We have been having our local's General Membership Meetings at the Round Table Pizza restaurant in Medford for several years now. We reserve the private party room and members and their families are invited to the meeting. The local pays for several pizzas including a vegetarian style, and also for your non-alcohol beverages.
Remember ........ The local also has a Postal Pulse drawing each quarter. Turn your Postal Pulse survey forms into a steward or better yet.... Show up and turn it in at the Membership Meeting! If your name is drawn you win $100 if you are present at the meeting. If your not present, you still win $50.
Round Table Pizza is located in the Poplar Square shopping center between Best Buy and JOANN Fabrics and Crafts. Our meetings start at 1:00 pm, but you are also invited to attend the Executive Board Meeting which begins at 12:30 pm. The meetings usually last about 1 to 2 hours.
Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) with two landmark provisions, one from Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, to provide paid family leave for federal employees; and one by the late Chairman Elijah E. Cummings to reform the nation’s criminal justice system.
Federal Employee Paid Leave Act
The NDAA includes language based on H.R. 1534, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, sponsored by Chairwoman Maloney and co-sponsored by the late Chairman Cummings. The provisions included in the NDAA provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to federal employees to care for the birth, fostering, or adoption of a child.
“When this bill is signed into law, it will be a tremendous victory for the more than 2 million federal employees across the country,” Chairwoman Maloney said. “Parents will no longer need to choose between being home with their new child or their paychecks. While this agreement is an incredible win for families, it is not perfect. It does not cover paid leave for medical reasons or cover employees outside the federal government. Yesterday, I held my first hearing as permanent chair on this very issue, and it is abundantly clear that all Americans—whether they work for the federal government or a private company—should have access to comprehensive paid family and medical leave. We will continue fighting for all hardworking Americans in the years to come to make this a reality.”
The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act is supported by American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU); National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE); National Partnership for Women and Families; and the Association for American University Women.
At our November General Membership Meeting, the members of the SOAL nominated the officers that will represent our local for the next two years. The nominees ran unapposed, and the election resulted in a white ballot election. Below are the results from the election committee: