EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
NABET/CWA LOCAL 31
December 10, 2001
Location: NABET/CWA Local 31 Office, District Two Conference Room
Time: Meeting called to order at 12:01 p.m.
Presiding: Doug Allmond, President
Present: Stan Lorek, Vice President
Victor V. Vissari, Treasurer
Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary
Elizabeth Bancroft, PBS
Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA
Mark Peach, Freelance
Michael Queen, NBC
Ted Stewart, WRC
Al Turner, ABC
James D. Harvey, President Emeritus, visitor
Alan Harvey, NBC, visitor
The minutes of the November 13, 2001 meeting were read and approved.
2001-12-01MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the November Executive Board Meeting.
MAKER: Turner SECOND: Lorek MOTION
1. Financial Report: Mr. Vissari read the following report:
The Dues Rebate was slightly lower than normal, but otherwise the remaining income for the Local was normal.
The following expenses were beyond the normal monthly expenses:
5010-02:Officers Wages $15,751.68 - This is higher because of the $7,362.90 payment made for unused vacation for the fiscal year of 10/1/00-9/30/01.
Computer Expenses: $927.87 of which $883.60 was for extra memory installed in the office computers.
5030-02:NBC Negotiations - this is payment for Union Leave and travel and lodging expense for the NBC Negotiations for our NBC negotiator which is taking place in New York City. $2,503.97
TVS - $2,732.56 is expenses paid for the Daniels arbitration. $1,210.00 of this expense was for a deposition of the arbitration.
5038-01:WJLA Negotiations expense which is mainly Union Leave for the two negotiators during these negotiations. $3,070.45
5044:Publications - $2,833.36 is for the Pocket Calendars that we purchase yearly for our members.
5073: Shirts - $4,859.03 is the cost for the recent 119 golf shirts that were purchased for the members.
Covering Remotes - $1,871.46 is expense we paid out for the NASCAR remote, most of which we will be reimbursed by the Sector office.
Parking Expense - $431 is a little higher than normal due to a couple traffic violations that were picked up by the Local for members while in the office doing work for the Local.
The Local shows a deficit of $18,965.40 for the month, but is still ahead by $4,003.99 for the current fiscal year which began October 1, 2001.
I received a phone call a couple weeks ago from Kevin Lorenz, who is one of our contacts from Merrill Lynch. He said because of the recent state of the stock market, he had the Local heavily invested in CD's, but a few of these CD's were expiring and the current CD market is very low in interest payout, thus he going to purchase some Corporate Bonds which were in Corporations that were not being affected by the inflation. He said we could make 6.7% on these bonds, which is approximately 3% higher than if invested in a CD. I received another phone call last week from Michael Eustace, who is another of our financial advisors, and he told me that even though the Executive Board had given them the authority to invest up to $200,000 in the stock market, that they never felt the market was stable enough in the last year, and thus only $80,000 had been invested. We took an extremely small hit on the stock market problems in the past year because of this conservative investing. He said there is now the chance to get into the market on a couple stocks that are currently a good value and that he now was going to invest $50,000 in the hopes of riding the tide back up as the stock market rebounds. He told me he would keep us advised and continue with the conservative approach with our investments.
After some discussion on the investments strategy on the Local's behalf it was felt that the representatives we are dealing with at Merrill Lynch have been investing our funds in a conservative and proper manner.
2001-12-02MOTION MADE to accept Treasurer's Report:
MAKER: Stewart SECOND: Guastadisegni
2. New Members: Applications for new membership were reviewed.
2001-12-03MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: James Daniel Belue, Mark William Kennedy, Scott Edward Veals, Freelancers at NBC; Calvin Coolidge Dickey, staff at PBS.
MAKER: Turner SECOND: Vissari
Mark Peach contacted the members whose applications were conditionally approved last month and updated their applications thereby fulfilling the conditions of acceptance into the Local.
Secretary's Agenda: Maurice Thomas was delayed at ABC. Stan Lorekread his report.
1. Correspondence: None.
2. Article X Cases: Pending cases:
a. Mendoza - Up to date on payments
b. Kuligowski - Matt Harris has hired a collection agency on behalf of the Local to handle the problem of recovering Kuligowski's outstanding obligation to the Local. The agency will receive 40% of the amount they recover and the Local will receive the balance. We will be required to pay all filing fees.
c. Miles - No report on the Trial Body selection or date of trial.
d. Roberts - RVP Lee is to pick a Trial Body
e. Allmond - RVP Lee has found insufficient cause for this charge and the charge has been dismissed.
f. Proser - RVP Lee has found that there is sufficient cause and Mr. Proser has been notified. We are awaiting his response.
g. Gordon - RVP Lee has found that there is sufficient cause and Mr. Gordon has been notified. We are awaiting his response.
Date of next Executive Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2002, at 12 noon in the CWA District 2 Conference Room. Passed without objection.
Finance Committee: A discussion on the cash flow of the Local and the pros & cons of purchasing our own building was held. It was decided to divide the different aspects of the financial future of the Local into committees for investigation and to provide the Board with concrete proposals so that informed decisions can be made.
The following committees were formed:
Purchase of Office Building: *Stan Lorek, Mike Queen and Mark Peach.
Union Leave: *Elizabeth Bancroft, Richard Guastadisegni, and Al Turner.
Social Events: *Stan Lorek, Dennis Dodd and Mike Queen.
Newsletter: *Maurice Thomas
By-Law Changes: After some discussion on proposed changes to the By-Laws, it was decided that this item should be tabled.
Doug Allmond, Stan Lorek and Maurice Thomas will meet between Christmas and New Years to work on the By-Law updates. These changes will be brought back at the next meeting.
Seminars:There will be an audio seminar on Sunday, December 16th 10-4pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wisconsin Avenue. All members are invited. On Saturday, January 12th in Lanham, MD there will be a Sony camera demonstration and seminar. Special financing will be offered for all new cameras. All interested members are encouraged to attend.
Ted Stewart will investigate the possibility of hiring a trainer for the "Final Cut" program. Apple will train for $400. He will also look into an Apple DVD burner going for @ $650. The Sector has a "fire-wire" camera that they will allow us to use.
Holiday Dinner/Dance: Invitations will be going out to all retired and active members (in good standing) and to spouses of deceased members. There will be a deposit of $25.00/couple for all reservations which will be returned to the member at the event. The dinner/dance will be held on Saturday, January 19th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA from 7pm until midnight with a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing to a live band.
The hotel is offering a limited number of rooms @ $79/night for attendees. If you wish to stay the night, please contact the hotel immediately.
CWA Executive Board Motion to Waive Dues for Members Serving in Armed Forces: Members who have been called up to active duty do not have to pay dues during the time they are actively serving in the armed forces.
Metropolitan Washington Council Award Nominations:
Discussion was held on the benefits we reap from staying in close alliance with this union organization. They were a great help to us during the ABC Lockout. It was decided to purchase a full page ad for the awards book @$500.
2001-12-04MOTION MADE to purchase a full page ad at $500 for the awards book.
MAKER: Bancroft SECOND: Vissari
George Stephanopolus Gift: A request was received from one of the Local 31 members to send a wedding gift to Mr. Stephanopolus as a "thank you" for all he did for the ABC members when they were locked out. It was decided to send him an invitation to our Holiday Dinner/Dance.
NABET-CWA2002 Quadrennial Conference: The official call for the NABET convention to be held on June 13-15, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada was received. President Allmond advised the Board to send a full delegation to the convention since the election of Sector Officers will be held at that time.
White House News Photographers Association Awards Book & Dinner: It was decided to purchase a quarter page ad if we can get it for @$250.
2001-12-05MOTION MADE to purchase a quarter page ad if we can get it for @ $250.00
MAKER: Guastadisegni SECOND: Stewart
Steward Update Subscription: The Board agreed to continue to subscribe to this publication. They found it very beneficial to shop stewards.
Holiday Gifts: It has been the custom to give a bonus to the clerical staff of Local 31, a gift to the Sector office staff, and to the people who service the Local office (mail person, payroll courier and cleaning staff). We will continue to do so this year.
2001-12-06MOTION MADE to give the clerical staff of Local 31 $500 each; the Sector staff $50 American Express check each; the mailman & Building Supervisor $50 American Express check each; the service personnel $20 each.
MAKER: Vissari SECOND: Lorek
WHUT Affairs: Representative not present. Grievances have been filed on failure to pay retroactive wages as per contract.
WJLA Affairs: Negotiation meetings are scheduled to resume after the holidays. The Company is trying to make the members who take home company cars sign an agreement allowing the company to obtain their driving records. Members have been advised not to sign this agreement. Members must report if they lose their insurance coverage or driving privileges.
WMAL/ Affairs. Representative not present. No report.
WRC Affairs: The Hub room is almost complete, but it will be a long time before it is in operation. There is a Vacation Committee meeting on Tuesday 12/11 at 1:30 pm. The Company has told the Union that Local Field had to eliminate additional weeks - there are too many on leave. The Company approves additional people and then complains about it.
The new 100% paperless scheduling system (STORM) will begin in January, 2002. Andrea will be doing the scheduling and may mean the end of "split shifts" since the program cannot accommodate them. The split shift is only in Washington. There will be 3 terminal per floor. Field schedules will continue to be posted on paper.
ABC Affairs: There is a grievance meeting scheduled for Tuesday 12/11. The Vacation Committee is up and running.
The Company is trying to eliminate control rooms - by passing the building entirely. One man band may be coming back. On the Saturday morning crew a maintenance member had to set shots, etc. Four people were scheduled without a TD. Norman Hill should have been upgraded. The overnight shift is still staffed 7 days a week. A national grievance was filed on the hiring of former staff employees as freelancers 40 hours a week.
Freelance Affairs: Mark Peach tries to touch base with all new members to answer questions about membership and their dealings with the companies. He will be in New Orleans the weekend of December 15/16 to service a remote. In January there will be an NBC Sideletter 32 meeting in New York to discuss all daily hire issues and grievances that have occurred since the last meeting. He will be contacting all NBC freelancers prior to this meeting to gather information to bring to the meeting. The companies are not budgeting time to arrive at remote - they hire "on site."
NBC Affairs: Producers are shooting camera. Dateline used material that was shot entirely by hidden cameras. A grievance will be filed on this. Negotiations are stalled on hand-held digital cameras. There will be a conference call on 12/11/01.
The Company used a desk assistant as a freelancer and upgraded him to a Group 6.
House Recording Studios: Representative not present. No report.
Montgomery Community TV Affairs: Representative not present. No report.
PBS Affairs: Contract for technicians has been ratified, waiting for signatures. Hoping for retroactive wages. Media Library yet to be negotiated.
TVS Affairs: Still do not know if they will have the contract with CNN. Ed Spillett has been assigned as NABET's negotiator.
US Air Arena: No representative present. The Company has asked for a three year contract with a $30/hr wage and 3% contribution to a 401(k) plan. Arena football games to be held at site.
National Public Radio:
Ballots for ratification of contract will be sent out soon. There will be unit meetings on 12/12 and 12/13 - President Allmond will attend them. Wages offered will be retroactive.
2001-12-07 MOTION made to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 3:20pm.
Maurice Thomas, III
NABET-CWA Local 31