Local 2505 Meeting Minutes

Saturday, March 8

McDonaldís - Turner Turnpike - Stroud, OK

PRESENT: Ylita Edd (President), Robert R. Smith (Executive Vice President), Mitzi Brooks (Vice President, Enid, OK), Lila Davis, Beverly Williams and Ralph de Juliis.

President Ylita Edd called the meeting to order at approximately 1:40 p.m.

SECRETARYíS REPORT: Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that the Secretaryís Report of the last meeting be tabled to the next meeting of the Local due to the illness and absence of the Secretary. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

TREASURERíS REPORT: The report was distributed. Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that the Treasurerís Report be tabled to the next meeting of the Local due to the illness and absence of the Secretary. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Motion: Ralph de Juliis moved that the Local adopt its 2002 budget as its 2003 carry-over budget. EVP Robert Smith seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

LITIGATION REPORT: EVP Robert Smith reported on pending grievances / arbitrations. One pending merit promotion cases had been settled. Those cases still active / pending are:

* denial of a requested hardship reassignment

* non-selection for TE positions (one individual, two vacancies)

* 4 sanctions violations in Oklahoma City (1) , Chickasha (1) and Shawnee (2)

* a grievance in Enid

EVP Smith was working to get an additional panel arbitrator for Oklahoma City.

The Localís Arbitration Committee was down to two members since the third had been promoted to supervisor. Another needed to be appointed. The Local is planning a three day arbitration training session. Motion: Ralph de Juliis moved that the litigation report be accepted. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE: EVP Robert Smith noted that Article 3, Section 2.A.1 of the Localís constitution stated that the Localís dues would be 50% of all per capita taxes paid by the Local. Though that provision was approved by the AFGE National Executive Committee violated the rule of "conscienability;" i.e., was absurd and unreasonable on its face because only collected from members Ĺ of the Localís financial obligations would bankrupt the Local. Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that 50% be changed to 150%. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that the vote on the constitutional change in Article 3, Section 2.A.1 (50% changed to 150%) be tabled to the next meeting of the Local VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

It was noted that when the constitutional change was approved by the NEC, a copy of the revised constitution had to be sent to the Department of Labor.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. AFGE COUNCIL 220 AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that Local 2505 send the EVP of the Local to the Council 220 Convention in Las Vegas, NV in August, 2003. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that Local 2505 fund the actual convention costs (travel, lodgings and per diem) of sending the EVP of the Local to the Council 220 Convention in Las Vegas, NV in August, 2003. That amount would be $1,000. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that Local 2505 fund the actual convention costs (lodgings and per diem) of sending the Secretary Treasurer of the Local to the Council 220 and AFGE National Conventions in Las Vegas, NV in August, 2003. That amount would be $1,000. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The Motion passed unanimously. (The Localís Secretary Treasurer is a delegate to the AFGE 220 and National Conventions by virtue of office).

Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that Local 2505 fund the actual convention costs (travel, lodgings and per diem) of sending the President of the Local to the Council 220 and AFGE National Conventions in Las Vegas, NV in August, 2003. That amount would be $4,000. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The Motion passed unanimously. (The Localís President is a delegate to the AFGE 220 and National Conventions by virtue of office).

2. LABOR EDUCATION PROGRAM

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was offering Collective Bargaining training on May 1 and 2. It was offering WorkPlace Safety training on May 16 and 17. The carry-over budget has a line item for training. ACTION ITEM: Any representative interested in attending should contact President Ylita Edd.

 

 

3. OFFICE STRESS

It was noted that employees were suffering from increased stress in the workplace. EVP Robert Smith suggested that the Local schedule visits by Local Officers in each office. ACTION ITEM: President Ylita Edd will contact SSA to see if the EAP / Wellness Program could send speakers to each office to address the staffs about office stress and ways employees could cope with office stress.

Motion: EVP Robert Smith moved that the meeting be adjourned. VP Mitzi Brooks seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Meeting adjourned at approximately 2:20 p.m.

AGENDA ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING

1. Call to Order

2. Secretaryís Report

3. Treasurerís Report

4. Litigation Report

5. 2003 Budget

6. Proposed Constitutional Change

7. Unfinished Business

8. New Business

By

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Ralph de Juliis