October 9, 2001

Location: NABET/CWA Local 31 Office
Time: Meeting called to order at 12:18 p.m.
Presiding: Stan Lorek, Vice President
Present: Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary
Elizabeth Bancroft, PBS
Dennis Dodd, MCT
Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA
Ted Stewart, WRC

The minutes of the September 10, 2001 meeting were read and approved.

2001-10-01MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the September Executive Board Meeting.


Treasurer's Agenda

1. Financial Report: Secretary Thomas read the following report:
Dues Rebate - The rebate was a little lower than normal. Our average normal monthly rebate should be around $40,000.

Initiation Fee - We received more than normal as many members have taken advantage of the 25% discount. The other income of the local was the average amount.

Expense: The following expenses were out of the ordinary.

Annual Picnic - $12,830.91 was paid this month towards the annual picnic.

Convention Expenses - Show a payment was made by the Local for an expense and now the Sector has reimbursed. - $584.72

Computer Expense - $5,906.47 - This is for a program that was recently purchased for the editing computer and the remaining was the maintenance agreement with Jim Sills.

NBC Negotiations - $9,564.15 - This is for the wages, travel, per diem, and lodging for the negotiators for the NBC negotiators.

TVS - $4,846.41 is for mainly Union Leave and expenses with a recent arbitration.

WJLA Negotiations - $1,268.08 was for Union Leave for current negotiations.

The remaining expenses were fairly normal.

We again show a negative amount for the month. This month we went backwards $21,983.73 which means for the fiscal year (which ended the end of September) we show we went backwards by $78, 280.22. The feeling of the finance committee is that more restraint must be done to cut back the expenses of the Local.

Carl Mayers, who heads the financial committee spent a half day in the office going over the books for the previous three years and with the help of myself, inputted the averages of each income and expense account into a budget program and ran it. It showed that the spending habits as we now have (and with cutting back the social events to one a year) we are spending approximately $7,000 a month more than we have coming in.

2001-10-02MOTION MADE to accept Treasurer's Report:

MAKER: Guastadisegni SECOND: Bancroft

2. New Members: Applications for new membership were reviewed.

2001-10-03MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: York D. Phelps, Elizabeth Ann Tuura,
Freelance at ABC; William Denis Ryan, Michele Lee Wolitzky, Freelance at NBC; Bobby Alvin Clemons, Jr, staff at TVS.


Secretary's Agenda:

1. Correspondence: We received a memo from President Allmond giving his vacation and leave status as of October 1, 2001. (See attached.)

We received notice from Steve Malis that Jim Cefalo of Miami died on Friday, October 5, 2001. All normal actions have been taken.

We received an e-mail concerning OPEIU and NABET-CWA Sector Offices‚ conflict on the application of sick leave. This matter does not require action on our part, advisory only.

Old Business:

PicnicExpense - Donation to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad for coverage of the annual picnic.

2001-10-04MOTION MADE to appropriate $500 as a donation to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

MAKER: Guastadisegni SECOND: Dodd

ComputerMaintenance Contract: Information item. The Secretary briefed the Board on the issues surrounding the computer contract. We are looking at the probability of upgrades and replacement for most of our computer equipment in the next 6-18 months at an expense of approximately $7,000.
No required action at this time.

DC Union Fair: While we would like to support this activity, the value to attendees would be minimal for our business. Pass.

CWA-COPE:This item was briefed to the Board last month. We now have brochures and sign-up forms for all units, by request from Stewards and Executive Board Representatives.

New Business:

Date of next Executive Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at 12 noon in the CWA District 2
Conference Room. The 12th is Veteran's Day and the Offices are closed. Passed without objection.

FinanceCommittee Budget Report: They submitted an annualized and average spreadsheet history of our spending habits to date. The Board carefully reviewed each item for ways to economize the cost of operations. The Board asks that there be a meeting with the Finance Committee and the Board next month.

Purchaseof Refurbished Laptop Computers: Tabled for further review at another time.

CWA "United We Stand" Pins: No action.

CWA Disaster Relief Fund: Request for donation to the CWA Disaster Relief Fund.

2001-10-05MOTION MADE to send $500 to the CWA Disaster Relief Fund.

MAKER: Bancroft SECOND: Stewart

CWA Request for Donations: Please post in all locations.

PBS Affairs: We had a contract ratification and the proposed contract was rejected. We go back to the table with the members‚ input. There is now underway a special election to fill the seat of the Alternate Executive Board member.
Representative Bancroft reported on plans for the new member orientation meeting on October 20, 2001.

TVS Affairs: Representative not present. No report. We are not sure of their status.

WHUTAffairs: Representative not present. No report.

WJLAAffairs: The next meeting with the company has been scheduled and negotiations are underway. The station is moving to Virginia in September 2002.

WMAL Affairs. Representative not present. No report.

WRC Affairs: New security measures in place at the plant.
Meeting scheduled with employee relations to discuss these measures. Problems with freelancers not being paid in a timely fashion. There was an air discrepancy blamed on a Master Control technician who wasn't even on duty. There are negotiations ongoing in New York. We will send an expression of sympathy to the family of former member Richard Phillips. Hub computers are being installed in Local EJ area.

ABC Affairs: On September 14th ABC/Disney laid off eleven members in Washington. They are now working full time as freelance. Senior ABC management met with staff last week.
People working many hours and there is increased security in the building.

FreelanceAffairs: Representative not present.

HouseRecording Studios: Representative not present.

MontgomeryCommunity TV Affairs: President Allmond has been trying to set up a meeting with management over issues such as non-members doing unit work.

NBC Affairs: Negotiations are underway in New York.

2001-10-06MOTION made to adjourn.


Meeting adjourned at at 2:08 pm

Respectfully submitted,

Maurice Thomas, III


October 1, 2001

Dear Executive Board Members:

At the beginning of my term I stated that I would report my used vacation at the beginning of the fiscal year. My seniority entitles me to thirty days vacation a year. This total does not take into account holidays.

Last year I took the following days off as vacation:

May 3-4 2 days
May 7-11 5 days
June15 1 day
June18 1 day
Aug 8-10 3 days

Total 12 days


Doug Allmond

Sue Fitzgerald
NABET-CWA Local 31