NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL SUPERVISORS
BRANCH 93
 JACKSONVILLE FL

Minutes for September 13, 2018, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.  Donald welcomed Tim Ford, Southern Region Vice President, and Sam Jones, FL District 1 Vice President.
Secretary:  Kay read the minutes from the May meeting.  Martin motioned to accept the minutes; Donald seconded.  Motion passed.
Treasurer:  Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Sam motioned to accept the report; Joyce seconded.  Motion passed.
Donald advised he received flack after the last meeting.  Please keep personal conversations to yourself. Donald advised pay consultations are still in fact finding.  At National Convention, Megan Brennan and Dave Williams both said they couldn’t talk about fact finding and pay raises.  If you meet goals, you should get pay raise.  Transcripts of their talks at the convention are available at NAPS.org.  Donald advised you will get LOW if you do not do safety observations.  If hazardous to employees, should be corrected to keep employees safe.

Donald introduced Tim Ford who asked for a moment of silence for those in the path of the hurricane.  Regarding pay talks, firm has been hired.  Every time NAPS talked to USPS, they wouldn’t budge. When a clerk, carrier, or mail handler comes to work and do their job, they get a pay raise; EAS does not. Process supposed to take place within 60 days.  Panel makes recommendations for USPS.  The next issue of the Postal Supervisor Magazine will have Tim’s article on this subject.  Megan Brennan thinks you must go above and beyond to get pay raise.  Biggest problems with discipline are sexual harassment and falsification.  Do not share passwords.  If a team visits your office and gives you list of things to do, do it; if you do not, will be charged with failure to follow instructions.  Supervisors have a tough job; be vigilant and learn your job.  Make sure you know rules; manager may tell you to do something and you need to be able to reference appropriate document if not correct.  Current technology allows Big Brother to watch; we can’t help you if you do it knowingly.

 Tim thanked our branch for our donation to his campaign for re-election at National Convention.  Tim also advised that changing schedules required 4 days notice; otherwise, you get time and a half.  Involuntary reassignment is not to be done.  Letter is on NAPS website concerning this.  Do not conduct route checks in personal vehicles.  Newly promoted supervisors do not take stock until proper training is provided.  Have a witness when you count.  Must have training for finance.  Every stamp is dollars; if short, it’s on you.  Insist on training and put it in writing; also ask for locks to be changed when you do get the stock.  Check security.  Auditing clerks must have training.

At State Convention, respect within the district was discussed. 

Next meeting will be in September.  Date/location to be announced.

SPAC 50/50 drawing was won by Donald.  Total collected was $95.  Door prizes were then awarded.  Derrick motioned to adjourn the meeting; Martin seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Kay Woods

​Jacksonville, Florida

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL SUPERVISORS
BRANCH 93
 JACKSONVILLE FL

Minutes for March 21, 2019, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.  Donald welcomed Sam Jones, FL District 1 Vice President. 
Attendees:   Sam Jones, Donald Murray, Kim Wingfield, Martin Brown, Kay Woods, Dawnette Tinsley, Kenneth Joe, Cynthia Hylton, Lloyd Shipman, Marco Horiega, Angie Waddell, Tre Hart, Derrick Cotman, and Essie Miller.

Kay read the minutes from the January meeting.  Martin made a motion to accept the minutes as read, Sam Jones seconded the motion; motion passed.
 Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Sam motioned to accept the report; Angie seconded.  Motion passed.
Martin advised that we have 27 SPAC tickets to sell before the FL State Convention.  SPAC tickets cost $10 each.  First place winner gets $2500, second place get  $1500, and third place gets $1000.  Sam explained that SPAC is the fund NAPS uses to give to politicians when you visit them.  NAPS also gives to politicians seeking reelection if they support USPS. Florida is the number one SPAC fundraiser in the United States.

Unfinished Business:  Donald reported that pay consultations are still in fact-finding.  Arbitrators have asked for an extension until April.

Donald reported on the Legislative Training Seminar he recently attended in Washington DC.  He talked to the aides for Congressmen Yoho and Rutherford but he actually talked to Congressman Lawson.  He asked that Donald wait for him.  Congressman Lawson asked a lot of questions.  He asked about delayed mail during the holidays, Amazon, and attrition  Donald also talked to his aide regarding bills before Congress and advised they would co-sponsor the bills.

Donald reported that three people attended the 650 training recently held in Orlando.  Wendy English, PM Jacksonville, and Sylvia Morris, Mgr, HR, were at the training.  650 is the section of the ELM that governs supervisor discipline processes and procedures to follow.

The FL/GA Convention is being held at World Golf Village.   Attendees from our branch are to help at the convention.  On Thursday, they need help stuffing goodie bags. There is usually a golf tournament on Thursday but due to the expense at WGV and lack of interest, they will be going bowling on Thursday morning.  If you are attending and want to play golf, let Sam know so it can be arranged at a different course.    Lunch will be provided on Friday instead of the dinner as is usually done.  This will give attendees time to visit St Augustine.  Saturday night will be a sit-down dinner.  Those participating in evening activities may spend the night.  Cost is $139 per night.  NAPS has a block of rooms reserved, and you must make reservations ASAP as there are other groups staying there also.

Be sure to update your address if you move.  Instructions are in each meeting notice and on the website.

Discussion followed on changing our by-laws regarding voting of officers.  We are scheduled to have elections in 2019 but wish to change to 2020 so we are in accordance with National and State elections which are held in even years.  Donald motioned to have elections beginning November 2020 instead of November 2019.  Martin seconded the motion and motion passed.

Article VIII concerning dues was discussed.  Minimum dues in all other branches in Florida have increased.  Donald made a motion to increase our branch dues from $120 annually or $7.50 biweekly to $240 per year or $10 biweekly.  Ken Joe seconded the motion; motion passed.  Martin will send email to Jovan Duncan at NAPS Headquarters to facilitate the change,
Next meeting will be in May.  Date/location to be announced.

 Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

 Respectfully submitted,
 Kay Woods

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POSTAL SUPERVISORS
BRANCH 93
 JACKSONVILLE FL

Minutes for January 24, 2019, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.  Donald welcomed Sam Jones, FL District 1 Vice President. 

Attendees:  Bruce Kurland, Sam Jones, Joyce Hamilton, Donald Murray, Michael Rexroat, Kim Wingfield, Rosa Soto, Martin Brown, Kay Woods, Dawnette Tinsley, Roxanne Pleasant, Robert Widelock, Kenneth Joe, Cynthia Hylton, Lloyd Shipman, Lorna Sanders, Kemp Harris, Michelle Green, Marco Horiega, and Derrick Cotman.

Donald introduced Joe Carreno  of the Retirement Advantage.  Mr Carreno  discussed options for income as we go to retirement.  His discussion topics included social security benefits, TSP, and FERS annuity.

Donald motioned to dispense with reading of the minutes; Sam seconded.  Motion .passed, 
 Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Ken motioned to accept the report; Bruce seconded.  Motion passed.
Donald announced that Mary Burkhart, a California member who ran for National Office positions, had passed away.  He also announced that Jim Sleeper, a retired employee at the Bulk Mail Center, had also passed. 

Fact finding is still going on.  A pay chart has been released but it is not firm.


Donald asked who would like to go to the Legislative Training Seminar in March.
Training for NAPS is being held in Jacksonville in February.  Anyone who wants to represent NAPS members must attend this training.  Registration can be done until day of.    Let Donald know if you want to go.

Two scholarships will be awarded this year at the National level – Vince Palladino and Louis Atkins Scholarships.

Please give us your correct address if you are not receiving correspondence from us.  Our website has an email address to submit your new address.

Bi-State Convention is being held in June at World Golf Village.  The Board Members will decide if our members attending the convention will be able to stay at the hotel.  We have raffle tickets to sell for the convention.  Tickets are $10 each.  Bruce advised there is a section on conventions on our website:  naps.93.org.

Next meeting will be in March.  Date/location to be announced.
SPAC 50/50 drawing was won by Ronnie Woods.  Total collected was $100.  Door prizes were then awarded.
Bruce motioned to adjourn the meeting; Joyce seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
 Kay Woods


Minutes for May 10, 2018, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.

Attendees:  Bruce Kurland, Martin Brown, Angie Waddell, Sammie Jones, Donald Murray, Kay Woods, Dawnette Tinsley, Derrick Cotman, Kemp Harris, Joyce Hamilton, Hina Desai, Denise Mills, Michelle Green, Donnette McClain, Kenneth Joe, Michael Moseley, and Victor Jervier.

Secretary:  Kay read the minutes from the March meeting.  Angie motioned to accept the minutes; Derek seconded.  Motion passed.

Treasurer:  Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Sam motioned to accept the report; Donnette seconded.  Motion passed.

Sam advised that only a few rooms are available for the National Convention.  There will be a shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel and return to airport.  You will have an 800 number to call for the shuttle.  Check NAPS website for information.

Sam also advised that Southeast Area President, Bob Quinlan, is undergoing chemo for his cancer that has returned.  He will still be running for his National office, and we should make a donation to his campaign.  Bruce made a motion to give $200 to Bob Quinlan’s campaign fund; Donald seconded the motion; motion passed.

Tim Ford is running for re-election as Southern Region Vice President and we should support him also.  Bruce motioned to give $100 to Tim’s campaign fund.  Donald seconded the motion; motion passed.

Donald stated that we need to know who is going to State Convention by the end of the meeting.  Florida has been #1 in SPAC donations for the past 14 years.  Other topics discussed;

Scholarship program is sponsored by Florida NAPS and winner announced at Convention.  NAPS members children or grandchildren can apply if senior in high school or enrolled in college.  Member Terry Wilson’s daughter won the scholarship a few years ago.

The pilot for USPS and Wal Mart same day delivery agreement starts May 22.
NAPS supports the Omnibus and Check Cashing Bills.  Congress controls our pay.
In your job, do what you expect employees to do. If you call manager for help and you do not get an answer, text him/her.

Call Congressmen and ask for support for USPS bills.

To attend State and National Conventions, you must have attended two meetings in
2017 and be in good standing. Explanation of what happens at State and National Conventions.  At State Convention, you are a delegate for your area and working on a committee.  Resolutions at State Convention are voted on and if passed, submitted to National.  Resolutions must be written in proper format.

Next meeting will be in September.  Date/location to be announced.
SPAC 50/50 drawing was won by DD McClain.  Door prizes were then awarded.
Bruce motioned to adjourn the meeting; Sam seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Kay Woods



Minutes for March 20, 2018, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.

Attendees:  Bruce Kurland, Martin Brown, Rosa Soto, Ben Strawn, Angie Waddell, Sammie Jones, Donald Murray, Kay Woods, Dawnette Tinsley, Derrick Cotman, Rashma Torres, Mike Carraher, Steve Marcus, Lloyd Shipman, Lorna Sanders, and Kemp Harris.

Secretary Report: Kay read the minutes; Martin motioned to accept the report; Rosa seconded.  Motion passed.

Treasurer:  Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Sam motioned to accept the report; Bruce seconded.  Motion passed. Martin reported that we had 15 more tickets to sell for the State raffle.  They are $10 each.

Donald, Lorna and Sam attended LTS.  Everyone seemed positive about the Postal Service. Sam added that the aides for Congressmen Lawson and Yoho were up to date on Postal issues and they vote for USPS. Kemp stated that he is active in a Veteran Affairs organization, and Congressman Rutherford attended a meeting and Kemp requested his help for  Postal issues. 
Lorna thanked everyone for being able to attend LTS.  She thought Congressman Yoho’s aide was very knowledgeable.  Congressman Lawson’s aide was very interested in information provided.  They are thinking about renaming the Kings Road office for Rutledge Pierson, civil rights advocate.  Congressman Rutherford’s aide advised paying more into TSP is on his wish list for the President’s agenda. 

Donald reported that pay consultations are continuing and may have to do fact finding.

There are two conventions this year: Florida State Convention in June in Clearwater and National Convention in August in Connecticut.  To be eligible for state convention, you must have attended two Branch meetings in the preceding year and be in good standing.  Sam reported that State Convention will be held at Holiday Inn and Suites in Clearwater.  Rooms with 2 queen beds are $134.90 except on Friday and Saturday when the rate will be $169.00 or $189 for a Gulf view.  $6 per night parking fee per room will also be assessed.  They are trying to get more rooms added to the block.  Cost for the Convention is $175 per person.  Friday night is casino night and Saturday night will have Alice in Wonderland theme and you may dress in costumes.  The cost for the golf tournament is $50 which includes cart and lunch.  SPAC fundraiser will be bowling on Thursday as well as the SPAC Walkathon on June 23.  Cost is $20 and you are to register online so they know how many shirts to buy.

National Convention is at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville CT, August 6-10.  There is 1 hr 45 minute trip from airport to hotel.  Transportation will be provided. 

Donald asked all members to talk to non-members about joining NAPS.
Wendy English is back as Postmaster.
Next meeting will be in May.  Date/location to be announced.

SPAC 50/50 drawing was won by Donald Murray.
Martin motioned to adjourn the meeting; Sam seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
 Kay Woods

Minutes for January 16, 2017, Meeting

Donald Murray opened the meeting at Cross Creek Restaurant at 7:00 pm.

Attendees:  Bruce Kurland, Martin Brown, Michael Moseley, Rosa Soto, Ben Strawn, Angie Waddell, Sammie Jones, Donald Murray, Kay Woods, Dawnette Tinsley, Lorna Sanders, Donnette McClain, Jackie Cox, Derrick Cotman, and Kemp Harris.

Secretary Report: Kay read the minutes; Sam advised to delete “Parliament training will be on Friday night” in paragraph 9; Donald motioned to accept the report as corrected; Bruce seconded.  Motion passed.
Treasurer:  Martin gave the Treasurer’s report; Donald motioned to accept the report; Angie seconded.  Motion passed.

Donald gave an update on the following topics:
Plant schedule changes
F1 Scheduler pros and cons
Exam 642 Supervisor Exam can be bypassed temporarily
Supervisor jobs are available in other areas
Defense Disciplinary Fund: Sciala retired.  LR Admin Group is the new company.

Sam addressed the following items:
Early out (VERA) for eligible clerks and mail handlers
Must have 20 years of service and at least age 50, or
25 years of service at any age
2% reduction for each year under retirement age
EAS vacancies – Exam 642 is suspended
EAS vacancies – any jobs posted and not filled will be posted to the outside.

Donald introduced Roe Herzog, Florida State Council President, who provided the following info:
EAS vacancies are 10% nationwide.
Pay talks extended to January
USPS recognizes PFP does not work
Supervisory differential to raise 5% higher than top step of PS-6
If not getting paid for hours worked, bring it forward.
Around the state, scanning is taken seriously; take corrective action if carrier or clerk is not scanning.  If problems, take action and follow chain of command.  Be sure to document. 
6,000 non-members nationwide.  Need to talk to any non members and advise regarding NAPS membership benefits.
Websites to refer to:  flnaps.org and NAPS.org
Training in Feb

Discussion followed on problems with tour changes and days off at P&D Jax.
Discussed who will attend Legislative Training Seminar in March.
SPAC 50/50 drawing was won by Kemp Harris.
Door prizes were won by Sam, Kemp, Derrick, Ben, Martin, Jackie, Kay, Lorna, and Bruce.

Next meeting will be held in March; date/location to be announced.
Donald motioned to adjourn the meeting; Bruce seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
 Kay Woods