Minutes of Meeting of

Local 880 General Membership

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 

 

Officers Present:                                                                               Officers Excused:

President – Joseph M. Romeo                                                             Steward – S. Rollins

Secretary-Treasurer – John Campanella                                             Steward – G. Sullivan

Vice President – John H. Cooper Jr.                                                  

Delegate – Jami Lyles                                                                        

Delegate – Brian Parks                                                                      

Delegate – David Nickodemus                                                           

Steward – Jean Castor *                                                                     

Steward – Bruce Chew                                                                      

Steward – Ben Davis                                                                         

Steward – Corey Gallman                                                                  

Steward – Robert Jackson                                                                  

Steward – Deonne Moore                                                                  

Steward – Jerome Page                                                                      

Steward – Felix Rogers                                                                     

Steward – Timothy J. Simmons                                                          

Steward – Marvin Taylor                                                                   

 

*Attended AM Meeting

 

Call to Order: President Romeo opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. and asked for a moment of silence for the following: Brother Jeff Augustus, whose father passed away; Brother Jean Orcel, whose father passed away; Brother Larry Henderson, whose father passed away; Brother Marvin Freeman, whose wife lost their unborn child at 13 weeks; Sister Carol Murray, a pensioner who is ill; Sister Clara Clarkson, whose granddaughter passed away; our members who are ill; our troops.

 

 

Minutes: President Romeo said that the minutes were posted in all locations and asked for questions.  There were none.  A motion to accept the minutes for April was made by Brother Marvin Taylor and seconded by Brother Jerome Page.  Motion passed.

 

Financial Report: Secretary-Treasurer John Campanella told members that the retirees and former members received their retro checks in April.  The retro checks had a $150 assessment deducted from them and forwarded to the union.  Therefore, we received an extra $46,500 this month only.  The retirees and former members paid the same assessment as everyone else.  However, in May, we are going to pro-rate the refunds to the retirees who retired during the contract period, in the same manner as we pro-rated the assessment for the newer members.  This pro-rated refund was approved by the membership.  The refunds will probably amount to approximately $15,000 and will appear in the financial report for May.  So please keep this in mind when the financial report for May shows a loss for the month.

 

Brother Campanella read the financial report for April, which was also posted on the bulletin board and asked for questions.  Brother Jerome Page asked if there will be any credit in our phone bill due to the phones being down.  Brother Campanella said yes, there should be a credit but this is a prior bill.  Brother Campanella explained to the members that our phone lines have been down since April 15th because Verizon went on strike and the call center could not correct the problem.  We have been without phone service for over three weeks so we had no alternative but to bring in Comcast to install phone service.  We are currently attempting to recover our old phone numbers.

 

Brother Campanella asked if there were any other questions regarding the financial report.  There were none.  A motion to approve the financial report for April was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Brother Frank Olive.  Motion passed without objection.

 

New Business: Brother Campanella asked the members if we could suspend the rest of our normal business and proceed directly to the bylaw proposals because it is going to be a long night.  A motion was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Brother Jose Franceski to suspend union business for the remainder of the meeting and deal strictly with the bylaw proposals.  Motion passed without objection.

 

Bylaw Proposals:  Brother Campanella explained to the members that Local 880’s bylaws have not been updated for some time.  There is a lot of work involved in updating the bylaws and what happens is unions start using past practices rather than updating bylaws.  Whenever local unions change their bylaws, it gives some skeptical members the idea that they are pulling something shady.  So when President Romeo appointed the bylaw committee of union officers, he added three union members who were not union officers in order to give the process transparency.  The bylaw committee consisted of the following union officers: President Romeo, Secretary-Treasurer Campanella, Vice President John Cooper, Operators’ Delegate Jami Lyles, Mechanical Delegate Brian Parks, and Field Salary Delegate Dave Nickodemus.  The bylaw committee also consisted of the following members who are not union officers: Sister Kathy Lannon, Brother Omar Higgs, and Brother Steve VanSant. 

 

Brother Campanella asked for a motion to have Sisters Kathy Lannon, Jami Lyles, and Brothers Omar Higgs and Steve VanSant count the ballots of the bylaw proposals tonight.  Brother Campanella asked if this was acceptable.  There were no objections.  A motion was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Brother Ben Davis to have Sisters Kathy Lannon, Jami Lyles, and Brothers Omar Higgs and Steve VanSant count the ballots for tonight’s bylaw proposals.

 

Brother Campanella explained that Brother Jerome Page will present his bylaw proposals first.  Brother Page originally had a long list of proposals but after discussing these with the Executive Board members, he decided to drop some of his proposals.  The bylaw committee agreed with two of Brother Page’s bylaw proposals and adopted them in the committee’s proposals.  Therefore, Brother Page will present his bylaw proposals with which neither the committee or the Executive Board were in agreement.

 

President Romeo turned the floor over to Brother Jerome Page.  Brother Jerome Page introduced himself to the members and gave a brief history of his background.

 

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Brother Page’s Proposals:  Brother Jerome Page read and explained the following bylaw proposal (JC1):

 

(JC1) - Article III  Nominations and Elections

Section 1: An Election Committee of five (5) members in good standing who are eligible to be elected as officers or Executive Board members, the majority appointed by the President, and the minority appointed by the Vice President, shall take charge of the election and provide safeguards to ensure a fair election. No candidate for office shall be eligible to serve on the election Committee nor can unchallenged candidates not on the ballot participate during the election process.

 

After discussing and debating the above proposal, a motion to vote was made by Brother Dave Nickodemus and seconded by Brother Ben Davis.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 10 yes votes, 49 no votes and 1 void.  Bylaw proposal JC1 was not approved.

 

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Brother Jerome Page read and explained the following bylaw proposal (JC2):

 

(JC2) Article IV  Duties of Officers

Section 7: When a member’s case has been presented and is denied by the Executive Board that member can request their case be presented at the General Membership as an appeal for Arbitration.

 

After discussing and debating the above proposal, a motion to vote was made by Brother Dave Nickodemus and seconded by Brother Steve VanSant.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 10 yes votes, 53 no votes and 1 void.  Bylaw proposal JC2 was not approved.

 

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Brother Jerome Page read and explained the following bylaw proposal (JC3):

 

(JC3) Article V  Duties of Shop Stewards, and Members

Section 1:  Shop Stewards shall participate in each step 1 grievance procedure, unless the steward is the grievant, in which case they also be entitled to union representation. Union stewards, unless the Steward is the grievant, shall be recognized by the Employer as representatives of the employees for the purposes of enforcing the contract/agreement, and shall generally act as representatives of this Local Union on the job. All Shop Stewards are elected by the general membership per classification within their locations.

 

After discussing and debating the above proposal, a motion to vote was made by Brother Robert Jackson and seconded by Brother Dave Nickodemus.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 13 yes votes and 51 no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC3 was not approved.

 

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Brother Campanella told the members that Brother Jerome Page would prefer that he not express his opinion on Brother Page’s bylaw proposals.  Brother Campanella asked the members if they would prefer that he sit in the audience rather than up front.  Brother Campanella said that he is also a member of this union with the right to express his opinions.  The members overwhelmingly said that Brother Campanella does not have to change seats.  A motion was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Brother Marvin Taylor that Brother Campanella does not have to change seats.  Motion approved without objection.  A member said that Brother Campanella does have the right to express his opinions but he should be recognized by the president instead of blurting things out.  Brother Campanella said that he hopes everyone sees that this union is under attack and some members want to take over this union.  It is ridiculous but we must tolerate it, so let’s move on.

 

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Brother Jerome Page read and explained the following bylaw proposal (JC4):

 

(JC4) Article V Section 4: Duties of Shop Stewards and Members

Members of this Local Union shall be governed as to their duties according to this Local Union Member Vs Member CONDUCT CODE OF ETHICS, and ATU International Union Laws governing conduct of members. (Note: Code of Conduct attached to these proposals on last page.)

 

After discussing and debating the above proposal, a motion to vote was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Brother Ben Davis.  Motion passed.  The results of the vote were 11 yes votes and 54 no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC4 was not approved.  (Note: There was an error in counting the ballots for bylaw proposal JC4.  It was mistakenly recorded as 54 yes votes.  President Romeo asked Brother Page if he wanted a recount.  Brother Page said yes.  Upon a recount it was confirmed that it was 54 no votes.)

 

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Brother Jerome Page read and explained the following bylaw proposal (JC5):

 

(JC5) Article VII Dues and Initiations

Section 3: Except for increases mandated by the International Constitution, rates of dues and initiation fees shall not be increased and no special or general assessment shall be levied unless (1) reasonable written notice of intent to vote on the increase and/or assessment is approved by a majority vote, by secret ballot of the members in good standing voting at a special or general membership meeting.

 

After discussing and debating the above proposal, a motion to table bylaw proposal JC5 was made by Brother Gildon Turner and seconded by Brother Jerome Page.  Motion passed.  Brother Page said that he will rewrite the proposal and present it at a later date.

 

 

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Brother Campanella suggested that since Brother Page’s proposal JC6 is directly tied to JC4, which did not pass, then proposal JC6 would be moot.  Brother Jerome Page withdrew the following bylaw proposal and no vote was taken on JC6.

 

 

 

(JC6) Article VIII  Steps Grievance Procedures

 

Section 1:  All grievances must take the proper steps: and all member vs Member grievances will stop at the fourth step and if not resolved may move forward to be considered ATU International Union possible charges filed by the member.

            1st Step:           All grievances must be taken to the Shop Steward.

            2nd Step:          To the Business Agent or President.

            3rd Step:          To the Local Executive Board.

            4th Step:          To the General Membership.

            5th Step:          To the New Jersey State Council.

            6th Step:          To Appeal to the International Office.

 

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Bylaw Committee’s Proposals:  Brother Campanella asked the members if they have enough energy to continue with the bylaw committee’s proposals.  A member said that he has been reading the minutes and did not see where a bylaw committee was appointed.  Brother Campanella said that the bylaw committee was appointed by the president at an Executive Board meeting which Brother Page attended.  This member said that since the committee was formed last year, its authority would have died on December 31st, so this committee has no authority.  Brother Campanella responded that this member can send a letter to our International Union objecting to this committee.  This member said that union officers should not be on the committee and referenced “Roberts Rules of Order.”  Brother Campanella said that he has read nothing in “Roberts Rules of Order” that union officers cannot sit on the committee.  The union also added three non-union officers to give some transparency.  Brother Campanella said that the union posted a notice dated February 25, 2016 explaining who has been appointed to the bylaw committee, when they will meet and a tentative schedule.  Brother Campanella asked if any members have any problems with the way the bylaw committee was formed and its work up to this point.  There was only one objection.  Brother Campanella asked for a motion on this issue.  A motion was made by Brother Tamir Muhammad and seconded by Brother William Spencer to approve the way the committee was appointed and approved its work up to this point.  Motion passed. 

 

Brother Campanella explained to the members that he would suggest that we take a hand vote on the bylaw proposals that do not involve money in order to save time.  Brother Campanella asked if anyone has a problem with a hand vote on the bylaw proposals.  There were no objections.

 

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Brother Campanella read proposals JC1 and JC2 together because they are directly tied to each other.

 

(JC1) Article I Section 2:  The meeting of this Local Union will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.  The meetings will consist of two (2) sections that will be known as the A.M. and P.M. meetings.  The A.M. meeting will be called to order at 10:00 A.M., with a quorum of ten (10) members.  The P.M. meeting will be called to order at 7:30 7:00 P.M. with a quorum of twenty-five (25) members.  The President shall delegate an Executive Board member to be the Sergeant-at-Arms at the P.M. meeting.

(JC2) Article I Section 2 paragraph 2:  No new business will be entertained after 9:30 9:00 P.M. except by unanimous consent.

After discussing and debating the proposals a motion was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Sister Kathy Lannon to vote by hand for proposals JC1 and JC2.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposals.  Proposals JC1 and JC2 were approved.

 

 

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Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC3.

 

Article II Officers and Delegates

(JC 3) Section 1:  The officers to be elected of this Local Union shall consist of President, who shall act as Business Agent; Vice President, who shall act as Assistant Business Agent; Secretary-Treasurer, and four [4] five [5] delegates to the New Jersey State Council, namely the President, Secretary-Treasurer, one [1] Operator, one [1] Mechanic, and one [1] Field Salary shall be the Delegates to the Central Labor Unions and State Federation of Labor Convention by virtue of their office.

Brother Page asked if this increases the union’s expenses.  Brother Campanella said that it would because when the secretary-treasurer attends the State Council meetings, we need to bring someone in to cover the office.  After discussing and debating this proposal, Brother Campanella asked if anyone has a problem in voting for this proposal by hand.  There were no objections.  A motion to vote for bylaw proposal JC3 by hand was made by Brother William Spencer and seconded by Brother Harold Scott.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes with two no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC3 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC4.

(JC4) Section 2 paragraph 1:  There shall also be elected an Executive Board of which the President shall be Chairperson, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, the Delegates to the New Jersey State Council and the elected Committeeperson shop stewards of their respective locations; including one [1] from the Field Salaried employees.

After discussing and debating proposal JC4 a motion to vote by hand was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Sister Connie Cenor.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor.  Bylaw proposal JC4 was approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brother Campanella said that Brother Jerome Page asked that we explain to the members how the pay is determined for the president.  Brother Campanella read the following bylaw JC5.

 

(JC5) Section 2 paragraph 2: The President’s salary shall be adjusted to sixty [60] hours at the top prevailing hourly rate and adjusted to the nearest dollar weekly.  The Secretary-Treasurer’s salary shall be adjusted to fifty-five [55] hours at the top prevailing hourly rate and adjusted to the nearest dollar weekly.

 

Brother Campanella said that the union negotiates pay rates for all positions in multiple contract books and the president’s rate is currently $31.91 per hour, which is the highest rate of all the contracts.  Brother Page asked what job title gets that rate of pay.  Brother Campanella said Lead Light Rail Technician.  Brother Page said that is want he wanted listed in the bylaw proposal.  Brother Campanella said that Brother Page did not say he wanted a bylaw change; he wanted the rate of pay explained.  Brother Campanella asked the members if everyone understands how the rate of pay is determined.  There were no questions.  Brother Campanella said to keep in mind the president does not get paid holiday pay, uniform allowances, meal tickets, overtime, etc.  Brother Campanella asked again if everyone understands how the rate is determined.  Again, there were no questions.  Brother Campanella asked for a motion that this is the interpretation of the bylaw relating to the president’s and secretary-treasurer’s rate of pay.  A motion was made by Brother Richard Gray and seconded by Sister Dawn Williams that the bylaw interpretation is the top rate of pay listed in all contracts negotiated by the union.  Motion passed with one objection.

 

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Brother Campanella said that JC6 is just correcting a typo from “have” to “has” and read the proposal.

JC6 Section 2 paragraph 3: Benefits as per the contract for the full time officers to be paid by the Local Union as have has been past practice.

A motion to correct the typo in JC6 was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Sister Connie Cenor.  Motion passed without objection.

 

 

 

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Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC7 and suggested a secret ballot because it involved money.

JC7 Section 2 paragraph 4: Members of Local Union 880 shall be paid a minimum of two (2) hours to a maximum of ten [10] hours pay at their top prevailing hourly rate, except election committees, and expenses of ten dollars [$10.00], for meals and ten dollars [$10.00] for travel, when engaged on Union assignments authorized by the President of the Local Union.  All hours under this paragraph will be paid at straight time.  Executive Board members [Committeeperson] [shop stewards] shall be advanced one hundred fifty dollars [$150.00] eight-hours at the bus operator’s top rate a month for expenses including the delegates to the New Jersey State Council and the Vice President.

After discussing and debating the proposal JC7 a motion to vote by secret ballot was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Frank Olive.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was 51 yes votes and zero no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC7 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC8.

(JC8) Section 3 paragraph 1:  The President and Secretary-Treasurer and all Delegates to all Conventions are to be elected at the General Elections.  The President and Secretary-Treasurer, number one [1], Operators Delegate to the State Council and the number two [2], Mechanical Delegate and the number three [3] Field Salary Delegate to the State Council will be the four [4] five [5] Delegates to the International Convention by virtue of their office. 

After discussing and debating proposal JC8, a motion to vote by hand was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Sister Tina Flax.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC8 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC9.

(JC9) Section 3 paragraph 2: If the size of the membership warrants, the vice president the number three [3], Field Salary Delegate to the State Council will be the number five [5] six [6] delegate to the International Convention.

Brother Jerome Page asked how many members would be needed for an extra seat.  Brother Campanella said that the International Constitution says 400 members or any part thereof.  After discussing and debating proposal JC9, a motion to vote by hand was made by Sister Tina Flax and seconded by Brother George Hillary.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC9 was approved.

Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC10.

(JC10) Section 3 paragraph 3: Alternate Delegates to the International Convention shall be as follows:  Vice President for the President; Field Salary, number three [3] Delegate is first alternate to any; number four [4], Operators Alternate Delegate will be the second first alternate, number five [5], Mechanical Alternate Delegate will be the third second alternate to the International Convention only.

After discussing and debating the proposal JC10, a motion to vote by hand was made by Brother Corey Gallman and seconded by Brother Omar Higgs.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC10 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC11.

Article III

Nominations and Elections

(JC11) Section 1 paragraph 4:  Members nominated for office or offices at the nomination meeting must notify the Secretary-Treasurer, in writing, within seven [7] days if they decline to run.  If nominated for multiple offices, failure to notify the Secretary-Treasurer within seven [7] days will forfeit eligibility for any nominated office.

After discussing and debating the proposal JC11, a motion to vote by hand was made by Sister Connie Cenor and seconded by Brother Richard Gray.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC11 was approved.

 

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Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC12 and suggested a secret ballot.

(JC12) Section 2 paragraph 5: The voting will be at each garage and the Atlantic City Terminal. The polls shall open at 7:00 6:00 A.M. and close at 5:00 6:00 P.M. 

 

After discussing and debating the proposal JC12, Brother Campanella asked if the members want a secret ballot.  There was a resounding no.  President Romeo asked if we can have a motion for a hand vote.  A motion was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Sister Kathy Lannon to vote for proposal JC12 by hand.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes with one no vote.  Bylaw proposal JC12 was approved.

 

 

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Brother Campanella read the following bylaw proposal JC13.

(JC13) Section 4:  In order to fill vacancies that may occur in any elective office during the term, the President shall have the power to temporarily appoint a successor to fill the vacancy if required, and an election must be held within ninety [90]  one hundred twenty [120] days if there is more than one year left on the vacancy. 

A motion to vote by hand was made by Brother Frank Olive and seconded by Brother Dave Mendez.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC13 was approved.

 

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Brother Campanella said that he made a mistake on JC12 by omitting the final sentence regarding interim elections.  Brother Campanella said that it was read at the last meeting and it was in the minutes.  However, he mistakenly left the last sentence off on the copies there were handed out tonight.  Brother Campanella asked the members to revisit JC12.  Brother Campanella read JC12 in its entirety.

(JC12) Section 2 paragraph 5: The voting will be at each garage and the Atlantic City Terminal. The polls shall open at 7:00 6:00 A.M. and close at 5:00 6:00 P.M.  Interim elections to fill shop steward positions only will be done by mail using prior practice laid out in the bylaws revised in 2002.

 

After discussing and debating JC12 in its entirety, another motion to vote by hand was made by Brother George Hillary and seconded by Brother William Spencer.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes with one no vote.  Bylaw proposal JC12 was approved.

 

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Brother Campanella said that JC14 is withdrawn because there are no changes.

 

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC15, which was suggested by Brother Jerome Page and the committee agreed with the change.

 

Section IV Duties of Officers

 

(JC15) Section 6 paragraph 2: They shall have the authority to submit the results of negotiations on agreements or other matters of importance to the entire membership for a referendum vote of the members to be conducted under conditions and at times and places determined by the Executive Board.  They shall meet the third [3rd] first [1st] Tuesday of each month at seven-thirty [7:30] [7:00] P.M.  Special meetings shall be called by the President when it is deemed necessary.  The majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum to do business.

After discussing and debating proposal JC15, a motion to vote by hand was made by Brother David Mendez and seconded by Brother Harold Scott.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was unanimous in favor of the proposal.  Bylaw proposal JC15 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC16 and asked members to please ask questions if they do not understand.

(JC16) Section 7 paragraph 3:  The expense of any Arbitration case, and legal fees, will be divided equally amongst the active membership of this Local Union on a yearly basis or when deemed necessary.

Brother Campanella asked if any member would like a secret ballot on proposal JC16.  Members said no.  A motion to vote by hand was made by Sister Connie Cenor and seconded by Sister Cynthia Livingston.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes and 2 no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC16 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC17.

(JC17) Section 8:  The officers and Executive Board of the Local Union shall direct and handle the affairs of the Local Union, subject to the laws and rules of this Association and in conformity with instructions of the Local Union.  They shall be required to attend twelve [12] regular and twelve [12] executive board meetings per year.  Members who fail to attend all required meetings without being properly excused by the President or Financial Secretary, (or Vice President in lieu of the full time officer) shall forfeit their $150.00 cash advancement eight hours pay for that month.

After discussing and debating proposal JC17, a motion to vote by hand was made by Sister Jami Lyles and seconded by Brother Corey Gallman.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes.  Bylaw proposal JC17 was approved.

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Brother Campanella said that the following issue was brought up by Brother Jerome Page.  The past practice for the last approximately 20 years has been to pay the president the maximum mileage allowance of 1500 miles per month without the president turning in a mileage log.  The mileage check is taxed by the IRS and State of NJ.  After taxes, the president must pay for all fuel, tires, repairs, maintenance and car payments.  The president uses his personal car for union business and puts a lot of mileage and wear and tear on his vehicle.  Brother Campanella said that he thinks the president is losing on the deal.  However, this has been the practice.  In order to change the bylaws to reflect the current practice, Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC18. 

 

 

Article IX

Mileage of Officers

(JC18) Section 1:  The President shall be reimbursed at the prevailing rate established by the I.R.S. for each mile and rounded off to the nearest penny for a maximum of 1,500 miles per month for Union business.  During contract negotiations, daily mileage established will be additional.

The president will be paid at the prevailing rate established by the I.R.S. for each mile rounded off to the nearest penny for a total of 1,500 miles per month for union business.  During contract negotiations, daily mileage established will be additional.

Brother Campanella said that Brother Page brought this issue up and President Romeo and Brother Campanella agreed that it should be changed.  Brother Campanella asked if everyone understands proposal JC18 and does any member want to have a secret ballot.  No member requested a secret ballot.  Brother Jerome Page asked if the president goes on vacation for two weeks would the union adjust his pay.  Brother Campanella said no, we are not going to penalize the president because he went on vacation.  President Romeo asked for a motion to vote by hand.  A motion to vote on proposal JC18 by hand was made by Brother Chad Henszey and seconded by Brother Marvin Taylor.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes with 2 no votes.  Bylaw proposal JC18 was approved.

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Brother Campanella read the following proposal JC19 and explained it is identical to the change in JC18.

(JC19) Section 3:  The Secretary-Treasurer shall be reimbursed at the prevailing rate established by the I.R.S. for each mile and rounded off to the nearest penny for a maximum of 300 miles per month.

The Secretary-Treasurer will be paid at the prevailing rate established by the I.R.S. for each mile rounded off to the nearest penny for a total of 300 miles per month for union business.

After discussing and debating the proposal, a motion to vote by hand was made by Sister Dawn Williams and seconded by Brother Richard Gray.  Motion passed.  The result of the vote was all yes votes.  Bylaw proposal JC19 was approved.

 

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President Romeo thanked everyone for their patience and participating in tonight’s important meeting.

 

Adjourn: A motion to adjourn was made by Brother Steve VanSant and seconded by Sister Jami Lyles.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned at 9:29 p.m.

 

Sincerely, 

John Campanella

Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

Note: The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.  Hope to see you there.