January 14, 2002

Location: NABET/CWA Local 31 Office, District Two Conference
Time: Meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m.
Presiding: Doug Allmond, President
Present: Stan Lorek, Vice President
Victor V. Vissari, Treasurer
Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary
Elizabeth Bancroft, PBS
Dennis Dodd, MCT
Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA
Mark Peach, Freelance
Michael Queen, NBC
Ted Stewart, WRC
Al Turner, ABC
David Rijos, PBS, Alternate

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

2002-01-01MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the December Executive Board Meeting.

MAKER: Lorek SECOND: Stewart

Treasurer's Agenda

1. Financial Report: Mr. Vissari read the following report:

4041: Dues Rebate - $75,557.16 is about $25,000 higher than normal.
That is because the NBC dues were finally submitted up to date.

The remaining income accounts were normal.


5019: E-Board Attendance: $1,960.00 was paid out in December. This expenditure only is paid out in June and December.

5030-02: NBC Negotiations: $3,832.24 - we are in the middle of NBC negotiations in New York City, and until the contract is settled, we will have monthly expenses for these negotiations. Most of the expenses are for travel and loss wages.
5036: Rent/Office Space: $10,500 - Actually our rent was $3,500 for the month, but our rent for Sept and Oct was lost by our landlord as they forwarded it on to their main office in California. They are speculating that it may be sitting in the Brentwood Post Office. We reissued the two checks in December and thus deleted the Sept and October transactions.
Thus, even though it shows up this month, it actually is only the $3,500 normal rent. They are going to return the original checks to us when and if they show up.

5041-01: Florists/Symp/Contrib/Gifts: $1,101.75 - is much higher than normal because we purchased American Express Gift Certificates for all the staff at the Sector office, our mail man and bldg manager for Christmas gifts. That came to $800. The remaining for the flowers and fruit baskets we sent to sick members and condolences to passed away members and family members.

5048: Annual Audit - $2,450 was the first payment for the annual audit.
We are billed usually on two separate occasions as they are working on the audit. The audit has been completed, so we most likely will receive the remaining expense during January.

5074: Covering Remotes: $1,264.68 was for expense incurred while Mark Peach covered the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. A portion of this amount will be returned to us by the Sector office.

5077: Parking Expense: $817.00 - We actually only spent $255 for the month of December. The remaining amount was like the rent to our landlord, had been paid in September and October and the checks were lost when they were transferring the money from their Maryland office to California. The September and October payments were deleted, and they have assured us the checks will be returned to our office when and if they are located.

We ended up with a good month, thanks to the increase in dues rebate, and ended up on the positive side with $20,615.51 for the month and $24,619.59 for the fiscal year (0ct 1 thru Dec 31)

2002-01-02MOTION MADE to accept Treasurer's Report:

MAKER: Thomas SECOND: Turner

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

2002-01-03MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: James David French, Thomas Fred Pierce, Freelancers at ABC; Tony J. Marshall, Freelance at NBC; and Charles Dorian Anderson, Freelance at TVS.

MAKER: Stewart SECOND: Guastadisegni

Secretary's Agenda: Maurice Thomas read various correspondence received by the Local. The Article X charges brought by Larry Douglas against Stuart Gordon and Michael Proser were withdrawn. The Kuligowski file has been handed over to a collection agency. A Trial Body has been set up to hear the charges against Eugene Roberts and Darryl Miles. These trials will probably be heard in late February at a location convenient to most of the participants.

Old Business:

By Law Committee Report: The committee gave the members of the Executive Board a draft of several sections of the Local 31 By-Laws. The Board was asked to study the changes and be prepared to discuss them at the next meeting in February.
Any/all changes found to be acceptable to the Board members and the Sector President will be tabled at the meeting, published in the minutes and voted on at the March meeting.

WHNPA Awards Book Ad:

2002-01-04MOTION MADE: Since a 1/4 page ad is not offered in the Awards Book, we will try to get a page for the same price as last year - $500.

MAKER: Vissari SECOND: Lorek


Dinner/Dance:We have received reservations for about 150 guests; our minimum is 212. If this function does not meet the minimum response from the members, we may not plan another one for next year. The bar is open from 7 - 11pm. We will ask the hotel if they will add a "host bar" from 11-midnight. This means that we would be charged by the drink for that last hour instead of by person/per hour.

2002-01-05MOTION MADE: Since many of our guests will be staying in the hotel the night of the dinner/dance, we will request that the hotel provide a "host bar" from 11-midnight.

MAKER: Peach SECOND: Guastadisegni


Speaker: Ron Collins, Organizing representative from CWA District Two,
spoke to the Executive Board on the services available through the CWA
for organizing committees at the Local level. Al Turner will chair the
Organizing Committee for Local 31.

New Business:

Dateof next Executive Board meeting will be held on Monday,
February11, 2002, at 12 noon in the CWA District 2 Conference
Room. Passed without objection.

FinanceCommittee: No representative or report.

UnionDeath Benefits : The widow of a deceased active member
called the office in reference to union death benefits.

2002-01-06MOTION MADE: On a no-precedent basis, the Board
agreed to send $500 to the widow of Jim Cefalo, an
active member of Local 31 who recently passed away,

MAKER: Thomas SECOND: Vissari

AnnualPicnic: Since we are having the dinner/dance in 2002, and because of a general feeling that the Local must cut back on expenses, the Annual Picnic will not be held this year.

NationalCaptioning Institute: Requested donations - to be posted at all locations.

UnitedFarm Workers: Requested donations - to be posted at all locations.

CWA - Bone Marrow Foundation/CWA Local 2201:
Requested donations - to be posted at all locations

WJLAAffairs: A contract offer may be in the works. The committees are scheduled to meet tomorrow at the Sector Office.
In order to vote on the contract, a member must be in good standing, i.e., all obligations must be current. Computers will be installed for automated station operations.

WMAL/WRQXAffairs. Representative not present. No report.

WRC Affairs: There will be a retirement party for Larry Reynolds who retired December 31, 2001. A daily hire meeting needs to be held to discuss hiring practices. Several members working at WRC came to the meeting to express their concerns over some of the scheduling practices and policies there.

ABC Affairs: There will be new rules put in writing for the One Man Band and the out-of-town time sheets. A national grievance meeting was held in New York and the 2001 layoff was discussed. The World News Tonight shift will change hours to 4p-midnight.

FreelanceAffairs: Mark Peach has represented Local 31 at the mid December Monday Night Football game in New Orleans; the New Year‚s Day Sugar Bowl and the January 6th Monday Night Football game in Baltimore, MD. He has tried to touch base with all new members to answer questions about membership and their dealings with the companies. In January he will attend the NBC Sideletter 32 meeting in New York to discuss all daily hire issues and grievances that have occurred since the last meeting. Mark has written an article on his work with Freelancers and their concerns for the NABET News which will be published later this Spring. Plans are being made for Mark to rep the Daytona 500 and hold a general membership meeting in the South the middle of February. The Local has provided him with a laptop to facilitate his work.

House Recording Studios:
Representative not present.
No report.

Montgomery Community TV Affairs:
Two of the non-union news photographers have been hired to full time positions. Currently, two freelancers are being trained in Master Control.
Hopefully, this will eliminate the non-union workers doing shifts in Master Control. President Allmond is dealing with a grievance involving the use of
non-union labor. Effective January 1, 2002, the members received a 3% pay raise (semi-annual).

NBC Affairs:
Negotiations are currently stalled.

PBS Affairs
Contract for technicians has been signed. There are problems with accounting. The unit wishes to elect the Assistant to the President. The Local President has the alternative to make them subject to recall or vote of confidence. They are looking for a new Assistant.

TVS Affairs:
No representative present. Team Video has a letter of intent to sign a contract from CNN (includes New York operation). Petitions have been sent out to elect two representatives on the negotiating committee.

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:
The unit did not ratify the contract.

WHUT Affairs:
No representative present. The contract for the technicians expires in May, 2002. There was a unit meeting held last week at which a form was handed out requesting proposals from the membership.

Sony Seminar:
A very successful seminar was held by SONY in Lanham, MD which was attended by a large contingent from Local 31.

2002-01-07 MOTION made to adjourn.


Meeting adjourned at 2:42pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Maurice Thomas, III

Sue Fitzgerald
NABET-CWA Local 31