Szafran Selected For Leadership Academy!


      The Branch has been notified by our National Offiice that Branch 2184 Taylor Steward, Taylor and Ypsilanti Step A designee, Branch injury compensation specialist, Detroit District safety committee member Michele Szafran has been selected for the 23rd National Leadership Academy. The training started on July 29th and will be held at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights Maryland, not far from Washington DC.


      Former National President William Young created the Leadership Academy in 2005. The Academy agenda features rigorous classroom training supplemented by challenging individualized home projects. During the three week classroom training National Officers ¬∑and staff members conduct class sessions in their field of expertise. The subjects range from the history of our Union, NALC legislative and political agendas, contract administration, as well as current and long-range issues facing our union. Communication skills, both verbal and written, are major components of the classroom training. The class sessions will be held for one week in July, one week in September and for one week in December. In between classroom sessions Michele will be working on an individualized project. Her classroom instructors include Region 6 National Business Agent elect Troy Clark and Lynne Pendleton who serve as lead academy facilitators along with Jamie Lumm NALC Director of Education.


      During her breaks from classroom training and while she is working on her projects, Michele will be mentored by her home Branch officers. On behalf of the Branch and Officers I would like to congratulate Michele on being the second Branch member to be selected for the Leadership Academy. I am confident Michele will show the exceptional leadership skills the academy was looking for when they selected her and that she will represent the Branch in an outstanding fashion.


Ypsilanti Mail Count and Inspection Update


      The route count and inspections slated for the Ypsilanti office in April have been completed. Your Branch route inspection officers as well as our Ypsilanti Stewards and Step A Designee Michele Szafran, have been hard at work analyzing the data and preparing to file Class Action grievances if necessary. Preliminary talks with Ypsilanti management are ongoing regarding Branch involvement in the implementation and the review process.


Bowlathon Sets Record!


      The pledges and money have been counted and our yearly MDA bowling " Battle of the

Branches" has been settled. Once again, Branch 2184 was victorious over our cross town rivals Branch 1. While the contest was much closer than in years past, Branch 2184 proved up to the challenge. In fact, this year we set a new record for our Branch in the process! The total raised for this one day event $4950.24! Our top three stations raising the most were Taylor # 1 Westland #2, Dearborn Annex #3.

      I would like to thank the Branch officers, stewards, and members who came out to support the event and gave up their time and helped raise the money for this most worthy cause. Special thanks go out to our Branch MDA Co-coordinators Jackie McGregory and Michele Szafran for their help m making the event such a success.


See you in September!




-- Mark Judd



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Wayne County, MI



Branch 2184

President's Report

July / August 2018