New Members (04-19-19)

We have a large number of new employees, please welcome them to Branch 78!: Sentayhu Akelat (Bexley), Joseph Arnold Jr (East City), Joshua Brown (Westerville), Nicholas Carmody (Upper Arlington), Raymond Fierro (Oakland Park), Brandy Guerro (Westerville), John Lance (Delaware), Sherry Leonard (Gahanna), Bri’Anca McGee (Beechwold), Darshit Patel (Westland), Elizabeth Potter (Gahanna), Antonio Scott (Oakland Park), Staci Scott (South Columbus), Carlisha Starks (Northland), Arik Strickling (West Worthington), Glenn Tompkins (Northwest), and Lexie Vander (West Worthington).

DC Lobbying 2019

Branch 78 sent a delegation to Washington DC to lobby for the Postal Service and OUR jobs. We have alot of support from our representatives, but could always use more. The delegation consisted of Myron Miller (Northwest), Trevor Payne (Gahanna), Rod Robinson (Bexley), Gary Porter (Whitehall), Stevie Bryant (East City), Brenda Stidams (Gahanna), Jacki Mitchell (Gahanna), Jeremy Hirschfelt (West Worthington), Leala Harris (East City) & Todd Hornyak. You can see some pictures HERE.

Proposed Bylaw Changes

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE VII – DUES EXPENSES & SALARIES SECTION - SECTION 3

(A) Effective January 2018 [1] The President of Branch 78 shall be a full time officer at a salary equal to that of a stop step and grade Q2 letter carrier, plus twenty-five (25%) percent, payable biweekly. The President shall share in any and all monetary increases and benefits received by the top step and grade carrier. The employee will be responsible for his/her share of health benefits and life insurance. [1b] The President shall be entitled to the same annual and sick leave as provided to a top step and grade letter carrier. When he/she leaves office, he/she shall be paid for all accrued hours of sick and annual leave credited to him/her. At the end of each 3 year term or if he/she leaves office early, the monies will be paid out or he/she can withdraw these monies yearly during pay period 26. If the President is re-elected for another 3 year term, it will be the responsibility of the President to invest/save these monies for any future long term absence. If the President is enrolled in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to five (5%) percent of the employee’s base salary in a 401k plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. [2] The Vice President of Branch 78 shall be a full time officer at a salary equal to that of a stop step and grade Q2 letter carrier, plus fifteen (15%) percent, payable biweekly. The Vice President shall share in any and all monetary increases and benefits received by the top step and grade carrier. The employee will be responsible for his/her share of health benefits and life insurance. [2b] The Vice President shall be entitled to the same annual and sick leave as provided to a top step and grade letter carrier. When he/she leaves office, he/she shall be paid for all accrued hours of sick and annual leave credited to him/her. At the end of each 3 year term or if he/she leaves office early, the monies will be paid out or he/she can withdraw these monies yearly during pay period 26. If the President is re-elected for another 3 year term, it will be the responsibility of the President to invest/save these monies for any future long term absence. If the President is enrolled in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to five (5%) percent of the employee’s base salary in a 401k plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. [3] the Branch Recording Secretary shall be paid a salary of $332.00 per month, payable monthly. [4] the Assistant Secretary-Editor shall be paid a salary of $282.00 per month payable monthly. [5] the Financial Secretary-Treasurer shall be paid a salary of $375.00 per month, payable monthly. [6] the Safety and Health Officer shall be paid a salary of $219.00, per month payable monthly [7] the MBA, HBR and NSBA Representative shall be paid a salary of $125.00 per month, payable monthly. [8] The branch Trustees shall be paid a fee $50.00 monthly. [9] the Sergeant at Arms shall be paid a fee of $50.00 per month payable monthly. [10] the Director of Retirees shall be paid a salary of $125.00 per month, payable monthly. Any full time officer that is enrolled in Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to 5% of the employee’s base salary in a 401K plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. This will take effect September 1, 2016. (B) Any officer or steward serving the branch in a LWOP status for an accumulated period of eighty (80) work hours or more must submit their vouchers for payment within forty-five days of this accumulation or Branch 78 will not be responsible for this payment of lost Sick and/or Annual Leave.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE VII – DUES EXPENSES & SALARIES SECTION - SECTION 3

(A) Effective January 2018 [1] The President of Branch 78 shall be a full time officer at a salary equal to that of a stop step and grade Q2 letter carrier, plus twenty-five (25%) percent, payable biweekly. The President shall share in any and all monetary increases and benefits received by the top step and grade carrier. The employee will be responsible for his/her share of health benefits and life insurance. [1b] The President shall be entitled to the same annual and sick leave as provided to a top step and grade letter carrier. When he/she leaves office, he/she shall be paid for all accrued hours of sick and annual leave credited to him/her. At the end of each 3 year term or if he/she leaves office early, the monies will be paid out or he/she can withdraw these monies yearly during pay period 26. If the President is re-elected for another 3 year term, it will be the responsibility of the President to invest/save these monies for any future long term absence. If the President is enrolled in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to five (5%) percent of the employee’s base salary in a 401k plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. [2] The Vice President of Branch 78 shall be a full time officer at a salary equal to that of a stop step and grade Q2 letter carrier, plus fifteen (15%) percent, payable biweekly. The Vice President shall share in any and all monetary increases and benefits received by the top step and grade carrier. The employee will be responsible for his/her share of health benefits and life insurance. [2b] The Vice President shall be entitled to the same annual and sick leave as provided to a top step and grade letter carrier. When he/she leaves office, he/she shall be paid for all accrued hours of sick and annual leave credited to him/her. At the end of each 3 year term or if he/she leaves office early, the monies will be paid out or he/she can withdraw these monies yearly during pay period 26. If the Vice President is re-elected for another 3 year term, it will be the responsibility of the Vice President to invest/save these monies for any future long term absence. If the Vice President is enrolled in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to five (5%) percent of the employee’s base salary in a 401k plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. Effective July 1, 2019 [3] the Branch Recording Secretary shall be paid a salary of $407.00 per month, payable monthly. [4] the Assistant Secretary-Editor shall be paid a salary of $357.00 per month payable monthly. [5] the Financial Secretary-Treasurer shall be paid a salary of $450.00 per month, payable monthly. [6] the Safety and Health Officer shall be paid a salary of $294.00, per month payable monthly [7] the MBA, HBR and NSBA Representative shall be paid a salary of $200.00 per month, payable monthly. [8] The branch Trustees shall be paid a salary of $100.00 per month, paid monthly. The Head Trustee shall be paid a salary of $125.00 per month, paid monthly. [9] the Sergeant at Arms shall be paid a fee of $100.00 per month, payable monthly. [10] the Director of Retirees shall be paid a salary of $200.00 per month, payable monthly. Any full-time officer that is enrolled in Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) the branch will match the employee’s contribution up to 5% of the employee’s base salary in a 401K plan of the employee’s choice. The employee will be allowed to contribute up to the maximum allowance under the IRS guidelines. This will take effect September 1, 2016. (B) Any officer or steward serving the branch in a LWOP status for an accumulated period of eighty (80) work hours or more must submit their vouchers for payment within forty-five days of this accumulation or Branch 78 will not be responsible for this payment of lost Sick and/or Annual Leave.

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 10

A Trustee shall examine and report to the branch the condition of the books of the officers at least once a month, compare the vouchers and records and see that they correspond with the collections and disbursements. They shall have custody of all branch property and have the responsibility to manage all of the operational and fiscal aspects in the management of the branch office. The allotted amount for running the branch office shall be placed in the master ledger account monthly by the branch Financial Secretary-Treasurer. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees shall be accountable for the disposition and records kept. The Trustees shall perform such other duties as the branch by-laws may require of them. The Board of Trustees shall be known as the Trustees of Buckeye Branch 78 of the National Association of Letter Carriers of the United States of America. The officers and the board of trustees shall have a key to the branch office. They shall be obligated to perform any duties as requested by the President.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 10

A Trustee shall examine and report to the branch the condition of the books of the officers at least once a month, compare the vouchers and records and see that they correspond with the collections and disbursements. They shall have custody of all branch property and have the responsibility to manage all of the operational and fiscal aspects in the management of the branch office. The allotted amount for running the branch office shall be placed in the master ledger account monthly by the branch Financial Secretary-Treasurer. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees Head Trustee shall be accountable for the disposition and records kept. The Trustees shall perform such other duties as the branch by-laws may require of them. The Board of Trustees shall be known as the Trustees of Buckeye Branch 78 of the National Association of Letter Carriers of the United States of America. The officers and the board of trustees shall have a key to the branch office. They shall be obligated to perform any duties as requested by the President.

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

SECTION 1

The Officers of the Branch shall be the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Assistant Secretary-Editor, Director of Safety and Health, Sergeant-of-Arms, M.B.A. Health Benefits Representative and Director of Retirees (to come from the ranks of Retirees) and a Board of Trustees composed of five (5) members. The Trustees will elect one of their members to serve as Chairman of the Board. The membership may elect to honor a worthy past president with the honorary position of President Emeritus.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

SECTION 1

The Officers of the Branch shall be the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Assistant Secretary-Editor, Director of Safety and Health, Sergeant-of-Arms, M.B.A. Health Benefits Representative and Director of Retirees (to come from the ranks of Retirees) and a Board of Trustees composed of five (5) members. The Trustees will elect one of their members to serve as Chairman of the Board Head Trustee. The membership may elect to honor a worthy past president with the honorary position of President Emeritus.

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE VIII – STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION 1

There shall be a committee, consisting of all Officers and Trustees, to whom all bills and claims against the branch, and all requests for donations above $250, shall be submitted in writing, before being acted upon by the Branch.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE VIII – STANDING COMMITTEES

SECTION 1

There shall be a committee, consisting of all Officers and Trustees, to whom all bills and claims against the branch, and all requests for donations above $250, shall be submitted in writing, before being acted upon by the Branch. This committee shall have the authority to pay all recurring bills, utilities and approve payment for emergency repairs for daily operational needs. Any branch expenses, donations, or funds payable whose total is less than $250 shall be approved or disapproved by this committee without a vote of the branch.

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE XI – FUNDS

SECTION 3

All funds shall be devoted to such uses as the branch may determine, provided, that no appropriation shall be made except when ordered by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a regular meeting.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE XI – FUNDS

SECTION 3

All funds shall be devoted to such uses as the branch may determine, provided, that no appropriation shall be made except when ordered by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a regular meeting. An exception will be made for any funds allocated less than $250 as determined by the committee of officers and trustees.

BY-LAWS NOW READ:

ARTICLE VII – DUES EXPENSES & SALARIES SECTION

SECTION 5

Any employee removed from the service during their probationary period shall have his/her dues rebated.

PROPOSED BY-LAW CHANGE:

ARTICLE VII – DUES EXPENSES & SALARIES SECTION

SECTION 5

Any employee removed from the service during their probationary period shall not have his/her dues rebated.