Contract Negotiations Reach Impasse
On September 20th, negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the Postal Service reached an impasse. The current agreement remains in force pending a final resolution of the collective bargaining agreement. The next step is a mandatory 60-day mediation process, as required by statute. During this period the parties will continue negotiations while attempting to agree on a neutral arbitrator, who in the event the parties fail to reach an agreement would chair the interest arbitration board. The board would be made up of the neutral arbitrator, who would serve as chairman along with one management selected arbitrator and one union selected arbitrator.
Branch Route Inspection Update
On August 23rd, the Branch received notification from the Detroit District that seven of our stations had been selected for fall 2019 mail count and inspections. They are as follows: Northville (September 14); Monroe (September 21); Belleville, Trenton, and Wayne (September 28); Canton (October 5); and Dearborn Main (October 26). We were once again given short notice from the USPS regarding these inspections, but thanks to the hard work of our Branch Route Inspection officer Dave Reise and your Branch officers we have been able to conduct route inspection classes for every affected office! This was not a small task considering the minimal lead time we were given by the Detroit District. It was very encouraging to see the large turnout at the classes. We are closely monitoring and analyzing the data and Dave Reise is working with the stewards, preparing them for the potential grievances that may need to be filed. Stay tuned for further route inspection updates.
50 - 60 Year Members Honored
At our September 4th Branch meeting we honored our latest group of 50 and 60 year members. NALC Region 6 National Business Agent Troy Clark and Michigan State Association President Carl Blassingame were both on hand to make the presentation to 50-year member Ilene Dussia. This year we had eighteen members who qualified for their 50-year gold cards, and one who qualified for their 60-year pin. The following is a list of Branch honorees who unfortunately, were unable to attend: 50-year members Benny Anderson, Thomas Bajkiewicz, Marion Burbo, James Burt, Mary Byrnes, Joyce Florkey, John Forinash, Rebecca Harris, Wesley Lawrence, Jerome Mannlein, Reuben Mellberg, Alice Moyer, James Riddle, Larry Rowland, Clarence Schukofsky, Richard Shields, and James Wozniak; and 60-year member Alan Angove.
On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters here at the Branch, I would like to congratulate our honorees for their many years of loyal and dedicated service to the NALC and to Branch 2184, and for attaining these significant milestones in their Union membership.
At our September 30th Executive Board meeting the Branch Trustees selected the recipients of our four Branch Scholarships for 2019. Congratulations to Justin Snead, son of Ypsilanti carrier Gregory Snead; Alyssa Abaloz, daughter of retired Trenton
carrier Alan Abaloz; Dylan McKinney, son of Monroe carrier Shasta Murphy; and finally, Keshawn Bryant, son of Westland carriers Felicia Davis and Kareem Bryant. Each winner will receive $500 from the Branch to use toward their tuition or other school
related expenses. On behalf of the Branch we wish you much success in your chosen fields of study.
MDA Satchel Drive
On Sunday September 8th, our Branch participated once again in the yearly NALC “Fill the Satchel” drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Our active and retired members once again hit the streets near the Branch 2184 office to collect contributions
to help find the cure for neuromuscular diseases. Our volunteers worked the streets and corners from 11:00 till 4:00 filling the satchel for MDA. When the counting was done, we had set a new Branch record collecting $2161.73! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and helped us beat last year’s total. They are Canton - Joe Golonka; Dearborn
Annex - Mark Judd; Dearborn Heights - Jim Powell and Jim Hales; Flat Rock - Lillian Bogosian; Inkster - Phil Ashford and Scherrie Lacey; Lincoln Park - Scott Watts and Dave Reise; Northville - Val Watkins, Jennifer Rake, and Janice Mitchum; Plymouth
- Kristie Nelson; Taylor – Michele Szafran; Westland - Walt McGregory, Felicia Davis, Nakia Whitfield, Katrina Jones, and Ananias Epps; Ypsilanti - Danita Smith.
-- Mark Judd