Local Memorandum Settled
On November 3, I signed our new Branch Local Memorandum of Understanding with Postal managements lead negotiator Lincoln Park Postmaster Joe Bodary. The 2016- 2019 LMOU became effective on that date. It covers all 19 offices represented by the Branch. The local negotiations were a bit different this year as we were mandated by the national parties through a memorandum in our recently settled contract that we negotiate local leave provisions for City Carrier Assistants. I am happy to report that we were able to reach an agreement that does just that as well as other enhancements and beneficial changes to our local contract. (See this issue’s accompanying article for further details)
I would like to thank our Branch LMOU main table bargaining team for all their help and hard work: Executive Vice President Walter McGregory, Vice President Joe Golonka, Lincoln Park Step A Designee and Branch Route Inspection Officer Dave Reise, and Taylor Steward / Step A Designee Michele Szafran.
As we go to press our Branch election process is nearing completion. All Branch officer positions have been filled except for one of the two steward positons in Canton which resulted in a tie. A runoff election in Canton is now taking place with a final tabulation due on December 22nd. I would like to congratulate the newly elected officers and stewards and thank our outgoing officers and stewards for all their hard work on
behalf of the Branch. (See accompanying election results in this edition of the Speaks). I would also like to thank the election committee led by Committee Chairperson Dave Reise, Joe Golonka, Michele Szafran, Mel MacDonald, Paula Hall, and alternates Jim Powell and Phil Ashford for the long hours and diligence in this most important process.
On behalf of the Officers and Stewards here at Branch 2184 I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!
-- Mark Judd
Wayne County, MI
AFL - CIO
November / December 2017