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   VOLUME XXIX                                                  August 2010                                                   NUMBER 6


    Labor Evolution
                    President Bob James
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Evolution, i.e. “any process of growth.” Sometimes growth is caused
by necessity. The old way is not working anymore. Or, we need a
better, more improved mechanism to get something done or to ad-
dress a need. Hopefully, growth is a result of leadership determining
a course of action. Sometimes, growth is caused by circumstances
that are beyond one’s control, such as the use of the internet to move
information between people.

Over the years, the WSALC’s role in support of the NALC and
Letter Carriers has changed. At some point in the 1980’s, the State
Association was taken out of the grievance procedure. Grievances
became the domain of the Branch a Letter Carrier was in. The
WSALC has embraced the change of the State Associations to be                     Sam Samuels (R) gives WSALC
critically involved with legislation and politics. I think it was when            Vice President Nick Faviades his
National NALC needed an entity that could address legislative ac-             Steward of the Year Award. Unfortunately,
tion, such as “5 day delivery frequency” for the entire country or                Sam passed away on June 26th.
“Do Not Mail” at a municipal or state level that this change was
deemed necessary.
                                                                                     (More on Nick next issue)

I’ve written many times about the laws or regulations that we work
under, but aren’t a part of employment that the NALC can negotiate
for us. Currently, an example of that is the USPS proposal to drop
                                                                                 JARAP Update
a day of delivery that is couched in the innocuous term of delivery
frequency.                                                                   Sue Hart, Seattle District Lead Team Member

Letter Carriers must keep up the pressure and continually let mem-         Hi, I’m Sue Hart, your new Seattle District Lead Team member for
bers of Congress know why this is a poor idea. The NALC believes           JARAP. I’m a Steward from Kirkland and have worked for the P.O.
that the decision to reduce a day or more of delivery is a decision        for 23 years. I was a DEAT (District Evalauation Adjustment Team)
that isn’t correct. And, just as miners’ appeals to Congress to have       during MIARAP Phases 1 & 2 and was involved in adjustments
safety rules enforced so that 29 minors don’t die, or Congress is          during the initial IARAP.
called upon to enforce rules for safe oil drilling, so that people don’t
die and have our Gulf Coast destroyed.                                     The DEATs for 2010 JARAP consist of team members Okey
                                                                           Akers (Mercer Island) / S.Bateman, Jeff Isrel (Tacoma) / L.
What does this have to do with Letter Carriers? Each of the previous       O’Connell, Kevin Gottlieb (Twin Lakes) / D.Duncan, Eric Pardick
examples is company management making poor decisions. USPS                 (Spokane) / Fairlee and Brandon Welch (Riverton) / J. Sutliff. Sarah
Management is making and putting forth the poor idea that cutting          Merkel (Redmond) will be the Union's COR adjustor representa-
service is the only way to help the Postal Service.                        tive and Jim Henderson (Bellevue Crossroads) our back-up DEAT.

Congress controls the delivery frequency that the USPS maintains.          Please call me if you have any questions regarding the
                  (Continued on Page 8)                                    process. You can reach me at my office (206-378-2516).
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                                                                                                                                            LEGISLATIVE
                                                                                                                                              LIAISONS
             WSALC Officers
              for 2009-2011
                                                                                                                        STATE LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ...........................................................................


                                                                                                                        J. KINGSBURY ...................................................................................First District
                                                                                                                                 6718 NE Bay View Blvd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
ROBERT JAMES ..................................................... President                                                     Phone ......206-842-4175........................email: Kingsbury.j@gmail.com
                                (and Legislative Liaison Chair)
6210 Park Way, Lynnwood, WA 98036                                         e-mail:WSALCPrez@gmail.com                    KEITH KOENIG.............................................................................. Second District
Phone .................................................................................................. 425-220-9709           PO Box 1499, Bellingham, WA 98229
                                                                                                                                Phone ..... 360-738-4806....................email: Keith4freedom@gmail.com
NICK VAFIADES ............................................. Vice President                                              MIKE BLAZEY ................................................................................. Third District
102 Nighthatch Dr, Kelso, WA 98626                                                 e-mail: NVafi5@gmail.com
                                                                                                                                3201 “M” Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone .................................................................................................. 360-431-4131
                                                                                                                                Phone ......360-695-5729....................................email: mbdb4@aol.com

J. KINGSBURY ....................................... Secretary-Treasurer                                                JEFF BOHLINGER......................................................................... Fourth District
6718 NE Bayview Blvd, Bainbridge Is, WA 98110 e-mail: Kingsbury.j@gmail.com                                                     4602 Tieton Dr #H41, Yakima, WA 98908
                                                                                                                                Phone ..... 509-965-548 ....................................email:bookrat@aol.com
Phone ................................................................................................. 206-842-4175
                                                                                                                        ORVILLE ARNOLD.......................................................................... Fifth District
JO ANN PYLE ...................................... Director of Education                                                         6003 S Spotted Rd, Spokane, WA 99224.
10701 Sunrise Dr, Bothell, WA, 98011                              e-mail:Washington DOE@aol.com                                  Phone ......509-838-1354........................email: Orville@aimcomm.com
Phone ................................................................................................. 425-485-3842    STEVE WILSON................................................................................ Sixth District
                                                                                                                                1800 E Deer View Circle, Shelton, WA 98584
CHRIS LARSEN ............................................... WSLC Editor                                                        Phone ..... 360-621-4678 ..................email: Stevenemail@hotmail.com
6718 NE Bayview Blvd, Bainbridge Is, WA 98110 e-mail: Chrissy79r@gmail.com
Phone .................................................................................................. 206-842-4175   B J HANSEN ................................................................................. Seventh District
                                                                                                                                 PO Box 4566, Seattle, WA 98104
                                                                                                                                 Phone ............................................................................... 206-301-0173
Director of Retired Members
                                                                                                                        JAMES "JD" STEWART ............................................................... Eighth District
                                                                                                                                 PO Box 6051, Kent, WA 98064
                                                                                                                                 Phone ...... 253-670-9114...........................email: jdsx006@comcast.net
SHAREE ESCHENBACHER .......... Executive Board Chair
17201 N Southbank Rd, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026                                         email: EO532@aol.com            MARK MYERS.................................................................................. Ninth District
Phone ................................................................................................. 509-290-2271           16821 19th Ave SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166
                                                                                                                               Phone ...... 206-284-3420...........................email: mfmbr79@gmail.com
BROOKS BENNETT .................... Executive Board Member
10701 Sunrise Dr, Bothell, WA 98011                                                       e-mail: LC36@aol.com

                                                                                                                        AUXILIARY STATE OFFICERS
Phone .................................................................................................. 425-485-3842

JIM BURKE .................................. Executive Board Member
PO Box 546, Chehalis, WA 98532                                              email: Burkeville@earthlink.net                                                             2009-2011
Phone .................................................................................................. 360-535-3286

                                                                                                                              CLAUDIA HART ................................................. President
DEBBIE DIXON ........................... Executive Board Member                                                                                  2421 West Rockwell, Spokane, WA 99205-1555
6600 3rd Way SE, Olympia, WA 98503                                          email: djdixon3@peoplepc.com                     Phone ............................................................................................ 509-325-4797
Phone ................................................................................................. 360-923-9197
                                                                                                                             PAT CARROLL ............................................ Vice President
CHRIS KELLY ............................. Executive Board Member                                                                                         West 2632 Broad, Spokane, WA 99205
4800 200th St SW #E-305, Lynnwood, WA 98036 email: chrisd.kelly@verizon.net                                                  Phone ............................................................................................ 509-325-6473
Phone .................................................................................................. 425-775-2694

                                                                                                                             MARLA CANNATA ............................................. Secretary
                                                                                                                                                         4026 N Calispel, Spokane, WA 99205
    NATIONAL BUSINESS AGENT                                                                                                   Phone ........................................................................................... 509-328-0184


 PAUL PRICE ................ Pacific NW Region                                                                               DOROTHY BUCK ............................................... Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                         6816 N Crestline, Spokane, WA 99217
 11818 SE Mill Plain Blvd #303, Vancouver, WA 98684                                                                           Phone ........................................................................................... 509-467-7456
             Phone ........ 360-892-6545
                                                                                                                              CATHY DYE ........................................ Legislative Liaison
                                                                                                                                                         6227 41St Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98443
Next Letter Carrier Deadline: August 25th, 2010                                                                              Phone ............................................................................................ 253-926-1436
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        2010 Spokane                                                   1012 - President James announced the Convention Committee ap-


       State Convention
                                                                       pointments.

                                                                       Nominations for Convention City for 2014 are open.

                   Friday May 21st, 2010                               First reading of the proposed by-law change of Art 9 Section 9B
                                                                       found on page 58 of the Convention Booklet.
0901 - Joint opening was led by Convention Chair Steve Schultz,
Br 442.                                                                Resolution #1 found on page 53 of the Convention Booklet was
The Colors were presented by El Katif Shrine Legion of Honor.          recommended for disapproval.
National Anthem was sung by Elysia Villanueva.
Invocation was given by Pastor Don Laing.                              Resolution #2 found on page 54 of the Convention Booklet was
Mayor Mary Verneer welcomed the delegates to Spokane.                  recommended for disapproval.

0916 – Spokane Postmaster Karen Fairlee welcomed the delegates.        Resolution #3 found on page 55 of the Convention Booklet was
Spokane Labor Council President Timm Ormsby recognized lo-             recommended for disapproval.
cal Branch 442 in its community and political involvement. Hotel
General Manager Mike McCloud welcomed the delegates.                   Resolution #5 submitted as an emergency resolution was recom-
                                                                       mended for disapproval.
0924 - State Auxiliary President Claudia Hart introduced the State
Auxiliary Officers and National Officer Edie Pettenger.                Audit Committee reminded to meet with Secretary J. Kingsbury.

0927 - Washington State Association of Letter Carriers President       Mileage and Per Diem Committee reminded to meet with Secretary/
Bob James introduced the State Officers and Congressional District     Treasurer J. Kingsbury.
Liaisons.
President James introduced Director of City Delivery Dale Hart,        1035 - Robert J. Morley Steward of the Year Award nominations
National Business Agent Paul Price, Regional Administrative Assis-     were closed on April 30.
tant Mary Martinez, retired RAA from Region 1 Joan Hurst, NALC
Regional Field Coordinator Bridget Early, WSALC Webmaster Pete         The 104th State Convention was hosted by Lewis County, to be
Gertonson, Oregon State Vice President Linda Smith.                    corrected in the Convention booklet.

0924 - Chairman Schultz went over housekeeping and made sev-           Community 1st Credit Union presented the awards for the 11th an-
eral announcements about the happenings at the Convention. He          nual J.O. Shelton Memorial Golf Tournament.
introduced the Branch 442 Convention Committees.
                                                                       The 107th State Convention was hosted by Seattle, to be corrected
0940 - NBA Paul Price greeted the Delegates. National Director of      in the Convention booklet.
City Delivery Dale Hart greeted the Delegates and spoke briefly.
                                                                       First time Delegates were recognized.
0947 - Concluded Joint Opening - Break
                                                                       Western States Lobby Trip to DC, March 14 to 17th, 2011- Need to
1005 - Called Convention to order                                      send report on how many rooms all of Washington State branches
Secretary/Treasurer J. Kingsbury conducted the roll call of Officers   will need - Seattle 4, Spokane 1, Tacoma 1, Longview 1, Vancouver
and found all present.                                                 1, and WSALC 2.

Late Delegates registration cards from Kent Branch, Spokane            Tickets are available for the Carnival Friday night.
Branch and Northsound Branch were authorized to register by
President James.                                                       Credentials Committee - Preliminary report as follows: 7 guests,
                                                                       128 Delegates, 10 State Officers and 3 National Officers.
It was moved by Steve Schultz, Br 442 and seconded by Mike
Touchet, Br 130 to seat the delegates from Kent Branch, Spokane        It was moved by Steve Schultz, Br 442 and seconded by Mark Mey-
Branch and Northsound Branch.                                          ers, Br 79 to accept the minutes of the 2009 Convention as printed
                                                                       in the State Newsletter; passed.
It was moved by Jo Ann Pyle, Br 79 and seconded by Ken Drew,
Br 442 to accept the standing rules as printed on page 5 of the
Convention booklet.                                                               (Minutes Continued on Page 4)
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                                                                        1515 - RAA Mary Martinez trained the delegates on the memo
         (Minutes Continued from Page 3)                                concerning new deliveries and how to initiate a dispute in the as-
                                                                        signment of new deliveries. Discussion and questions followed.
It was moved by Jeff Richardson, Br 130, and seconded by Al Floyd,
Br 351 to accept the Officers’ reports as printed in the Convention     1700 - Recess for Day
booklet.
                                                                                         Saturday May 22nd, 2010
It was moved by Kathy Hulse, Br 1104, seconded by Mike Allen,
Br 1947 to fine cell phone ringing $15 to go to COLCPE; passed.         0905 - The Convention was reconvened by President James.
It was moved by Jack Gilmore, Br 79 and seconded by Eric Pardick,       The National Anthem was sung by Cynthia Bauder, daughter of
Br 442 to amend to retroactive to the beginning of the Convention;      Bill Bauder, Br 442.
passed.                                                                 Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sharee Eschenbacher, Br 442.
                                                                        Invocation was given by Orville Arnold, Br 442.
It was moved by Kathy Hulse, Br 1104 and seconded by Jo Ann             Jim Burke, Br 1266, of the Executive Board, was excused for the
Pyle to amend to MDA; passed.                                           remainder of the Convention due to a family emergency.

President James explained a problem with this year’s WSALC              Announcements:
Scholarship applications.                                               WSALC is seeking a new webmaster for our website.
                                                                        WSALC is seeking a new State Legislative Liaison.
It was moved by Bob Granger, Br 852 and seconded by Mike                WSALC needs one more person not going to NALC National Con-
Touchet, Br 130 to accept the applications that were submitted          vention who would like to represent Letter Carriers at the WSLC
timely to the wrong address due to an error on the website; passed.     Convention in Tacoma.

Food Drive report was given by Brooks Bennett, Br 79.                   Door prizes were won by: Michelle Stewart, Br 1528; Brian Wig-
                                                                        gins, Br 79; Barb Payne, Br 1414; Brian Lindgren, Br 130; Mike
1122 - Director of Education Jo Ann Pyle gave the Education Report.     Allen, Br 1947; Sharlene Bowes, Br 1350.
Certificates were presented to this year’s steward college graduates.
                                                                        0919 - Proposed by-law change of Art 9 Section 9B found on page
1135 - NBA Paul Price presented Region 2 Report; discussed the          58 of the Convention Booklet. Committee recommends approval.
National Reassessment Program; spoke about upcoming contract            Passed
negotiations for the APWU and Mailhandlers; spoke about getting
involved in COLCPE, e-activist and Carrier Corps.                       It was moved by Steve Schultz, Br 442 and seconded by Jo Ann Pyle,
                                                                        Br 79 to make the by-law retroactive. Discussion followed; passed.
1210 - Recess for lunch
                                                                        Ken Drew, Br 442 thanked Convention for a wonderful birthday.
1332 - Door Prizes were won by: Rick Urlacher, Br 852; Kerry
Harris, Br 3877; Larry Crowell, Br 5194; Malia Graham, Br 130;          Sam Brandt, Br 1350 reported that a nomination has been submitted
Moe Chaffin, Br 442; and Linda Smith, Br 82.                            and accepted for the 2014 State Convention by Olympia Branch
                                                                        351. They will report to the Convention tomorrow.
1340 - Regional Field Coordinator Bridget Early spoke on the
political landscape affecting Letter Carriers and other workers in
America. The Delegates took time to write to their congressional        Donations were made as follows:
representatives.                                                        To the Memorial Scholarship fund:
                                                                                        $200 from Br 1266
1412 - Nominations closed.                                                              $1000 from Br 130
                                                                                        $546 from Br 442
1457 - Cory from Pacific Dental raffled a Sonicare won by Nick                          $500 from Br 852
Payne, Br 1414.                                                                         $250 from Br 1104
                                                                                        $1500 from Br 79
The Delegates sang “Happy Birthday” to Ken Drew, Br 442. He             To the Band:     $250
turned 90 today.
                                                                        0930 - Approved Resolutions
A donation of $500 to the Memorial Scholarship fund from Branch         #4 found on page 56 of the convention booklet, passed.
791 in memory of deceased members Dennis Sandberg, Raymond              #5 Gold Card member applications, discussion followed, chair ruled
Jones and Charles Warren was made.                                      disapproved, division was called for; chair upheld.

1503 - Break                                                                          (More Minutes on Page 5)
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                                                                      1337 - The Bob Morley Steward Award was presented to Nick
                                                                      Vafiades.
        (Convention Minutes from Page 4)
                                                                      1338 - Greetings from the Washington State Association of Letter
Ken Drew, Br 442 spoke about the history of early membership          Carriers Auxiliary were extended by Karen DeShaw.
records.
                                                                      1342 - Community 1st Credit Union held the raffle drawing. The
0945 - Director of City Delivery Dale Hart, National Officer Re-      winners were: Debbie Dixon, Br 351; Katie O’Neill, Br 79; Scott
port. He spoke about a variety of issues facing the Postal Service    Badgley, Br 791; Tracy Bert, Br 2038; Shelly Chatnick, Br 130.
and the Union.
                                                                      1348 - Dale Hart, Director of City Delivery, discussed the Joint
1033 - Break                                                          Alternate Route Adjustment Process 2010 (JARAP).

1045 - Door prizes were won by: Anthony Santos, Br 1528; Michael      1449 - Break
Voght, Br 1104; Denise Williams, Br 852; Brooks Bennett, Br 79;
Paul Martinez, Br 852; Orville Arnold, Br 442.                        1500 - Dale Hart, Director of City Delivery, took questions on the
                                                                      JARAP from the delegates.
1050 - Director of City Delivery Dale Hart continued his discussion
on the plight of the Postal Service.                                  1533 - Denny Heck, candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, spoke
                                                                      briefly to the Convention.
1148 - Linda Smith, Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers
Vice President, greeted the Delegates and challenged Washington       1545 – President James introduced Danielle, Linda and Michael Ha-
State to out-organize the State of Oregon.                            rada to the Convention and they spoke on our efforts in helping find
                                                                      the cure. They thanked the Delegates for our support over the years.
1152 - Final Credentials report was given by Bill Bauder, Br 442
as follows:                                                           1557 - Recess for Day
Delegates - 131
Guests - 9
State Officers - 11                                                                     Sunday May 23rd, 2010
National Officers - 3
Branches - 19                                                         0900 - Memorial Service
1154 - Report of Audit Committee was given by Jim Henderson,          0939 - President James reconvened the Convention. The National
Br 79. It was moved by Jo Ann Pyle, Br 79 and seconded by Mike        Anthem was played by the WSALC Band. The Pledge of Allegiance
Touchet, Br 130 to accept the report as given.                        was led by Cecil McKenzie, Br 79.
1155 - Report of Mileage and Per Diem committee was given by          0945 - Door prizes were won by Bob James, Br 791; Al Manter,
Harry Phillips, Br 79 as follows:                                     Br 130; Debbie Munden, Br 1484; Jerry Bock, Br 130; Colleen
Bob James                            $568.00                          Fowler, Br 130; George Vocke, Br 351; Annette Callesto, Br 442;
Nick Vafiades                        $638.40                          Shelly Chatnick, Br 130; Mary Martinez, Br 79; Steve Schultz, Br
J. Kingsbury                         $382.40                          442; Roger DeShaw, Br 442.
Jo Ann Pyle                          $564.00
Chris Larsen                         $340.52                          0950 - RAA Mary Martinez spoke about the organizing efforts in
Sam Samuels                          $374.00                          the State.
Sharee Eschenbacher         $277.00
Brooks Bennett                       $274.00                          0952 - It was moved by Jerry Gilmore, Br 852 and seconded by
Jim Burke                            $605.90                          Mike Touchet, Br 130 to accept all commendations as printed in
Debbie Dixon                         $274.00                          the Convention Booklet, passed. Commendations for those at this
Chris Kelly                          $576.00                          convention were presented to NBA Paul Price, RAA Mary Martinez,
It was moved by Jo Ann Pyle, Br 79 and seconded by Orville Arnold,    DRT Member Mike Touchet, Director of Education Jo Ann Pyle,
Br 442 to accept the report as given.                                 and Assistant Secretary Scott Badgley.
1207 - Recess for lunch                                               1008 - It was moved by Mike Voght, Br 1104 and seconded by Bill
                                                                      Bauder, Br 442, to accept the proposed 2010-2011 budget as printed
1330 - Door prizes were won by Gloria Belarde, Br 79; Katie           in the Convention booklet; passed.
O’Neill, Br 79; Bob Christofferson, Br 130; Bob Granger, Br 852;
Rick Horner, Br 79; Dan Newman, Br 791.                                     (More Convention Minutes on Page 6)
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                  (The End of the Convention Minutes!)

1011 - Disapproved resolutions:
Resolution #1 is found on page 53 of the Convention Booklet and was recommended for
disapproval by the Resolutions Committee. The recommendation was overturned. Divi-
sion was called for. The chair was overturned. It was moved by Harry Phillips, Br 79and
seconded by Debbie Munden, Br 1484, to overturn the recommendation of the committee
and approve the resolution; passed.

Resolution #2 is found on page 54 of the Convention Booklet and was recommended for
disapproval by the Resolution Committee. Steve Schultz, Br 442, withdrew the resolution.

Resolution #3 is found on page 55 of the Convention Booklet and was recommended for
disapproval by the Resolution Committee. The committee was upheld.

1027 - Sharee Eschenbacher gave her annual Officer’s Report.

1034 - It was moved by Jo Ann Pyle, Br 79 and seconded by Loren Morgan, Br 442 to
accept the Officer’s report given by Executive Board Chair Sharee Eschenbacher; passed.          "Ringmaster" Roger DeShaw,
                                                                                                      MC of the Banquet
1036 - Director of Education Jo Ann Pyle spoke about the Daily Work Record booklet and           Band - $146; COLCPE - $340; MDA - $713;
passed out the booklets to the Delegates.                                                        Memorial Scholarship - $60.

1042 - Paul Carroll, Br 442 spoke about MBA not covering great-grandchildren and asked           President James asked for any further busi-
for support at the National Convention                                                           ness

1045 - Outstanding Service Award recipient Sharlene Bowes thanked the Delegates for              Don Nokes, Br 79 won the last door prize
the honor.                                                                                       from Branch 442.

Steve Schultz, Br 442 presented flowers to the Auxiliary State Officers and to Sharlene          It was moved by Bob Granger, Br 852 and
Bowes as a thank-you.                                                                            seconded by Jack Hayes, Br 79 to adjourn;
                                                                                                 failed.
Past WSALC State Presidents were asked to stand up and be recognized by the Convention.
                                                                                                 1118 - Tacoma drawing for a laptop was won
1049 - Mark Myers, Br 79, Chair of the Memorial Scholarship Committee, made his report.          by Mike Thomas, Br 1350.
Recommended three $1500 scholarships; that the remaining funds be placed into a 3-month
CD by June 1st; that language in the Memorial Scholarship rules be changed to applications       1120 - Spokane Convention 2010 quilt draw-
must be sent by certified mail; and that the two references to the 2009 Memorial Scholar-        ing was won by Annette Costello, Br 442.
ship program be removed from the website. It was moved by Bob Granger, Br 852 and
seconded by Mike Touchet, Br 130 to accept the recommendations; passed. It was moved             Branch 442 donated $128 from their hospi-
by Bill Bauder, Br 442 and seconded by Ken Drew, Br 442 to return rejected applications;         tality room to COLCPE.
failed. A division was called for, the Chair was overturned and the motion passed.
                                                                                                 1128 - Auxiliary raffles were won by Clinton
The following names were drawn as winners of these year’s Memorial Scholarships: Joan            Shaul, Br 1947 and Mike Touchet, Br 130.
Sohn, daughter of Seje Sohn, Br 79; Nathan Tat, son of Dai Tat, Br 79 and Mallroy Lewis,
daughter of Rayford Lewis, Br 791.                                                               President James thanked Spokane Branch,
                                                                                                 Steve Schultz and Martin Mueller and mem-
1102 - Upcoming State Convention reports were given by 2011- Pasco; 2012-Yakima;                 bers, Director of City Delivery Dale Hart,
2013-Puyallup; and 2014-Olympia.                                                                 NBA Paul Price, RAA Mary Martinez, and
                                                                                                 Auxiliary State President Claudia Hart.
President James and the Delegates thanked the Band for all their hard work.
                                                                                                 1134 – Adjourned
1110 - President James dismissed all committees with the thanks of the Convention except
the standing ones.                                                                                       Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                             W Scott Badgley,
Results for the silent auction were as follows: Auxiliary - $579.50; Local Auxiliary 71 - $20;         Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
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                                                                                   “Hi” from Mike "Mr.
                                                                                    COLCPE" Rapp
                                                                            Greetings, fellow Letter Carriers. Even though I’m not a State
                                                                            Officer, I think I should make a report, since COLCPE is such a
                                                                            critical element in NALC and I’m the “COLCPE guy.” No applause
                                                                            necessary. Much has been said about political activity and the fact
                                                                            that Union dues can’t be used for that purpose. So we rely on COL-
                                                                            CPE, which in many ways is insurance for the members. They work
                                                                            every day to help keep you from getting hurt, among other things.

 Nick Vafiades, Future Retiree,                                             The USPS has a love-hate relationship with the NALC and the
                                                                            other Unions. We make life harder for them by representing the Car-
  Visits NALCREST in Florida                                                riers. On the other hand, we have a lobby in the form of COLCPE
                                                                            that can fight for not only our rights, but USPS’ interests.

As I write this article, I’ve just returned from the State Convention       Carrying mail is what we do. We don’t have the time to travel to
in Spokane. It’s been awhile since I’ve written an article for the          Washington, DC to contact representatives and senators, nor the
State newsletter. In the airport this morning, I got the call that I will   expertise to support our cause. You all know about COLCPE.
again be assigned to the Portland District route adjustment team.
This time it’s called JARAP. I know there’s a lot of frustration out        The popular "Gimme 5" campaign is again working to encourage
there where MIARAP is concerned. I believe that National is doing           members to regularly contribute to COLCPE by payroll deduction,
the right thing in trying to work out a process that works for both         from bank accounts or annuity deductions for Retirees. For those
parties. Were there problems with MIARAP? You bet! But there’s              entering the contest, this year’s top prize is a trip for 2 to the Final 4
enough blame to go around.                                                  NCAA tournament. It’s easy to contribute. You can apply on-line at
                                                                            http://www.nalc.org/ and click on departments, then legislation and
I want to thank the State Association for sending me to the COP             politics and Contribute to COLCPE under Hot Topics, or call NALC
meeting in Phoenix. I started to write about the issues that branches       at 202 393-4695. Make sure you have vital information available
are facing around the country, but I feel like it would give some           to cut the time needed to complete the process. Remember, a little
managers in Washington some ideas. Needless to say, there are               contribution at a time seems smaller and is easier than writing a
some unbelievable things happening in the country. Just when you            check several times a years.
think you’ve seen it all, you go to a meeting with other presidents.
All I can say is WOW. At a time when we’re trying to save the               The dedicated professionals working at COLCPE represent us.
Postal Service from themselves, they continue to find new ways to           Notice I said professionals. We pay to see professional athletes. Yet
blow money in the grievance procedure. If they’d just abide by the          many of us enjoy the benefits of our professionals without contrib-
contract, we wouldn’t be having the debate about reducing service.          uting to the cause. With the reduction in active members comes a
                                                                            reduction in dues, and the many ways those members contribute to
I want to thank all of you for the good job that Washington State           NALC as an active Carrier.
is doing in organizing. We’re currently number two in Region 2
(92.6%). That’s good, but we need to do better. Your State Officers         Mike “I’m not sick, but I’m a Carrier” Rapp
are committed to help you in organizing. Anything I can do to help,
just call. If you have one non-member sitting on the fence and think
one of your State Officers can help get them to join, CALL! Don’t
think just because it’s only one person it’s not worth the trouble.
It is worth our time to get one new member. Next convention is in
Pasco. There’s no reason we can’t be at 93.6%.

On my visit to Florida this spring, I had a chance to visit NAL-
CREST. It’s located between Vero Beach on the east coast and
Tampa on the Gulf Coast. I’d encourage anyone visiting Florida to
check out “our town.” Jerry Kane, the general manager, was kind
enough to show us around. We only got to meet two of the alligators
                                                                               Beloved Convention Videographer Steve
that live in the lagoon. Anyone looking for a laid back retirement
should check out NALCREST.                                                    Thrift, Branch 442, takes a RARE break. :o)
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                                                                        the 3rd Congressional District. I thought that the Carnival event on
    (President Bob James from Front Page)                               Friday night that benefited MDA was great! I noticed all the kids,
If you’re really concerned about going to 5 day delivery, then you      young and not so young, having a great time with the balloon darts,
must contribute to COLCPE. COLPE is our political action fund           ring toss, et cetera. I was also glad that Denny Heck, candidate for
that helps members of Congress who support us get elected. You          the 3rd Congressional District, got to address the Convention and just
can go to NALC.org and read the instructions on how to sign up          as important, got to have personal conversations with our Delegates.
for COLCPE.
                                                                        WSLC COPE Convention - I want to thank the WSALC for al-
Here are a few events we’ve been working on:                            lowing me to send Letter Carriers to this event. The COPE Conven-
                                                                        tion is the affiliated AFL-CIO unions vote to endorse candidates
WSLC Legislative Conference - The conference was held in                that believe in collective bargaining, etc. NALC Branches that
Olympia on February 10th and 11th. My main reason for having            attended were: Seattle Branch 79, Olympia Branch 351, Longview
Letter Carriers attend this is for them to get to know the Washington   Branch 2214, and Vancouver Branch 1104. I attended as a WSLC
State Labor Council’s leadership and staff and get to meet and speak    Vice-President. Branch 79 has attended this Convention for years,
with our State Representatives. Washington State Association sent       but I pushed for the other Branches to send Delegates. I was really
VP Nick Vafiades, Executive Board Chair Sharee Eschenbacher,            proud that Branch 1104 recently affiliated this year and sent two
Executive Board members Debbie Dixon and Jim Burke along with           Delegates. The only candidates considered are the ones that have
the 5th Congressional District Liaison Orville Arnold. I attended as    answered the Labor questionnaire and been interviewed by the local
a WSLC Vice President. WSLC President Rick Bender spoke to us           Labor Council and then recommended by the local Labor Council.
about creating American jobs by: demanding that the US Air Force        There was quite a Convention dispute over who should receive the
tanker be made by Boeing (US manufacturer), that the new technol-       endorsement for the 3rd Congressional District. As expected, there
ogy of wind power turbines be made and maintained by American           was a per capita vote on this race. Some “locals” (i.e.: Branches)
workers and that turbines and other infrastructure, such as bridges,    wanted Craig Pridemore and others wanted Denny Heck. I was very
be made with American steel. There is a movement by business to         proud that the Letter Carriers’ local branches present voted in the
privatize our State workers’ compensation system and turn it over       “per capita” vote that decided who would get the Labor endorse-
to a company like AIG. The movement is called Initiative 1082. We       ment. Per capita is a vote of members that the Branch reports to the
believe AIG would not serve the people, but serve themselves to         Washington State Labor Council. I was very proud that Longview
profits. The Delegates were addressed by Governor Chris Gregoire        voted their per capita, for the first time in many years, as did Olym-
on the budget deficit and how no group wants to take a negative hit     pia, Branch 351. I think this was the first time since Charlie Kuhlvi
to help balance the budget. Later that day, the Delegates went to the   that the Olympia Branch was at this Convention. I also believe that
Olympia Capital and spoke to their legislators about our concerns.      it was the first time that Vancouver has voted in this Convention
                                                                        for many, many years, if ever. I abstained from voting in this par-
Spokane Do Not Mail – I’m happy to report that due to the ready         ticular race. Many of our Delegates got to have conversations with:
response of Branch 442 President Martin Mueller and other Letter        Senator Murray - thanking her for her support of 6-day delivery;
Carriers and our Labor friends in Spokane, the Do Not Mail Resolu-      Congressman Larsen and McDermott - thanking them for signing
tion before the Spokane City Council was defeated. Even though I        onto H. Res. 173 (6-day Delivery) and candidates Del Bene - WA-8,
don’t know all the Letter Carriers and folks that helped defeat this    Pridemore and Heck from the 3rd. (Since the WSLC Convention,
resolution, my thanks to each and every one of you.                     Craig Pridemore has dropped out of the 3rd Congressional race.)

Branch 79-WSALC Legislative Caucus - We had a legislative
meeting at the Branch 79 office in Seattle. My thanks to Branch 79
and Secretary/Treasurer J. Kingsbury for setting this meeting up.
National Business Agent Paul Price headed up our presentation.
We had a good turnout with aides from Senator Murray, Represen-
tatives Inslee, Larsen, Dicks, McDermott, and Smith. We mainly
concentrated on reasons to keep 6-day delivery.

Spokane State Convention - I really want to thank Spokane Branch
442 for putting on a great State Convention. WSALC is indeed
grateful to have such leaders as Convention Chair Steve Schultz,
                                                                          COPE Convention attendees: Standing (L-R) Bob James,
who can plan and help execute a great Convention. We were very
                                                                            Jack Hayes, Bob Briggs, Mark Myers, Rick Horner,
fortunate to have Director of City Delivery Dale Hart, who did
                                                                           J. Kingsbury, Dean Peterson, BJ Hansen, Mike Blazey,
a National Officer report. Dale also did a segment to the entire
                                                                                 Don Bennett, Alfredo Dwan, Cathy Hulse.
Convention on JARAP. National Business Agent Paul Price gave
                                                                             Kneeling: JD Stewart, Nick Vafiades, Henry Mayer.
us an update of Region 2 and covered such topics as withholding,
bargaining our next contract and meeting with the candidates from                         (Continued on Page 9)
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                                                                               Sharlene Bowes
                                                                               Wins 2010 OSA
                                                                                   (More info on Sharlene next issue)




   Claudia Hart finally RECEIVES a quilt! :o)

        (President Bob James from Page 8)
Spring Committee of Presidents (COP) Meeting - I want to thank
the State Association for sending VP Nick Vafiades. I believe it was
his first COP. A COP brings NALC Presidents together to talk about
issues and problems they are having. President Rolando also attends
and it’s a great time to speak with him directly about a situation or
problem facing your branch. President Roland took the podium on
the first day and gave us a rundown of a variety of issues: where
the USPS is in volume and revenue, about our collective bargaining
next year, future retiree health benefits payments and costs, 6-day
delivery, and then Fred began answering questions from the audi-
ence. As you may have guessed, MIARAP was discussed, with Fred
listening and taking notes of what the Branch Presidents believed
were the problems with that program.

Fall 2010 Officers’ Meeting - In an effort to reduce expenses, and
as I write this, we’re having just the Executive Board meet in the
latter part of 2010. Their main task will be to keep up on the financial
records of our Association.

2011 DC Lobby - I know that this is early, but you must plan ahead.               Pasco 2011
The lobby trip is to send a delegation back to Washington, DC to
talk with the new Congress about Letter Carrier issues. I have no              Convention Update
idea how the 2010 election will turn out. But, it’s our responsibility
to develop a relationship with the member of Congress, whether                          Bob Scherr, Branch President
they’re new or to keep the relationship going if they’ve been re-
turned to office by the voters. We do know one important aspect of         I’d like to congratulate Spokane Branch 442 for putting on such a
this forthcoming election – we’ll be dealing with a new person in          great convention this year. It’s a lot of hard work and they did an
the 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. As         outstanding job. It’s been said that Spokane has set the bar fairly
our recent history has taught us, we always have an important issue        high but I (Pasco) welcome the opportunity of meeting if not beat-
before Congress such as 6-day delivery, funding retiree health care        ing that bar in 2011.
insurance, etc., and we must constantly be educating members of
Congress on our position on an issue.                                      Looking forward to 2011, the convention will be June 3rd through
                               Quote                                       the 5th and held at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. I’ll provide more
“It is an axiom of the law that mere talk, no matter how abusive,          detailed information in the upcoming state newsletters. But for now,
      does not constitute a crime.” Judge John Peter Altgeld               I again want to congratulate Spokane on an outstanding convention
  (Stated when he pardoned the Haymarket prisoners in 1894)                and look forward to seeing everyone in 2011.
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          Officers’ Meeting/                                          Chris Kelly - Taught at the Statewide training in Wenatchee in
                                                                      March, the Steward track. Attended Sharlene Bowe’s retirement

              Assembly                                                party while in Wenatchee. Attended my March, April & May branch
                                                                      meetings. April was busy with the Food Drive. This year was very
                Wednesday May 19th, 2010                              challenging with coming up 22,000 bags short. The bags arrived on
               at the DoubleTree Hotel in Spokane                     Thursday April 29th and we had our bag work party on Sunday May
                                                                      2nd. I had a little bit of anxiety. The totals seem to be down from last
President Bob James called the assembly to order at 6:06pm.           year. I’ll know the finals by the end of the week to be able to submit
                                                                      to National. Started my 20th year with the USPS and the NALC.
Roll call of Officers shows all present.                              Attended yesterday’s Executive Board gathering and am happy to
                                                                      be here in Spokane for their hosting of our State Convention.
Guest Steve Schultz is here and tells us about this weekend.
                                                                      J. - Prepared and submitted all taxes. Attended the Oregon State
Nick Vafiades moved to accept the minutes as printed in the State     Convention, COPE Convention, COPE interviews with Senator
newsletter. Motion carried.                                           Murray and Representative Inslee and the State/Branch 79 Legisla-
                                                                      tive Caucus, which was attended by the aides of six elected officials,
Officers’ Reports:                                                    have made visitations to the offices of Senator Murray along with
Bob - Since our last meeting/assembly I’ve:                           Representatives Inslee, Larsen, Dicks, McDermott, Reichert and
March                                                                 Smith about co-sponsoring H.Res. 173 and all issues about 6-day
10th - Attended-Snohomish County United Way Recognition Event         delivery. Mailed out tickets for a raffle of a 50” Plasma HDTV for
17th - Attended-Labor Rally for Jobs in Seattle                       the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Met with Seattle City Council
22nd to 25th - Attended State Chairs, Lobbied on Hill on March 24th   President about their “Do Not Mail” resolution, which was passed
26th to 28th - Attended State Wide Training, helped on class on MI-   in January. Have spoken with State Senators and Representatives
ARAP and did political presentation                                   whenever I get the opportunity.
Encouraging CDLs to meet/contact their members of Congress on
6 day delivery.                                                       Debbie - Taught at Statewide Training. Been selling raffle tickets for
                                                                      the HDTV for MDA. Got the Governor to sign another proclama-
April                                                                 tion for the Food Drive.
11th to 12th - Attended Committee of Presidents’ meeting in Phoenix
16th to 17th - Attended Oregon State Convention                       Sharee - Taught at Statewide training and Steward College. The
20th to 22nd - Helped out on Intermediate Shop Steward College        “Do Not Mail” resolution in Spokane was shot down. Have some
28th - 4pm attended and helped on the Branch 79 Legislative Con-      issues at two of my assigned branches. Lots of time spent prepar-
ference                                                               ing for this Convention. Was accepted to attend the Leadership
            7pm attended and helped on Branch 79 COLCPE pre-          Academy this year.
          sentation to
                  Branch Stewards.                                    Jim - Worked on the Food Drive. Been working on getting people
                                                                      signed up for COLCPE.
May
Arranging for WSALC to have Letter Carriers at the WSLC COPE          Sam - Saw Representative Baird at a farmer’s market. Started a Food
Convention in Seattle                                                 Drive in my area and collected over 600 pounds.
8th - Helped on NALC Food Drive
14th - Attended-WSLC Executive Board Meeting, COPE Meeting            Unfinished Business:
15th - Attended-WSLC COPE Convention                                  None

Jo Ann - Statewide training completed, where all trainers trained.    New Business:
Steward Colleges completed. Contracts figured out through 2012.       Discussion on how the MDA raffle was going to be handled.

Brooks - Taught at Statewide training and Steward College. We had     Discussed State Convention trainings/agenda.
a lapse in the reporting of Food Drive numbers this year.
                                                                      Proposed budget was discussed, again.
Nick - Taught at the State Wide Training. Attended COP and the
COPE Convention. Very interesting fight at COPE.                                      8pm - Recessed until 8am tomorrow

Chris Larsen - Got the software for the newsletter so she can do it
at home. Thank you very much for that.                                    (Officers' Meeting Continued on Page 11)
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      (Officers' Meeting/Assembly Minutes
            Continued from Page 10)                                                Chris' Buzz
                                                                              Executive Board Member Chris Kelly
                 Thursday May 20th 2010
                       Reconvened at 8am                              Hi to all, just wanted to give a big “Thank-you” to Spokane Branch
                                                                      #442 for hosting a wonderful State Convention. Thank-you for my
Bob would like us to take up the budget Friday morning.               Officer basket and your hospitality. I can’t wait to come back. I’ll
                                                                      see some of you at our Regional Assembly at Sun River in November
Discussed the proposed By-Law change from Spokane Branch              and then hope to see you at trainings next year and at the next State
442. J. was reminded to type who the proposed changes are from.       Convention in Pasco. Have a great summer.

Problem arising from Memorial Scholarship application that’s on
our website. Sharee moved that the Executive Council direct the
Memorial Scholarship Committee that all applications taken from
the website that were timely submitted, dated 2010 and sent to
Henry Mayer will not be disqualified solely on that basis. Carried
unanimously. Much discussion ensued.

Jo Ann moved that the separate link to the Memorial Scholarship
application be removed from the website. Motion defeated.

Brief discussion about Bob receiving Delegate cards late.

Jo Ann spoke about our education program.

MDA drawing will be on Saturday at the Banquet.

              Guest Steve Schultz arrives at 9:45am

Steve just touched base with everyone making sure all our questions
have been addressed. Steve then left.                                  Dale Hart, National Director of City Delivery,
                                                                               addresses the Convention.
   Recessed at 10:30am until ½ hour after end of Convention.

                  Sunday May 23rd, 2010
            Reconvened - 12:05pm - May 17th, 2009

Audit Committee suggested Executive Board fix problems with the
expense sheets that have sticky notes.

Executive Board would like credit card holders to complete an
expense sheet for each day the credit card is used. Also an expense
sheet to be completed for each event (i.e.: SWT, Legislative, etc).

The Executive Board meeting date and location is unknown at this
time and will be determined as soon as possible.

Discussion about next year’s MDA fundraiser.

                  Meeting adjourned at 1pm.                            L-R: Danielle Harada (artist), Edie Pottenger,
          Minutes dutifully submitted by J. Kingsbury,
                      Secretary/Treasurer.
                                                                        National Auxiliary Assistant Secretary, her
                                                                            husband Rich, Danielle's parents,
                                                                                    Linda and Michael.
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                   (J. Kingsbury from Back Page)                                           (DOE Jo Ann Pyle from Back Page)
The Branch 79 Legislative Committee hasn’t been dormant these past few months.               Final Steward College for This Year
Don Bennett has been extremely active in the community and at the County Labor            We have one more Shop Steward College to go this
Council. Jack Hayes has been working the phone banks and doing walks for our              year. The fourth year of the Region’s four-year track
labor to neighbor program. Mark Myers has been meeting with Representative                will be held September 19th through the 23rd at the
Adam Smith and his aide Debra Enteman on a regular basis. As of this writing,             Huston Center in Gold Bar. This college is the Ar-
James “JD” Stewart is in DC lobbying Congress on your behalf, “on his own                 bitration Advocacy training. Students will actually
dime.” He’s also been working to get Suzan DelBene elected in the 8th District.           prepare and present a case in front of an “arbitrator.”
I’ve attended a couple of the meetings with Mark Myers and have met with aides            Students have the opportunity to feel what it’s like to
of Congressmen Inslee, Larsen and McDermott. I’ve met with Congressman                    be in a hearing room. We always tell new stewards
Inslee a few times.                                                                       that every grievance should be prepared as if it will
                                                                                          be going to arbitration. This training shows students
I’ve also attended a couple State Labor Council meetings where we discussed               what we mean.
some candidates and initiatives. It’s amazing to learn how much I don’t know
during these meetings. Did you know if either of the two initiatives (I-1100 and          Members may attend this training even if they haven’t
I-1105) that would allow the sales of liquor at other than at a State run liquor store    attended the three prior Regional Steward Colleges,
passes, it (or they) would take 1/3 of a billion dollars from the State treasury?         but they should have some experience. Brand-new
That’s the profit and tax margin the State run liquor stores generate for the treasury.   stewards might be overwhelmed by this advanced
Additionally, the State employs 1,000 people at our liquor stores. Those family           training.
wage jobs would be eliminated. Passage of I-1082 would deregulate/privatize
our workers’ compensation program, allowing insurance providers, like AIG, to             Deadline for registration is August 30th. The fee is
decide whether or not employees deserve workers’ compensation benefits or not.            $350. Please make your checks payable to WSALC
That reality should scare the be-jesus out of you.                                        and mail them to me at 21110 46th Ave SE Bothell,
                                                                                          WA, 98021.
I’ve also just met with the Seattle City Council President. We’re still hopeful that                     State Convention
we’ll be able to keep the City of Seattle from advocating for a “do not mail” list.       I had a great time at the State Convention in
We’ll know for sure by the end of September 2010.                                         Spokane. Convention Chair Steve Schultz did
                                                                                          a great job, along with the rest of Branch 442. I
I want to thank those who wrote to their Representatives and Senators educating           want to thank them for being such delightful hosts.
them on retaining 6-day delivery or the CSRS overfunding crisis.
                                                                                          A highlight of every convention is the Outstanding
I also want to thank everyone who participated in what I call “the retain 6-day           Service Award given to one member at the banquet
delivery” informational picket.                                                           on Saturday evening. This year’s recipient was one
                                                                                          of our former State-Wide Trainers, Sharlene Bowes.
It’s obvious that those of us who are active in the NALC can’t do this alone. I           Sharlene has given a lot of herself to our State As-
challenge you to be willing to help when your Union asks.                                 sociation and to Letter Carriers in general. I was
                                                                                          thrilled that Sharlene won this prestigious award. She
               Photo below is of the "A to B"                                             certainly deserves it.
        Shop Steward College Students and Trainers.
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                              On the issues that matter to Washington’s working families...


                                                         There’s Just
                                                        No Comparison
                      Sen. Patty                                                                                                                                                                Dino
      Murray                                                                                                                                                                         Rossi
                  DEMOCRAT                                                                                                                                                           REPUBLICAN

     A former teacher and State                                                                                                                                                    A real estate salesman, Rossi has
 Legislator, Murray was elected                                                                                                                                                    twice run for Governor and lost.
U.S. Senator in 1992. She has a                                                                                                                                                    As a State Legislator, he had a
    90% labor voting record.                                                                                                                                                       6% labor voting record.




      As an Appropriations Committee leader,
       Murray has successfully fought for             THE ECONOMY
       job-creating federal funding for our state’s roads,
       veterans’ hospitals, schools, and military bases.1 She
                                                                                                       JOBS AND
                                                                             Rossi vows NOT to bring our
                                                                             tax dollars back to this state
                                                              from Washington, D.C., in the form of budget
                                                              “earmarks” for specific local projects.1 This could cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              û
       makes no apologies for bringing our tax dollars home.  Washington state thousands of jobs.




      Throughout her career, Murray has
       supported raising the minimum wage2 and to
       protect prevailing wage standards on federally funded
       construction jobs.3 Murray voted against cuts in
       overtime pay sought by President Bush.4
                                                                                                           WAGES                               Rossi voted to lower the
                                                                                                                               minimum wage by ending the cost-of-living
                                                                                                                               increases voters approved by a 2-to-1 margin.6
                                                                                                                               Rossi voted to impose President Bush’s restrictions to
                                                                                                                               deny OT pay to workers here in Washington state.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              û
      Murray repeatedly voted to
       extend unemployment benefits for people who’ve
       lost their incomes through no fault of their own.5
       She says these benefits stimulate local economies,
       especially those hardest hit by recession layoffs.
                                                                                           UNEMPLOYMENT                                       Amid high unemployment, Rossi
                                                                                                                               voted to cut jobless benefits by up to $200 a
                                                                                                                               week and make it harder to qualify for benefits.8
                                                                                                                               Rossi also voted to deny benefits to domestic violence
                                                                                                                               victims forced to leave their jobs to flee their abusers.9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              û
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             û
                                                                                               UNION RIGHTS
       Murray sponsored the Employee                                                                                                           Rossi voted against collective
       Free Choice Act (EFCA) to restore the freedom                                                                           bargaining rights for state employees and
       to join unions without employer interference.                                                                           college faculty.10 He opposes the EFCA.
 1. Seattle Times (5/27/10) 2. HR 2 (2007), others 3. HR 3075 (2007), others 4. HR 2660 (2003) 5. HR 4213 (2010), others 6. SB 5697 (2003) 7. SB 5462 (2003) 8. SB 6097 (2003) 9. SB 5189 (2001), HB 1248 (2002) 10. HB 1268, 2403, 2540 (2002)




                                                                                     That’s why Your Union supports
                                                                               Patty Murray for U.S. Senate
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  Legislative                                           One More SS College
    Corner                                                   This Year
         Secretary/Treasurer                                            Director of Education Jo Ann Pyle
            J. Kingsbury                         Our Grievances A to B Shop Steward Col-           Students had a number of real grievances
                                                 lege in April went very well. Students took       to practice on and then had a final griev-
By now, you’ve voted in the primary elec-        grievances that weren’t resolved at the sta-      ance to prepare for the last day. The class
tion and we have about 60 days until the         tion level and made the appeal to Formal          worked extremely hard and we saw a lot of
November 2nd general election.                   A, prepared for the Formal A meeting and          improvement between the beginning of the
                                                 ultimately the appeal to Step B.                  class to the final project. The files that were
I’ll ask the Editor to include the Washington                                                      turned in at the end were better than many
State Labor Council endorsed candidates,         This class was fairly intense and involved        I’ve seen at Step B.
once we know who’ll be the general elec-         a significant amount of writing. Students
tion candidates. The AFL-CIO, with which         had to be able to write Issue Statements,         Thank you to trainer Sharee Eschenbacher
the NALC is affiliated, spends hundreds of       Undisputed Facts, the Union’s Disputed            for co-training all week and to fellow train-
hours researching the pros and cons of these     Facts and Contentions (arguments), Ad-            ers Brooks Bennett and Bob James for
candidates before providing Union members        ditions and Corrections and the Remedy            helping.
with their opinion of who will best represent    Requested. This step is the final one for
the interests of working families.               developing the case since, once it goes to        Students for this college were: Sharlamar
                                                 Step B, everything is supposed to be clear        Alderin, Annette Buechler, Jacob Burrill,
   I urge you to use this information            and in the file. The Step B Team has to be        Will Collins, Michelle Decker, Rick Ho-
      when marking your ballots.                 able to read and understand the case based        ang, Cathy Hulse, Edward Johnson, David
                                                 on what arrives in the file. The evidence         Kidder-Fincher, Mike Menaglia, Henrri
It’s very understandable to be angry with        also has to be there to support the Union’s       Morales, Troy Ratliff, Emiliano Rivera, Dee
what seems to be inaction with our current       contentions. One area that’s often difficult      Dee Roberts, Greg Schafnitz, Brian Straub,
members of Congress and our State Legis-         for new Formal A stewards is applying the         Steve Tran, Brandon Welch, Di Wu-Stewart,
lators. I’m more than upset with the game        contract provisions to fit the individual facts   Francisco Yepez and Deborah Znak-St Ger-
playing in the Senate in Washington, DC.         of the case. And it’s important that the file     main. (See group photo in this issue.)
It’s disturbing that we’ll have to wait until    be organized in such a way that the Team
January 2011 for the Senate to vote to change    can quickly determine what happened and                (Continued on Page 12)
the current rule that requires 60% of the        what the real issue is.
members to agree on a piece of legislation

                                                    Important NALC Dates
to even allow that legislation to be discussed
on the floor of the Senate chamber. This is,
at the very least, an undemocratic rule. I
consider it un-American and have said this          NALC National Convention, Anaheim, CA ....... August 9-13, 2010
to my Congressional Representative Jay
Inslee. He didn’t disagree.                         Regional SS College, Huston Center ......... September 19-23, 2010
                                                    DC Lobby Trip ................................................... March 14-17, 2011
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