeting in National on City v Rural.  E. Odle is getting everything ready for that.  He is working on Freedom and Midwest. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Former Carriers – Don Seiler mentioned two former Lubbock carriers who have passed away:  Eugene “Gene” Dobkins of Edmond, Oklahoma, July 30, 2012; and Debbie Jean Hoelscher of Pilot Point, Texas, June 25, 2012.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (3) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) COLCPE – Many here tonight are contributing faithfully into COLCPE.  Fernando encouraged those who are contributing to talk to other carriers and encourage them to start contributing.  There is a video about the Strike of 1970 on the National Web Site.  (Go to http://nalc.org/news/conv/minneapolis2012.html then click on “Strike at 40” under Convention video highlights.)  (5) Gift Card Give Away – Ann D. Majors won the August Give Away.  She won a Gift Card from Applebee’s.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Mitch Terral won for August.    

Meeting was adjourned at 7:37 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


 – JULY 19, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except J. Burton.  H. Steffens was added to the attendance list for tonight for medical reasons.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by C. Rabby.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is nothing to report.  (2)  Political – Nothing to report at this time.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Plainview Grievances – T. Magallanes moved to pay E. Odle $425.00 for handling Plainview grievances.  Motion Seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried. (2) Delegate Checks – C. Cooley will hand out delegate checks immediately after the meeting.  You will sign that you received your check.  By signing, you are also saying you will turn in your hotel receipt.  You will sign again when you do turn in your hotel receipt.  You need to get your delegate card, too.

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was brought to the floor.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez. The motion carried.  (2)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (3)  Audit of Books – T. Chrestman reported that they did audit the books last week.  They are in fine shape.  (4)  Rural v City – C. Rabby asked about the status.  M. Terral outlined what has happened and reported that E. Odle is presently working on it.  (5) Retirees – If you joined the union in 1961 or 1962, please contact P. Polk and let her know the month and year you joined.  It is time to order 50 year pins.  (6) National Convention – F. Small announced that everyone should have their paperwork in regard to the airline and hotel.  He discussed airline policies and shuttle and hotel reservations. (7) Gift Card Give Away – Mike Peeples’ name was drawn for the July Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card. (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Chrestman won for July.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


– JUNE 21, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:06 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Johns, Jr.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton and C. Cooley.  E. Odle moved to add H. Steffens and C. Cooley to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by M. Links. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the June Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle moved to add T. Robles to the Executive Board Meeting list.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2012, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no official communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

SECRETARY’S REPORT:  As of Pay Period 11, Branch 2589 has 29 Associate Members.  We have 163 regular carriers, 1 PTR, 6 PTF’s, 3 TE’s and 7 other craft members for a total of 180 Active Members.  We have 110 regular retired carriers; 16 Life Members; 1 retired PTF; 1 Retired Life Member Clerk; and 9 retired other craft members, for a total of 137 retired members.  Total membership is 346 members.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – The NALC Health Benefit Plan offers many different services you may not be aware of.  One of the services under the big umbrella of the NALC HBP is OptumHealth.  There are many other services offered to you, as members. Fernando will post some of these services on the web site and in the next Newsletter.  (2)  Political – There is nothing to report at this time.  (3) Rural vs. City – E. Odle gave an update on Rural vs. City.  Eddie gave handouts to the Stewards so they can update territory. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet will be Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 7:00 P.M.  (2)  Christmas Party – The Executive Board discussed having a Branch Christmas Party this year.  Some different ideas were discussed and the Board decided to bring this before the membership.  One idea was to have a party just for adults.  The Branch would furnish finger foods and soft drinks.  Maybe get a DJ.  Have a nice party with friends, food, some adult beverage and maybe dance.  Most of the membership present liked this idea.  Some thought more members might turn out for an adult party instead of one geared toward children.  M. Terral appointed a Christmas Party Committee.  The party will be Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the union hall. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) National Convention – We have 15 people traveling to the convention.  Thirteen people will be using shuttle services between the airport and the hotel.  Fernando found that using a combination of Exclusive Van and Execu-Car will be less expensive per person than the $24.00 per person round trip using the Super-Shuttle.  He will book the transportation.  (2) MDA Telethon – We will get information about the Labor Day Telethon and announce it later.  (3)  Fourth on Broadway Parade – If you want to march with APWU in the Fourth on Broadway Parade, they will meet on 6th Street across from the DPS office at 8:30 A. M., July 4th. (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (6) Gift Card Give Away – Elmer Wilson’s name was drawn for the June Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – E. Leaney won for June.  

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


 – MAY 17, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:04 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 J. J. Ramirez, Jr., T. Magallanes and J. Burton.  W. Jumper moved to add E. Odle and T. Magallanes to the attendance list for tonight, due to medical reasons.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Children’s Home of Lubbock – We received a letter thanking the Branch for our contribution in Memory of Betty Snodgrass.  (2)  From the Family of Betty Snodgrass – We received a Thank you note for expression of sympathy from Brother Gene Snodgrass and family.  (3) From the Family of Judy Turner Stanley – A Thank you note for expression of sympathy from Brother Tracy Turner and wife, Laura.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – (a) During Open Season we signed up 784 new members nationwide.  (b) There will be a workshop at National.  If you would like to attend, let Fernando know.  He will get your name on the list. (c)  From the Health Benefits Report:  Now that it is summer, keep an eye out for ticks.  And, use antibiotics properly.  They do no good for colds or the flu. (2)  Food Drive – Preliminary reports for the Food Drive: 38,360 pounds for Lubbock; 1,600 for Plainview; no report from Levelland at this time.  (3)  Convention – Delegates who made airline reservations for your significant other will need to give Fernando a check for $533.80 tonight.  Fernando needs the names of everyone flying as it appears on your Driver’s License and your date of birth.  If Fernando made your room reservation, you need to get your confirmation number tonight.  You cannot call the hotel to make changes until June. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Overtime – Discussed overtime and use of the OTDL.  So far this year, monitory awards for grievances paid to Louisville Annex, Singer and Sunset have totaled $12,819.    

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Air conditioner – We had to call the guy to come out and fix the air conditioner again.  It was still leaking Freon. He replaced some piping so maybe it is fixed this time.  We haven’t received a bill from him, so far.  (2)  Computers – The computers in the Treasurer’s office and VP’s office are old and don’t work sometimes.  We want to purchase two computers not to exceed $400.00 each.  This came as a recommendation from the Executive Board.  E. Leaney so moved.  Motion seconded by T. Robles.  Motion carried.  (3) Payroll – C. Cooley talked to our accountants about doing our payroll and filing all reports.  The bid they put in won’t cost us anymore than what we are paying them now to do the taxes, reports and W2’s at the end of the year.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this bid and have the accountants do our payroll.  Motion seconded by H. Steffens.  After some discussion, the motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Annular Solar Eclipse – C. Cooley announced that the Astronomy Club will be set up at the Lubbock Lake Site Sunday night around 7:00 P.M.  They will have special filtered telescopes for viewing the eclipse.  Do not watch the eclipse without special equipment…it will blind you.  (2)  Fourth on Broadway – APWU called to invite us to march with them in the Fourth on Broadway Parade on July 4th.  If you are interested, talk to Mitch. (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5)  Work night – T. Chrestman announced a work night next Thursday May 24th right after work.  (6)  Convention Game Tickets – If you want tickets to the Twins/Indians game on Friday night after the National Convention, let Craig know tonight.   (7) Gift Card Give Away – Thomas H. Brosius’ name was drawn for the May Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim his Gift Card.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – D. Sieler won for May.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:42 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


– APRIL 19, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice President, Juan Baca, at 7:06 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton and M. Terral. E. Odle and C. Peterman were added to the attendance list for tonight due to medical reasons.  J. Baca read the attendance list for the April Executive Board and Steward meetings.  The meetings were held on Tuesday instead of Thursday.  Due to the short notice of the change, J. J. Ramirez, Jr., will be added to the Officer’s List.  T. Magallanes moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you for expression of sympathy from the family of Rachel Vasquez, Brother Juan Baca’s grandmother.  (2)  A memorial was sent to The Children’s Home of Lubbock in memory of Mrs. Betty Snodgrass, Brother Gene Snodgrass’ wife.  (3) Flowers were sent to Brother Tracy Turner of Floydada with sympathy on the loss of his sister. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have no applications for membership. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBP – There is nothing new to report.  (2) Political – The Officer and Steward Meetings were changed to Tuesday, April 10, 2012, so we could participate in the rally in front of Senator Cornyn’s office on Thursday.  We didn’t have a very good turn out.  Please call your Senators and let them know you are opposed to S1789 unless it is passed with Amendments 2043, 2034 and 2050 attached.  The best thing you can do to preserve your job is donate to COLCPE.  There is a new contest with cash prizes.  COLCPE does not care which party a candidate belongs to as long as they support us.  Money talks in Washington, DC.  (3) MDA – Nothing to report.  (4)  Food Drive – The Food Drive is Saturday, May 12.  Mitch Terral and Juan Baca are going to do the TV and radio spots. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Webmaster and Building Manager Pay – The Webmaster and Building Manager do not get any cost of living raises.  D. Villalobos moved to raise the Webmaster’s salary from $500.00 per year to $600.00 per year and that future pay of the Webmaster and the Building Manager will be subject to the percentage of the Sgt. at Arms in the By-Laws.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  After discussion, C. Coley moved to amend the Motion by striking the language about the future pay of the Webmaster and the Building Manager. D. Villalobos and E. Leaney accepted the amendment.  The Motion will now read “to raise the Webmaster’s salary from $500.00 per year to $600.00 per year.  Motion carried as amended.  (2)  Route Counts – We had a route count school at the Union Hall on March 29th.  Three stations were counted.  They canceled the Monterey Count after they counted Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.  You won’t have to worry about route counts if you carry your route the same way every day and do everything you are supposed to do every day.  Observe ALL safety regulations.  Copies of the M41 and M39 are available on line. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) National Convention – Delegates traveling with a non-member to the National Convention must have the money for the non-member’s airline ticket to Fernando by the May Union Meeting. That is next month. Any airline ticket purchased by the Branch for a non-member must be paid for by the May Union Meeting, or the ticket will be cancelled.   (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. H. Steffens moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (3) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) Gift Card Give Away – Emilio Perez’s name was drawn for the April Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card. (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Fernando Small won for April.   (6)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced that there will be a work night next Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:21 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


 – MARCH 15, 2012

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 M. Matthies.   The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except J. Burton and T. Magallanes.  J. Burton came in late. M. Terral read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  T. Magallanes was absent from both meetings due to an emergency at home.  E. Odle moved to add T. Magallanes to the March Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There were no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – F. Small reported new things going on.  A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a health questionnaire used to provide you with an evaluation of your health risks and quality of life and is a tool you can use to provide up-to-date information to your medical providers.  It can be completed on the website.  When you complete a HRA, one $20 office visit copayment per year will be waived for Self Only and two co-pays will be waived for Self and Family, if two family members complete the HRA.  If you carry your spouse as secondary, you have up to six months to file a claim.  We now have 100% coverage for delivery of a newborn when billed by an outpatient PPO facility.  PPO hospital is Covenant.  We will find out about UMC.  Right now we understand only UMC Children’s Hospital is PPO.  (2) MDA – There is no report. (3)  Political – E. Odle reported there was nothing on the web.  (4)  District Three Meeting – District Three Meeting and school will be in Childress, Texas, on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 9:00 A.M.  Ken Claxton will have a school.  (5) COP – The Committee of Presidents Meeting is in Chicago, Illinois.  E. Odle moved to pay expenses for Mitch Terral to attend.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Route Count School – There will be a Route Count School on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 PM here at the union hall.  Three stations are scheduled to count now, Monterey, Downtown and Freedom.  This is a six day route count and inspection and there is nothing “joint” about this count.  Everyone needs to come to this Route Count School.  They may count other stations later, but, we will not have another school.  (2)  Expenses – E. Odle has incurred expenses in the amount of $117.17 in dealing with Plainview.  H. Steffens moved to reimburse E. Odle for his expenses.  Motion seconded by B. Bowerman.  Motion carried.  (3)  National Convention – If you are taking your spouse or other non-member with you to the National Convention and you are flying, the money for the non-member ticket must be paid to Branch 2589 by the May 17, 2012, Union Meeting.  The Branch must pay the balance of the tickets by June 6, 2012.  If you have one of the first 15 reservations the cost is $533.80.  The cost is $577.80 after that.  If you don’t know which group you are in, see Fernando after the meeting.  Any ticket not paid for by the May 17 Union Meeting will be cancelled.  (4)  Building Key Log – C. Cooley read the key log list. If your name is on the list and you do not have a key, see Craig after the meeting.  (5)  Food Drive – We will participate in the Food Drive in May, but, we do not have a Food Drive Coordinator.  We need someone to volunteer.  (6)  SOP – We found the SOP for all Lubbock Stations at Monterey.  It reads SOP – All Lubbock City Carriers 79400.  A copy went out to all of the stations.  It should be posted by the time clock today.  Let Mitch know if it is not. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night next Thursday, March 22, 2012.  (2)  Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (4)  Gift Card Give Away – Wade Davis’ name was drawn for the March Give Away, but he did not come to the meeting to claim the Gift Card.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Ed Leaney won for March.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


--- FEBRUARY 16, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:07 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 E. Odle.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Invitation – The Branch received an invitation to a 50th Anniversary party for Brother Jim and Linda Edmondson.  (2)  Acknowledgment – A letter from Meals On Wheels thanking us for our contributions in memory of Santos Ascencion DeLaGarza, Brother Larry DeLaGarza’s mother, and for Alene Gibbs Howard, Brother Gary Howard’s mother. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E-Activist sent an e-mail from President Rolando this morning.  They have postponed the vote on HR 3813 until after the Presidents’ Day recess.  H.R. 3813 had been rolled into transportation bill H.R. 7, but it was announced that since H.R. 7 did not appear to have enough votes to pass, H.R. 3813 was going to come to the House floor for a vote on its own.  Call your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on HR 3813.  It is not good for the Postal Service or Letter Carriers, especially if you are under FERS.  You need to sign up for the e-Activist Network, so you will be informed when we need to take action.  Contribute to COLCPE if you want to keep your job and benefits.  (2)  HBP – There is nothing new to report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Spring School – The names of members attending the school in Houston were read.  We will rent cars when we arrive in Houston.  C. Cooley must have your hotel receipt or the money you received will be considered a loan and you will be required to pay it back.  (2)  National Convention – F. Small read the list of delegates who are flying to the National Convention, and those driving.  We fly in a day early in order to get the package deal on the flight. You will have to pay the hotel room for the first night out of pocket. If you are taking someone with you and you are flying, we need the additional money between now and June 6, 2012.  Fernando also needs all personal information by that time in order to secure the airline tickets. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Back door – The back door has a leaver type handle and we have problems with it.  It is loose again.  We discussed options.  T. Chrestman moved to have Lubbock Lock & Key come look at it and fix it using a round knob or thumb latch.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.  (2)  Scanning Packages – Carriers are going to be required to scan packages to their routes in the mornings.  Make sure you make all of your scans.  (3)  Return times – There is no established policy.  If your boss tells you to call if you are not going to be back by 5:30 P.M., then do so. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – You should be contributing.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night on Thursday, February 23, 2012.  (5)  Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast will be Saturday, February 25, 2012.  There will also be one on March 31, 2012.  (6) Gift Card Give Away – Willi Hervey’s name was drawn for February, but she did not come to the meeting to claim the prize.  Check your Newsletter to see if your name is drawn next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Peterman won for February.     

Meeting was adjourned at 7:59 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JANUARY 19, 2012

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by D. Quattlebaum. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton.  J. Ladd moved to add E. Odle to the attendance list for tonight due to a family member being in the hospital.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the January Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  The Executive Board and Steward Meetings were changed to Wednesday, January 11, 2011.  D. Quattlebaum moved to add T. Magallanes to the Executive Board Attendance List and to add T. Magallanes, H. Steffens and A. Williams to the Steward Attendance List due to the meetings being changed to Wednesday night.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried. T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the January, 2012, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  M. Terral announced that Lou DeLeon resigned as Vice President and Steward for Singer Station.  Jesse Johns, Jr., resigned as Steward for Sunset Station.  J. Baca has been appointed Vice President and Steward for Singer and Sunset Stations.  P. Major is now Steward at Louisville (Midwest) Station. 

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Since the November Meeting, the Branch received Christmas cards from National, Region 10 NBA’s Office and J. E. Murfee & Sons Insurance.  (2)  Letter from Lubbock Meals on Wheels thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Brother David E. Koerner.  (3)  Letter from MCC Foundation at McLennan Community College thanking the Branch for our donation in memory of Gloria Jean Crews, Brother Charles Peterman’s Mother-in-Law.  C. Peterman relayed Amy’s appreciation for the donation and said she wanted to thank everyone. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – For those of you who are taking Lipitor, there is now a generic that cost $12.00.  If you have not received your new ID card, contact Fernando.  If you are having problems with a new card, we will contact National.  (2) MDA – There is nothing to report.  (3) Political – Eddie is not here, but, Mitch reported that we need to stay on top of the bill extending unemployment benefits, payroll tax cuts, etc.  The original bill eliminated the FERS social security supplement retirees receive, if you retire before you are eligible to draw social security.  It is not in the two month extension the House and Senate passed on December 23, 2011.  We need to make sure it does not get into the final legislation.  Fernando said all active carriers need be in the Thrift Savings Plan.  Also, you need to be contributing to COLCPE; if you do not want to see your benefits disappear.  Mitch said you are throwing away money if you are not at least contributing the matching amount.  You can’t afford not to be in the Thrift Savings Plan.  (4)  Secretary’s Report – P. Polk reported that as of Pay Period 26, 2011, we had 29 Associate Members; 165 regular carriers, 1 PTR, 7 PTF’s, 4 TE’s and 7 members in other crafts for a total of 184 Active Members; 109 retired regular carriers, 16 Life Members (50 years), 1 retired PTF and 10 retirees in other crafts for a total of 136 Retired Members; Total Membership is 349. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Medical Notes – We have printed out some of the medical notes to be used as doctor excuses.  Take it to the doctor.  It is easy to fill out.  He only has to check the appropriate box and sign it.  It has all of the information and the language they are requiring for a doctor’s excuse.  (2)  Election – At the end of the last meeting there was a tie between H. Steffens and C. Peterman for the last delegate slot.  The next day, H. Steffens volunteered to be below C. Peterman, because he doesn’t think he can go. There will not be a runoff.  (3)  Spring School and National Convention – Fernando reported Southwest Airlines has joined the others; you can no longer transfer a ticket you don’t use.  You do have up to one year to use the ticket.  The Branch will purchase your ticket to Houston for the Spring School, if you want.  But, every delegate to the National Convention is responsible for their own airline ticket to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The earlier you purchase your ticket the better.  The Branch cannot issue checks for travel until 45 days before the Convention.  We are paying $450.00 for travel to Minneapolis.  If you wait until the week before to book your flight and have to pay $600.00, you will only receive $450.00. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Guest Speaker – Tara Garza’s husband, Epi Garza, is the guest speaker tonight.  He is running against Senator Duncan for State Senator in District 28.  (2)  Food Drive Coordinator – We need a Food Drive Coordinator this year.  C. Peterman does not want to be the Coordinator this year.  (3) Gift Cards – In the Executive Board Meeting, J. Ramirez, Jr., had an idea to give away gift cards instead of continuing to do the Membership Drawing.  Juan would randomly select a name from the Membership and put a “claim prize” slip in that member’s newsletter.  They will have to attend the next Union Meeting to claim the gift card.  T. Chrestman moved to purchase $100.00 worth of $20.00 gift cards to be used for the drawing.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  After tonight, we will no longer have a Membership Drawing at the meeting. (4)  Audit – T. Chrestman reported the Trustees did audit the books and they are in fine shape.  (5) 2012 Budget – C. Cooley presented the proposed 2012 Budget to the membership.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the Budget.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night after work next Thursday, January 26. (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) $70.00 Membership Drawing – Frankie Valderaz’s name was drawn for January, but he was not present to win.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Daniel Ramirez won for January.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


NOVEMBER 17, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton.  J. Baca and J. Johns, Jr., were added to the attendance list tonight due to illnesses.   M. Terral read the attendance list for the November Executive Board and Steward meetings.  M. Links moved to add C. Peterman to the Steward Attendance List.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the November, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you for Expression of Sympathy from the Family of Brother Jimmy Holmes.  (2) Order Form from “Mail Call” for Christmas Thank You Postcards.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no Applications for Membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – Open Season is November 14 through December 12, 2011.  This Open Season is for all Federal Employees regardless of the insurance you now have.   NALC HBP premium for Self is $54.04; up $2.48.  Self and Family is $105.16; up $4.59.  Retiree premium for Self is $161.78; up $1.14. Family is $327.60; up $0.28. The Self Only premium for Transitional Employees (TE) is $260.42 and the Self and Family premium for Transitional Employees (TE) is $565.55. As of January 1, 2012, you will be able to get one month prescriptions filled at Walgreens.  You can still get one, two or three month prescriptions filled at CVS or through mail order.  If you have any questions, call Fernando at 806.239.6560.  (2) Political – The drive for signatures on petitions to save Saturday delivery has been extended two more weeks.  (3) MDA – Nothing to report tonight. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Inspection – We passed the City of Lubbock Water Quality Inspection.  (2) Plainview – E. Odle is doing Formal A grievances for Plainview now. T. Magallanes moved to pay E. Odle regular steward pay for doing the Formal A grievances for Plainview.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (3)  Officer & Steward Pay – C. Cooley read the names of officers and stewards qualified to draw pay. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Election Results – W. Jumper made the election report.  We are allowed sixteen delegates to the 2012 National Convention.  Mitch Terral, Guadalupe DeLeon, Penny Polk and Craig Cooley are delegates by virtue of their office.  Twenty five ballots were cast.  The following members were elected as delegates:  Juan Baca, Tommy Chrestman, William Froemel, Jesse Johns, Jr., Jeremy Ladd, Michael Links, Tommy Magallanes, Eddie Odle, Juan Ramirez, Jr., Troy Robles, and Fernando Small.  There was a tie between Charles Peterman and Howard Steffens.  (2)  Printer Cartridge – E. Odle purchased a printer ink cartridge.  J. Rivere moved to reimburse E. Odle for the cost of the ink cartridge.  Motion seconded by D. Sieler.  Motion carried. (3) COLCPE – F. Small talked about COLCPE and how important is for everyone to be contributing to COLCPE.  (4)  Veterans – D. Sieler talked about Veterans being honored on Veteran’s Day.  He mentioned Brother David Koerner who recently passed away, and, Brother Joe (Poppa Joe) Parham, who is also deceased.  Don also mentioned Doris Parham, Brother Parham’s widow, who also passed away a few weeks ago.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (7) $60.00 Membership Drawing – Billy Greaves’ name was drawn for November, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $70.00 in January. (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Williams won for November.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:41 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


OCTOBER 20, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr., E. Odle and J. Burton.  J. Burton had called to say he would be late due to an emergency at home.  H. Steffens moved to add J. Ramirez, Jr., E. Odle and J. Burton to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried.  M. Links moved to add J. Baca to the September attendance list due to a death in his family.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  We will also check to see if Lou DeLeon was added last month.  He was on military duty. M. Terral read the attendance list for the October Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Magallanes moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a Thank You note for expression of sympathy from Sister Ana San Miguel and Family on the death of her father, Armando “Slim” Garcia.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) MDA – No report.  (2) HBR – Fernando just returned from the Health Benefits Seminar, but, has not received his information materials at this time.  There is a slight increase in premiums, but, not as much as other companies.  Open Season is coming up, November 14 through December 12, 2011.  There will be booklets available, Personal Health Records, for you to keep all your health information at hand.  You can get one for each family member.  Children under 26 years of age are covered on your policy, even if they are married.  They added Walgreens for prescription drugs.  You still need to use CVS for a 90 day supply of medication.  Flu shots are free at the pharmacy.  There is now a program for smokers who want to quit.  Fernando will attend the Retiree Breakfast with information about NALC HBP and Medicare.  (3) Political – Representative Issa’s Bill, HR 2309, is not expected to pass.  HR 1351 has enough support to pass, but, probably can’t get it out of Committee without a Discharge Petition because Representative Issa is Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and he does not support it.  The new thing now is to save Saturday delivery.  There is a Petition to Save Saturday Delivery on NALC.org.  Print the petition and get your family, neighbors and friends to sign it.  Deadline is November 13th

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Calendars – C. Cooley announced that he needs all calendar orders and money tonight.  He has a receipt for the money you turned in.   

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Letter Carrier Resource Guide – You should be getting one in the mail. (2)  Route Counts – They will count Sunset and Midwest.  The dry run is Friday and the count starts Saturday.    (3)  Tables and Chairs – If you borrow tables or chairs, you need to sign out for them through Roy Estrada.  Have him meet you here.  We have some missing.  If you borrowed them, please return them.  (4) Receipts – If you went to Vegas or Albuquerque, Craig needs your receipts, now.  (5)  Law Firm – There is a law firm from out of town that specializes in Federal Employee OWCP and Retirement Disability cases.  We have some of their cards and information in the front room.  We are not endorsing them, just letting you know. (6)  Mutual Benefits Association – Mitch went to the Training Seminar in Las Vegas. There will be some information in the Newsletter.   They have a great Annuity Program.  

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night on Thursday, October 27th.  Need to finish up ceiling tile. M. Matthies has been working on uniforms.  We still need to straighten up the uniform area.  (2) USPS Federal Credit Union – We have a USPS Credit Union.  Fernando talked with the representative at the Albuquerque School. If you want more information, contact Fernando.  (3) Nomination of Delegates to the 2012 National Convention – The following members were nominated:  Penny Polk; Bill Froemel; Eddie Odle; Michael Links; Mitch Terral; Juan Baca; Don Sieler; Howard J. Steffens; Jesse Johns, Jr.; Troy J. Robles; Jeremy Ladd; Fernando Small; Tommy Chrestman; Alvin Williams; S. Craig Cooley; Tommy Ray Magallanes; Charles Peterman; Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., Guadalupe (Lou) DeLeon; Edward Leaney; and Andy Rodriguez.  This is a total of 21 nominees.  Our By Laws state that the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are Delegates by virtue of their office, so their names will not appear on the ballot.  Right now, we are allowed 16 delegates, so we will be voting for 12 additional delegates on Thursday, November 17, 2011, from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Union Hall, 1101 – 31st, Lubbock, Texas.  Results will be announced at the November 17th meeting.  (4) COLCPE – Everyone needs to donate to COLCPE.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (7)  HBR Seminar – B. Froemel moved to pay M. Terral and F. Small expenses by per diem for attending the HBR Seminar. Motion seconded by B. Jordan.  Motion carried.  (8) $50 Membership Drawing – Ken Quigley’s name was drawn for October, but he was not present to win. This drawing will be for $60.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – D. Sieler won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by B. Jordan.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Robles and L. DeLeon.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  E. Odle moved to add T. Robles, L. DeLeon and C. Peterman to the attendance list for tonight; add L. DeLeon to the Executive Board Meeting attendance list and L. DeLeon and C. Peterman to the Steward Meeting attendance list.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.  The Membership watched two videos concerning the future of the USPS and NALC.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  No Communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  No applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – Nothing new to report.  (2)  MDA – Nothing new to report.  (3) Political Liaison – E. Odle deferred to M. Terral for the political update.  National has set up a meeting at Representative Randy Neugebauer’s office on September 27, 2011, from 4:00 – 5:30 P.M.  This is a nation wide effort at every House of Representative’s office to get them on board to support HR 1351.  We are working with APWU to coordinate the meeting with Representative Neugebauer.  The media will be there and there will be signs.  Notice will go out to all stations.  Petitions will be handed out tonight.  We need to get as many signatures as possible on the petitions asking Representative Neugebauer to support HR 1351.  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Grievances – Discussed appealing grievances to Formal Step A.  (2)  Calendars – Orders and money for Color Coded Calendars must be turned in at the October Meeting.  (3)  Letterhead and Envelopes – A motion was made last month to have E. Odle order 1000 each letterhead and envelopes from the union printer in Oklahoma.  They are in and the cost was $505.03. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Warrants – We are running low on Warrants.  E. Odle moved to order 1000 three part Warrants from the same printer.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.  (2)  Election Notice – The Election Notice was printed in the newsletter and should be posted at the stations.  Nominations for Delegates to the 2012 National Convention will be taken at the October Meeting with the election in November.  If you want to be a Delegate, either be here next month or have someone put your name on the nomination list.  The convention is in Minneapolis, MN, July 23-27, 2012. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – Fernando gave a talk on COLCPE.  You are getting a $978 COLA on September 30th and you should be contributing to COLCPE.  (2)  Fall School – Fernando needs to know if you are going and if you are going to fly or drive.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is also published in the Newsletter.   (5) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night next Thursday, September 22, after work.  We need to finish the ceiling tile, clean out store rooms and go through uniforms. (6) $40.00 Membership Drawing – Joe E. Newton’s name was drawn for September, but, he was not present to win.  The Membership Drawing will be for $50.00 next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Chrestman won for September.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:48 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


AUGUST 18, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 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.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  E. Leaney moved to add J. Burton to the Executive Board Attendance List and M. Links to the Steward Attendance List.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2011, Newsletter. Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is no report.  (2)  MDA – Nothing to report.  T. Chrestman moved to donate $500.00 to MDA.  Motion seconded by D. Sieler.  Motion carried. (3) Political – E. Odle reminded everyone to read your E-Activist and stay informed.  You may have heard the Postal Service is trying to get around collective bargaining, lay off workers and get out of FEHBP.  Call your Representative and tell him or her to oppose the Postal Service's proposals to downsize its workforce through layoffs, to gut employees' health and pension benefits or reduce our bargaining rights without negotiations. Tell your Representative to support HR 1351 and to co-sponsor HR 1351.  A short, hand written letter is even better.  One letter is worth 15 phone calls or e-mails.  We watched a clip, “Rights of U.S. Postal Workers Under Attack,” from MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.”  The clip tells the truth about the USPS finances. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) TV Programming – After reviewing prices for Direct TV, we decided the service is too expensive for the time we would be watching.  Service costs more because we are considered a business. And, the basic packages don’t have sports channels.  We will hook up an antenna and see what we can pick up.  (2)  Air Conditioner – Last month a motion was made to spend up to $3,000.00 for a new compressor.  It only cost $1600.00 to replace the compressor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Envelopes and Letterhead – We are almost out of envelopes and getting low on Letterhead.  P. Polk moved that E. Odle purchase 1000 envelopes and letterhead from the union printer in Oklahoma.  Motion seconded by J. Nesmith.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced that there will be a work night on August 25, after work.  There is a lot to do.  (2)  Color Coded Calendars – Calendar orders are to be turned in at the September meeting.  Craig made order forms for the stewards at each station.  It will help a lot if the stewards deposit the money they collect and give Craig a check made out to the Branch.  A money order would work, too.  Calendars will be paid for up front.  No exceptions.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the August Newsletter.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (5) $30.00 Membership Drawing – Danny J. Serrano’s name was drawn for August, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $40.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Ladd won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:48 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted,

Recording Secretary


JULY 21, 2011 

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. Narin. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small, J. Burton and T. Magallanes, who were all added to the attendance list tonight due to illness.  M. Links moved to add H. Steffens to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by E. Odle. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the July 14, 2011, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have an application for membership:  Lester Earl Williams.  E. Odle moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is no report at this time.  (2) MDA – J. Ladd doesn’t have anything new to report.  (3)  Political – E. Odle reported that the biggest thing going on at this time is the debt ceiling.  (4)  Audit – T. Chrestman reported that the Trustees did audit the books and they are fine. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) TV – Mitch reported that he checked to see if U-verse was available in our area.  It is not. F. Small will get in touch with AT&T about getting the TV hooked up.  It will still be with a Union company and we can bundle the service.  E. Odle moved that we give E. Leaney his $5.00 back.  E. Leaney indicated he did not want his $5.00 back.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried. (2) Secretary/Editor Office Computer – The computer in that office completely quit. Fernando bought a new computer with his own money.  E. Odle moved to reimburse F. Small $368.03 for the computer.  Motion seconded by M. Links.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Travel – M. Terral had to go to Muleshoe.  E. Odle moved to pay Mitch mileage for a round trip to Muleshoe.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried. (2) L/M Meeting – M. Terral reported on the Labor/Management Meeting this week.  It should be posted at the stations tomorrow.  (a) Service, Safety and Customer Connect talks will not be given over the PA.  It is OK to give two minute drills over the PA.  (b) Management at Monterey is sending carriers text messages.  This will stop.  Management is not to text carriers.  (c)  The church by Freedom Station put open barrels of oil outside. It smells horrible in the parking lot. Anthony will contact the church about putting lids on them or getting rid of them.  (d)  Last week, a carrier at Downtown Station stepped on a used hypodermic needle.  It did not stick him, but, easily could have.  What is the procedure if this should happen or if you see a hypodermic needle on the ground?  Ty Howard will send out protocol for this and we will have safety talks on the issue.  (3) JARAP – Downtown has been adjusted.  Freedom is next.  Littlefield is done.  Muleshoe is done.  Abernathy and Morton were pulled.  (4)  Windshield Shades – L. DeLeon reported that Sonia said they really needed windshield shades for military vehicles in Kuwait.  The Executive board recommended that we purchase windshield shades and send them to Kuwait.  E. Odle moved to purchase 10 windshield shades and send them to Kuwait under the condition that Sonia gets one of them.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion Carried.  L. DeLeon will take care of it.  We will ask the Postmaster to pay the postage.  (5)  Air Conditioner – We replaced the air conditioner all except for the compressor.  The 2½ ton unit was replaced with a 3 ton unit that uses Puron. But, we still have the old 2½ ton compressor and it can’t keep up.  It was the recommendation of the Executive Board to get prices on a compressor.  E. Odle moved that we pay up to $3,000.00 on a new compressor.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – M. Terral gave the talk on COLCPE.  Everyone should be contributing to COLCPE.  E. Odle reminded the membership that we are set up make contributions to COLCPE on-line here at the Union Hall.  You need your pin number.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) $20.00 Membership Drawing – W. Jumper’s name was drawn for July, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $30.00 next month.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Ladd won for July.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JUNE 23, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by B. Jordan.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except L. DeLeon.  He is on Military Duty.  A. Williams had to work late tonight.  Last month E. Leaney and J. Baca missed due to medical reasons.  E. Odle moved to add L. DeLeon and A. Williams the attendance list for tonight and to add E. Leaney and J. Baca to the attendance list for the May 19, 2011, Union Meeting.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the June Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  J. Baca moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  No Communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  No applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – F. Small reported that you should have received, or soon will receive new ID Cards.  Please swap the new cards with the old one.  More information will be coming in the future.  (2)  Political – E. Odle reported there are now three bills out that concern the Postal Service.  The bill numbers are S1010 and HR1351.  Don’t have number for third one, yet.  We support HR1351.  You need to let your Representatives know.  You need to give to COLCPE.  E. Odle heard that Congressman Neugebauer will consider supporting HR1351.  E. Odle would like for some of us to go his office to talk with him or to call him and encourage him to support this bill.  F. Small also spoke on how important it is to donate to COLCPE.  (3) MDA – J. Ladd reported that MDA has not returned his phone calls.  Jeremy further reported that the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund is running short on funds because of the fires, tornadoes and floods across the country.  Jeremy suggested having a fund raiser for the PERF.  (4)  Convention Reports – P. Polk reported that the Auditing Committee found the books to be in order.  M. Terral announced that E. Leaney won a big drawing for a big screen TV.  He donated it to the Branch.  Brother Leaney received a round of applause.  We have other services with AT& T and will contact them to see about getting the TV hooked up.  F. Small gave the election report.  Mickey Morris was elected President with 8691 votes over Gary Mullins 5990 votes.  Vice President:  Brad Ramey 7461 votes; Ethel Ford 5037 votes;  Marian Ware 2074 votes.  Secretary:  Sharon Rucker 11,431; Sue Tarrant 2,886.  Treasurer:  Benny Lloyd elected by acclimation. Director of Retirees:  Hector Salinas elected by acclimation.   District 1 Board Member:  Nikki Johnson 3,051; Tina McGee 1,127; Irma Salinas 809.  District 2: John Bamford 2,670; Rita Wilder 1,283. District 3:  Edie Odle elected by acclimation. District 4:  Ron Eudy elected by acclimation. District 5: Jimmy Reyna elected by acclimation. District 6: Mike Lee elected by acclimation. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Political – Raymond Bullard will hold a meet and greet to share ideas and begin to plan for the future.  Open House will be held 7:00 P.M., July 8, 2011, Branch 132, 8451 Endicott Lane, Dallas, Texas.  (2)  Plainview – We will be meeting with Plainview Carriers off the clock on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.  Not sure what time. (3) Service Talk – If you heard a service talk about the Postal Service suspending payments to FERS, they are still matching your contributions.  They have a surplus, so they are suspending payment, temporarily.  If they would fix our prefunding, the Postal Service wouldn’t be broke.  There are no plans for five day delivery at this time.  If some of your co-workers are in favor of five day delivery because they think they will get Saturday off, they are wrong.  The off day will be Tuesday or Wednesday.  If we go to five day delivery, you won’t ever get another Saturday off. (4)  Air Conditioner – The front office air conditioner went out, again.  The Executive Board recommended replacing it as soon as possible, as it was an emergency situation.  T. Chrestman moved to purchase a new air conditioner and have it installed.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (5) Time Clock Moves – Management cannot move you or order you to move off of office time when you are having standup talks.  It is still your office time.  To move to 782, they have to actually be in a training session and have a docket number.  Do not move to 743 to do MNO’s.  That is an office function.  Some managers are not giving carriers time to do MNO’s until they have a lot of them and then they tell the carrier to move to 743, which is for working on labels and red book, only.  If management does not give you time to do MNO’s when you have requested time for a couple of days, ask for your shop steward.  (6) JARAP – We have the zones for JARAP – Presently – COR Adjustment at Sunset and Manual Adjustment at all zones Downtown.  Also, Muleshoe, Littlefield, Morton and Abernathy are having Manual Adjustments.  Next round upcoming – COR Adjustments at Singer and Freedom zones 12 and 23, and Manual Adjustments at Freedom zone 04.  No adjustments at Midwest and Monterey.  (7)  3996’s – We discussed filling out 3996’s.  List all reasons for going into overtime on your 3996.  It is an estimate.  Use your best judgment.  If you need to adjust with a PM 3996 when you return to the office, do so.  Just because Management tells you there is under time on your route, doesn’t mean there is.  If there is, give it to them.  If not, do not skip your breaks or lunch or neglect some of your duties to finish in the time they tell you. (8)  COLCPE – E. Odle gave an update on COLCPE.  Everything is set up to donate over the computer.  Eddie will help you do it.  You need your pin number.  (9)  Rap Session – E. Odle is going to the 2011 National Rap Session in Las Vegas in October.  J. Ladd moved to pay expenses for E. Odle to attend the Rap Session.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (2)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (3)  Cool Collars – J. Burton has cool collars for sale for $2.00 each. (4) $10.00 Membership Drawing – Cecil A. Armstrong’s name was drawn for June, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $20.00 next month.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Baca won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Penny Polk,


MAY 19, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Eddie Odle at 7:00 P.M.  E. Odle announced that M. Terral cannot attend the meeting tonight and L. DeLeon is on Military Duty.  T. Chrestman moved to have E. Odle preside over this meeting.  Motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez. There were no objections. Motion carried. The invocation was given by R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken. All officers were present except, L. DeLeon, J. Burton, M. Terral and T. Magallanes.  T. Chrestman moved to add L. DeLeon, M. Terral and T. Magallanes to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by D. Villalobos.  Motion carried.  B. Froemel moved to add J. Baca to the April 21, 2011, meeting due to medical reasons.  The motion was seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried. E. Odle read the attendance lists for the May Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  T. Chrestman moved to add L. DeLeon to both the Executive Board Meeting and Steward Meeting Lists because he is on Military Duty.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  J. Ladd moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Thank you for expression of sympathy and acknowledgment of donation to the Senior Citizens Center of Stanton, Texas, in memory of J. D. Edmonson, Brother Billy Edmonson’s brother.  (2)  Acknowledgment from the VFW National Home for Children in memory of Brother T. R. Dykes of Plainview.  (3)  JUNE UNION MEETING – The June Union Meeting has been moved to the fourth Thursday, June 23, 2011, because of the State Convention.  Delegate cards and checks will be handed out after tonight’s meeting. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – Fernando Small is the new Health Benefits Representative.  P. Polk will notify National.  (2) MDA – J. Ladd reported that we cannot have a skeet shoot.  MDA’s insurance will not cover that many people.  They may be able to help us get some rifles for a raffle.  We will look into getting SW Airline tickets to raffle.  (3) NALC Food Drive – C. Peterman said the Food Drive went great, even though we were down a little.  The last count was 55,000 pounds.  It probably has not all been counted.  C. Peterman will check with the SP Food Bank to see if they have any room to store the bags and other things associated with the Food Drive.  We don’t have the room here.  (4)  Political – E. Odle reported that we will be going to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  Three Congressmen have agreed to meet with them.  Eddie will look into setting up some letter writing campaigns. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Audit – E. Odle reported that there was only one word on his note in regard to the Texas Workforce Commission Audit…Perfect!  There was a round of applause for Craig Cooley.  (2)  COLCP – Computer Signup – E. Odle reported we were successful in signing up J. Ladd on the computer tonight.  If you want to sign up after the meeting, see Fernando Small.  (3)  JARAP – We are waiting to see which zones are chosen.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Freedom – Postal Inspectors are watching.  Be careful.  Do everything you are supposed to do the right way every day. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – C. Cooley read Brother Mickey Morris’ column on COLCPE.  J. Ladd also spoke on COLCPE and how important it is for everyone to contribute.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  B. Froemel moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  The Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (4) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (5)  Retiree Breakfast – Retiree Breakfast is Saturday, May 28, 2011.  Come early! (6)  Editor Items – If there are announcements or celebrations you want published in the Newsletter, let J. J. know.  If someone is retiring, let him know…get him a picture.  Or, if someone passes away, we will put a memorial in the Newsletter.  Just let J. J. know. (7) $130 Membership Drawing - Ismael Zorola’s name was drawn and he is present.  Congratulations!  This drawing will be for $10.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing - T. Chrestman won for May.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:32 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


APRIL 21, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:06 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 J. Ramirez, Jr., L. Deleon and J. Burton.  E. Odle moved to add C. Peterman to the attendance list for tonight due to a death in the family.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the April Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Letter – D. Sieler will be unable to attend the TSALC Convention in June.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) Political – E. Odle reported we will be going to Washington, D.C., May 24-26, 2011.  Eddie called Congressman Neugebauer’s office and was told right away that the Congressman would not meet with him.  Congressmen Conaway and Thornberry usually do.  When he called Congressman Conaway’s office, he was told the schedule has not been made.   (2) HBR – There is nothing new to report concerning the Health Benefits Plan.  E. Odle informed the membership that he would have to resign as HBR.  F. Small and J. Ladd are interested in being the Health Benefits Representative.  If anyone else is interested, let Mitch know.  He will appoint someone next month.  (3) MDA – J. Ladd has talked to the MDA Coordinator about doing a skeet shoot.  We also would like to raffle off a couple of rifles.  Jeremy will be check with some gun shops in Lubbock to see if anyone is interested in donating rifles.  Mitch reminded the membership that we also have some very old postal shirts to raffle off.  It would be nice if Jeremy could come to the next Executive Board Meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Plumber – T. Magallanes reported he sent Mitch the name of a union plumber.  We need a volunteer to call plumbers and get estimates.  (2)  Lock – D. Sieler observed the side door lock has been damaged.  T. Chrestman noticed it, also, and thinks we need to call Lubbock Lock & Key.  T. Magallanes moved to call Lubbock Lock & Key and get someone out here to look at it.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.   

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Audit – We are getting audited by the Texas Workforce Commission on May 10th at 9:30 A.M.  We believe it is probably a routine audit.  (2) JARAP – The new JARAP Agreement for 2011 does include a joint agreement stating that the work hour/work load report will be posted every day at every office for the day before.  It should be posted by the time clock or on the bulletin board.  You need to check your route everyday.  Details are on the website.  They will be using COR for adjustments.  They have changed how they look at 3999’s.  They have to take the one closest to the average time.  (3)  Auxiliary 1064 Dues – The Auxiliary has requested that we pay their State and National Dues, as we usually do.  The total is $117.00.  The Executive Board recommended that we do so.  T. Chrestman moved we pay the Auxiliary Dues.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.      

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night next Thursday, April 28th.  You can make up a meeting with two work nights.  (2)  Retiree Breakfast – D. Sieler announced the Retiree Breakfast on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  You might get to hear Burl Bowerman’s band play. (3) Retirement – If you are planning to retire soon, Mitch pointed out that it is currently taking between 8 and 9 months for OPM to finalize your paperwork.  You only draw partial retirement during that time.  If you retire under FERS before you are old enough to draw Social Security, you will also receive a Social Security Supplement, based on years of service, until you are eligible for Social Security.  But, you will not receive one cent of this supplement until OPM has finalized your retirement paperwork. (4)  COLCPE – F. Small reported that we need more people to donate to COLCPE.  We have retirees who are signing up.  They are donating money out of their retirement to protect your jobs.  COLCPE is job insurance.  You need to contribute.  What happened in Wisconsin can happen here.  E. Odle said there seems to be difficulty signing up for COLCPE online.  He will take care of that.  C. Cooley reported he didn’t have any trouble increasing his contribution using LiteBlue.  Craig also stated that he is now a lowly PTF and if he can increase his contribution, everyone else can afford to contribute. (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the April Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (6) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (7) $120.00 Membership Drawing – Michael C. LaVere’s name was drawn for April, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $130.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – G. Fisher won for April.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MARCH 17, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 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 J. Burton and T. Magallanes.  E. Odle moved to add J. Baca and T. Magallanes to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle moved to add T. Magallanes to the Executive Board Meeting List and to add M. Links and T. Magallanes to the Steward Meeting List.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  No communications were reported.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) MDA – M. Terral announced that J. Ladd has agreed to be the MDA Coordinator.  (2)  HBR – E. Odle reported that we had an increase of over 5,000 members to the NALC Health Benefit Plan during open season.  If you are having any problems, let Eddie know.  Most problems can be resolved with a three-way phone call.  (3)  Political Liaison – E. Odle reported that we will be going to Washington, D.C., May 24-26, 2011.  National wanted us there on Tuesday.  (4)  District Three Meeting – The District Three Meeting is Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Childress, Texas.  The class will be on unrest and turmoil in the workplace.  (5)  State Convention – There is nothing new to report on the convention.  They are still working out some details.  The State Convention may be in Abilene next time.  (6)  Secretary’s Report – P. Polk gave a report on membership as of the end of pay period 26/2010.  We had 24 associate members; 190 active members and 132 retirees for a total membership of 346.  Two carriers have retired since then. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Food Drive Posters – C. Peterman would like to purchase Food Drive Posters to put in schools and businesses.  It will cost $25.00.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (2)  Ceiling Tile – T. Chrestman reported we have run out of tile.  We need to finish two offices in the front of the building and there is a little bit that needs to be finished in the back of the Hall.  E. Odle moved to purchase six boxes of ceiling tile.  Motion seconded by M. Links.  After some discussion, E. Odle amended his motion to purchase enough ceiling tile to finish the two offices, finish replacing the tile in the Union Hall and have a few extra.  M. Links accepted the amendment.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a Work Night next Thursday, March 24, 2011. (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter. (4)  Carrier Working Late – It was brought to the attention of the membership that I. Zorola is working late tonight.  E. Odle moved to add I. Zorola to the attendance list for tonight. Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried.  (5)  COLCPE – F. Small gave a report on COLCPE.  Everyone needs to be contributing to COLCPE.  They are fighting to keep your jobs.  (6)  Refreshments – T. Robles reported that he is only authorized to spend a total of $75.00 per month to purchase food and refreshments for the Executive Board Meeting, Steward Meeting and the Union Meeting.  It was a recommendation of the Executive Board that T. Robles be authorized to spend up to $150.00 per month for food/refreshments for the meetings.  E. Odle so moved.  Motion seconded by R. Estrada.  Motion carried.  (7)  Retiree’s Breakfast – B. Bowerman announced the Retiree’s Breakfast will be Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Everyone is welcome.  It usually starts about 6:30 A.M.  (8) $110.00 Membership Drawing – Gary W. Howard’s name was drawn for March, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $120.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – H. Steffens won for March.  

Meeting was adjourned a 7:35 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


FEBRUARY 17, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice-President Lou DeLeon at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except M. Terral and F. Small.  E. Odle moved to add J. Baca, J. Ladd, S. DeLeon and F. Small to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  L. DeLeon read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle moved to add L. DeLeon and J. Burton to the Executive Board list.  Motion seconded by D. Villalobos.  Motion carried.  T. Magallanes moved to add H. Steffens and L. DeLeon to the Steward list.  Motion seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – Eddie Odle reported there is not much going on right now.  The new Director has taken over.  If you have a problem, call Eddie.  He has been successful setting up three-way calling to resolve problems by phone. (2)  Legislative – E. Odle reported that we will be going to DC in May, 2011.  We don’t know the dates for sure.  We will probably find out at the Spring School.  (3) State Convention – There is nothing new to report.  (4)  MDA – We need an MDA Representative.  P. Polk reported that the Executive Board discussed fund raisers for MDA. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Busted Water Pipes – Water pipes busted during the freezing weather.  We had to call a plumber.  R. Estrada moved to pay $290.00 for plumbing repair.  Motion seconded by T. Robles.  Motion carried.  (2) Water Lines – All of the water lines need to be replaced.  Dr. Plumber will submit a bid.  We need two more bids, if you know of a good plumber.  T. Magallanes will check to see if there are Union Plumbers in Lubbock.  E. Odle suggested calling the Electricians Union for that information.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – C. Cooley spoke on investing in COLCPE to protect our jobs.  We need to support the people who support us.  You can do this for 50¢ a day! Money talks…you need to sign up.  If you are contributing to COLCPE and your name is not on the list, contact F. Small.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper. The motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (4) Work Night Next Thursday – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night Thursday, February 24, 2011, about 6:00 P.M.  (5) Food Drive – C. Peterman reminded carriers at AO’s to contact him, if you want to participate in the Food Drive.  (6) $100.00 Membership Drawing – Joe E. Newton’s name was drawn for February, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $110.00 next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Tommy Ray Magallanes won for February.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:28 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JANUARY 20, 2011

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:06 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 E. Odle.  J. Ladd moved to add J. Baca to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by J. Burton. Motion carried.  E. Odle was also added to the list for tonight, due to illness.  J. Johns, Jr., called.  He will be late. M. Terral read the attendance list for the January Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  J. Burton moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the January, 2011, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Christmas card from J. E. Murfee & Son.  (2) Thank you note from Gary Mullins.  (3) Thank you for Expression of Sympathy from the family of Robert (Bookie) Deary.  (4) Thank you for Expression of Sympathy from the family of Jimmy Chavez. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Rodolfo (Rudy) Garcia.  T. Magallanes moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBP – E. Odle is not here so there is no report.  (2)  State Convention – Eddie sent an update on the State Convention in Tyler, Texas, June 15-17, 2011.  Wednesday is MDA Day with an 8:00 A.M. Golf Tournament.  Convention starts at 1:00 P.M.  A Bowl-a-Thon starts at 7:00 P.M.  Proceeds from the Golf Tournament and Bowl-a-Thon go to MDA.  They are working on a Welcome Night.  Early Registration is $60.00 by May 15th; $70.00 at the door.  Thursday is Family Night.  They are working on lunch for Thursday.  There is nothing close.  The Convention Center is five miles from the hotels.  There are restaurants close to the hotels.  NBA is thinking about putting on a training session on Tuesday.  A. Williams, P. Polk and M. Terral are on committees.  J. Ladd is an alternate.  (3) Flower/Memorial Committee – Penny Polk is the new contact person for the Flower/Memorial Committee.  If you know of the death of a Branch member or one of his/her immediate family, tell your shop steward or contact Penny Polk at 806-791-3409 or 806-790-0890.  (4)  MDA – We do not have a MDA Representative.  We need one.  (5)  Food Drive – The Food Drive is the second Saturday in May. C. Peterman is the coordinator.  If you want to help, contact C. Peterman.  If you are in one of the AO’s and you are going to participate, let Charles know so he can get the post cards to you.  Levelland and Plainview usually participate.  Let him know by next meeting. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Steward Training – We will set up steward training.  It will be open to anyone who wants to come. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Proposed 2011 Budget – Copies of the proposed budget for 2011 have been passed out.  The Budget Committee put it together and the Executive Board recommended approval.  T. Chrestman moved to accept the Proposed Budget for 2011.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion passed.   The Budget is accepted.  C. Cooley thanked the other members of the Budget Committee, T. Chrestman, T. Magallanes, J. Burton, F. Small and M. Terral, for their work in putting the budget together.  (2) Audit Committee – T. Chrestman said they audited the books and they were in fine shape.  (3)  Flowers – Danny Vasquez’s funeral was on a Saturday.  C. Cooley didn’t find out about the funeral in time to order the flowers on Friday.  The shop we usually order from was closed Saturday.  Craig paid for flowers out of his pocket and would like to be reimbursed.  T. Chrestman so moved.  H. Steffens seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – F. Small talked about how important it is to contribute to COLCPE.  Retirees are giving more than active carriers.  You need to give to protect your job.  C. Cooley and D. Quattlebaum also spoke about why it is so important to give to COLCPE and to support the NALC.  (2)  Retirees Breakfast – D. Sieler reminded the membership that the Retirees Breakfast is the last Saturday of the month.  Even if you are not retired, if you are off that day, come on down.  It is a lot of fun.  (3)  Contract CD – Fernando has the Contract DC’s ready for the Stewards.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s is published in the Newsletter.  (6)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night next Thursday, January 27, 2011.  (7)  February Spring School – Fernando has made the room and flight reservations for the school next month.  C. Cooley announced you will get your checks at the next meeting.   (8) Door Prizes – Randy Patterson, with Roy Tailors Uniform Company, donated two knit caps to give away tonight as door prizes.  The winners were Mitch Terral and Tommy Magallanes. (9) $90.00 Membership Drawing – Terry Simmons’ name was drawn for January, but she was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $100.00 next month.  (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Peterman won for January.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:46 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


NOVEMBER 18, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 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 P. Majors. M. Terral read the attendance list for the November Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the November, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you for expression of sympathy from the family of Dorothy Grace Cravens, Penny Polk’s mother.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Tyrone DuBose II.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – Eddie Odle reminded everyone that Open Season is November 8 through December 13, 2010.  Eddie handed out information sheets. You can change your plan on USPS Liteblue.   liteblue.usps.gov  (2)  Political – There isn’t anything new to report.  We are planning to go to Washington D.C. next year.  (3)  MDA – M. Terral reported that he was the only carrier that showed up for the MDA Bowl-a-thon.  It was very disappointing.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) City v Rural – Eddie Odle has done a lot more work on City v. Rural.  It was the recommendation of the Executive Board to pay him $800.00.  J. Burton moved to pay E. Odle $800.00 for work he has done on City v Rural.  Motion seconded by C. Peterman.  Motion carried.  (2)  Appreciation Gift – Gary Mullins will be here to install our officers.  It was the recommendation of the Executive Board to purchase a Tractor Supply Gift Card for Gary Mullins.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by D. Sieler.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Calendars – The calendars are in and will be distributed tonight.  Craig Cooley thanked everyone for their cooperation.  (2)  Computers, etc – We need to get rid of some computers, a printer, and other office equipment.  Make a bid.  J. Johns, Jr., purchased the complete computer set up for $50.00.  J. Ramirez, Jr., purchased a printer for $20.00.     

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – Fernando gave a talk on COLCPE.  Everyone needs to contribute.  You are donating money to defend yourself and your job.  (2)  Christmas Party – The Christmas Party is 7:00 P.M., Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Union Hall.  It is Pot Luck.  There will be piñatas for the kids.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5) Budget Committee – The Budget Committee will meet at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the Union Hall.  The Budget Committee is the President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and the three Trustees. (6)  Spring School – The Spring School will be February 19-20, 2011, in Houston.  If you are going to fly, see Fernando immediately following the meeting.  (7) $80.00 Membership Drawing – Mike Matthies’ name was drawn for November, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $90.00 in January.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – D. Sieler won for November.  (9)  Installation Banquet – The Banquet is Saturday night.  We will set up tables and decorate after the meeting tonight.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


OCTOBER 21, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:04 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Crowder.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Burton and P. Majors.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the October Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  M. Links moved to add J. Baca and L. DeLeon to the Steward Meeting Attendance List.  Motion seconded by E. Odle. Motion Carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by L. DeLeon.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications to report to the membership.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported that he has had success with three way calls between members and National.  If you have a question or have a problem, give Eddie a call. Open Season is November 8, 2010, to December 14, 2010.  There was limited information on the HBP web site about premiums.  High Option Self Only for Postal Employees is $51.56 by-weekly.  Self and Family is $100.57 by-weekly.  Retiree Self and Family is $327.32.  (2)  Political –There was a Bill White Rally at the Court House.  Joe Heflin will be in town. Andy Wilson is running against Representative Neugebauer.  Early voting has started.  National wants us to go to D. C. in April or May 2011.  (3) 2011 Texas State Convention – The COP meeting will be in Tyler, Texas, on January 8, 2011.  Eddie will be drawing names from the list of delegates to serve on committees.  The Convention is in Tyler, Texas, June 15-17, 2011.  They are planning a Welcome Night around the Pool.  A lunch is scheduled on Thursday, June 16.  The Convention Hotel is the Holiday Inn.  The rate is $89.00.  There are a lot of hotels around the area.  The Convention will be at the Convention Center.  It is not within walking distance of any hotel.  We are supposed to get discounted rates for the Rose Garden Museum.  NBA is talking about having training classes Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  They are still putting together Golf Tournaments, etc. There probably will not be a banquet.  (4)  MDA – Special Guests, Randi and Ashley, from MDA are with us tonight with more information on the Bowl-A-Thon.  It will be Sunday, November 7th at Main Event.  The Kick-Off is scheduled for 1:00 P.M.   There will be teams of four bowlers; the team captain and three other bowlers.  It is $15.00 for each bowler.  Sponsorships are $50.00.  Sponsors will be recognized at the Bowl-a-Thon. There will be a prize for the team that brings in the most money.  Leagues that bowl at Main Event will participate.  Teams are not limited to Postal Employees.  All money raised stays in West Texas. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet will be Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 7:00 P.M., at the Union Hall.  Members of NALC Branch 2589 and one guest are invited.  Cathy’s Downtown will cater the Banquet.  The menu will be your choice of Filet Mignon or Roasted Cornish Hen with Roasted Red Potatoes, Broccoli Carrots and Cauliflower Mix.  Desserts will be your choice of Italian Cream Cake, German Chocolate Cake or Cobbler.  (2)  Calendars – Tonight is the deadline for ordering calendars.  C. Cooley expressed his appreciation to the Steward or member in charge of calendars at each station for getting the orders and money turned in tonight.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Request for Information – We discussed the procedure for requesting information for grievances, especially for Freedom and Downtown Stations.  (2)  Unauthorized Overtime – Unauthorized overtime was discussed again.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – There will be a work night next week on October 28, 2010.  There is a lot of work to do on the building.  (2)  Nomination of 2011-2012 Officer and Delegates to 2011 Texas State Convention:  President, Mitch Terral; Vice President, Lou DeLeon; Recording Secretary, Penny Polk; Financial Secretary, Fernando Small; Treasurer, Craig Cooley; Editor, Juan J. Ramirez, Jr.; Sgt at Arms, Troy Robles; HBR, Eddie Odle; Trustees:  Tommy Chrestman, Jeff Burton and Tommy Magallanes.  All officers were elected by acclamation.   Delegates to the 2011 Texas State Convention were also elected by acclamation.  The Delegates are:  P. Polk; T. Chrestman; E. Odle; M. Terral; F. Small; A. Williams; C. Peterman; A. Rodriguez; B. Froemel; T. Magallanes; E. Leaney; M. Links; J. Ladd; J. J. Ramirez, Jr.; D. Sieler; H. Steffens; T. Robles, and S. C. Cooley.  There will be no election this year. (3) Financial Secretary and Treasurer Reports – C. Cooley read the bills and the Treasurer’s Report.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as read.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (4)  Adobe Program – F. Small reported that he purchased the new computer for under $400.00.  We need to purchase Adobe Programs that will allow stewards to make changes to PDF files and save them.  It will be about $300.00 plus tax.  E. Odle moved to purchase the needed Adobe Programs for $300.00 plus tax.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. (5)  COLCPE – F. Small and C. Cooley both spoke on the importance of contributing to COLCPE.  It is your job insurance.  You are donating to defend your job.  Fernando has direct deposit forms, if you are active and have used your allotment slots or if you are retired.  (6)  Meals - E. Odle moved to order 60 meals for the Installation Banquet from Cathy’s Downtown Catering.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. (7) $70.00 Membership Drawing – J. C. Armstrong’s name was drawn for October, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $80.00 next month. 

(8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Peterman won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:16 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 

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. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors.  T. Garza was added to the attendance list for tonight.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  E. Odle moved to add J. Ramirez, Jr., and J. Burton to Attendance List for the September Executive Board Meeting.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried. 

SPECIAL GUEST:  Brother Shawn Boyd from the Dallas Branch is with us tonight.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a Thank You for Expression of Sympathy from the family of Mr. Finis Wright, Brother Mitch Terral’s father-in-law. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported his new phone has been beneficial in assisting members of the HBP.  NALC HBP Convention Shirts are available.  They are $28.00 each. Let Eddie know if you want one.  (2)  Political – In addition to the $75 billion that was overpaid through CSRS, the latest NALC Bulletin informs us that OPM has overcharged FERS $6.8 billion!  There is no need to go to a five day delivery to save the Postal Service money.  We hope everyone saw the ad APWU placed in the Lubbock A-J. (2)  MDA – There is a sign up sheet for the Bowl-a-thon in each station.  We all need to talk this up.  It is not restricted to NALC members or employees of the Postal Service.  Anyone can participate.  The Team Captains need to sign up. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Convention Delegates – C. Cooley reported several delegates to the National Convention have not turned in their hotel receipts.  These must be turned in or you will owe the Branch $1000.00.  (2)  Overtime – Discussed unauthorized overtime.  (3)  Fall School – If you are going to the Fall School next month, see Fernando immediately after the meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Tubs – Some stations have instructed carriers to take everything out of their vehicles at the end of the day.  Three tubs are to be in the LLV at all times.  This policy has not changed.  (2) Calendars – C. Cooley announced it is time to order Color Coded Calendars.  They will be $3.75 each, if the branch orders 250 calendars.  There will be a sign up sheet at each station.  You must pay when you order your calendars.  The October meeting is the deadline.  (3)  Agenda – E. Odle read the agenda for the NBA Fall School in October.  (4)  NALC Secretary-Treasurer Seminar – E. Odle moved to send Penny Polk to the NALC Secretary-Treasurer Seminar in Orlando, Florida, February 27-March 1, 2011  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  E. Odle amended his motion to send Penny Polk and Fernando Small to the NALC Secretary-Treasurer Seminar in Orlando, Florida, February 27-March 1, 2011.  W. Jumper accepted the amendment.  Motion carried.  (5)  Reimbursement – E. Odle moved to reimburse P. Polk $135.00 for out of pocket expense.  Motion Seconded by S. DeLeon.  Motion Carried. (6) Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet will be 7:00 P.M., Saturday, November 20, 2010, at the Union Hall.  Cathy’s will cater the banquet.  B. Froemel will contact Cathy’s. (7) Christmas Party – The Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Union Hall. (8)  Computer for Stewards – F. Small has determined we need to purchase a new computer for the front office for the stewards to use.  T. Magallanes moved to spend up to $600.00 to purchase a new computer for the stewards.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Everyone needs to be contributing to COLCPE. (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s is published in the Newsletter.   (4) $60.00 Membership Drawing – Jonathan M. Ramos’ name was drawn for September, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $70.00 next month.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – W. Jumper won for September.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


 AUGUST 19, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:08 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr., T. Robles, P. Majors and C. Cooley.  E. Odle moved to add Jeff Burton to the attendance list for tonight. The motion was seconded by M. Links. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the August 5, 2010, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. S. DeLeon moved to add L. DeLeon to the July 15, 2010, Union Meeting.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle announced that Brian Hellman will be the new Director of Health Benefits Plan.   (2) 2011 State Convention - The 2011 Texas State Convention will be June 15 – 17.  (3) MDA – There is no MDA Report because we do not have a coordinator.  We need one.  Someone from MDA will be here at the next meeting to talk about the Bowl-a-thon.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) New Computer – T. Magallanes asked if we could purchase a new computer for the stewards to use in the front office.  Fernando will see what he can do with the computers that are there.  If he cannot get them updated, bring up purchasing a new one at the next meeting.  (2)  MSP Scans – Do not miss a scan.  It is your job to make them.  (3)  GPS – Discussed GPS in some LLV’s.  (4) National Convention – National Convention delegates gave reports on the 2010 National Convention.  (5)  Overtime – Discussed 3996’s, overtime, unauthorized overtime, leaving time, and street time.  (6)  Uniform Storage – The uniform storage room is a mess and could be a fire hazard.  If there is a Work Night next week, we need to work on cleaning that up. D. Seiler volunteered to come down and start sorting through the uniforms.  (7)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night on Thursday, August 26, 2010.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Everyone needs to be contributing to COLCPE.  (2)  E-Activist – Everyone needs to sign up for E-Activist.  It is easy and you will not get any “spam” e-mail.  If you need assistance, contact Fernando. (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Magallanes moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  Motion was seconded by A. Whitaker.  Motion carried.  (4) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5) October Fall School – The October School will be in Dallas, Texas, October 9 – 11, 2010.  If you plan to go, see Fernando after the meeting.  (6) COP Meeting – The COP Meeting will be in New Orleans in September.  E. Odle moved to pay M. Terral two days lost time, travel and per diem to go to the COP Meeting and for him (Eddie) to go if Mitch doesn’t go.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  E. Odle amended his motion.  A. Rodriguez accepted the amendment.  The motion now reads: Pay Mitch Terral two days lost time, travel and per diem to go to the COP Meeting in September.  A vote was taken.  Division was called for.  The Motion carried.  (7)  Installation Banquet/Christmas Party – D. Sieler had a question about the date of the Banquet and Christmas Party.  P. Polk will check past minutes and see what was decided.  Fifty Year Gold Cards and pins will be presented at the Installation Banquet.   (8) $50.00 Membership Drawing – Mary Tenorio’s name was drawn for August, but she was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $60.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing - B. Froemel won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JULY 15, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:06 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Membership Report – P. Polk gave a Membership Report as of Pay Period 10.  Branch 2589 has a total of 350 members.  We have 26 Associate Members.  We have 194 Active Members: 164 regular carriers; 1 PTR; 18 PTF’s; 4 TE’s and 7 other craft members.  We have 130 Retired Members:  108 Regular Retirees; 10 Life Members; 1 PTF and 11 other craft retirees.  (2)  HBR – E. Odle doesn’t have anything other than if you need anything, give him a call.  E. Odle reported on the “Save Saturday Delivery” article in the July Postal Record.  According to a study by the USPS Office of the Inspector General, OPM owes the USPS close to $75 billion that they overcharged the USPS for pension costs during the transition from the Post Office Department to its current status.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1)  Air Conditioner – Last month a motion was made to spend $200.00 to have someone come check the air conditioner in the front offices. The motor was out.  It cost $227.33 to have it fixed.  D. Quattlebaum moved to pay the additional $27.33 to repair the air conditioner.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (2)  Reimbursements – E. Odle purchased two ink cartridges for a printer and scanner he needed while working on Rural vs. City.  Eddie also has mileage expense.  J. Burton moved to reimburse E. Odle $17.97 and $23.47 for the cartridges and pay him mileage for 70 miles.  Motion seconded by A. Williams.  (3)  Delegate Pay – E. Leaney moved to pay delegates to the National Convention $1961.00 each.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Resignation – M. Terral announced that he received a Letter of Resignation from Juan Baca.  He resigned as Vice President and Chief Shop Steward as of Wednesday.  He will be Steward at Monterey through November. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Everyone needs to donate money to COLCPE.  (2)  Treasurer – C. Cooley announced that he will not run for Treasurer again.  (3) Thursday Work Night – Next Thursday, July 22, 2010, will be a work night.  Show up and make up half a meeting.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – C. Cooley read the bills.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by J. Narin.  Motion carried. (5) Treasurer’s Report – C. Cooley read the Treasurer’s Report.  (6)  Uniform Vendor – J. Burton announced that we will have new uniform vendor in Lubbock.  (7) $40.00 Membership Drawing – Cat Vecchio’s name was drawn for July, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be $50.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Don Sieler won for July.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JUNE 17, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:10 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 P. Majors.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the June Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  H. Steffens was added to the Steward List due to working late.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card for our contribution to the American Cancer Society from Mrs. Johnnie Wright and Family (Kathy Baldwin).  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  There are no committee reports.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1)  Article 12 Withholdings – We have learned that we are no longer holding routes for clerks in Houston, Dallas, Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene or Wichita Falls.  Mitch has written a letter requesting all Article 12 routes be released.  We are expecting them to be released, but don’t know when.  (2)  JARAP – Round two could change, but, for now it is Midwest.  (3)  Rural vs. City – Last month we talked about how much time E. Odle has spent working on this in the last two months.  There is a recommendation from the Executive Board that we pay E. Odle $600.00 for the time he has spent, so far, on Rural vs. City.  J. Burton moved that the Branch pay E. Odle $600.00 for time and travel he has spent on Rural vs. City, so far.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (4)  Retirement Papers – Under the new system, we no longer have one on one personal help with retirement papers.  If you want a “phone consultation” you will be on a conference call with 15 to 25 people trying to get help with their retirement.  Karen Thompson, who retired from our personnel office, has offered to help carriers fill out their paperwork.  It is a recommendation of the Executive Board that the Branch pay Karen Thompson one hour at the letter carrier rate for helping a carrier with retirement paperwork, provided the carrier has been a union member for at least five years at the time of their retirement.  Karen will let us know who she has helped and we will check to see if they qualify.  W. Jumper so moved.  Motion was seconded by E. Odle. Motion carried.  (5)  Ceiling Tile – The work on the ceiling is not completed.  There will be another work day to finish the ceiling tile on Thursday, June 24, 2010.  We need everyone to help with this.  B. Froemel wanted to thank everyone who helped with the ceiling tile.  B. Froemel also mentioned all of the extra work T. Chrestman has done.  B. Froemel moved to pay T. Chrestman $100.00 for the use of his vehicle and the extra work he has done on the ceiling.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Singer T-6 – The posting of the T-6 position at Singer station was discussed.  (2) Medical Documentation – We have some packets to hand out in regard to Medical Documentation.  Stewards, and anyone else who wants one, pick up one after the meeting.  (3)  Air Conditioner for the Front Offices – The air conditioner for the front offices is not cooling.  E.  Odle moved we spend up to $200.00 to have someone come out and look at the air conditioner in the front offices and fix it on the spot or give us an estimate.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Convention – Delegates will need to transfer their room reservation to a personal credit card by June 25, 2010.  Also, Fernando has extra baseball tickets.  If you are interested, let him know before the convention.  (2) COLCPE – We need to see all members take interest in their jobs and donate to COLCPE.  Do it for yourself.  This is your job insurance.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s is published in the Newsletter.   (5) $30.00 Membership Drawing – Ken Quigley’s name was drawn for June, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $40.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Mitch Terral won for June.  (7)  In Our Thoughts – Continue to keep Billy Grimes and Robert “Bookie” Deary in your thoughts and prayers.  Also, remember Doug Putman and his family on the loss of Doug’s brother.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MAY 20, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:12 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the May 13, 2010, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  P. Majors was added to the Executive Board list due to illness.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership: Grant D. Fisher.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried unanimously

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBP:  E. Odle reported that they talked with Brother O’Malley while in D.C. last week.  There will not be a Health Benefits School this year because it is too close to the National Convention.  There will be one in 2011 at the Flamingo.  (2)  District Three Meeting – E. Odle attended the District Three Meeting in Childress, Texas.  Eddie was the only member from our branch attending the meeting.  (3)  Political – Eddie Odle reported that they met with President Rolando last week in D.C.  They discussed the Postal Service and Five Day Delivery.  OIG found $75 billion dollars that belongs to us.  There is no reason to go to five day delivery.  NALC only met with Congressman Thornberry.  Congressmen Conaway and Neugebauer didn’t show up.  We have two Texas Congressmen who have signed on to a Bill not to close on Saturday.  One of them is Eddie Bernice Johnson.  (4) Food Drive – C. Peterman reported that we collected 106, 250 pounds of food in Lubbock.  Plainview reported that they broke their record.  C. Peterman said we are expecting a grand total of 110,775 pounds of food.  (5)  CLC Meeting – C. Cooley attended the Central Labor Council Meeting.  Andy Wilson was the guest.  He is running against Neugebauer for Congress.  C. Cooley doesn’t know if he really is a friend of NALC and labor.  He avoided some questions.  E. Odle asked if we might get some support from CLC when Representative Joe Heflin comes in September or October.  C. Cooley feels like we can.  Also, CLC will have a Labor Day Picnic on Labor Day.  Everyone is invited. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Ceiling Tile – We will meet here Sunday at 1:00 P.M. to begin putting up the ceiling tile.  Jeff Burton reported we can rent rolling scaffolding for $44.00 for the week.  We can pick it up Saturday or Sunday.  E. Odle moved to rent the scaffolding.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney. Motion carried. We will order Pizza on Sunday.  We need to announce the work day at the stations tomorrow and Saturday.  Sunday will count as a work day to make up meetings.  Sunday will be an out of schedule work day.  J. Burton moved to count Sunday as full meeting, if you work at least four hours.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion passed.  (2)  Convention – Room reservation and flight schedule information is here for the Delegates.  Look at your hotel reservation.  You can look at rooms on line.  If you want to make any changes prior to July 21, they must be made through Fernando.  They will not even talk to you if you try to make changes yourself before then.  After July 21, 2010, you must put your room on your personal credit card. You may make changes in your room accommodations after that date, also.  Look over your flight reservations.  Make sure every thing is correct. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Ice Machines – There will be an ice machine at every station and two at GMF.  This is what the committee decided to do with the Social and Rec account moneys.  (2)  APWU Ad in Avalanche Journal – C. Cooley read an ad APWU is planning to run in the AJ concerning five day delivery.  The Executive Board recommended that our Branch pay for half of the ad.  There was a lot of discussion on this.  E. Odle reported that as letter carriers, we cannot talk about five day delivery with our customers.  Someone asked if we could print the ad in our newsletter.  The information would only be going to other letter carriers.  Mitch will check with the NBA’s office and see if we are permitted to pay for half of the ad and if we can publish it in our newsletter.  T. Magallanes moved that we pay for half of the ad.  This Motion is contingent on approval from NBA’s office.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried. If we do not get approval from the MBA’s office to run the ad, the motion will automatically be ruled out of order.  (3) JARAP – We have a new route adjustment program.  It is the Joint Alternative Route Adjustment Process.  Mitch is on the team.  If your zone is not picked, your route will not be adjusted unless you put in a 271.  They will be using times from March and April.  They may add other zones in June.  They will use times from April and May in June.  (4)  Arbitration Hearing in Plainview – Mitch was in Plainview for four hours on May 4th for an arbitration hearing.  He had to go to the hearing while he was on vacation. E. Odle moved to pay Mitch four hours at his hourly rate and mileage from Lubbock to Plainview.  Motion seconded by M. Links.  Motion Carried.  W. Jumper moved to pay E. Odle mileage from Lubbock to Plainview to attend the hearings as an assistant.  Motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – We have been talking about our jobs and five day delivery tonight.  You can’t count on State Representatives to protect your job.  Get money into COLCPE so they can defend your job.  (2)  E-Activist – You also need to sign up for E-Activist.  It is easy to sign up.  Go to our website and click on Links then click on the NALC Logo.  Scroll to bottom of NALC Home Page. Information on E-Activist is on the bottom right of page.  You can sign up for COLCPE on the left side of page.    (3)  Rural vs. City – There was a Memorandum in October of 2008 in regard to Rural vs. City.  Eddie has been working on this and is nearly finished.  Next month, we need to pay Eddie for time he spent doing this for the Branch. (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Magallanes moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (6) $20.00 Membership Drawing – Ronny Barnhill’s name was drawn for May, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $30.00 next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Peterman won for May.  (8)  Work Night – There will be a work night Thursday, May 27th.  If you work Sunday and Thursday, you can get make up credit for a full meeting on Sunday and half a meeting at the regular work night Thursday.   

Remember Robert “Bookie” Deary and Billy Grimes in your thoughts and prayers. 

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


APRIL 15, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:01 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except P. Majors.  B. Bowerman and T. Magallanes were added to the membership list for tonight due to illness.  E. Odle moved to add M. Links to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by E. Leaney. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the April Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Vincent David DiPaolo.   T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBP:  E. Odle said there is nothing new to report.  Call Eddie if you have any problems or questions.  (2)  Political:  We are going to Washington, D.C., May 9-12.  We have an appointment with Representative Neugebauer.  We are working on an appointment with Representative Conaway and we also have an appointment with Representative Thornberry.  We will be discussing the five day delivery issue.  (3)  District Three – The District Three Meeting is Sunday, April 18, 2010, at 10:00 A.M., in Childress, Texas.  Ken Claxton’s training session will be on the job injuries.  TSALC President, Mickey Morris, will give a legislative update and an update on the Texas State Association.  We need some people from our branch to attend the meeting.  E. Odle also announced that NBA Kathy Baldwin’s step dad, Willie E. “Billy” Wright, passed away.  The family asked for donations to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.  E. Odle moved to make a $50.00 donation from Branch 2589.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (4)  MDA – There is no MDA report because we do not have a MDA Representative.  We need someone to volunteer for this position.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Ceiling Tile – Mitch and Tommy checked on ceiling tile this week.  There has been a small price increase.  They will deliver for $15.00.   We can purchase enough tiles to do the main hall under the motion which passed last March.  We will order the tile.  Sunday, May 23, 2010, will be a workday.  We need a lot of people to come out and help put up the ceiling tile.  Please bring a step ladder, if you have one.  J. Burton moved to order pizza on May 23, not to exceed $75.00.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried. (2)  Air Fare to Anaheim – Fernando will order airline tickets tonight.  If you want the Branch to purchase a ticket for your spouse or guest, he will need your money tonight.  The cost is $446.00.  That is the price the branch is paying for travel.  If you want to purchase your ticket(s) yourself, the Branch will reimburse you within 30 days, so you can avoid interest charges on your credit card.  (3)  Hotel Reservations – Hotel information will be available to delegates in May.  Fernando will give delegates their hotel information and confirmation numbers then.  If you want a different suite, you may make changes at that time.  Delegates will have until the end of June to transfer their room reservation to their personal credit card.  All hotel reservations that remain on the Branch credit card after June will be cancelled.  You must transfer your hotel reservation to your personal credit card before the end of June, if you want a room when you get to the convention. 

NEW BUSINESS:  No new business was brought to the floor.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) CLC – The next meeting is May 5, 2010.  Andy Wilson will be there.  He is running for the 19th Congressional District.  (2)  COLCPE – Fernando gave a report on COLCPE.  We need to be contributing, especially now with the “five day delivery” talks going on.  Mitch commented on the article in the April Postal Record which addresses USPS finances.  Everyone needs to read it.  (3) Military Service – If you served in the military, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes, under certain circumstances.  For more information, go to our website, nalcbranch2589.org.  On the home page, scroll down to the “Postal News” heading and click on the first link…DD-214 Special Extra Earnings for Military Service – Social Security Benefit.  (4)  Retiree Breakfast – The next Retiree Breakfast will be Saturday, April 17, 2010.  Beginning in June, the Retiree Breakfast will be the last Saturday of each month.  (5)  Article 12 Routes – We do not know when these routes will be released.  (6)  Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  (7)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (8)  Work Day – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work day Thursday, April 22, 2010.  (9)  Lamesa Merger – All the paperwork has been sent to National.  We are waiting for their approval.  (10) $10.00 Membership Drawing – Don L. McGraw’s name was drawn for April, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $20.00 next month.  (11) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Cooley won for April.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MARCH 18, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice President Juan Baca at 7:08 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except, M. Terral and P. Majors.  No members were added to the attendance list for tonight.  E. Leaney will be added to the attendance list for the February Meeting due to illness.  J. Baca read the attendance lists for the March Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  E. Odle moved to add T. Magallanes to the Steward Meeting list for March 11, 2010.  Motion seconded by J. Burton.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Thank You Card – We received a Thank You card from Mrs. Joyce Blackburn, Auxiliary 1064, thanking Branch 2589 for paying their State and National Dues. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Robert Coleman McSpadden, Jr.  A. Williams moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported we have added 6,468 new members to the NALC Health Benefit Plan.  (2)  Political – There is nothing new on the six day delivery.  You need to contact your representatives about this.  Also, you need to be donating to COLCPE.  We will be going to Washington D.C. on May 9 – 12, 2010.  (3) Food Drive – The Food Drive is May 8, 2010. C. Peterman reported that we will be using bags again this year.  However, the cards will not be stapled to the bags.  They will be delivered separately. We will try to get some bags out to Plainview and Levelland this year.  (4)  District Three Meeting – E. Odle reported the District Three Meeting will be in Childress, Texas, on Sunday, April 18, 2010.  It will start at 10:00 A.M.  Lubbock has had little representation the last couple of years.  Please consider attending this meeting.  (5)  MDA – No report.  (6) Retirees – The Retiree Breakfast will be Saturday, March 27, 2010.  D. Sieler asked about Gold Cards. The only way to find out when members joined NALC before 1969 is by going through the minutes.  Don will have a sign up sheet at the retiree breakfast for members who believe they have 50 years membership. Penny will check the minutes from 1958 to 1960.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Lamesa Merger – A vote was taken by show of hands to accept the merger of Lamesa Branch 3053.  Of 28 members signed in, there were 24 votes for, 0 votes against and 4 abstaining.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Mitch Terral’s Report – Mitch handed out copies of his report at the Officers and Stewards Meetings.  If there is not one at your station, pick up one tonight.  The report should be posted on the NALC Bulletin Board at all stations.  (2)  Vacant Positions – (a) MDA Representative – We need a MDA Representative.  No one volunteered.  (b) Trustee – J. Ladd will transfer soon and Mitch will appoint someone to finish his term.  Jeff Burton and Robert McSpadden are interested.  (c) Custodian and Building Manager – Debbie Redman has resigned.  Troy Robles and Roy Estrada are interested in this position.  (2)  Installation Banquet – We will elect officers this year and will have an installation banquet.  We usually have the banquet the Saturday after the election of officers in November.  That date is November 20th this year.  The Executive Board will discuss this in April and make recommendations at the April meeting.  Penny will check on Gold Cards and order them from National.  Gold Cards will be presented at the banquet. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Joe David Huerta – Juan Baca announced there was a notice posted at Monterey Station that Brother David Huerta passed away yesterday.  Services will be Monday, March 22, 2010.  Remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.  (2)  Billy Grimes – Brother Billy Grimes was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. His thyroid gland and lymph nodes have been removed.  He is doing well after the surgery. He will begin radiation treatments as soon as possible.  Keep Brother Grimes and Gay in your prayers during this time.  (3) COLCPE – F. Small checked the list in the Postal Record.  If your name is not on the list and you have donated to COLCPE, let Fernando know, so your name can be added to the list.  (4)  National Convention – Fernando has booked Borrego Suites at the Anaheim Desert Palms Hotel. There is a link to the hotel on our web site.  You can look at the rooms.  If you want a different suite, let Fernando know.  If you ordered baseball tickets, Fernando needs your money now.  Airline tickets will be purchased after the April meeting.  If you want to purchase an airline ticket for a guest, bring the money to the April meeting.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  C. Cooley read Building Fund corrections.  E. Odle moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion was seconded by A. Williams.  Motion carried.  (7) Retiree Breakfast – The Retiree Breakfast will be March 27, 2010.  (8)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced there will be a work night, Thursday, March 25, 2010.  (9) $290.00 Membership Drawing – David Villalobos won the drawing. This drawing will be for $10.00 next month.  (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Williams won for March. 

Meeting was adjourned at 8:01 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


FEBRUARY 18, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors, J. Ladd and J. Baca.  Members added to the attendance list tonight were J. Smith due to injury and H. Steffens due to family illness.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward meetings. E. Odle moved to add F. Small to the Executive Board list.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  H. Steffens was added to the Steward List due to family illness.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2010, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Donation – We received a donation from Sandra and Cyril Reasoner of Oberkampf Supply of Lubbock in memory of Brother Monte Gutmeir. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no Applications for Membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) Political – We will be going to Washington D.C.  (2) HBR – E. Odle did not have anything new to report.  If you have any problems, do not hesitate to call Eddie Odle.  (3)  MDA – We do not have a MDA Representative.  We need one.   If anyone is interested, call Mitch. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1)  Merger with Lamesa – A notice was posted at the stations and published in the Newsletter that we will be voting on the merger with Lamesa at the Regular Branch Meeting on March 18, 2010.  Lamesa has already voted to merge with us.  (2)  MIARAP – The changes at Midwest, Sunset and Downtown will take place Saturday, February 20, 2010.  The changes for Freedom, Monterey and Singer will take place Saturday, February 27, 2010.  We do not have anything planned for MIARAP after this. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Auxiliary Dues – The Dues for Auxiliary 1064 are due.  The dues are $105.00 for National and $12.00 for State, for a total of $117.00.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the 2010 Dues for Auxiliary 1064.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (2)  The Officers’ Bond – The Bond for our Officers needs to be renewed.  The renewal is $263.66.  E. Odle moved to renew the Bond for the Officers of the Branch.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (3)  Building Insurance – After reviewing the building insurance, it was determined that we are underinsured as far as replacement cost of the building.  The replacement cost of the building needs to be a minimum of 80%.  Raising the replacement cost to 90% would cost additional premium of $467.00 per year.  T. Chrestman moved to increase the replacement cost of the building to 90%.  Motion seconded by T. Robles.  Motion carried.  (4)  Water Bill Issue – Our water bill was double what is usually is.  The meter shows we are using huge amounts of water when no one is here.  We do not believe there is a leak because the little wheel in the meter does not turn at all when the water is turned off.  If we had a leak that big, we think it would be obvious.  Craig is meeting someone from the Lubbock Water Department here in the morning.  It could be a faulty meter.  (5) Repair Typewriter – C. Cooley had one of the typewriters repaired.  It cost $85.00.  J. Burton moved to reimburse C. Cooley the $85.00 having the typewriter repaired.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (6)  New Lock – T. Chrestman reported that we have been working on the new doors to the storage room.  We need a new lock on the door.  If we put new doors on the other side, we will need two locks.  After some discussion, there was no motion to buy new doors for the other side at this time.  E. Odle moved to purchase one lock up to $200.00.  Motion seconded by M. Matthies.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE - E. Odle reported that one of the big topics at the School in Houston was COLCPE.  We need everyone to sign up.  It is only $5.00 per pay period.  Eddie handed out forms to sign up for contributions to COLCPE.  (2)  Union Healthcare Advocates - E. Odle talked to representatives of Union Healthcare Advocates while in Houston.  They are advocates for Workers’ Compensation and have a help line.  If you have trouble with Workers’ Compensation, call them. The number is 1-888-991-2225.  Eddie has some cards.  A card will be printed in the March Newsletter.  (3)  Newsletter Items – If you have Newsletter items to be printed in the Newsletter, Juan needs to have them by Friday of the week following the Union Meeting.  (4)  Convention Delegates – Delegates to the National Convention have until the April Union Meeting to decide if you are going to fly or drive to California.  F. Small will make airline the reservations after the April 15th meeting.  Also, if you want additional hotel rooms, you will have to make the reservation yourself.  We are only allowed to make room reservations for the number of delegates going to the National Convention.  (5)  Downtown Steward – Michael Links is the new Steward at Downtown Station.  (6) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.  (7)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (8) $280.00 Membership Drawing – Tom Knobloch’s name was drawn for February, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $290.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing - B. Froemel won for February.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JANUARY 21, 2010

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by J. Burton.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors, J. Ladd and J. Baca.  E. Odle moved to add A. Majors, P. Majors, J. Baca and D. Valderaz to the attendance list for tonight. The motion seconded by J. Burton. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the January Executive Board and Steward Meetings. J. Baca was added to both attendance lists due to illness.  J. Smith was added to the Steward List due to illness.  J. J. Ramirez, Jr., had car trouble. E. Odle moved to add J. J. Ramirez, Jr., to both the Officer and Steward Meeting Lists.  Motion seconded by L. DeLeon.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the December, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried. 

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Christmas Cards – We received Christmas Cards from NALC Region 10 NBA’s Office and from J. E. Murfee & Son.  (2)  Letter from American Cancer Society acknowledging a gift of $50.00 to the Lubbock Hope Lodge.  (3)  Thank you card for Expression of Sympathy from Juan Baca and Gloria H. Baca, family of Eloise M. Hernandez.   (4)  Thank you card for Expression of Sympathy from Candace Gutmeir and family of Monte Gutmeir.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  George Wills.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported on the status of the Health Care Bill.  We do not know what the status of the Health Care Bill is at this time.  The Texas State Association is planning to go to D. C. in May.  However, that is the National Food Drive weekend and Mother’s Day weekend, so that may change.  (2)  HBR – We have added 6,339 new members as of January 5, 2010.  (3)  MDA – We need a MDA Representative.  We need someone to take this over so we can continue to support MDA.  If you are interested, let Mitch know.  (4)  Trustee Report – T. Chrestman reported that he and P. Majors audited the books and they are in fine shape.  

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) MIARAP – They are scheduled to be here next week to do the route adjustments.  Most of the zones and AO’s are done.  (2)  T-6 String – We discussed the T-6 string vacated by J. Ladd.  Also, we discussed routes that do not have a T-6.  There was also some discussion about Article 12 Withholdings and the route counts.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Lamesa Merger – Lamesa Branch 3053 has expressed a desire to merge with our branch.  They have already voted to merge with us. We will vote by show of hands at the Regular Branch Meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2010, to accept the merger of Lamesa Branch 3053.  Notices will be posted at the stations and will be published in the Newsletter.  (2)  2010 Budget – C. Cooley presented the Proposed Budget for 2010.  E. Odle moved to accept the Proposed Budget for 2010.  Motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  There have been some changes in how the Branch pays for trips.  The Branch will pay airfare for trips, unless you are driving and it is cheaper.  If you choose to drive and it cost more, you will only get the amount of the airfare.  You must turn in a gas receipt.  The Branch will pay actual cost for lodging.  You must turn in your receipt from the hotel.  If you choose to stay at a less expensive hotel, you will be paid for the cost of that hotel.  If you do not turn in your receipts, the money is no longer considered income.  According to the IRS, that money is considered a loan and you must pay it back to the Branch.    

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Work Night – We will have a work night next Thursday, January 28, 2010.  We will be working with the ceiling grid and the doors to the storage rooms.  (2)  COLCPE – F. Small gave a report on COLCPE.  Everyone needs to sign up.  COLCPE supports those who support us.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – C. Cooley read the Bills for November and December.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by L. DeLeon.  The Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – C. Cooley read the Treasurer’s Report.  (5) $270.00 Membership Drawing – Mark Allen’s name was drawn for January, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $280.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Alvin Williams won for January.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M.


NOVEMBER 19, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:03 P.M. The membership said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  E. Odle moved to add L. DeLeon to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion was seconded by D. Valderaz.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the November 12, 2009, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  E. Odle moved to add J. Ramirez, Jr., and P. Majors to the Executive Board Attendance List.  They were working late.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the November, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

SPECIAL GUEST – Holly Skipworth came by tonight to thank everyone for their participation in the NALC Bowl-a-thon. She especially wanted to thank Mitch, Jeremy and the team captains for all they did. We collected over $1,700.00.  Everyone had a lot of fun. 

COMMUNICATIONS:  There are no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) MDA – The Bowl-a-thon was a success.  Mitch reported that some people didn’t participate because they said they can’t bowl.  We are thinking of having a horseshoe or washer pitching match and Bar-B-Que in the spring.  The stations would compete against each other.  (2)  HBP – E. Odle reported that Open Season ends December 14, 2009.  Eddie has been to the stations with a handout comparing NALC HBP with other plans.  This information is also in the Newsletter.  If you need to check for a provider, you can go to our website, nalcbranch2589.org, click on “Links” at the left and then click on Health Benefit Plan (far right).  (3)  Political – Health Care Reform Bill passed the House on November 7, 2009. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  MIARAP – Everyone has started except Freedom.  No one is finished.  The volume count is off on the flats in the tubs.  Some routes are missing 30 to 40% of the volume.  Some supervisors do spot checks and add the volume in.  We don’t know when we will be finished or when the adjustments will take place. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) T-6 String – The T-6 String is posted with five routes.  One of the routes is out of a different station.  (2) Steward Elections – Steward Elections are the first week of December. The balloting will be on Thursday and Friday, December 3rd and 4th.  (3)  Reimbursement – When Craig Cooley went to the Secretary/Treasurer School, it cost him $40.00 to check his bags. He would like to be reimbursed.  E. Odle moved to reimburse C. Cooley $40.00.  Motion seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried.  (4)  Building Maintenance Fund – C. Cooley reported that the service charge on the Building Maintenance Fund Checking Account is more than the interest we are drawing on the account.  Craig suggested we change the account to a regular non-interest bearing checking account that will not have a service charge.  E. Odle so moved.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Dachshund – Roy Estrada has a brown, male, dachshund to give to a good home.  (2) COLCPE – C. Cooley gave a report on COLCPE.  He said he doesn’t like PACs, but, money does talk and he has signed up for COLCPE.  He encouraged everyone to so do.  F. Small thanked several active and retired carriers who have recently signed up for COLCPE.   (3)  Election Committee Report – W. Jumper gave the election committee report. We are allowed sixteen delegates to the 2010 National Convention.  Mitch Terral, Juan Baca and Craig Cooley are delegates by virtue of the office they hold.  We had 60 ballots.  Twenty seven votes were cast for thirteen additional delegates.  Those delegates are:  Tommy Chrestman; Norma Cruz; Bill Froemel; Jeremy Ladd; Tommy Magallanes; Diane McCarty; Eddie Odle; Juan J. Ramirez, Jr.; Troy Robles; Andy Rodriguez; Don Sieler; Fernando Small; and, D’Angelo Valderaz.  T. Chrestman moved to accept the Election Committee’s Report.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes. Motion carried.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the November Newsletter.  Motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the November Newsletter.  (6)  No Work Night – There will not be a work night next Thursday.  It is Thanksgiving Day.  (7) Branch Christmas Party – The Branch Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 12, 2009, 7:00 P.M., at the Union Hall.  It is a Pot Luck dinner.  Bring your family, your favorite pot luck dish or dessert and share good food and good company.  (8) $260.00 Membership Drawing – Billy Grimes’ name was drawn for November, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $270.00 in January.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Danny Serrano won for November.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:47 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


OCTOBER 15, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by L. DeLaGarza.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except P. Majors.  P. Majors was added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness; H. Steffens was added due to working late.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the October Executive Board and Steward meetings. D. Valderaz was added to the Steward Meeting List due to working late. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:   There were no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Legislative – E. Odle reported the Senate passed legislation allowing USPS to defer $4 billion of its $5.4 billion pre-funding mandate for future retirees’ health benefits.  At the TSALC Meeting, it was decided that we would go to Washington D. C. in March or April of 2010.  (2)  HBR – The HBR Seminar is this weekend.  If you have any questions or need Eddie to make inquiries for you, talk to him after the meeting.  Open Season is November 9 to December 14, 2009.  OPM announced an 8.8% increase in rates.  For Active members, Self will be $44.47 and Family will be $86.11.  For Retirees, Self will be $147.00 and Family will be $299.74.  (3)  MDA – The National Bowl-a-thon is 2:00 P.M., Sunday, November 1st at Whitewood Lanes.  It will cost $7.00 per person for shoes and three games. This is a fund raising event for MDA. We are asking each team member to raise a minimum of $30.00.  Holly Skipworth was special guest tonight.  She handed out towels to the Team Captains and talked about fund raising. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – Orders for Color Coded Calendars will go in tomorrow.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) MIARAP – Discussed the MIARAP process and the upcoming adjustments.  A Union representative will be there for the consultations.  The Union representative signs off on the adjustments, not the carrier.  (2) Air Travel - We need to book the cheapest flights possible for union business, which is usually about six weeks in advance. When the flights are booked for travel to a union function, that will be the price the Branch will pay for air travel to that function.  If a member decides to fly after the flights have been booked, they will have to book and pay for their own flight.  They will be reimbursed the amount the Branch paid for the tickets at the time the flights were booked.  (3)  Article 12 Routes – We discussed the status of routes being held under Article 12.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Electrical Work – T. Chrestman reported that the electricians put three plugs on the front of the stage and we now have three ground fault circuits in the kitchen area.  (2)  Back Door – T. Chrestman reported we have a Restricted Key Way on the back door and a new closure.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  The Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (5) Nomination of Delegates – The following members were nominated as Delegates to the 2010 National Convention:  E. Odle; T. Chrestman; A. Rodriguez; D. McCarty; D. Valderaz; F. Small; L. DeLeon; J. Baca; T. Robles; D. Sieler; M. Terral; N. Cruz; B. Froemel; T. Magallanes; C. Peterman; J. Ramirez, Jr.; S. Cooley; E. Leaney; and J. Ladd.  The election of delegates to the National Convention will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., November 19, 2009, at the Union Hall.  (6) $250.00 Membership Drawing – Matthew Kuss’ name was drawn for October, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $260.00 next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – E. Leaney won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by R. Estrada.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except E. Odle, F. Small, P. Majors and J. Ladd.  The following members were added to the attendance list for tonight:  C. Peterman, family illness; Lou DeLeon, military leave; E. Odle, illness; J. Ladd, family illness; and F. Small. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the September 10, 2009, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  There is a correction to the August 20, 2009, minutes.  Under For the Good of the Association, the $240.00 Membership Drawing should have read $230.00 Membership Drawing, and, this drawing will be for $240.00 next month (September), not $250.00.  W. Jumper moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2009, Newsletter, with the corrections.  The motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  “Mail Call” mailed order forms and sample Holiday post cards that read “Thank you”…. from “your letter carrier”. There are four designs to choose from.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is no report.  (2)  Political – HR 22 passed the House.  (3)  Treasurer – C. Cooley must have receipts for travel and lodging, immediately.  If you do not turn in your receipts, that money will be reported as income and you will receive a 1099 at the end of the year.  (3)  MDA – Special Guest Holly Skipworth, with MDA, is here to discuss the Bowl-A-Thon. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Color Coded Calendars – C. Cooley will be taking orders and collecting money for the calendars tonight.  He will also order calendars for the officers, stewards and the break rooms at the stations.  (2)  T-6 Positions – M. Terral reported that he has received the list of T-6’s missing routes and routes without a T-6.  We are going to hold off on matching these up because of the adjustments coming up this month.  (3)  Caps – Stewards need to turn in any caps they have not handed out at the stations, along with a list of who received a cap. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Back Door – T. Chrestman reported the closure on the back door is broken and the lock needs to be changed.  The closure was estimated to be about $300.00 and a restricted keyway is about $200.00.  It was the recommendation of the Executive Board that we purchase these items.  T. Chrestman moved to purchase a closure and lock for the back door, not to exceed $600.00.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.   (2)  National MDA Bowl-a-Thon – Special Guest Holly Skipworth is here from MDA to give us more information about the National MDA Bowl-a-thon coming up on Sunday, November 1, 2009.  This is a fund raising event for MDA.  We want everyone to participate.  We want to have at least 20 teams.  We would like to have two team captains, NALC members, from each station and the AO’s.  Team members do not have to be letter carriers.  Ask the clerks at your stations to participate.  Also, ask your family members, friends, church members, and neighbors to participate.  We are asking for a minimum of a $30.00 donation from each team member.  We are shooting for $50.00!  These are donations you will collect.  We have materials available and posters for the stations.  Team captains will be given a kit.  We have post cards with postage to help you in fundraising or you can use the on-line fundraiser.  It is very easy to use. Businesses who sponsor you will receive a plaque and their donations are tax deductible.  We have pre-printed receipts for you to use.  All donations will stay in the West Texas area.  The Bowl-A-Thon will be at Whitewood Lanes on 50th and Memphis.  J. Ladd will make final arrangements with them on Wednesday.  We have prizes and incentive awards.  Call Holly if you have any questions or need anything.  She will be with us at the October meeting. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:   (1) Electrical Work – T. Chrestman reported that the electrician called and he will be here Monday.  (2)  Flu Shots – D. McCarty asked if we could find someone to give flu shots at the stations at a discount.  D’Angelo contacted a medical supplier.  A ten dose vial of vaccine is $118.00.  He could also supply the syringes.  But, we need a medical professional to administer the injections.  M. Terral appointed D. McCarty to look into finding someone to give the flu shots. (3) Hope Lodge - D. Sieler suggested that Hope Lodge would be a worthy cause for our membership to support.  Hope Lodge will be a place for cancer patients to stay while they are in Lubbock undergoing treatment.  They need donations to finish the Lodge.  However, our By-Laws limit the amount we can donate to charities to $500.00 per year.  We donated that amount to MDA.  If you would like to make a personal donation to Hope Lodge, you can do so by going to hopelodgelubbock.org. or calling 806-792-7128.  (4) Work Day – There will be a work day on Thursday, September 24, 2009, right after work.  (5)  Fall School – The State Association is paying E. Odle for travel to the Fall School.  He will need a check for lodging and per diem. (6)  COLCPE – We need everyone to sign up.  (7) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by H. Steffens.  Motion carried.  (8)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (9) $240.00 Membership Drawing - Bennie Jordan’s name was drawn for September, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $250.00 next month.  (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – N. Cruz won for September.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


AUGUST 20, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by A. Prestridge.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except P. Majors. President Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Jack Sessums with personal note from the Holt and Sessums families.  (2)  Thank you card for expression of sympathy from the family of Brother Charles Pendergrass and a personal card from Mrs. Dorothy Pendergrass. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – There is nothing new to report.  Let Eddie know if you have any problems or questions.  (2)  MDA – J. Ladd announced that November 1, 2009, is the National MDA Bowl-a-thon.  National wants every Branch to participate.  J. Ladd and M. Terral will meet with Holly next Thursday.  Whitewood Lanes is interested in sponsoring the event in Lubbock.  D. Sieler moved we donate our usual amount of $500.00 to MDA at the Labor Day Telethon.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  J. Ladd will make the presentation.  (3)  Labor Day Picnic – The Lubbock Central Labor Council will have a Labor Day Picnic.  There are flyers at the stations about this.  The picnic will be at 4:00 P.M. September 7, 2009, at Mackenzie Park.  All union members and their families are invited. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Caps – The caps are here.  There are two styles. Caps were given to the Stewards last Thursday to take to the stations.  If you are a steward and you were not at the Steward Meeting, you can take the caps for your station tonight.  Retirees can get their caps tonight.  See E. Odle. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Social & Rec Committee – We discussed the amount of money in the Social and Rec Account and what we might to do with it.  The money in this account comes from 1½% of the profits from the vending machine sales.  Purchasing ice machines for all facilities is one suggestion that has been made.  Someone is looking into leasing ice machines.  (2)  New Posting Procedure – A new posting procedure for the posting of routes will be put in writing.  (3)  New Lock for Back Door – T. Chrestman reported we need to replace the lock on the back door.  We have two bids:  one from Lubbock Lock & Key for $352.90 and one from Western Building Specialties, Inc., for $1,073.84.  N. Cruz moved to accept the bid from Lubbock Lock and Key.  The motion was seconded by W. Jumper.  The motion carried.  (4)  Electrical Work – T. Chrestman reported that we need to have electrical outlets installed on the front of the stage and we need two new circuits in the kitchen area.  We have three bids for this work:  Greer Electric Company $1,165.00; Baker Electric $1,500.00 and Continental Electric Company $1,344.00.  There is a recommendation from the Executive Board that we go with Continental Electric Company, even though it was not the lowest bid.  D. McCarty moved to go with the recommendation of the Executive Board and accept the bid from Continental Electric Company.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  The motion carried.  We will keep the speaker system.  (5)  Austin School – If you plan to attend the Austin School October 10-12, 2009, Fernando needs to know tonight.  Room reservations have been made for the following members:  J. Baca; C. Cooley; N. Cruz; D. Valderaz; T. Magallanes; P. Majors; E. Odle; J. Ramirez, Jr.; F. Small; H. Steffens and M. Terral.  If you are planning to fly, Fernando needs to know immediately.  (6)  Color Coded Calendars – We received the order form for the 2010 Color Coded Calendars.  Stewards will start taking orders at the stations.  The cost is $3.50 each, which needs to be paid when you order.  (7)  MIARAP – Kathy Baldwin wants to schedule a seminar on the new MIARAP process.  C. Peterman moved to send Mitch Terral to the MIARAP Seminar at per diem when and where it is scheduled.  Motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to send J. Baca to the MIARAP Seminar at per diem.  Motion seconded by A. Williams.  The motion carried.  (8)  Station Closings – They are not closing any stations in Lubbock.  Two Lubbock stations were on a list of stations to look at for possible closing or consolidation.  There are no plans to close any Lubbock Stations in the near future.  We also discussed five day delivery and other legislation concerning the Postal Service.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – We need to see your name on the list!  This is your job protection.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by D. Valderaz.  Motion carried.  (3)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s is published in the Newsletter.  C. Cooley reported that there are corrections in the Building Maintenance Fund.  The Interest reads $1.40; it is $2.84.  The Service Charge reads $1.12; it is $3.22. The correct Ending Balance is $12,068.00.  (4) $240.00 Membership Drawing – Robby J. Mitchell’s name was drawn for August, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $250.00 next month.  (5) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – W. Jumper won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:07 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JULY 16, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  President Mitch Terral called for a moment of silence in memory of Brother Charles Pendergrass.  Brother Pendergrass passed away July 14, 2009.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small and P. Majors.  The following members were added to the attendance list for tonight for illness, medical or family medical reasons:  A. Rodriguez; F. Small; P. Majors; D. McCarty and T. Magallanes.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by W. Jumper.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There were no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – The Health Benefits Seminar is October 18-21, 2009.  If anyone needs anything or has any questions, let Eddie know.  A 24 hour nurse has been added as part of the HBP.  That phone number is 877-220-6252.  (2)  Political – HR 22 was unanimously approved in The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It will go to the House for a full vote.  (3) MDA – There was no MDA report.  (4)  Trustees Audit – Tommy Chrestman reported the Trustees audited the books.  The books are in fine shape.  (5)  State Convention – E. Odle reported on the State Convention.  State Officers are:  Mickey Morris, President; Brad Ramey, Vice-President; Sharon Rucker, Secretary; Shawn Boyd, Treasurer; and Hector Salinas, Director of Retirees.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Lubbock Central Labor Council – We got the paperwork to finalize our membership with CLC.  The dues will be $28.35 a month.  E. Leaney motioned to submit our membership to CLC and pay dues semi-annually. Motion Seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (2)  State Convention Receipts – C. Cooley needs your room and travel receipts.  (3)  Caps – The caps have been ordered.  We ordered two versions of a “Cool River” color.  It is a blue/grey similar to our uniforms. One is a solid blue cap with tan lettering.  The other is a blue cap with a bone color bill.  They should be here soon.     

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Hold Downs – The issue of hold downs being denied has been settled.  We won that at Step B.  (2) Secretary-Treasurer Training – We have received notification of a Financial Administration Training Seminar in Chicago, October 19-21, 2009.  E. Odle motioned to send C. Cooley to the Secretary-Treasurer Training in Chicago, October 19-21, 2009, and pay mileage and per diem.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (3)  Auxiliary Pins – Last month D. Sealer asked if  pins are available for Auxiliary officers. We obtained an order form at the State Convention.  E. Odle motioned to purchase five Auxiliary Officer Pins. Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  The pins will be given to past Presidents of Auxiliary 1064. (4)  Route Adjustments – We discussed the route adjustment process.  Times and volume will be looked at again in September.  (5) TE’s – TE’s should be around for another year.  Some may be sent to AO’s to work.       

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Everyone needs to sign up for direct contributions to COLCPE.  (2)  Work Night – There will be a work night next Thursday, July 23, 2009. (3) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  W. Jumper moved to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Motion seconded by R. Urias.  Motion carried. (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried. (5) Newsletter Items – J. Ramirez, Jr., announced that a file folder has been placed in a plastic holder by the door of the Editor’s office.  If you have items you would like published in the newsletter, place them in the folder.  (6) June Attendance List – L. DeLeon moved to add D. Valderaz to the June Meeting attendance list. Motion seconded by S. DeLeon.  The motion carried.  (7) $220.00 Membership Drawing – Michael LaVere’s name was drawn for July. He was not present. This drawing will be for $230.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – W. Jumper won for July.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JUNE 18, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 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 E. Odle, J. Baca and F. Small.  The following members were added to the attendance list for tonight due to medical reasons:  E. Odle, A. Rodriguez and F. Small.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the June Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added.  N. Cruz moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by S. DeLeon. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received an acknowledgment from Lubbock First Church of the Nazarene for our donation in memory of Brother Jack Stephenson.  The donation will be used for the Puppet Ministry Brother Stephenson worked with.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:   There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  There were no committee reports.

SECRETARY’S REPORT:  Branch 2589 has 19 Associate Members.  We have 198 Active Members including 161 regular carriers, 1 PTR, 23 PTF’s, 5 TE’s and 8 members from other crafts.  We have 128 Retired Members including 102 retired regular carriers, 13 Life Members (50 years or more), 1 retired PTF and 12 retired members from other crafts.  That is a total membership of 345. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Retirees’ Breakfast – Brother Al Edwards has taken over the Retiree’s Breakfast.  He wants to change the breakfast to the third Saturday of each month.  We published a notice of the change in The Lubbock Letter Carrier.  However, the building is rented on the third Saturdays through the remainder of the year.  The Retirees’ Breakfast will continue to be the last Saturday of each month though this year.  It will change to the third Saturday of the month next year.  (2) CLC – Last month the membership voted to join the Lubbock Central Labor Council and pay dues at 8¢ per capita per month.  Since then, we found out the dues are 15¢ per capita per month.  We will need another motion, if we still want to join.  They meet on the first Wednesday of each month.  N. Cruz moved we join the Lubbock Central Labor Council.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (3) Jackets and Caps – There will be an order form for Jackets in the next Newsletter.  Order forms will also be available at the stations.  In regard to the caps, we have been sent art work, on the computer, to look at before making the final order.  The caps have a Velcro adjustable closure.  (4) Reimbursement – Last year F. Small fell through the ceiling while doing some wiring for the computers.  The ladder he was on gave way.  He had to go to the emergency room.  We told him the Branch would pay any out of pocket medical expenses.  That amount is $460.30.  T. Chrestman moved to pay Fernando Small $460.30 for out of pocket medical expenses resulting from his fall.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (5) Officer and Steward Pay – We will be handing out checks for officer and steward pay tonight.  D. McCarty moved to pay three members for time spent assisting with grievances as follows:  Tommy Magallanes - $360.00; D’Angelo Valderaz - $280.00; and Joshua Smith - $150.00.  This motion does not set a precedent.  Motion seconded by S. DeLeon.  Motion carried.  

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Route Postings and Route Adjustments – The results of the bid postings were announced.  We discussed route adjustments and the effects of losing a route on a T-6 string.  (2)  Social and Rec Committee – District has taken over this committee. The paper work has been done to get all of the monies due us.  After district took over the committee, the laws governing it changed. Our share of proceeds from the snack and soda machines has decreased from 8% to 1½ %.  The monies must to be used for something that will benefit all postal employees equally.  (3) State Convention – We will issue checks and delegate cards tonight. Mitch has the confirmation numbers for the room reservations.  We also have discount tickets to Six Flags.  We will be wearing the red vests.  If you have one at home, bring it.  If you are flying and the Branch booked your flight, you will only need to turn in your hotel receipt.  If you are driving, you will need to turn in a hotel receipt and some gas receipts.  All delegates will attend all business meetings and you are expected to attend some classes.     

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Electrician - T. Chrestman asked if anyone knows a good electrician.  We need to have some work done before we put up the new ceiling tile.  No one does, but we will, now that we voted to join the CLC. (2) K. Goad – D. McCarty moved to add Karen Goad to the May attendance list due to special circumstances.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (3) Auxiliary Pins – D. Sieler asked about service pins for Auxiliary Members. We will look into that.  (4) Food Drive – C. Peterman reported the total was around 75,000 pounds.  He did send a report to National.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  The Motion carried.  (6) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report also is published in the Newsletter.  (7) $210.00 Membership Drawing – Jesse Andres Perez’s name was drawn for June, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $220.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – C. Cooley won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:08 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MAY  2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  President Mitch Terral asked for a moment of silence in memory of Brother J. Carrol Blackburn and Brother Jack E. Stephenson. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except T. Chrestman.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May, 2009, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Officers and the Membership received a Thank you card from Sister Karen Goad.  (2)  Literature from American Cancer Society (3) News on Wheels, Meals on Wheels Newsletter.  (3)  HBR Report for May.  (4)  Best Impressions Catalogue. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Food Drive – C. Peterman said he believes the initial report for the first day of the Food Drive was about 65,000 pounds of food.  He will have a final report at the next meeting.  (2)  Political – National President Young said HR 22 will save the Postal Service 3.5 billion dollars a years.  He believes it will pass and President Obama will sign it. President Young does not believe we will go to a five day delivery week. (3)  HBR – There is an article in the HBR Report under Health in the News, Tips for Breaking in New Shoes. T. Schulmeyer motioned to form a committee on breaking in shoes.  Motion seconded by O. Scott.  Motion failed.  E. Odle reported there will be a National Health Benefit Seminar in Las Vegas, October 18-21, 2009.  We have budgeted $1,000.00 each to send our Health Benefits Representative and Vice-President to the Seminar.  N. Cruz motioned to send E. Odle and J. Baca to the Seminar, pay mileage and per diem plus the $75.00 registration fee for each.  Motioned seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.    

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:   (1) Jackets – There should be a form in the next Newsletter for ordering the jackets.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Bids – The T-6 at Freedom will be reposted.  The wrong routes were listed on the posting.  Route 1214 went “no bid” and will be held per Article 12. The Downtown T-6 went “no bid” and will be awarded to the senior PTF.  (2) Gold Cards – We still have some Gold Cards that have not been awarded.  They will be mailed out next week.  (3) Secretary/Treasurer School – We have heard there are plans to have a school in the fall.  We will schedule C. Cooley to go to the school as soon as we find out when it is.  (4)  Lubbock Central Labor Council – The Central Labor Council is a group of unions in Lubbock.  They help as a group with anything the individual unions are doing. We were associated with them several years ago.  There is a recommendation from the Executive Board to re-associate with the council, as long as they do not need our membership’s addresses.  The dues are 8¢ per capita per month.  We do not know if this includes retirees or not.  But, even if it does, the most our dues would be is $26.00 to $27.00 per month.  N. Cruz motioned to join the Lubbock Central Labor Council, provided we do not give them our members’ addresses.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried.   (5)  Grievances – PTF grievances were discussed. (6)  Excess Clerks – APWU President, Mike Sturm, is our special guest tonight.  He and Mitch discussed excessing clerks and how it will affect both crafts.  We then had a question and answer session.  (7)  Retiree Breakfast – Brother D. Sieler reported that Brother J. Carrol Blackburn had a Retiree Breakfast the last Saturday of each month for many years.  The Blackburn family told Brother Sieler that they will host one last Retiree Breakfast on May 30, 2009.  After that, we need to find someone else to take over the Retiree Breakfast, if we continue to have them.          

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Treasurer’s Report – C. Cooley read the April Treasurer’s Report.  (2) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report was read by C. Cooley.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills for April.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  The motion carried.  (3) COLCPE – F. Small reminded the membership that COLCPE protects your jobs.  A contribution to COLCPE is “job insurance.”  (4) State Convention – F. Small needs to know, tonight, if you are going to fly.  There will be a “Texas Hold’em” Tournament to benefit Muscular Dystrophy at the Convention on June 24, 2009.  We have a couple of registration forms. (5) $200.00 Membership Drawing – James E. Martin’s name was drawn for May, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $210.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Gary Howard won for May.  (7) Work Night – There will be a work night next Thursday, May 28, 2009.    

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


APRIL 16, 2009

 

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 K. Goad. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors. P. Majors, B. Froemel and A. Sears were added to the membership list for tonight due to illness.  T. Chrestman moved to add T. Magallanes to the membership list.  He came to the meeting, but, had to leave due to weather conditions at home.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the April Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received Thank You for Expression of Sympathy cards from the family of Mac Massey, Sister Ann Lee’s father.  (2)  The branch received a letter from Texas Boys Ranch thanking us for our donation in memory of Mac Massey.  (3)  We received the February 2009 newsletter from Texas AFL-CIO.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership:  Joshua Adan Chavez from Monterey Station and Joshua Weston Smith from Sunset Station.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reminded everyone about the ExtraCare Health Card or key fob you can use at CVS and receive a discount on health related products.  Also, be sure and check you receipt for “ExtraBucks” for additional savings.  Caremark also has a FastStart Program for continuing prescriptions.  When your prescription has no refills left, Caremark will contact your doctor and have the prescription faxed to them and mail it out to you. There is also a medical alert program through Connect America.  For more information, check your April Postal Record under Health Benefits, or call Eddie.  (2)  Political – We are watching several Bills.  H.R. 22 still has 144 co-sponsors.  E. Odle does not know where it stands right now.  H.R. 235 has 206 co-sponsors.  This bill would repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision that denies many retirees full Social Security benefits.  The bill is referred to a House Committee.  H.R. 1804 passed the House on April 1, 2009, and goes to the Senate.  A section of the bill deals with selling of sick leave for FERS employees.  H.R. 958 has 24 co-sponsors.  This bill would make unused sick leave creditable for retirement purposes under FERS the same as provided under CSRS.  It is currently referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  (3)  District Three Meeting – The District Three Meeting will be in Childress, Texas, on April 19, 2009, at the Co-Op Building.  (4)  MDA – There was no report. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Jackets – The Executive Board recommended that the Branch take orders for the jackets.  The cost will be around $42.00.  There will be an order form in the Newsletter.  (2)  PTF Hold Down – We discussed PTF carriers who have hold downs on routes, but are being brought in later.  (2)  Waiting Time – We discussed moving to 354 carrier waiting time.  Red book time is 743.  (3)  Street Observations – Management is required to do street observations.  Be sure you are following all safety guidelines.  (4)  Misdelivered Mail – This is a serious problem.  (5)  Blocked Mailboxes – Discussed the procedure for blocked boxes. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Branch Treasurer – K. Goad announced at the Executive Board Meeting that she is moving to Kentucky.  We need a Treasurer for the Branch.  We will have a Pot Luck Dinner in honor of Karen at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Union Hall.  (2)  Web Site – We need to renew our website name.  It is $49.95 for two years.  The Executive Board so recommended.  T. Chrestman moved to renew our website name for two years.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (3)  No Bid Routes – Posted routes that go “no bid” will be held per Article 12 until released by District.  Any “no bid” T-6 strings will be assigned to senior PTFs.  (4)  Caps – The Executive Board discussed doing something for the membership.  The Board recommended the purchase of 300 caps to be made available to the membership.  They are about $11.00 each.  The caps will have the NALC Emblem embroidered on them with the local number on the bill.  E. Odle moved to purchase 300 caps.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) TSALC Elections - Sister Ethel Ford is running for President and would appreciate our vote.  Brother Shawn Boyd and Brother Larry Snyder are running for Treasurer.  (2)  Drill Bits – T. Chrestman reported that out of the money the Branch voted to pay him last month, he had about $75.00 after taxes.  He bought a new set of drill bits and donated his old set to the Branch.  Also, he bought welding rods to replace the rods he had used.  He spent about $65.00.  (3)  Leaks/Work Night – T. Chrestman also reported he was here while it was raining and found two leaks toward the back of the building.  Someone needs to get on the roof and fix these leaks.  T. Chrestman thinks we have some tar left from the last time we repaired the roof.  We will have a work night Thursday, April 23, 2009.  (4)  Bulk Mail Account – K. Goad announced that we are down to $54.00 in the Bulk Mail Account.  T. Chrestman moved to put $200.00 in the Bulk Mail Account.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (5)  Newsletter – J. J. needs articles for our Newsletter.  Let him know if someone is retiring at your station.  We can put their picture in the newsletter.  Also, send him birth, wedding, and graduation announcements to publish. (6) Web Links – We plan to add another link to our website.  F. Small does a great job maintaining our website.  There is a lot of information there and links to other websites.  (7) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter. E. Odle moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by C. Cooley.  Motion carried.  (8)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.   (9) $190.00 Membership Drawing – Aubrey Prestridge’s name was drawn for April, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $200.00 next month.  (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Juan Baca won for April.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05P.M.


MARCH 29, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice President, Juan Baca, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by P. Polk. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., Paul Majors and Mitch Terral.  Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., was added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness.  J. Baca read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2009, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) “The Connection” – March, 2009, Newsletter from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. “The Connection” is a guide to volunteering in Lubbock.  (2)  HBR Report for March, 2009.  (3)  Harris Federal Law Firm – Correspondence concerning an article about Federal Worker’s Compensation.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Thomas T. Hamman from Singer Station.   T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported that Region 10 gained 1,078 members in the NALC Health Benefits Plan during Open Season.  Eddie encouraged members to use CVS “Maintenance Choice” prescription program by mail.  This saves members money on prescriptions and generates revenue for the Postal Service.  CVS also has a key fob which will save 20% on health related items.  Again, Eddie encouraged members to call him if you have any problems with the Health Benefits Plan.  (2)  Political – E. Odle reported on the trip to Washington, D. C., March 9th and 10th.  They were there with about 18 other states.  They went to talk about H.R. 22 in regard to prefunding NALC HBP.  Only NALC HBP is required to prefund.  E. Odle reported that they saw all three congressmen from this area.  President Young is scheduled appear before a House Sub Committee on the 25th.   (2)  MDA – J. Ladd gave a disappointing report in regard to the Golf Tournament for MDA.  Meadowbrook and LakeRidge are run by the same people.  Things were going pretty well until J. Ladd talked to the MDA Coordinator for our area.  She said Harley Davidson was having a tournament in July and it would be difficult to get different sponsors for our tournament, since we were so different from Harley Davidson and we were union.  She said MDA would support our efforts and help get sponsors, if we would guarantee between $5,000.00 and $10,000.00.  Jeremy told her we couldn’t do that.  She said she would see what she could do, but, he has not heard a word from her.  It will be expensive to do on our on.  The Golf Course wants a large deposit and it will cost to have food and beverages.  Jeremy will get with Tommy Magallanes and Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., to see if they still want to try to do this, but right now, without any help from MDA, it does not look like we will have a golf tournament.  If, MDA doesn’t want to help us out, Jeremy suggested just giving them the usual $500.00 donation we give them every year and forget it.   

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Jackets – The jacket we ordered came in. The Executive Board recommended the purchase of 50 jackets in assorted sizes at about $41.00 each.  Larger sizes are a little more.  The jacket will be available for purchase by Branch officers, stewards and members and will be used as a Membership Drive Promotion. E. Odle moved to purchase 50 of these jackets.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  After much discussion E. Odle called for the question.  After the voice vote, division was called.  In a vote by show of hands there were nine (9) for and nine (9) against.  A. Williams moved to table. (2)  Spring School – If you went to the Spring School and have not turned in your hotel receipt, do so immediately.  K. Goad must have these receipts.  (3)  Ceiling Tile – The Executive Board recommended purchasing ceiling tile which costs $4.80 per tile.  T. Chrestman reported we will need 533 tiles and there are ten to a carton.  He passed around the tile for the membership to look at.  The total cost will be about $2,782.00.  E. Odle moved to purchase ceiling tile not to exceed a cost of $3,000.00.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Storage Room Doors – T. Chrestman reported that the double doors on the storage rooms in the back of the Union Hall are just about torn up and about to fall off the hinges.  Tommy has obtained prices to replace these doors.  Double metal doors with metal jams are $1,075.00.  K. Goad stated we cannot purchase both sets of double doors and the ceiling tile right now.  Tommy reported the doors where we store the tables and chairs are the worse.  E. Odle moved to purchase one set of metal double doors with metal jams for $1,075.00 to replace the doors where the tables and chairs are stored.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  After considerable discussion, a vote was taken and the motion carried.  (2)  Compensation – B. Froemel reported that T. Chrestman has been doing a lot of work at the union hall and built the carts to store the chairs.  He thought Tommy should be compensated.  E. Odle moved to pay T. Chrestman $100.00.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried. (3)  Mileage Pay – Juan Baca reported a situation that came up involving a member bringing information from Plainview to Lubbock.  The information was needed in a Step 2 and the time limit was running out. Juan requested we pay the carrier mileage.  N. Cruz motioned to pay the carrier mileage from Plainview.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  After extensive discussion a vote was taken.  The motion carried.     

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) District Three Meeting – E. Odle reported that the District Three Meeting will be in Childress, Texas, on Sunday, April 19, 2009.  Ken Claxton is scheduled to give a class on the new route count procedure.  Diane McCarty said she was going to attend.  If you want to go with her, let her know before April 19th.  (2) Taxes – K. Goad reported our accountant called and the taxes are done.  K. Goad needs approval to write the accountant a check for tax preparation.  E. Odle moved to pay the accountant.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried. (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the March Newsletter.  N. Cruz moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (4) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the March Newsletter.  (5)  Retiree Breakfast – The next Retiree Breakfast is March 28, 2009.  (6) Work Night – There will be a work night on Thursday, March 26, 2009.  When you finish your route, come on down to the union hall.  There is a lot to do.  (7) $180.00 Membership Drawing – Wesley Alan Davis’ name was drawn for March, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $190.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Chrestman won for March.     

Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JANUARY 15, 2009

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  N. Cruz moved to add H. Steffens and D. Sieler to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion was seconded by E. Odle. Motion carried.  A. Rodriguez moved to add A. Sears to the November 20, 2008, Union Meeting, due to illness. Motion was seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the January, 2009, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  J. Baca was added to the Steward List due to a family illness.  E. Odle moved to add J. J. Ramirez, Jr., to the Officers List.  Motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to add D’Angelo Valderaz to the Steward Meeting.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the December, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a card from Boots Tidwell thanking the Branch for the donation to the band for playing at the Installation Banquet.  (2) A thank you letter from the American Heart Association for our gift in memory of Mary Lee Sims, Brother Doug “Pop” Sims’ wife.  (3) Thank you for expression of sympathy from the family of Louise Weehunt, Brother Tommy Chrestman’s mother-in-law.      (4)  Thank you for expression of sympathy from the family of Juanita S. Cruz, Sister Norma Cruz’s grandmother.  (5)  Thank you letter from Hospice of Lubbock for our donation in memory of Brother Apolinar “Paul” Ramos.  (6)  Christmas card from Meals on Wheels.  (7)  Texas AFL-CIO December, 2008, Newsletter (8) HBR Report for December, 2008.    

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) MDA – There was no report.  (2) HBR – E. Odle reported that Open Season has been extended until January 31, 2009. You can still switch to the NALC Health Benefits Plan before the end of the month.  (3) COP Meeting – E. Odle reported that the committees for the State Convention have been selected.  Eddie has information on Scholarship Applications and the Newsletter Contest.  Early registration is $35.00.  Late registration is $50.00.  There will not be a banquet this year.  There will be a Welcome Party on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.  E. Odle went over the agenda and the price of ads in the State Convention Program.  E. Odle moved to purchase a ¼ page ad for $75.00.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  It looks like the 2010 National Convention will be in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (4)  Budget – The 2009 Budget was presented to the membership.  N. Cruz moved to accept the 2009 Budget.  Motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.      

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Gold Cards – We have several Gold Cards and 50 year pins to be presented to members.  None of them were present tonight.  (2)  Jackets – We have discussed purchasing t-shirts, caps or jackets to be presented to new members.  The Executive Board has recommended a baseball type jacket from Cedarstream Union Products Catalogue.  Their products are union made in the USA.  The Executive Board recommended purchasing one jacket for $47.75 right now.  Then we can decide if we want to purchase more.  E. Odle moved to purchase one jacket from Cedarstream.  Motion was seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.  (3) Route Count Adjustments – The route count settlements were discussed.  There will be adjustments in other stations through the Joint Route Evaluation Process.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Routes – The following routes are up for bid:  702; 1416; 1421; 1423; T-6 at Midwest; T-6 at Freedom; 1532; and 1656.  These routes will be posted on January 20, 2009.  (2) Auxiliary 1064 Dues – We received a request from our Auxiliary to help them pay their dues.  It is a recommendation of the Executive Board to pay Auxiliary 1064 dues in the amount of $117.00.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried unanimously.   (3)  AFL-CIO Dues – Dues for 21 members of Branch 2589 through 2009 are $352.80.  It is a recommendation of the Executive Board to pay AFL-CIO dues for 21 members.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes. Motion carried.  (4) Grievance Settlements – Settlements concerning 3971’s and PTF cases were discussed.  (5) Annual Leave – Incidental leave slots were discussed.  Slots for the week of Convention have been released and were evenly divided between the stations.  (6) Spring School – The rooms have been booked for the Spring School.  If you are going, you need to get with Fernando tonight and get your confirmation number.  Then you MUST move your reservation to your personal credit card by January 29th.  If you do not do so, you will not have a room when you get to Houston.  All of the rooms that have been confirmed on the Branch credit card will be cancelled after January 29th.  If you want to fly, get with Fernando tonight.  If you are going to the Spring School, Fernando and Karen need to know as soon as possible.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – There will a work night Thursday, January 22, 2009.  T. Chrestman is in charge.  (2) COLCPE – Fernando made an appeal to all carriers to contribute to COLCPE.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – F. Small read the December bills.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.  (4) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the December Treasurer’s Report.  (5) Trustee’s Report – J. Ladd reported that the Trustees examined the books and they are in order.  (6) $160.00 Membership Drawing – A. Prestridge’s name was drawn for January, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $170.00 at the February meeting.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – P. Majors won for January. 

Meeting was adjourned at 8:03 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


OCTOBER 16, 2008

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 E. Leaney.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except P. Majors.  Members added to the attendance list for tonight were P. Majors due to injury and B. Froemel due to illness.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the October 9, 2008, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the October, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a Thank you card for expression of sympathy from the family of Joe Pearson, Sister Debbie Redman’s father.  (2)  Activist Newsletter for July, 2008.  (3)  Texas AFL-CIO Newsletter for September, 2008.  (3)  Goldstein Associates sent the Branch an order form for 2009 Union made wall calendars and pocket planners. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There are no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle thanked everyone for allowing him to attend the HBR Seminar.  He said it was very enlightening.  He was also able to go over to the Committee of Presidents and hear President Bill Young for a while.  Open Season runs from November 10th through December 8th.  Active Carriers biweekly self-only premium went up $0.10 to $32.71.  Self & Family went up $8.30 to $62.84.  Annuitant’s monthly self-only premium went down $4.98 to $122.42.  Self & Family went up $5.14 to $252.14.  Our goal is to be better than Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  We have 20 new programs.  Here are a few: (1) You can purchase up to a 90-day supply (84-day minimum) of covered drugs and supplies from a local CVS Pharmacy and pay the applicable mail order copayment which is $12.00 for generic. (2) Co-pay is now $15.00 for outpatient and office visits. (3) Copayment per admission at a PPO hospital for medical/surgery is $100.00. (4) Annual physical is $15.00. (5) If you use a Quest Lab facility, lab work costs nothing.  More information is published in the October Newsletter or you can go online to www.nalcbranch2589.org and click on “Links” in the left column and then click on the HBP Logo at the far right on the Branch Links page.  (2)  Political – Go vote.  (3)  MDA – J. Ladd has no report.  D. Sieler reported that Branch 2589 made the revised 2007 MDA Honor Roll in The Postal Record.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet is Saturday, November 22, 2008, here at the Union Hall at 7:00 P.M.  It will be catered by Cathy’s.  D. Sieler and J. Ladd volunteered to be here at 6:00 to let the caterer in.  Next month, after the meeting, we need to stay and set up the tables and chairs for the banquet.  The Auxiliary will decorate.  We will reimburse them for the cost of the decorations.  Brother Gary Mullins will be here to install the officers.  The Executive Board recommended that we purchase a gift card for Brother Mullins to show our appreciation.  T. Chrestman motioned to purchase a gift card for Brother Mullins.  Motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  We discussed the menu for the banquet.  From the menu selections, the membership decided on steak, Cornish game hen, baked potatoes, and green beans.  We will ask if we can have an assortment of desserts.   

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) E-mail addresses – D. McCarty asked for all stewards to give her their e-mail addresses and/or phone numbers so we can notify the stewards when routes are posted.  (2)  Routes Pending Reversion – Management is holding two routes at Midwest Station pending reversion.  Management has 30 days to revert or post them.  (3)  Ladder – F. Small fell through the ceiling last month because the ladder he was on gave way.  The Executive Board recommended that we purchase an eight foot, double sided ladder.  E. Odle motioned to purchase said ladder not to exceed $250.00, plus tax.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  After some kidding about the fall, K. Goad said she was here when F. Small fell and it was a serious fall.  His injuries could have been far more serious than they were.  (4)  A/C – The air conditioner in the front offices stopped cooling.  We had to call someone to come out.  The cost was $238 and a few cents.  T. Chrestman motioned to pay for the A/C repair.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (5) Cups – We need to purchase some larger coffee cups the next time we get supplies.  (6) Bulk Mailing Permit – Our bulk mailing permit is about to expire.  It will cost $180.00.  J. Ladd motioned to renew our bulk mailing permit.  Motion seconded by C. Cooley.  Motion carried.  (7) Computer Equipment – The Executive Board discussed the need for a new CPU and Monitor for the front offices.  It is a recommendation of the Executive Board to purchase a new CPU and flat screen monitor, not to exceed $600.00 plus tax.  E. Odle so moved.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.  (8) NRP – National Reassessment Program.  This program will affect carriers, and other craft employees, who are on Limited Duty or OWPC.  If management calls you in to talk to you, make sure you have Mitch Terral with you.  If they make you a job offer, you have two weeks to get back with them.  You do not have to accept the offer at the time.  (9)  Mileage for Building Manager – The building manager is required to come to the union hall on Sunday after the building has been rented, to inspect the building and to clean, if necessary.  E. Odle motioned to pay the building manager mileage when she comes to inspect the building on Sunday.  Motioned seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion was amended to pay the building manager mileage for one round trip to the union hall on Sunday when she comes to inspect the building. N. Cruz accepted the amendment.  Motion carried as amended.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Nomination of 2009-2010 Officers and Delegates to the 2009 Texas State Convention – Nominations for office of President:  Mitch Terral.  Mitch Terral was elected by acclimation.  Nominations for office of Vice-President:  Diane McCarty and Juan Baca.  Diane McCarty declined the nomination.  Juan Baca was elected by acclimation.  Nomination for office of Recording Secretary:  Penny Polk.  Penny Polk was elected by acclimation.  Nomination for office of Financial Secretary:  Fernando Small.  Fernando Small was elected by acclimation.  Nomination for office of Treasurer:  Karen Goad and Diane McCarty.  Diane McCarty declined the nomination.  Karen Goad was elected by acclimation.  Nominations for office of Editor:  Juan J. Ramirez, Jr.  Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., was elected by acclimation.  Nomination for office of Sgt. At Arms:  Troy Robles.  Troy Robles was elected by acclimation.  Nominations for office of Health Benefits Representative:  Eddie Odle.  Eddie Odle was elected by acclimation.  Nominations for three Trustee positions:  Jeremy Ladd, Norma Cruz, Tommy Chrestman, Paul Majors, and Charles Peterman.  Norma Cruz declined the nomination.  The nominations ceased.  The following members were nominated as Delegates to the 2009 Texas State Convention:  Mitch Terral, Tommy Chrestman, F. Small, Jeremy Ladd, Diane McCarty, Bill Froemel, Eddie Odle, Juan Baca, Karen Goad, Penny Polk, Andy Rodriguez, Ed Leaney, Norma Cruz, Charles Peterman, S. C. Cooley, Troy J. Robles, Howard J. Steffens, Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., and Mark Allen.  These 19 delegates were elected by acclimation.  Pending Paul Majors’ acceptance of his nomination to the office of Trustee, there will be an election for three Trustees.  The election will be November 20, 2008, at the Union Hall from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.  Results will be announced at the November 20th meeting.  (2) COLCPE – F. Small stressed how important it is to donate to COLCPE.  (3)  T E Break – The TE’s are showing up on the “Separation List” after their break.  We may have to sign them up for membership again.  (4) Financial Secretary’s Report – The Financial Secretary’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  C. Cooley moved to pay the bills as presented in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (5)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s is published in the Newsletter.  (6)  Receipts for Fall School – Your motel and gas receipts must be turned in to Karen within 30 days or you will be required to return the funds that were paid to you by the Branch. (7)  Delegates to the 2009 Convention – F. Small needs to know your choice of room accommodations as soon as possible.  We need to start making reservations.   (8) $140.00 Membership Drawing – Jeffery Lee Price’s name was drawn for October, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $150.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – T. Robles won for October.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


SEPTEMBER 18, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:06 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except P. Majors.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the September Executive Board and Steward meetings.  M. Allen was added to the Steward list due to working late.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the September, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  The Branch received the following:  (1) Order forms from Mail Call for Christmas “thank you” post cards from “your letter carrier”;  (2) Notice of Arthritis Expo 2008, on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at the Science Spectrum, 10:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M., free admission;  (3) Texas AFL-CIO August, 2008, Newsletter; (4) News on Wheels July Newsletter from Meals on Wheels; (5)Union People Products Catalogue; and  (6) Cedarstream Union Products Catalogue.  

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Richard Allen Napier from Monterey Station.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) Political – E. Odle reported tentative plans to go to Washington D. C. in March, 2009.  Eddie has contacted Rick Noriega headquarters to see if he would come speak to the unions in Lubbock.  We are working with Texas AFL-CIO to get Joe Heflin reelected.  (2) HBR – E. Odle reported a retiree had some problems with his insurance card.  You must use the card with the “U” on the front.  The Health Benefits Seminar is September 28 – 30th. If you want Eddie to check on anything for you, you must fill out a HIPAA form.  Eddie has the forms.  He also has more “Personal Health Records” forms, if you don’t have a computer.  (3)  TSALC – The COP will meet January 10, 2009, at the Sheraton Grand in Dallas, Texas.  The Texas State Convention is tentatively set for June 22-26, 2009, in Dallas. (4)  MDA – No report.     

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Shredding Service – Several months ago the branch approved using a shredding service to dispose of old files and records.  The branch approved two bins at $50.00 each. The second bin is full and we need to call the company to come pick it up.  We are going need a third bin to finish disposing of all old files and records.  T. Chrestman motioned to pay $50.00 for another bin.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion Carried.  We will tell them to bring another bin when they pick up the full one.  (2)  Calendars – Turn in orders and money for calendars tonight.  (3)  Route Counts – Discussed the Muleshoe count.  We will request information from the units that have just counted.  We have set up a count team.  The members are Mitch Terral, Diane McCarty, Norma Cruz, Juan Baca, Ed Leaney, Mark Allen and stewards at the AO’s being counted.  E. Odle motioned to pay the count team members $20.00 per hour, up to $200.00 per unit.  Motion seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (5) T E Uniforms – Everything has been approved, but nothing has been paid.  Mary Tenorio is still selling uniforms.  (6) Painting outside of Building – T. Robles asked if we have another bid on painting the building.  Frank Caro told Diane McCarty he would paint the building for free, if we furnished the paint and did the preparation.  C. Cooley motioned to let Frank Caro paint the building.  Motion seconded by M. Allen.  There was discussion about who would do the preparation.  What the cost of that would be.  We don’t have a bid on pointing up the building.  K. Goad made a motion to table until we get more information.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion tabled.     

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Grievance – A grievance was filed for the weeks of the National Convention for open slots that were not released at four stations.  Two slots will be opened for bid at those stations.  (2)  Installation Committee – Bill Froemel is the Chairman of the Installation Committee.  Committee members are E. Odle, A. Sears, S. Deleon and P. Stephens.  Volunteers added to the committee were J. Baca and J. Ladd. The Banquet will be Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. at the Union Hall.  Brother Gary Mullins will be here to install the officers.  E. Odle will take care of the gift for Brother Mullins.  We will pay for his hotel or get a gift card.  (3)  Elections – Nominations for officers and delegates to the Texas State Convention are next month, October 16th and elections are November 20th.  (4)  Gas Allowance – Last month a motion was made and the members voted to increase the President’s gas allowance and to pay the Chief Shop Steward a gas allowance.  President Terral declared that motion out of order because the gas allowance for the President is a By-law and will require a By-law change to increase the amount.  E. Odle motioned to start paying the Chief Shop Steward a gas allowance of $20.00 per month beginning with August, 2008.  Motion seconded by M. Allen.  Motion carried.  (5)  Band – E. Odle suggested we ask the “My Dog Don’t Bite” Band to play before and after the Installation Banquet.  (6) Christmas Party – The Union Christmas party will be December 13, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. at the Union Hall.  It will be Pot Luck.  Don Sieler will make piñatas.  (7)  Copier – Holland’s Office Supply presented a proposal for a new copier to the Executive Board.  The purchase price of a new copier without a duplexer is $6,495.00.  The purchase price with the duplexer is $7,335.00.  The maintenance agreement is $25.00 per month.  If we lease the same copier over five years, the total cost would be about $10,000.00.  We asked for bids from two other companies, but they sent information on different, but similar, copiers.  The price was a little lower but the maintenance contract was much higher.  E. Odle motioned to purchase the copier with the duplexer from Holland’s Office Supply as soon as possible.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.   (8) Commendation – B. Froemel wanted to officially thank F. Small for the great job he did planning and coordinating the arrangements and travel plans for the delegates to Boston for the National Convention.  (9)  Mileage – E. Odle motioned to pay M. Allen mileage for attending the Route Count School on August 24, 2008.  Motion seconded by B. Froemel.  Motion carried.  (10) Membership Pins – D. Sieler asked about NALC Membership Pins to be presented to carriers.  We have requested 50 year pins and Gold Cards to be presented at the Installation Banquet.  We will look into getting pins for other years. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Attendance list – C. Cooley motioned to add D. Redman to the attendance list for tonight due hospitalization of her father.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (2)  Work Night – There will be a work night next Thursday, September 25th.  We have a lot of work to do.  (3) COLCPE – F. Small urged everyone to contribute to COLCPE.  We are getting raises and we need to be contributing to COLCPE.  (4)  Fall School – F. Small has made reservations for all stewards and officers for the fall school, except those who told him they are not going. If you are not going, let Fernando know as soon as possible.  (5) Financial Secretary’s Report – C. Cooley motioned to pay the bills as published in the September Newsletter.  Motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (6) Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the Newsletter.  (7) 130.00 Membership Drawing – Lloyd W. Lancaster’s name was drawn for September, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $140.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Larry De La Garza won for September.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:22 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


AUGUST 21, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by D. Redman.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small and P. Majors.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried. 

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received an acknowledgement of sympathy from the family of Joe R. Cox, Brother Howard Steffens’ father-in-law.   (2)  The Branch received June and July Newsletters from Texas AFL-CIO.  (3)  We received notice of a Health Benefit Seminar planned for September 28-30, 2008, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle gave a report on “Personal Health Records” and explained how to get yours on line.  You can make one for everyone in the family and take it with you when you go to the doctor.  Go to our website, nalcbranch2589.org and click on Links and then click on Health Benefit Plan on the far right.  Then click “Not Registered?” or “Login” at top right of page.  There have been a lot of changes to the HBP.  Our goal is to be at least as good as Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  We had not planned to have a Health Benefits Seminar this year, so we did not budget for anyone to go.  Because of the changes, there will be a Seminar in September.  We have approved $1,000.00 in the past.  N. Cruz motioned to pay E. Odle $1000.00 to attend the Health Benefits Seminar.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  K. Goad pointed out that we are paying mileage and per diem now.  N. Cruz amended her motion to pay E. Odle mileage and per diem to go the Health Benefits Seminar.  Amendment accepted by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (2)  MDA – Due to a lack of participation, the Bowl-a-thon was cancelled.  J. Ladd motioned to donate $500.00 from branch funds to MDA.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  With so many people planning to be out of town for Labor Day, we will not participate in the MDA Labor Day Telethon. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Route Counts – We discussed the route count schedule for Lubbock and surrounding offices.  We will have a route count school here at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 24th, 2008.  This needs to be announced at the stations.  (2)  Estimates – We only have one estimate for painting the outside of the building.  At this time, we do not have an estimate on pointing it up.  (3)  Overtime Tracking – They are working on the new overtime tracking program.  We will have training as soon as the program is finished.     

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Route Posting – The latest posting of the Sunset T-6 position was posted with the wrong routes.  A “suspense item” was sent out today requesting management to change route 1658 to 1657 and give standup talks about this on Friday and Monday.  We don’t want to repost it.  (2)  Highlighters – We need pink, blue and yellow highlighters and we need a lot of them.  (3)  T E Uniforms – All TE’s should have received their letter and ordered their uniforms.  (4)  Contract – The new bound copies of the contract came in.  We ordered one for each officer and steward and a few extra.  They are $3.00 each for members.  (5)  Gas Allowance – E. Odle motioned to increase the President’s gas allowance from $20.00 to $30.00 a month and pay the Chief Shop Steward a gas allowance of $30.00 a month.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (6)  Color Coded Calendars – It is time to order calendars.  Stewards or an appointee will be in charge of taking orders and collecting money at each station.  Calendars are $3.50 each and must be paid for in advance.  The orders and money need to be turned in by the September union meeting.  The Branch provides one calendar for each officer and steward and one for the break room at each station.  (7)  Work night – There will be a work night on Thursday, August 29th.  If you need to make up a meeting, two work nights make up one meeting.  

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Fernando is not here to talk to you about COLCPE, but, if you have not signed up for the automatic deduction, you need to.  Also, you need to sign up for E-Activist.  It is easy and informative.  (2)  National Convention – We heard reports and comments on the National Convention in Boston.  K. Goad needs your receipts.  She needs in a hotel receipt and gas receipts or airline receipt for each delegate.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report – T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills as published in the August Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – The Treasurer’s Report is published in the August newsletter.   (5) $120.00 Membership Drawing – H. L. Futch, Jr.,’s name was drawn for August, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $130.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Rodriguez won for August. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JULY 17, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except F. Small, E. Odle, J. Ramirez, Jr., and P. Majors.  Members added to the list tonight are:  F. Small, death in the family; H. Steffens, death in the family; E. Odle, family illness; and T. Magallanes, who took his daughter to Colorado for rehab. M. Terral read the attendance list for the July Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No names were added to either list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the July, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  We received the May, 2008, Newsletter from Texas AFL-CIO.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) MDA – J. Ladd reported that we did get the four $50.00 gift cards from United for prizes for the 1st Place Team.  Several people have suggested we have prizes for the 2nd and 3rd Place Teams, also.  The MDA office suggested contacting Bahama Bucks.  They like to get involved in things like this.  J. Ladd motioned that we give one month free advertisement for any business that donates prizes for the 2nd and 3rd Place Teams.  Motion seconded by C. Peterman.  Motion carried.  Flier/sign up sheets for the Bowl-a-thon have been distributed to all of the stations.  We need to have the signup sheets turned in by the last week of July.  (2) HBR – M. Terral gave the HBR report in E. Odle’s absence.  Eddie has correspondence from Ms. Lindy Lauderdale telling him that it is her understanding that the situation should be resolved for NALC Health Benefit members to use Covenant HealthPlus as an urgent care center.  Eddie called HealthPlus and was assured that all of their doctors fall under NALC Health Benefits Plan.  However, he could not get the names to show up through CIGNA.  It can take four to six weeks for changes to show up.  We believe we can use HealthPlus as an Urgent Care Center and if there are any problems, Ms. Lauderdale will work them out.  Eddie will meet with these people in Boston.  Dr. Chavez has a walk in clinic at 52nd and University that is open late.     

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Route Counts – They are counting Midwest in September or October and will count either Downtown or Monterey, also.  They are still planning to count all of the AO’s.  Floydada may be counted September 6, 2008.  (2)  Deposit Refund – Someone rented the building and had to cancel at the last minute because she had to attend her granddaughter’s funeral.  She brought us the obituary.  The Executive Board recommends refunding her deposit.  E. Leaney motioned to refund her deposit.  Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.  (3)  Rental Agreement – The Executive Board also discussed making a change in the rental agreement that if you get caught with the doors propped open, you will have a $50.00 charge assessed from your deposit.  R. Urias motioned to have that language added to the Rental Agreement.  Motion Seconded by D. Sieler.  (4)  Painting the Building – T. Robles had RDX Renovators, from his route, look at the building.  They submitted a bid for $4,841 to paint the outside of the building.  D. McCarty will contact someone for another bid.  M. Terral will get a bid from a mason to point up the building.  (5) New SOP – The new SOP is out and is in every office.  Every carrier should have one.  You can tell if you have the new one by looking at Anonymous Mail.  The new SOP says 13 ounces, not 16 ounces.  (6)  AFL-CIO – We pay dues for sixteen members (officers and stewards) to be members of AFL-CIO.  It is $179.20 a year and is due.  C. Cooley motioned to pay AFL-CIO dues for sixteen members in the amount of $179.20.  Motioned seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (7)  Manual Bidding - The Automated Bidding Systems are not available from July 19, 2008, through July 24, 2008, due to a HCE System upgrade.  We will be bidding manually during that time, using Form 1717, the pink Bid Card.  You will have to get the card to Kay Ramon.  Bids that are posted during this time will have instructions on them.  (8)  Floydada – We received official notice that they are holding a position in Floydada.  (9) OT Tracking – We have a new overtime tracking system.  We will set up some training for the new system. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – If you are not on the “Gimme 5” list, you need to be.  (2)  Audit – T. Chrestman reported that the Trustees did audit the books and they look terrific and they balanced. K. Goad received a round of applause.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report - C. Cooley moved to pay the bills as published in the Newsletter.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  The motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer’s Report was accepted as published in the Newsletter.  (5) $310.00 Membership Drawing – Lloyd Lancaster’s name was drawn for July, but he was not present to win.  The $100.00 drawings were won by Roy Estrada and Burl Bowerman.  The Membership drawing will be for $120.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Tara Garza won for July.  (7)  Work night – No work night next week. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JUNE 19, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by P. Polk. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  N. Cruz moved to add Andy Rodriguez to the attendance list for tonight due to a family emergency.  Motion seconded by J. Rivere.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the June 12, 2008, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  T. Chrestman moved to add Tommy Magallanes to the Steward Meeting attendance list due to a family situation.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  D. Quattlebaum moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried. 

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Meals on Wheels – We received a donation card from Meals on Wheels.  If anyone would like to make a personal donation, you may have the card. (2) Texas AFL-CIO – We received the April, 2008, Newsletter.  (3) MUG Resolution –We received information from Branch 351, Olympia, WA, about the Male Unbifurcated Garment (MUG) Resolution which will be introduced at National.  It is a resolution to add a new item of clothing for men to the approved uniform items.  It is, essentially, a kilt. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported that he is getting the runaround on getting an Urgent Care Center at Covenant.  He is still working on it.  (2)  Political – E. Odle reported we will not be going to Washington, D.C., this year.  We probably will not be able to get pay for our delegates who attended the Texas State Democratic Convention.  (3) MDA – The Bowl-a-thon is still set for Sunday, August 10, 2008.  The cost of having posters made was prohibitive.  Jeremy and Fernando will get together and make flyers on the computer.  Be sure and spread the word.  There are 42 lanes and we can have 42 teams.  Jeremy reported that he contacted United to ask about donating four $50.00 gift cards to give to the winning team.  They have not returned his calls.  He will try again this week.  (4)  Secretary’s Report – As of pay period ten, we have 14 associate members.  We have 171 active regular carriers, 1 PTR, 18 PTF’s, 5 TE’s, 6 other craft active members, for a total of 201 active carriers.  We have 110 regular retired members, 5 Life Members, 1 retired PTF, and 14 other craft retirees, for a total of 130 retired members.  The total membership of Branch 2589 is 346.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) New Contracts – We have ordered 30 new contracts.  (2) Membership Drawing – The Membership Drawing has reached $300.00.  The Executive Board discussed this and made the following recommendation:  If no one wins the June drawing tonight, the drawing for the July 17th Meeting will be $310.00.  If no wins the $310.00, there will be two $100.00 drawings from the membership in attendance at the July Meeting.  Then, the drawing for the August Meeting will be $120.00.  E. Odle motioned to accept the Board’s recommendation.  Motion was seconded by D. Villalobos.  There was some discussion.  Motion carried.  (3)  By-Laws – The proposed By-Law changes were approved by National and have been incorporated into our By-Laws.  We do have copies and the new By-Laws will be on our website soon.  (4)  Branch Polo or T-shirts – T. Magallanes said we need to make a decision on the shirts if we want to have them for the National Convention.  No motion was made regarding the purchase of shirts by the branch.  (5)  Posting of Routes – D. Villalobos asked why it took so long for routes to be posted and awarded.  There was a discussion on this. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Bulk Mailing Permit – K. Goad reported we are almost out of money.  N. Cruz motioned to add $200.00 to the Bulk Mailing Permit.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (2)  Personal Items at Case – An arbitration was made available on this subject.  You are permitted to have personal items at your case.  However, it cannot be political in nature or anything that could be deemed inappropriate in anyway.  (3)  Route Counts – Notices are coming that the AO’s will be counted.  (4)  Harold Snider – M. Terral announced that Harold Snider has had quintuple bypass surgery.  The doctors say he is extremely healthy and should be fine.  N. Cruz motioned to send flowers.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (5)  Office Allowance – F. Small has a $200.00 monthly allowance to purchase office equipment and supplies.  Fernando made an out of pocket purchase for the branch in the amount of $179.69.  There is a recommendation from the Executive Board to reimburse him. N. Cruz moved to reimburse F. Small, if he provides a receipt.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (6) Fans – Another recommendation of the Executive Board is to purchase four additional wall mounted fans:  two for the center room and one for each of the other two offices.  E. Odle moved to purchase four wall mounted fans.  Motion seconded by J. Rivere. Motion carried.  (7)  PEG Audit – We discussed the PEG Audit at Singer Station.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) David Huerta – J. Baca announced that Brother David Huerta had a stroke.  Please keep Brother Huerta and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  (2)  Move – C. Peterman asked when the routes will be moved to Murray Hill.  The move is scheduled for the beginning of the fiscal year, which is October 1, 2008.   (3)  Serving Our Country – D. McCarty introduced Eppie Garza, Sister Tara Garza’s husband, as a guest tonight, along with their children.  He is home after his second tour of duty in Iraq.  He received a round of applause.   (4) Rick Noriega – F. Small announced that Rick Noriega will run against Senator John Cornyn.  Senator Cornyn voted against more benefits for our veterans.  Major Noriega just came from Iraq.  He is a Major in the National Guard.  He will be in Lubbock on June 24.  Come out and support him. (5)  COLCPE – Give to COLCPE.  We need your money.  (6)  Financial Secretary’s Report – A copy of the Financial Secretary’s Report was distributed to the membership.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills as shown on the report.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (7)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the May Treasurer’s Report.   (8) $300.00 Membership Drawing – Brandy Lowrance’s name was drawn for June, but she was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $310.00 next month.   (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Mitch Terral won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M. 

Respectfully submitted,


MAY 15, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by H. Steffens. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Leaney will be added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness.  E. Odle motioned to send E. Leaney flowers.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) We received a Thank You card for expression of sympathy from Brother Carrol Blackburn and family on the death of his brother, Gene Blackburn.  (2) We received a Thank You card for expression of sympathy from Brother Cliff “Fergie” Ferguson on the death of his mother.  (3) We received an acknowledgement from VistaCare Hospice for our contribution in honor of Ruby Lee Ferguson, Brother Cliff Ferguson’s mother.  (4) Texas AFL-CIO March, 2008, Newsletter.  (5)  HBR Report for April/May 2008.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Ana San Miguel.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported that N. Cruz has some provider nomination forms.  We currently do not have an urgent care facility in Lubbock.  If you would like to nominate a facility, get one of the forms from N. Cruz.  F. Small reported there could be some problems when you see a doctor for the first time because of the change to CIGNA.  Make sure they enter the correct information when they are checking to see if they are on the plan.  Make sure you use the correct card.   (2)  District Three Meeting – Diane McCarty, President of the meeting was there.  There was a discussion on the OIG and medical forms.  If you believe your doctor has released medical information without your permission, contact E. Odle.  We are working on getting our delegates to the Texas State Democratic Convention paid.  Emre Edwards will attend a Central Labor Counsel meeting.  She will see what other Branches do.  In regard to a trip to Washington, D.C., we may go in April of 2009.  (3)  MDA – J. Ladd reported the Bowl-a-Thon will be on Sunday, August 10, 2008, from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.  It will be at South Plains Bowl at 69th & Slide.  There will be four people to a team and the cost is $100.00 a team to bowl.  South Plains Bowl will get $25.00.  The shoes will be free.  MDA will get $75.00 for each team.  Jeremy has submitted a request to United for four $50.00 Gift Cards to use as prizes for the winning team.  We will also have a 50/50 raffle during the Bowl-a-Thon as an extra fund raiser.  When we find out about the gift cards, we will get the information posted on our web site and have flyers made.  If you bowl in a league, ask other league members if they would like to participate.  Let your friends, family and church family know about this event.  Anyone can participate.  (4)  Food Drive – C. Peterman could not be here tonight.  M. Terral reported that we have collected 104,000 pounds of food and they expect the total to be over 110,000 pounds.  The plastic sacks United donated made a big difference.  We plan to collect only on the Saturday of the National Food Drive next year.  We are working on getting bags for the entire city and the AO’s.  We will coordinate with the Food Banks in the AO’s.   We will coordinate with the Lubbock Food Bank to thank United for donating the bags. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) OTDL Day Off – The policy of not working OTDL people on their day off has been rescinded in most areas, but not yet in the Ft. Worth District.  National is on this.  E. Odle suggested we call Gene and ask to be put in intervention.  (2)  Routes Awarded – The routes that did not get posted Downtown have been posted and awarded.  Monterey Route 1004 went no bid.  Napier was assigned to it. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Contract Published – M. Terral received a complimentary copy of the new contract which has been printed.  They are $3.00 each.  It was a recommendation of the Executive Board to order 20 Contracts for the officers and stewards. We discussed ordering more than 20 so members could purchase them.   N. Cruz motioned to order 30 Contracts.  Motion was seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried. (2)  Rent – The Executive Board made a recommendation to raise the rent for the building from $475.00 to $500.00.  This would be for non-members.  There was discussion.  E. Odle moved to raise the rent to $500.00.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (3) Managers – They will be moving station managers and supervisors around as of Monday.  (4) Thrifty Nickel Ad – K. Goad reported our ad in the Thrifty Nickel is about to run out.  It will cost $276.00 to renew.  N. Cruz moved to renew the ad in the Thrifty Nickel.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Shirts – T. Magallanes is still checking on places to order t-shirts or polo shirts.  He is looking at WorkPlace Pro now and has printed some information.  Their web site does not say they are union made.  We may get the blue polo shirts from National.  Designs in Thread say they have union made polo shirts.  (2)  Thank you – B. Froemel said he would like to thank everyone who comes out to work on Work Night.  (3)  National Convention – F. Small stated that the Convention is only a couple of months away.  That only leaves a month to cancel room reservations or flights.  If any Delegate needs to cancel a room or a flight, Fernando needs to know by the end of May.  Do we want to rent a car or a van?  If so, see Fernando immediately following tonight’s meeting.  Delegates do get one day off during the week of the National Convention.  You are expected to attend all of the other meetings.  (4)  Work Night – Next Thursday, May 22, 2008, is work night.  (5)  Retiree Breakfast – B. Bowerman announced the next retiree breakfast is Saturday, May 31, 2008.  He needs a key to the lock.  The old lock is back on the gate.  (6) COLCPE – F. Small mentioned the fact that we will be getting cost of living raises which will be more than expected due to the increase in gasoline prices.  You need to donate $5.00 per pay period or $10.00 a month to COLCPE.  Defend yourself by donating $10.00 a month to COLCPE to defend your job.  (7) Chairs – We still have chairs for sale.  T. Chrestman motioned if you buy five chairs, you get the sixth chair free.  The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried. (8) Parking at Midwest – N. Cruz stated that several employees’ personal vehicles have been vandalized at Midwest Station during work hours.  (9) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of April.  N. Cruz moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (10) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the April Treasurer’s Report.  (11) $290.00 Membership Drawing – John A. Lynn’s name was drawn for May, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $300.00 next month.  (12) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – D. Quattlebaum won the Attendance Drawing for May.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:17 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


 APRIL 17, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:05 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the April Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle motioned to add Paul Majors to the Executive Board Attendance List.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2008, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Thank you card for expression of sympathy from Brother Cliff “Fergie” Ferguson.  Brother Ferguson’s father passed away March 23, 2008, and his mother passed away April 10, 2008.  (2)  Thank you card for expression of sympathy from Marcos Ybarra and family.  Mrs. Maria Ybarra, Brother Juan “JJ” Ramirez, Jr.’s mother-in-law, passed away April 1, 2008.  (3)  We received a letter from Hospice of Lubbock acknowledging a gift in memory of W.H. Ferguson, Brother Cliff Ferguson’s father.  (4)  We received a letter from VistaCare Hospice acknowledging a gift in memory of Ernest G. Blackburn, Brother J. Carroll Blackburn’s brother.  (5)  March, 2008, NALC Activist Newsletter.  (6)  “News on Wheels” April, 2008, Meals on Wheels newsletter. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have one application for membership:  Michal “Micki” Carreon.  T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership.  The motion was seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle said there was nothing to report.  Call E. Odle if you have any problems.  (2)  Political – The District Three Meeting is this Sunday (April 20, 2008) in Childress, Texas.  Diane McCarty, President of the meeting, will be going to Childress.  Let her know if you want to go and would like to ride with her.  E. Odle motioned to pay D. McCarty mileage.  N. Cruz seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Ken Claxton will be there.  Politically, we will discuss going to Washington, D.C. and trying to find a way to pay for our people to go to the Texas State Democratic Convention in Austin, Texas.   (3)  Flower Committee – K. Goad asked that you contact her if you know of a Branch Member or a family member of a Branch Member who has passed away.  It is hard for her to recognize some family members, especially if they have a different last name.  (4)  MDA – J. Ladd reported he received a letter from Southwest Airlines.  They are not going to donate airline tickets this year.  Jeremy has talked with the manager at Brunswick Bowl. He would like to help MDA by having a “Bowl-a-thon” fundraiser.  They are to meet Monday.  A tentative date of August 10, 2008, has been set.  MDA will get some packets together to help get businesses to sponsor the Bowl-a-thon.  (5)  By-Law Committee – T. Chrestman presented seven proposed By-Law Changes to the membership to be voted on.  All proposed changes have been signed by three members from three different stations, were read into the minutes of the last meeting and are recommended for approval by the By-Law Committee.  T. Chrestman read the proposed change for Article VII, Section 7 (A).   E. Odle motioned for approval.  Motion was seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.  The proposed change for Article IV, Section 1 was read.  E. Odle motioned for approval.  Motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  The proposed change for Article IV, Section 3 was read.  D. Quattlebaum motion for approval.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  Proposed change for Article VIII, Section 2 was read.  E. Odle motioned for approval.  Motion seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  Proposed change for Article VIII, Section 3 was read.  N. Cruz motioned for approval.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.  Proposed change for Article IX, Section 2 was read.  H. Steffens motioned for approval.  Motion seconded by C. Peterman.  Motion carried.  Proposed change for Article X, Section 1 was read.  E. Odle motioned for approval.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor. 

NEW BUSINESS:   (1) Return to office scan – M. Terral reported some supervisors have told carriers to scan back to the office as soon as you get back from your route.  That is wrong.  Carriers scan the return barcode at the same time they swipe their badge “move to office”, after putting away equipment and taking a break.  (2) Downtown Route Postings – Routes should go up next week.  We are working on getting manual posting and bidding back.  (3)  Ceiling Tile – We are going to replace all of the ceiling tiles.  When we do, we will have to dispose of the old tiles.  K. Goad called some container companies to get the cost of bringing out a container to put the old tiles in and haul them away.  The price ranges from $225.00 to $240.00.  N. Cruz motioned to pay no more than $250.00 to a container company for the disposal of old tile.  Motion seconded by R. Nettles.  (4)  Work Night – T. Chrestman announced a work night next Thursday, April 24, 2008.  There is a lot of work to do.  (5)  Customer Connect – D. McCarty introduced our special guest, Cindy Parker.  Ms. Parker is a small business specialist with Customer Connect.  She explained Customer Connect, our roll as carriers and goals the USPS has for Customer Connect.  She then took questions from the membership.  (6)  Food Drive/Food Bank – C. Peterman introduced special guests, David Weaver and Lynn Garcia from the South Plains Food Bank.  They presented Branch 2589 with a beautiful plaque for sixteen years of dedication to the food drive and the Food Bank from 1992-2008.  A hand out was distributed to the membership to let us know what the Food Bank does with the food we collect.  They also want us to know that we do make a difference in the lives of people who need help.  A copy of the Food Bank’s newsletter “Manna” was also distributed.  C. Peterman reported that the post cards and thank you cards for the Food Drive have been taken care of.  (7)  E-mail Account for Cell Phone – Most of the Branch President’s correspondence is done by e-mail now.  The Executive Board discussed paying for a cell phone e-mail account for the President of Branch 2589.  The service is about $40.00 a month.  The recommendation of the Executive Board is to pay for cell phone e-mail service for the Branch President’s phone.  M. Terral would purchase the phone himself.  There was discussion.  E. Odle motioned to spend $40.00 a month for an e-mail account on the Branch President’s cell phone.  Motion seconded by J. Revere.  There was more discussion.  F. Small proposed an amendment of $50.00, because the $40.00 does not include taxes and fees.  E. Odle amended his motion to spend $50.00 a month for an e-mail account on the Branch President’s cell phone.  J. Revere accepted the amendment.  Motion carried.  (8)  National Convention – (a) Sight Seeing – F. Small referenced the article in the April Postal Record about attractions in and around Boston.  Delegates need to let Fernando know if you want to make plans to go sight seeing as a group.  If so, the Delegates need to get together and go over this information.  (b) Housing – We did not get any of the hotels we requested.  Our delegates will be staying at The Colonnade.  Shuttle service will be available.  (c) Proposed Resolution – B. Anderson would like to see a way for letter carriers to let our brothers and sisters know when we have had bad experiences with a business or company.  He suggested having something in our local newsletter and would like to see it go to the National level with a section in the Postal Record devoted to this.  M. Terral will check out liability issues, if we publish something like this in The Lubbock Letter Carrier

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Old Chairs – D. Redman said a member asked her if he could get a discount on the old chairs, if he purchased all of the remaining chairs tonight.  There was a lot of discussion about this.  There are members present who are interested in purchasing chairs tonight.  H. Steffens motioned to sell “him” all of the remaining chairs for $2.00 each, after tonight.  Motion was seconded by R. Nettles.  Motion failed.  E. Odle motioned that all chairs are now $2.00 each.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  F. Small amended the motion to require “him” (the member D. Redman spoke with) to purchase all of the remaining chairs for $2.00 each.  E. Odle accepted the amendment. J. Ladd accepted the amendment.  Motion failed.  E. Odle motioned that all chairs are now $2.00 each.  Motion seconded by T. Magallanes.  Motion carried.  (2)  Welder – T. Chrestman needs to borrow a welder so he can finish some work on the workday.  If anyone has a welder, contact T. Chrestman.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of March.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by D. Quattlebaum.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the March Treasurer’s Report.  (5) Copy Paper – K. Goad motioned to reimburse Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., $8.90 for copy paper he purchased to print the newsletter.  Motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (6) $280.00 Membership Drawing – Robby J. Mitchell’s name was drawn for April, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $290.00 next month.  (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – N. Cruz won for April.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:40P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MARCH 20, 2008

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M. The invocation was given by K. Goad. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken. All officers were present except Juan J. Ramirez, Jr., and Paul Majors. M. Terral read the attendance list for the March Executive Board and Steward meetings. No names were added to either list. T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2008, Newsletter. The motion seconded by E. Odle. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS: (1) Acknowledgment of memorial from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in memory of Edith Golden, Brother Bill Edmonson’s mother-in-law. (2) Thank you card for expression of sympathy from Brother Cal and Monica Urias and family. (3) Texas AFL-CIO February, 2008, Newsletter.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP: We have one application for membership: Jeffery Lee Price from Freedom Station. T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership. The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – E. Odle reported the situation with Lubbock Diagnostic. He has been in touch with Brother Timothy O’Malley and everything has been taken care of. If you have any questions or a problem, call Eddie Odle. (2) Political – E. Odle attended the State Board meeting in Austin. He reported on a motion and discussion about going to Washington, D.C. We will make a decision about Washington, D. C. at the District Three Meeting, Sunday, April 20th, 2008, at 9:00 A. M. The District Three Meeting will be at South Plains Electric, 1900 Avenue C NW, Childress, Texas. Eddie would like for several of our members to attend. D. McCarty is President of the Meeting. F. Small talked about delegates and alternates to the Lubbock County Democratic Convention. The Convention is 1:00 P.M. March 29, 2008, at Lubbock High School. (3) MDA – J. Ladd reported he has written a letter to Southwest Airlines asking them to donate airline tickets to use in our MDA Raffle. He has not heard from them. He is setting up a bowling fundraiser. It will be sometime in May. The information will be on our website when we have decided when and where.

(4) By-Law Committee – J. Ladd read the following proposed By-Law changes:

Article IV – Officers, Section 1. The Officers of the Branch shall be President, Vice-President/MBA Representative, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Health Benefits Representative, Editor, and a Board of Trustees composed of three (3) members.

Proposed Change: The Officers of the Branch shall be President, Vice-President/MBA Representative, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Health Benefits Representative, Editor, Chief Steward, and a Board of Trustees composed of three (3) members.

Article IV – Officers, Section 3. Shop Stewards shall be elected within their respective Stations. Their duties shall be to guard the interests of the Branch in their particular Station under the direction of the Branch President or the Officers.

Proposed Change: Shop Stewards shall be elected within their respective Stations. Their duties shall be to guard the interests of the Branch in their particular Station under the direction of the Branch President or the Officers. Chief Steward shall be the President or an appointee.

Article VIII – Committees, Section 2. The Flower Committee shall consist of one (1) Branch member from each Station, with one (1) member designated as Chairperson. In the event of the death of a Branch member or one of his/her immediate family, this Committee shall secure appropriate floral offerings. Immediate family as used in this section shall mean the spouse and children living at home, mother or father. The cost of the flowers shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

Proposed Change: The Flower Committee shall consist of one (1) Branch member from each Station, with one (1) member designated as Chairperson. In the event of the death of a Branch member or one of his/her immediate family, this Committee shall secure appropriate floral offerings or memorial. Immediate family as used in this section shall mean the spouse, children, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparents or spouse’s mother, father, brother, sister, or grandparents. The cost of the flowers or memorial shall not exceed fifty dollars ($50.00).

Article VIII – Committees, Section 3. The Negotiations Committee shall consist of elected officials of this Branch and one (1) member from each Station appointed by the President. This Committee shall select members to bargain a Local Memorandum of Understanding for the offices in Lubbock, Levelland and Spur.

Proposed Change: The Negotiations Committee shall consist of elected officials of this Branch and one (1) member from each Station appointed by the President. This Committee shall select members to bargain a Local Memorandum of Understanding for the offices in Lubbock, Abernathy, Floydada, Littlefield, Levelland, Morton, Muleshoe, Plainview and Spur.

Article IX--Branch Funds, Section 2. Branch 2589 shall have four (4) types of accounts: (1) a General Account; (2) a Savings Account for general purchase use; (3) a MDA Account; and (4) a Building Maintenance Fund.

Proposed Change: Branch 2589 shall have three (3) types of accounts: (1) a General Account; (2) a Savings Account for general purchase use; and (3) a Building Maintenance Fund.

Article X – Commissions, Section 1. Paid Officials of Branch 2589 shall be paid an annual expense (to be paid semi-annually) based on a percentage of the annual base pay for a Grade 6, Step A, letter carrier employed by the United States Postal Service. This annual expense will be adjusted each year as of the first pay period in January. The percentage will be as follows:

President 6.308%                                                       Trustee (each) 0.841%

Vice-President/MBA Rep. 1.752%                           Health Benefits Rep. 1.402%

Recording Secretary 1.752%                                    Sergeant-At-Arms 0.841%

Financial Secretary 1.752%                                       Editor 1.402%

Treasurer 2.279%

Shop Stewards - Lubbock, Levelland, Littlefield, Spur,

Floydada, Muleshoe and Plainview (each) 1.402%

Assistant Shop Stewards - Lubbock, Levelland, Littlefield and Spur (each) 0.0035%

The Chief Shop Steward will be paid 1.402%

Proposed Change: Paid Officials of Branch 2589 shall be paid an annual expense (to be paid semi-annually) based on a percentage of the annual base pay for a Grade 1, Step A, letter carrier employed by the United States Postal Service. This annual expense will be adjusted each year as of the first pay period in January. The percentage will be as follows:

President 6.308%                                                       Trustee (each) 0.841%

Vice-President/MBA Rep. 1.752%                           Health Benefits Rep. 1.402%

Recording Secretary 1.752%                                    Sergeant-At-Arms 0.841%

Financial Secretary 1.752%                                       Editor 1.402%

Treasurer 2.279%

Shop Stewards - Lubbock, Abernathy, Floydada, Littlefield, Levelland,

Morton, Muleshoe, Plainview and Spur (each) 1.912%

The Chief Shop Steward will be paid 2.60%

(These changes will be retroactive to January 1, 2008.)

Article VII – Elections, Section 7. (A) The Budget Committee will determine the amount of money for Branch Convention expenses, and this will be divided equally among the eligible Delegates that go. The Budget Committee will determine an individual cap in the total funds that a Delegate can receive from the Branch. These recommended expenses for the Branch and the Delegates cannot be exceeded. The Committee recommendations will be read and voted on by the Branch at the next Branch meeting.

Proposed Change: The Budget Committee will determine the amount of money for per diem/mileage for Branch Convention expenses. These recommended expenses for the Branch and the Delegates cannot be exceeded. The Committee recommendations will be read and voted on by the Branch at the first Branch meeting in January.

The Proposed By-Law changes were duly signed by three members from three different stations and will be voted on at the Regular Branch Meeting on April 17, 2008.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Food Drive – C. Peterman attended the first meeting for the Food Drive last week. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 24, 2008. We need to order posters. C. Peterman motioned to spend $25.00 on 50 Food Drive Posters. Motion was seconded by E. Odle. Motion carried. They are talking to United about having bags printed up. Need a coordinator for each town. Muleshoe will participate. We will check with Abernathy. Post cards have been ordered. We discussed the Thank-you cards. C. Peterman will have the information on T-shirts soon. (2) Customer Connect – We have Freedom, Monterey and Downtown in Customer Connect and the new expansion sites are Levelland, Singer, Midwest and Sunset. We need coordinators in each station. There is a meeting in Amarillo on March 26, 2008. The coordinators are going. (2) Plainview – The Vivian Finch matter is over. The checks will be written tonight and the account will be closed. (4) Chairs – We still have chairs for sale for $3.00. We also have one table left. (5) Installation Banquet – Our Installation Banquet will be Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 7:00 P.M. We have invited President Young to the Banquet and asked that he install our officers.

SPECIAL GUEST: Mayor David Miller was our special guest tonight. He handed out a booklet entitled First Things First. This information focused on Core Services, Effective Governance, Community and Economic Development. He talked about what we are getting for our tax dollars, the water supply, dog problems, the new animal shelter, road maintenance and other matters of interest. Mayor Miller then took questions from the membership.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) NRP – National Reassessment Program is in progress. This week they are in Phase II. (2) Contacting Management – There should be someone in management at all stations at all times. If this is not possible, a Postal Cell Phone number is to be given to the carriers. (3) 3 M Mail – These are the errors you find in DPS. If they are on your route and are first class, you are to deliver them. Errors for other routes, other stations and standard mail on your route, are to be taken back to your station and placed in the designated areas. Do not, under any circumstances, put 3 M Mail in the raw mail. (4) Route Data – All Route Base Data from DOIS and copies of most recent 1840’s need to be turned in ASAP. (5) Bond – We added more officers on the bond.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) Work Night – The next work night will be March 27, 2008, right after work. (2) Video – It will cost $0.12 a foot to copy to VHS and $30.00 to transfer to DVD. D. Sieler will bring this up at the Retiree Breakfast to see if anyone is interested in having this done. (3) Centennial Year – This is Lubbock’s Centennial and D. Sieler asked if anyone was interested in trying to get a couple of LLV’s and participating in the 4th on Broadway parade. No one was interested. (4) Branch Apparel – T. Magallanes reported on some prices he had obtained on Wind Breakers, Polo Shirts and T-Shirts. He believes Polo Shirts will be best deal for the money. He is still waiting on some prices for T-shirts. He will

have more information next month. (5) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of February. T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by B. Froemel. Motion carried. (6) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the February Treasurer’s Report. (7) $270.00 Membership Drawing – Carl Donnell’s name was drawn for March, but he was not present to win. This drawing will be for $280.00 next month. (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – K. Goad won for March.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:42 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


FEBRUARY 21, 2008

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 D. McCarty and E. Odle. Members added to the attendance list for tonight were: D. McCarty due to illness; D. Redman due to family illness and M. Allen due to illness. M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board and Steward meetings. No names were added to either list. J. Ladd moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2008, Newsletter. The motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS: (1) "News on Wheels" – We received the Meals on Wheels January Newsletter. (2) AFLCIO – We received the Texas AFLCIO January Newsletter.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP: We have one application for membership: Carlos Rene Moreno from Muleshoe. T. Chrestman moved to accept this application for membership. The motion was seconded by T. Magallanes. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBP – There is no report. (2) MDA – J. Ladd reported that the "Shamrock" fund raiser is going on. Several businesses are participating. You can add a donation to MDA when you make purchases from these businesses. They give you a Shamrock to sign. We are planning a Bowling Fundraiser in the spring. Jeremy has written Southwest Airlines about tickets to raffle. (3) Political – The Texas Primary is March 4, 2008. (4) By-Law Committee – The By-Law Committee has been working on revising our By-Laws. The committee has seven proposed changes. J. Ladd gave a report on changes to Article IV, Sec. 1; Article IV, Sec. 3; Article VII, Sec. 7; Article VIII, Sec. 2; Article VIII, Sec. 3; Article IX, Sec. 2; and, Article X, Sec 1. These proposed changes will be formally presented at the Regular Union Meeting in March, read into the Minutes of the March Meeting and voted on at the Regular Union Meeting in April.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) MRA – There will be Minor Route Adjustments at Midwest Station within the next two or three months. We are being told the MRA will be done jointly. (2) Auxiliary Dues – Auxiliary 1064 has requested help paying their dues in the amount of $105.00. It was a recommendation of the Executive Board that we do so. T. Chrestman motion to pay dues for Auxiliary 1064. Motion was seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried unanimously. (3) Chairs – It was a recommendation of the Executive Board that we purchase 100 white chairs so we can get rid of all of the old brown ones. C. Peterman motioned to purchase 100 white chairs. Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. Motion carried. We have 13 old tables for sale for $5.00 each and 186 old brown chairs for sale for $3.00 each. (4) Night Out – Eddie and Paula Odle will be in town on Sunday March 2nd. We will be going to Abuelo’s Sunday evening at 6:30 P.M. (4) Installation Banquet – The Installation Banquet will be 7:00 P.M., Saturday, November 22, 2008, at the Union Hall. (5) New Doors – We need new doors on our storage room where we keep uniforms and the pool table. The doors are hollow and are falling apart. C. Cooley motioned to purchase two solid core doors with floor bolt. Motion seconded by T. Chrestman. It was pointed out that the doors to the room where we store the tables need to be replaced also. C. Cooley amended his motion to purchase four solid core doors. T. Chrestman accepted this amendment. Motion carried. (6) Plainview

Bids – The bids in Plainview were discussed. (7) Branch Apparel – T. Magallanes said he would like to see us purchase shirts or windbreakers or something with our Branch Logo on it. It would be something we could give new members and wear to schools. We discussed polo shirts and a few other ideas. T. Magallanes will gather information and report back to the Branch.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – F. Small urged everyone to come forward and contribute. He said he has used about every analogy he can think of, but said to try this one. You are on the Titanic and it is sinking. The only way to get on board the last life boat is to contribute to COLCPE. What are you going to do? (2) Work Day – The next work day is February 28th, right after work. T. Chrestman and P. Majors are in charge. Participation in work days can be used to make up missed meetings. (3) Retiree Breakfast – B. Bowerman announced the Retire Breakfast is February 23, 2008. (4) March 4th Primary – C. Cooley talked about the Texas Primary System. If you vote in the Democratic Primary, it is important to attend your precinct caucus at 7:15 on March 4th. The nominee for President is decided by votes and a caucus. (5) Party Committee – M. Terral has appointed a Party Committee. They will be presenting some ideas and dates for activities. (6) National Convention – If you are NOT going to the National Convention in Boston, we need to know ASAP. (7) Financial Secretary’s Report – F. Small read the bills for the month of January. T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried. (8) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the January Treasurer’s Report. (9) $260.00 Membership Drawing – Ronnie McClellan’s name was drawn for February, but he was not present to win. This drawing will be for $270.00 next month. (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – Tara Garza won for February.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JANUARY 17, 2008

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 D. Eddleman. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance. The roll call of officers was taken. All officers were present except J. Ramirez, Jr., and E. Odle. E. Odle was added to the attendance list for tonight for medical reasons. J. Ramirez, Jr., came in after roll call. M. Terral read the attendance lists for the January Executive Board and Steward meetings. No names were added to either list. T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the January, 2008, Newsletter. The motion seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS: (1) Note of Thanks for Sympathy from Mrs. Paula Small, the Small Family and Hall Family. (2) New Designs Catalogue from Cedarstream. (3) MDA November Newsletter. (4) Texas AFL-CIO Newsletters for October, November and December. (5) Activist November Newsletter (6) December HBR Report. (7) An announcement for the Texas 2nd Annual Charity Sporting Clay Shoot, March 6, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (8) Christmas cards from our NBA Office, J. E. Murfee & Son, and Meals on Wheels. (9) Invitation to the Grand Opening of Holland’s Office Technologies on January 24, 2008.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP: We have four applications for membership: Jenaro Zapata, III; Tim Ryan Jackson; Matt Harvey; and Bruce Schafer. T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership. The motion was seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried unanimously. We also have a new member, Brother Jon Attaway, from Abernathy Branch 6570. Branch 6570 Abernathy is a suspended branch and is now merged with Branch 2589, per communication from NALC President Young.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: (1) HBR – E. Odle sent his report. M. Terral gave the report in E. Odle’s absence. The new HBP is now in effect under CIGNA HealthCare. Eddie is still working on Lubbock Diagnostic Radiology. There is no urgent care at 4000 – 24th Street. That is Covenant Lake Side Women and Children’s Hospital. (2) Political – Make sure you are registered to vote on Super Tuesday. (3) MDA – J. Ladd said there is nothing coming up in the next two or three months. The MDA Coordinator has not been in touch with him. If you have any ideas for fund raisers, please contact Jeremy Ladd. (4) Secretary’s Report – P. Polk reported we now have 15 Associate Members, 197 Active Members and 126 Retired Members, for a total of 338 Members of Branch 2589. This is as of pay period 25/2007. (5) Del Rio School and Convention – F. Small wants those attending the Spring School to know, if you are going to fly to Del Rio it will cost you out of pocket for the difference in the cost of the airline ticket and the mileage the Branch budgeted to pay. Also, you will need a Pass Port if you attend planned activities in Mexico. F. Small needs to know who plans to go to the National Convention. H. Steffens, T. Garza and J. Ladd said they are not going. F. Small reported on airline flights and the cost. If someone is traveling with you and you want the Branch to book both flights, we must have the money for the other person’s ticket before it is booked. (6) Editor – Nothing to report. (7) Budget Committee – The Budget Committee has a Proposed Budget for 2008. M. Terral read the Proposed Budget and asked for discussion or comments. Hearing none, T. Chrestman moved to accept the 2008 Budget as read. Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried. The Budget will be printed in the next Newsletter.

(8) Audit Report – J. Ladd reported that the Trustees did an audit of the books and they were found to be in excellent condition. The Trustees are still working on the inventory of the building.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: (1) Plainview Branch Funds – Vivian Finch is to pay back the funds in full by the end of the month. The funds we have collected have not been paid out so we can keep the minimum balance in the account. When we have been paid in full, we will pay out the funds to the eligible members of the former Plainview Branch and close the account. (2) Microwave & Vent Hood – A. Sears asked about the microwave oven and vent hood we had voted to purchase. We have not had time to purchase them, yet, but we will. (3) Ceiling Tile – We also need to purchase the rest of the ceiling tile and get it put up.

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Changes to Newsletter – The steward at Sunset Station needs to be changed to Mitch Terral. The new steward at Levelland is Alvin Williams. Jeremy Ladd is the new Trustee. We need to add Abernathy to the Merged Branches. Some people are not getting their Newsletter. If you are not getting your newsletter, please give your name and address to F. Small after the meeting. There will be a list at the head table. (2) Pictures – D. Eddleman brought some old pictures he thought the Branch would like to have. He also gave us a film of a breakfast many years ago. We will look into getting it converted to Video or DVD. (3) Map – The Executive Board recommended we purchase a large map which could be used during route counts. The City of Lubbock has one 5½ X 6 feet for $41.25. We would have it laminated. W. Jumper motioned to purchase a map. Motion seconded by E. Leaney. Motion carried. (4) W2 Forms – K. Goad has the W2’s ready. See her, if you have not received yours. (5) Shredding Old Records – According to the Record Retention List, we have a lot of files that need to be destroyed. They all need to be shredded. There is a company in Lubbock that will bring out a 64 gallon container. When it is full, they will come get it and shred the contents for $50.00. We will probably have enough to fill the container at least twice to finish the job. It was the recommendation of the Executive Board to have one container brought out now. J. Ladd motioned to have one container brought out now and to order additional containers as needed to complete the job. Motion seconded by A. Sears. Motion carried. (6) Labor/Management Meeting – Mitch Terral met with Randy Turner, who will be acting Postmaster for at least three months. The following were topics at the L/M Meeting: (1) Unauthorized overtime. (2) 3996’s should be turned in 15 minutes after last drag. (3) 1571’s for curtailment of mail. Make sure it is on all mail left in the office. Management must tell you what to curtail. (4) Sick leave. (5) Mail verification.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION: (1) COLCPE – Everyone needs to be contributing to COLCPE. We discussed the third allotment slot on your check which is now available. (2) Work Night – There will be a work night after work next Thursday, January 24, 2008. J. Ladd is in charge. We need to put up some lights and finish the paneling on the door. (3) Tables – We need to get caught up on buying tables. N. Cruz motioned to buy 19 tables. Motion seconded by A. Sears. Motion carried. (4) Tables for Sale – Next month we will have used tables for sale. Tables are $5.00 and chairs are $3.00 and will be available at the next meeting. It will be in the next Newsletter. (5) Bulk Mail Account – K. Goad motioned to put $200.00 in the Bulk Mail Account. Motion seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried. (6) Dues – N. Cruz motioned to stop depositing the extra $1.00 per active member per pay period in the Building Maintenance Fund. It will stay in the General Account. Motion seconded by A. Rodriguez. Motion Carried. (7) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the months of November and December. J. Ladd moved to pay

the bills. The motion was seconded by A. Sears. Motion carried. (8) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the Treasurer’s Report for November and December. (9) $250.00 Membership Drawing – Bob Decker’s name was drawn for January, but he was not present to win. This drawing will be for $260.00 next month. (10) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – B. Bowerman won for January.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


AUGUST 16, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President Mitch Terral at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies. The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except D. McCarty and E. Odle.  E. Odle, D. McCarty, L. DeLeon and D. Lopez will be added to the attendance list for tonight with excused absences.  J. Baca motioned to add C. Peterman.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  C. Cooley motioned to add himself to the July, 2007, attendance list, due to illness.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  N. Cruz motioned to add T. Garza to the July, 2007, attendance list.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance lists for the August Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Leaney motioned to be added to the Steward list due to a family illness.  Motion Seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  N. Cruz moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the August, 2007, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by K. Planck.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Texas AFL-CIO Newsletter for May and June.  (2)  NALC Activist July Newsletter.  (3)  Cedarstream “Proud to be Union” Catalogue. (4)  Union People Products, Inc., product information flyer.  (5) Pin Gallery Catalogue.  (6)  United Memorial Bible product information. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership:  Mary Gariepy and Sam Brown.  J. Baca moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle was not present due to a family illness.  J. Baca, Assistant Health Benefits Representative, reported we do have information packets available, if anyone is interested in looking over the NALC Health Benefits Plan.  (2) MDA – J. Ladd reported we raised $1,174.00 with the Southwest Airline Ticket Raffle.  Kathy Taylor of Dear Park, Texas, won the drawing for the Southwest Airline Tickets.  The MDA Telethon is coming up.  The Branch will present the $1,174.00 from the raffle plus $500.00 we are allowed to donate per our By-Laws.  If anyone is interested in working the Telethon on September 3rd, please sign up tonight. The Great Walk for MDA will be Saturday, November 3, 2007.  If you are interested in participating let Jeremy know.  They need people to volunteer to help in the accounting department for The Great Walk.  If you have any ideas for fundraising or want to help, contact Jeremy Ladd.   (3)  Political – E. Odle is going to Washington, D.C.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Building Maintenance – M. Terral reported we need to replace the brown chairs in the hall.  We looked into having them recovered and it would cost more than the chairs cost.  Sam’s Club has Lifetime White folding chairs for $19.83 each.  They are made in the USA.  It was a recommendation from the Executive Board that we purchase 100 chairs.  We need to finish putting up the ceiling tile.  We need approximately 533 tiles.  There are 10 tiles in a carton.  Each carton is $24.50.  The mop closet stinks.  It needs to be vented.  We can do the work ourselves, but need to purchase the materials.  We also need to put a backsplash in the kitchen area.  We have the money in the Building Maintenance Fund and cannot use this money for anything else.  When we get everything fixed up, D. Redman will be able to come in, inspect the building after it has been rented and easily tell if anything has been damaged.  If there is damage, the renters will be charged for the repairs.  Purchasing the chairs and ceiling tile, venting the mop closet and putting up the backsplash were all recommendations of the Executive Board.  We may need more FRP panels to finish the hall and the bathrooms.  N. Cruz motioned for the Branch to purchase 100 chairs, purchase and put up ceiling tile, put backsplash around the kitchen area, vent the mop closet, and finish FRP panels, not to exceed $5,000.00.  Motion was seconded by E. Leaney.  Motion carried.  (2)  Reimbursement – N. Cruz motioned to pay T. Chrestman $300.00 for all of the extra work he has done and the errands he has run for the Branch. Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Tommy said he did not want any money.  He would rather some other people help out with the work and running errands.  M. Terral agreed that other people need to help out, but this was for what Tommy had already done.  Motion carried.  (3) Carrier Signatures – Don’t sign your name to anything at work, such as LETS forms, training or JSA’s, as they could possibly be used against you later.  (4)  Labor-Management Meeting – The following were topics of discussion at the L/M Meeting:  (a) New Bidding Process – There is no personnel office and no manual bidding with the pink cards.  You will bid by phone or, after September 15th, use LiteBlue on the computer.  There will be no bidding in September, because they are setting this up.  Our local website has a link to LiteBlue.  F. Small has done an excellent job updating the Branch Website.  The link to LiteBlue is on the Home page.  The Branch Web Page is nalcbranch2589.org.  N. Cruz motioned to pay F. Small $500.00 a year, payable in December, for maintaining the website.  Motion seconded by K. Goad.  Motion carried.  (b) Zone 15 Curb Side Boxes – Money has been approved.  (c) Route Adjustments.  (d) T E’s.   (e) Blocked Mailbox Policy.  (f) Red Room Policy.  (5)  Contract – Everyone needs to mail in your ballot.  If you did not receive one, let a Steward or Officer know.  M. Terral went over some details of the new Contract and voting procedure.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) COLCPE – The State Association Auxiliary recognized Paul Majors and Thomas Brosius with pins for signing up for automatic contributions to COLCPE.  F. Small presented P. Majors with his pin.  T. Brosius was not present.  F. Small emphasized the important job COLCPE does protecting our jobs.  It is not a matter of Democrat or Republican.  It is a matter of who supports the Letter Carriers.  It was reported at the State Convention that COLCPE supported ten (10) Democrat candidates and seven (7) Republican candidates in the last election.  In the new Contract, there will be a third allotment slot on your paycheck, which you can use for COLCPE.  There were only Democrat candidates on the “Pick a President” postcard in the Postal Record because Republican candidates chose not to participate.  (2) Work Day – The next Work Day is Thursday, August 23rd, right after work.  We need to work two or three days in a row, so we will try to have a Work Day Friday, August 24th, also.  (3) Desk Chairs – The Branch offices need new desk chairs.  N. Cruz motioned to purchase two new chairs, not to exceed $175.00 per chair.  The motion was seconded by J. Ramirez, Jr. Motion carried.  (4)  Color Coded Calendars – K. Goad reported we are now taking orders for calendars.  They are $3.50 each, which must be paid when you order them.  The stewards at each station will have a list and take the money.  R. Estrada will be in charge of the calendars for Sunset Station.  The orders will be turned in at the September meeting.  (5)  USPS – D. Sieler reported the USPS was voted the best mail delivery service AJ’s “Best of Lubbock”. (6)  MDA Telethon – J. Ladd has a sign-up sheet.  If you are interested in working the telethon, see him immediately after the meeting.  (7)  Singer Station – C. Urias and J. Ramirez, Jr., reported some problems at Singer Station.  (8) Web Site Renewal – J. Rivere moved to renew the web site for two years for $269.00.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.  (9) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of July.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by C. Cooley.  Motion carried.  (10)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the July Treasurer’s Report.  K. Goad reported the $500.00 we transferred to the Plainview Special Account is back in our General Account.  The special account balance is now over the $1,000.00 minimum balance required to avoid Service Fees on the account.  (11) $210.00 Membership Drawing – Bufus Lee’s name was drawn for August, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $220.00 next month.  (12) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Rivere won for August.  

Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


JUNE 21, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President, Mitch Terral, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except J. Ramirez, Jr.  He was added to the attendance list for tonight due to a family emergency.  N. Cruz moved to add Lupe DeLeon to the attendance list for tonight.  The motion seconded by S. DeLeon. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the June Executive Board and Steward meetings.  E. Odle moved to add T. Robles to the Officers’ Attendance List.  Motion seconded by T. Chrestman.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the June, 2007, Newsletter.  The motion seconded by A. Rodriguez.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Newsletter from Texas AFLCIO. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership:  Priscilla Zapata and Juan Ibarra.  T. Chrestman moved to accept these applications for membership.  The motion was seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported if you want to quit smoking, the Health Benefit Plan will pay for it, one time.  There will be a Health Benefits school in October.  It should be a good one.  Members have called E. Odle asking for help with the Health Benefits Plan.  If you need or want help, you MUST sign a HIPAA Form.  They are available at the Union Hall.  (2)  MDA – W. Jumper was not present for a report.  M. Terral encouraged everyone to sell tickets for the drawing.  (3)  Political – E. Odle announced the Political Liaisons are going to Washington, DC, September 14th – 17th, as planned.  He doesn’t know if they will have a room for the reception on the Hill, but, they have been assured it will not be a problem.  Everyone needs to call or write your Representatives and ask them to support us on “Contracting Out”.  Everyone who is signed up for E-Activist received an e-mail about this.  If you didn’t get one, you are not signed up for E-Activist and you should be.  It is easy.  Go to www.nalc.org and scroll down to the bottom of the Home Page. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Labor/Management Meeting – M. Terral reported the following topics were discussed:

·        Zone 15 curbside mailboxes.

·        New SOP – It is finished and will be out soon.

·        Award Notices and Posting of Routes for Bid.

(2)  Tables – We are replacing the brown tables and will sell them for $5.00 each.  We purchased ten new tables and we will purchase one a month.  (3) Chairs – We discussed buying new chairs or recovering the backs and seats of the old ones.  We will check to see if we can buy the backs and seats for the old chairs and how much it would cost.  It may be better to purchase new chairs.  (4) Work day – T. Chrestman announced we have a big work day coming up next Thursday.  We have a lot of work to do and need everyone to help.  We need the following:  a bench drill press or regular drill press; two palm sanders; tree saw; pruning sheers; and weed eater.  If you have these items, please bring them next Thursday.  We will be painting.  J. Ladd motioned to purchase ten gallons of good paint and sandpaper.  Motion seconded by J. Rivere.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Secretary/Treasurer School – There will be a Secretary/Treasurer School in Washington, DC, August 20th & 21st.  N. Cruz motioned to send F. Small to the Secretary/Treasurer School.  Motion seconded by S. DeLeon.  Motion carried.  (2) Steward Training – D. McCarty announced there will be Steward Training at the Union Hall, Tuesday, June 26th at 5:30 P.M.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.  (3) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of June.  E. Odle moved to pay the bills.  The motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (4)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the June Treasurer’s Report.   (5) $190.00 Membership Drawing – J. Avila’s name was drawn for June, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $200.00 next month.  (6) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Rivere won for June.  

Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 P.M.

 

Respectfully submitted,


MAY 17, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President, Mitch Terral, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by K. Goad.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present at the time of the roll call, except J. Ramirez, Jr., who came in later.  Diana Lopez will be added to the attendance list for tonight due to illness.  J. Ladd moved to add Lou DeLeon, who is on Military Duty, to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by P. Stephens. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the May Executive Board and Steward meetings.  No names were added to either list. E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the May, 2007, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received the VistaCaring Spring 2007 Newsletter from VistaCare Hospice Foundation.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – The new HPV vaccine has been approved.  CVS merged with Caremark.  We don’t know exactly what this will mean.  E. Odle will keep us informed as he receives information.  (2) Political – The Political Liaisons will be in DC September 17-19, 2007.  The 19th District CDL, out of Abilene, was supposed to call to set something up.  President Young wants everyone to contact our members of Congress about the Postal Service contracting out our jobs. There is a letter on e-Activist.  If you are not part of the NALC e-Activist Network, you should be.  If you have e-mail, go to www.nalc.org and scroll to the bottom of the Home Page.  Enter your e-mail address and click Sign Up!  You will receive e-mail from National when we need to take action on something as important as this. (3)  MDA – W. Jumper was not present for a report.  We have tickets for the Southwest Airline Tickets raffle.  If you need raffle tickets to sell, see K. Goad after the meeting.  N. Cruz tried to contact TSALC Secretary, Sharon Rucker, for confirmation of our table at the State Convention.  Secretary Rucker didn’t return the call until the first part of this week.  She will check on the status of our table and get back to Norma.  D. Seiler will be collecting aluminum cans for MDA.  Bring your cans to the Union Hall and Don will cash them in.  The money will be donated to MDA.  (4)  Editor – We discussed deadlines for the Newsletter at the Executive Board Meeting.  The deadline for articles, reports, minutes, etc., for the Newsletter will be Friday of the week following the Regular Union Meeting.  The Newsletter will be published the first week of each month.  (5) Food Drive – C. Peterman reported we had collected 51,000 pounds of food in Lubbock as of Tuesday afternoon.  If you have food drive pictures, get them to C. Peterman and he will get them to The Postal Record.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:   State Convention – K. Goad only has ten people scheduled to go to the State Convention.  If you are a delegate to the State Convention and are planning to go, you must get your registration form turned in to Karen immediately, or you will not be registered. 

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Plainview Checking Account – T. Chrestman said he made a motion last month to deposit $500.00 from our General Fund into the Plainview Account, to avoid service charges.  Will this cause us any problems?  M. Terral reported K. Goad contacted the Department of Labor about this matter.  The investigator said it would be OK, as long it was noted where the money came from.  C. Cooley requested it be noted that T. Chrestman brought this matter up.  (2) Labor/Management Meeting – M. Terral reported the following topics were discussed: 

·        Procedure for SCAN process

·        New SOP is finished and will be sent out to the stations tomorrow

·        The volume of mail being cut back at Freedom

·        Maintenance problems at Midwest and other stations

·        Assignment of PTF’s

·        Base time on routes at Sunset, Singer and Monterey Stations

·        Singer Station

·        Driving observation

·        Curbside boxes in the 15 zone. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:   (1) COLCPE – F. Small presented K. Goad with a pin.  I. Ramirez was not present to receive his pin.  Everyone needs to be contributing to COLCPE.  Next year is an election year.  Contributions to COLCPE are used to protect your job.  (2)  White Tables – T. Chrestman reported he and J. Ladd checked with Lowes, Home Depot and Sutherlands for the white tables we had been purchasing from Sam’s Club.  Lowes has tan tables at $47.97 each.  No one has white tables.  K. Goad moved to purchase the white tables at Sam’s.  Motion was seconded by D. McCarty.  Motion carried.  The question of how many tables to purchase was raised.  K. Goad moved to purchase 10 white tables.  Motion was seconded by D. Garza. Motion carried.  (2) Floor Cleaning – D. Redman contacted a company that professionally cleans floors for businesses.  They will clean the entire union hall and put four coats of sealer on it.  They have a machine to do the cleaning.  Debbie said they told her the floor would “pop”.  They charge 30¢ a square foot.  The total cost would be $1,425.00 for the entire building.  (3)  Outside light – D. McCarty reported that M. Terral and T. Chrestman changed the bulb the parking lot light.  (4)  Newsletter – J. Ramirez, Jr., said he would like to start putting some “good stuff that is happening in the Branch” in the Newsletter.  Juan will have a section in the next Newsletter for Branch members who have family members graduating from High School or College.  Let your steward know so this information can be turned in to the Editor.  (5) District Three Meeting – E. Odle gave a report on the District Three Meeting.  There was training on OIG.  E. Odle plans to have a report published in the next Newsletter, when he gets the article approved by State.  There is a difference in OIG and Postal Inspectors.  The next District Three Meeting will be April 20th, 2008, in Childress, Texas.  D. McCarty is the President of the next District Three Meeting.  (6) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of May.  N. Cruz made a motion to pay the bills.  Motion seconded by A. Sears.  Motion carried.  (7)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the May Treasurer’s Report.  (8) $180.00 Membership Drawing – Matthew Kuss’ name was drawn for May, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $190.00 next month.  (9) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – A. Sears won for May.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


APRIL 19, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice-President, Diane McCarty, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by M. Matthies.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present except, M. Terral and K. Goad.  P. Polk moved to add K. Goad to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  E. Odle moved to amend by adding A. Rodriguez to the attendance list for the April meeting.  Amendment accepted.  Motion carried.  P. Polk read the attendance list for the April 12, 2007, Executive Board and Steward Meetings.  No additional names were added to either list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the April, 2007, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1)  Newsletter from Texas AFL-CIO; (2) NALC Activist Newsletter for March 2007; (3)  Arthritis Foundation flyer regarding a Community Forum; (4) Card in response to Sympathy from the family of Mary Ruth Edmonson, Brother Bill Edmonson’s mother. 

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have three applications for membership:  Yatika McDonald, Joshua Montijo, and Jimmy Howell.  T. Chrestman made a motion to accept these applications for membership.  Motion seconded by J. Ladd. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1)  HBR – E. Odle started by saying “you all sure look good”.  The Contract is still on the table for National to keep our Health Benefits the way it is.  That is paying less for coverage.  (2)  Political – E. Odle announced the District Three Meeting is April 22nd in Childress, Texas.  State Vice President, Emanuel Harston, will be discussing the new legislative plan established by President Young.  Ken Claxton will represent the NBA’s Office.  (3)  MDA – W. Jumper was not present, but the SW Airline Raffle tickets are available.  All Stewards need to be selling tickets.  F. Small can get those for you tonight.  (4) OWPC – J. Davila didn’t have any new information.  (5)  Membership Report – P. Polk gave a report by crafts of active and retired members.  We have a total of 326 members.  (6) Food Drive – C. Peterman said all stations and post offices should have their cards by next week.  Lubbock stations already have theirs.  We have Food Drive t-shirts and caps for sale. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  (1) Branch Phone Number – The phone number for the union hall is now in the newsletter.  (2)  Plainview Bank Account – Last meeting we voted to open a separate bank account for the purpose of collecting and disbursing funds belonging to Plainview.  K. Goad informed the Executive Board the account had to be opened as a business account and would have service charges if the balance was not over $1000.00.  She proposed taking $500.00 from our General Fund Account to deposit in the Plainview Account.  This $500.00 would be ear-marked as our money and would be deposited back into the General Fund when the Plainview Account is closed.  This is the recommendation of the Executive Board.  T. Chrestman so moved.  Motion was seconded by E. Odle.  There was discussion.  C. Cooley pointed out the purpose of the separate account was so we would not co-mingle our moneys, so what would the difference be if we put our money into the Plainview account?  After more discussion, the motion carried.  C. Cooley requested his objection be recorded in the minutes. (3) Rewiring of kitchen area – T. Chrestman said he would get bids from some electricians.  

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) Customer Connect/Contract – Because our National Contract is in arbitration, we will not be participating in Customer Connect at this time.  We were very close to settling the contract, but management would not give on contracting out our work.  So, it went to arbitration.  (2)  Food Drive – The NALC Food Drive is Saturday, May 12, 2007.  (3)  Labor/Management Meeting – The following were topics of discussion at the L/M Meeting:  (a) Equalization of OT;  (b) SCAN is new program allowing carriers to scan a printed sheet provided by the customer when picking up parcels; (c) New Scanners;  (d) SOP;  (e) Availability of Overtime Desired List for carrier review.  (f) Maintenance at stations; (g) PTF’s being borrowed/moved to other stations;  (h) Frankie’s case and labels; (i) Money for mailboxes in the 15 zone was approved in the new budget. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) State Convention – The airline tickets for Delegates are $211.60.  If someone is traveling with you, their airline ticket must be paid in advance. You will be flying in on July 31, 2007.  If you are on a committee that requires you to be there a day earlier, let Fernando know.  Fernando needs to know tonight who is flying.  (2) District Three Meeting – Sunday, April 29, 2007, in Childress, Texas.  (3)  COLCPE – F. Small has pins to present to K. Goad and I. Ramirez for their contributions to COLCPE.  The pins will be presented at the May meeting.  Members who contribute at least $5.00 a pay period were awarded COLCPE T-shirts.  There is also a COLCPE Raffle sponsored by National.  Details are in the Postal Record.  Prizes are a trip to the Super Bowl and two Airline Tickets. (4)  Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of April.  C. Peterman made a motion to pay the bills.  Motion was seconded by O. Scott.  Motion carried.  (5) Treasurer’s Report – F. Small read the April Treasurer’s Report.  (6) 170.00 Membership Drawing – A. Reasoner’s name was drawn for April, but she was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $180.00 next month. (7) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – R. Nettles won for April.  (8)  Checks – Two signatures are required for our Branch Checking Account.  Because both M. Terral and K. Goad are absent tonight, we cannot issue any checks.  Checks will be issued as soon as possible. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:53 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


MARCH 15, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by Vice-President, Diane McCarty, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except Mitch Terral, Fernando Small and Juan Ramirez, Jr., who did come in later.  LaDonna Stephens and Robert Deary were added to the attendance list for tonight’s meeting due to illness.   P. Polk moved to add F. Small to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by E. Odle.  Motion amended by N. Cruz to also add D. Redman.  E. Odle accepted the amendment.  Motion carried.  P. Polk read the attendance list for the March Executive Board/Steward meetings.  LaDonna Stephens was added to the Steward Meeting list.  E. Odle moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the March, 2007, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  There were no communications.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – E. Odle reported that there are a lot of interesting things going on right now.  You can get on line and create medical history for everyone in the family.  There will be an article in the next Newsletter.  (2)  MDA – W. Jumper said he is waiting on a packet from MDA.  We received the airline tickets from Southwest Airline and will begin selling the raffle tickets.  The raffle tickets will be available after the meeting.  You must sign for them.  (3) Political Liaison – E. Odle reported that there is not much going on right now.  Mrs. Ford (TSALC President) is still revamping everything.  We will be going to Washington, D.C. soon. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:   PEG and Emily Clark – You are only required to answer questions about safety.  Mrs. Clark will not be doing street observations.   

NEW BUSINESS:   (1) Branch Phone Number – W. Jumper pointed out that the phone number is not in the newsletter.  J. Ramirez, Jr., will take care of that.   (2) New Account – When Plainview merged with our branch, it was discovered that the Financial Secretary was taking Branch funds for personal use.  Restitution is being made, but this money must be put into a separate checking account.  We will accumulate the money and disburse it to members who were members of the Plainview Branch at that time.   W. Jumper moved to open a separate account for the purpose of collecting and disbursing the funds taken from the Plainview Branch.  Motion was seconded by J. Rivere.  There was some discussion concerning the disbursement of these funds.  Motion carried.  (3)  Wiring of the Building – T. Chrestman reported that when all four plugs under the cabinets are being used, the breaker blows.  We need to split these four electrical plugs on two different breakers.  E. Odle moved to spend $50.00 out of the Building Maintenance Fund for maintenance of the building.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (4) Labor/Management Meeting – The following was discussed at the L/M Meeting:  (a) Emily Clark – Only doing PEG.  (b) Mailboxes for 15 Zone – Waiting on bids from Lowe’s and Home Depot.  Have a bid for labor.  The Postal Service will have to resubmit the request for money.  Should be ready by May.  (c) SOP – The draft is completed and is ready to be reviewed by Mitch Terral.   

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1)  OWCP/COP – J. Davila gave a very informative report on OWCP.  If you are injured on the job, always check COP when filling out the initial form.  The decision to approve or disapprove COP is not up to your supervisor.  That is a function of the Department of Labor.  Joseph will have an article on this in the next Newsletter.  (2)  State Convention – We have registration forms and the forms for passes to Moody Garden.  Delegates need to turn these in ASAP.  E. Odle reported the committee assignment letters were to be mailed out this week.  (3)  District III Meeting/School – E. Odle reported the District III Meeting/School will be April 22, 2007, in Childress, Texas, beginning at 9:00 A.M.  (4)  Night Out – E. Odle said he appreciated everyone who came out on Tuesday night.  Paula got a good report from her doctor.  (5)  Financial Secretary’s Report – K. Goad read the bills for the month of March.  T. Chrestman made a motion to pay the bills.  Seconded by E. Odle.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the March Treasurer’s Report.   (7) $160.00 Membership Drawing – B. Ledbetter’s name was drawn for March, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $170.00 next month.  (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – E. Leaney won for March. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


FEBRUARY 15, 2007

The Regular Branch Meeting of NALC Branch 2589, Lubbock, Texas, was called to order by President, Mitch Terral, at 7:00 P.M.  The invocation was given by N. Cruz.  The membership then said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The roll call of officers was taken.  All officers were present, except E. Odle and J. Ramirez, Jr.  N. Cruz moved to add E. Odle and W. Jumper to the attendance list for tonight.  Motion seconded by A. Sears. Motion carried.  M. Terral read the attendance list for the February Executive Board/Steward meetings.  No names were added to the list.  T. Chrestman moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as published in the February, 2007, Newsletter.  Motion seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) Merle Pierce – We received a thank you card from the Pierce family for the donation in memory of Brother Jimmie Pierce.  (2) VistaCare Hospice Foundation – We received a letter acknowledging the donation of Branch 2589 in memory of Brother Jimmie Pierce.  (3)  David Cox – We received a thank you card from David Cox and the family of Daisy Cox for the donation in memory of Daisy Cox.  (4)  Sunset International Bible Institute – We received a letter acknowledging the donation of Branch 2589 in memory of Daisy Cox.  (5)  News on Wheels – We received the Meals on Wheels Newsletter.  Branch 2589 and P. Polk were mentioned for memorials donated to Meals on Wheels.  (6) Pre-Paid Legal Services – We received information about Pre-paid Legal Services and Identity Theft Insurance from Nieves Garcia.  If you are interested in these services, contact Penny Polk for more information.   

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  There were no applications for membership.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  (1) HBR – J. Baca stated there was no report.  (2) MDA – W. Jumper is absent, but, M. Terral reported we did get tickets from Southwest Airlines to raffle.  (3)  Political – The Political Liaison is appointed by State by District.  E. Odle is our Political Liaison.  (4) Editor – At the Executive Board meeting, J. Ramirez, Jr., announced a new deadline for articles to be published in the “Lubbock Letter Carrier”. The new deadline is Friday the week following the Union Meeting. (5) Food Drive – C. Peterman will head the Food Drive Committee this year.  He did a great job last year. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  No unfinished business was brought to the floor.

NEW BUSINESS:  (1) L/M Meeting – The following was discussed at the Labor Management Meeting:  (a) Eddie Odle – E. Odle did not attend the L/M Meeting. (b)  Leaving time – David Hamlin is on the floor harassing carriers about leaving time.  The Postmaster will discuss this with David Hamlin.  M. Terral understands that David Hamlin is no longer running the floor.  A protocol on how to achieve leaving time will be developed.  It needs to be uniform.  M. Terral suggested the supervisors tell the carriers what to cut back to make their leaving time.  The list of carriers who did not leave “on time” is printed either by Postmaster Tyler’s office or Fort Worth. (c) Curtailed Mail – It was reported mail has been curtailed so long the sales are over when delivered, etc.  That is entirely management’s responsibility.  Postal Form 1571 is the curtailed mail slip.  Any mail left at your case is curtailed mail and a 1571 is to be filled out.  It doesn’t matter what the color code is or what the “requested in home date(s)” is.  If mail is at the case after the color code day, it is delayed mail and the steward needs to check the report to see if it was reported as delayed mail.  Supervisors fill out 1571’s and give them to you to sign. (d) Downtown – The throwback issue was discussed as a cause for carriers not making the “leave time”.  (e)  Postings – Route 166 and Caballero’s T- 6 are posted.  Routes 2379 and 2383 will be posted.  (f) Safety Talks – Sunset Station has not had safety talks.  Rob assured us that would be fixed.  (g) Zone 15 Rural Boxes – One of the plastic rural boxes was taken to Mark Terral to see what sort of support will be required.  He will get back to them.  (h) SOP – The Standard Operating Procedure was not the same for all stations and that has been corrected.  There may be local instructions at each station but, the SOP should now be uniform.  Copies will be sent out to the stations.  (i)  Route Count – There will be a meeting in the next two weeks to go over the paper work for Sunset Station.  M. Terral needs all of the paperwork for the route counts for all stations.  (j) Rules for discarding Postal Uniforms – The rule regarding discarded uniforms under Prohibitions 934.6a in the ELM states that  ...all emblems, buttons, or other identifying insignia must be removed before the uniforms are discarded.  (2)  Spring School – E. Odle is renting a midsize car from Hertz for $108.00 for four people.  E. Odle, E. Leaney and N. Cruz will use the car and another person can go in with them.  The car will be paid for out of the funds you draw from the Branch to go to the school.  M. Terral has the agendas, if you need one.  The rooms are at the Double Tree.  When you check in, the reservations will be under your name.   (3)  The State Convention – D. Sieler withdrew his name as a delegate to the convention.  He is on a committee.  M. Terral will take care of that.  (4) “Night Out” Dinner – At the Executive Board/Steward Meeting, E. Odle announced Paula would be in town in March.  We will have a “Night Out” at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 13th, at Abuelo’s on 82nd & Quaker.  M. Terral will make the reservations.  If you would like to attend, call the Union Hall.  (5) Parking Lot Light – The light is out in the parking lot.   T. Chrestman said it is our light and it costs about $600.00 to have someone come out to change it.  M. Matthies will call ASCO to see if we can rent a cherry picker and how much it would cost.  (6) State Convention Delegates – Please see F. Small immediately after the meeting to let him know if you are driving or flying and room accommodations you need. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) 50 Year Pins – D. Sieler asked if they could be awarded posthumously.  P. Polk will find that out and which members will soon be eligible for a 50 year pin.  (2) COLCPE – F. Small said we need all members to participate in donating to COLCPE.  NALC is having a contest, but we need to participate because COLCPE defends our jobs.  Details of the contest are on the NALC website. (3) Contract Negotiations – M. Terral reported that there is some really different stuff in the negotiations.  The information is in the NALC Bulletin and on the NALC website.  (4) Work Day – J. Baca is in charge of the next work day which will be next Thursday after work.  We will finish the insulation.  (5)  Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for the month of February.  T. Chrestman moved to pay the bills.  Motion was seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried.  (6)  Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the Treasurer’s Report.  (7) $150.00 Membership Drawing – J. Huerta’s name was drawn for February (again!) but, he was not present to win.  This drawing will be for $160.00 next month. (8) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Baca won for February.   

Meeting was adjourned at 7:48 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


January 18, 2007

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 E. Odle, who could not get to the meeting due to weather conditions.  N. Cruz made a motion to add E. Odle to the attendance list.  Seconded by D. Sieler.  Motion carried.  President Terral read the attendance list for the January 11, 2007, Executive Board/Steward meetings.  No names were added to the list.  A Motion was made by W. Jumper, that the minutes of the last meeting be approved as published in the January, 2007, Newsletter.  Seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion Carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:  (1) The Branch received a letter of appreciation from VistaCare Hospice Foundation for our contribution in memory of Brother Jimmie Pierce.

APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP:  We have two applications for membership:  Eric Dwayne Casias and Jesse Andres Perez.   T. Chrestman made a motion to accept these applications for membership.  Seconded by W. Jumper. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

(1) Committee Appointments – President Terral announced Committee Appointments for 2007 and 2008.   (2) Health Benefits – E. Odle is our Health Benefits Representative.  J. Baca will be the Assistant Health Benefits Representative.  There is no report this month.  (3) MDA – K. Goad wrote Southwest Airlines about tickets to use in a raffle.  The Southwest Airline Representative has put us on his calendar to get back to us.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  

(1) Refreshments – T. Robles made a motion to spend up to $75.00 a month for refreshments.  Seconded by C. Cooley.  Motion carried.  (2)  Carriers moving to other routes – We addressed the issue of regular carriers, with route assignments, moving to other routes and PTF’s carrying the regular’s route assignment.  (3) Computers – F. Small requested $2,000.00 to purchase two desk top computers for the Union Hall and Jump Drives for the officers and stewards.  This was discussed at the Executive Board Meeting and was a recommendation of the Executive Board.  After much discussion, N. Cruz made a motion approve $2000.00 to purchase two desk top computers and Jump Drives for the officers and stewards.  Motion was seconded by M. Matthies.  C. Cooley made an amendment to purchase only the computers.  Amendment failed for lack of a second.  Original Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS: (1) Microwave – D. Sieler said one of the old microwaves no longer works.  The membership asked that he dispose of it.  (2) Labor/Management Meeting – The following topics were discussed at the L/M Meeting:  (a) Equalization of OT – Stewards should be meeting with their supervisor every two weeks on payday.  If a turndown is not documented, it cannot count toward equalization.  Overtime should be equitable. (b) Zone 15 – It has not been converted.  They have looked at mailboxes.  (c) SOP – The Standard Operating Procedure should be the same for every station.  M. Terral and the Postmaster are working to achieve this.   (d) PTF Safety Talks – There should be a check off list.  Stewards are to check on it.  (e) Route Count – M. Terral needs the status of route changes and settlements from each station.  (f) Labels – Frankie’s labels have been denied.  (g) Ice Spikes – They have been ordered, but are snowed in.  They should be here tomorrow.  (h) PEG – Emily Clark is not in Plainview anymore.  She is working on PEG.  She should not be doing street observations.  (i) Accidents – There were ten accidents last Saturday, due to the ice.  (j) Rubber bands – We need to know who needs them.  (k)  Uniforms – We have old uniforms we need to discard.  We need to find out if there are regulations for discarding uniforms.  (l)  Unassigned Regulars – They are moving unassigned regulars as of Saturday.  (m) PTF’s – We only have 16 PTF’s now.  We did have 29.  Thirteen made regular and the rest have quit.  Some were not getting enough hours and had to quit.  (3)  COP Report – E. Odle sent his report on the Committee of President’s Meeting 1/13/07.  Most of it is in regard to the State Convention August 1 – 3, 2007.  Eddie picked up the delegate cards and will send them to us.  Included was a list of Committee Assignments from our District.  Delegates from Branch 2589 were assigned to the following committees:  Credentials – Alternate – Howard Steffens; Complimentary/Escort/Fraternal Greetings/Obituary – Alternate – Sonia DeLeon; Officers Report – Mitch Terral; Rules/Resolutions/Bylaws – Don Sieler; Distribution – Charles Peterman and Jerry Rivere; Board of Tellers – Penny Polk.  (4) Spring School – The school will February 17 – 19, 2007, in Albuquerque, NM.  If someone is traveling with an officer or steward to the schools or with delegates to conventions, the Branch can make their airline reservations.  However, a “cutoff” date will be set by the Financial Secretary.  If the money for the extra airline ticket is not in his hands by that date, the flight will be cancelled.  There will be no exceptions.  (5)  Express Mail – Management should not be delivering Express Mail, unless there is an emergency.  (6) Workman’s Comp – Joseph Davila gave a report on Workman’s Comp.  He plans to have a report in the Newsletter.  He stressed how important it is for you to get a copy of all forms that are filled out.  It is your responsibility.  Under the new Postal Reform, you cannot draw continuation of pay for the first three days.  (7) Newsletter – J. Ramirez, Jr, led a discussion regarding information that will be in the Newsletter.  (8)  Mileage – We pay $0.40 a mile for merged cities to come to the Union Meetings.  T. Chrestman made a motion that we pay the same mileage for Stewards of merged cities to come to the Steward Meetings.  Seconded by N. Cruz. Motion carried.  Mileage will be from town to town.  (9) COP Meeting – E. Odle was weathered in at Houston.  He had to stay two additional days at Hobby Airport Holiday Inn and kept the rental car.  The State paid for all but $154.19.  D. McCarty made a motion to reimburse E. Odle the $154.19.  Seconded by N. Cruz.  Motion carried. 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ASSOCIATION:  (1) Installation Banquet – K. Goad made a motion to reimburse the Auxiliary $80.00 for decorations.  Seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (2) W2’s – K. Goad needs to see all new officers and stewards to get information for W2’s.  (3) COLCPE Report – F. Small reported we are one problem down, Postal Reform. But, have one problem to go, the contract. Postal Reform came about because Brothers and Sisters donated money to COLCPE.  We are asking everyone to donate a minimum of $5.00 per pay period.  A special “Thank you” goes out tonight to C. Cooley and P. Majors for their donations.  (4) Budget – B. Froemel presented the Budget for 2007.  C. Cooley made a motion to accept the Budget.  Seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion Carried.  (5) Audit – T. Chrestman gave an Audit Report.  Everything checked out.  (6) Christmas Party – A special thanks goes to D. Sieler for making the piñatas.  A motion was made by N. Cruz to reimburse D. Sieler $50.00.  Seconded by J. Ladd.  Motion carried.    (7) Commendation – K. Goad commend all of those who volunteered and stepped up to take an office or a steward position.  (8)  Workday – T. Chrestman announced that there will be a workday next Thursday.  We need to do a lot of work and you can “make up” a meeting. (9) Financial Secretary’s Report - F. Small read the bills for December and January.  J. Ladd made a motion to pay the bills.  Seconded by T. Chrestman.  Motion carried.  (10) Treasurer’s Report – K. Goad read the January Treasurer’s Report. (11)  Membership Drawing – The drawing for January is $140.00   J. Huerta’s name was drawn, but he was not present to win.  This drawing will be $150.00 next month.  (12) $15.00 Attendance Drawing – J. Ladd won for January. 

Meeting was adjourned at 8:43 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Send mail to tsalctx@att.net with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: 10/14/2014 11:02 AM