March 11, 2002

Location: NABET/CWA Local 31 Office, District Two Conference Room
Time: Meeting called to order at 12:05 p.m.
Presiding: Doug Allmond, President
Present: Stan Lorek, Vice President
Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary
Elizabeth Bancroft, PBS
Dennis Dodd, MCT
Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA
Sarah Pacheco, TVS
Carmen Paral, Freelance
Mark Peach, Freelance
Michael Queen, NBC
Bil Schmitzer, WHUT
Ted Stewart, WRC
Al Turner, ABC
Jim Harvey, President Emeritus

The meeting was preceded by a presentation from Mr. Kurt Saunders of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. He spoke on the services that his federal agency can provide to unions and companies with regard to both negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. There was a question and answer session from Executive Board members after the presentation.

1. The Minutes of the February 11, 2002 meeting were read and approved.

2002-03-01 MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the February Executive Board Meeting.


1. Treasurer’s Agenda

a. Financial Report: Mr. Lorek read the following report:

Income: Both dues rebate and initiation fee were a little higher than normal. The dues mainly because we have received the rebate from the WJLA dues that were sent last month. We have not received statements for the month to show interest earned.

Expenses: Those that were out of the ordinary were:

5005: Mtg. Room - $272.70 Most of this expense was for General Membership Mtg.
5007: Bank Fee - $75 Annual Corporate American Express Fee
5038-02: WJLA Negotiations - $776.59 Union Leave for negotiators
5041:Contributions - $600 District 2 retirement fund and Avon Breast Cancer
5041-01: Contributions - $614.10 - High florist bill & donation in memory of deceased member
5044: Training - $1,270.00 - AVID class for three members
5048: Annual Audit - $870 - charge for doing IRS 990 Tax Return
5052: Purchased Furniture/machines: $2,596.97 - Lap top computer for Suissa and Peach.
5066: Retirement party - $500 - Ollie Greene Retirement Party
5068: Dinner/Dance - $16,098.27 - cost of the annual dinner dance
5068-01: Southern States Dinner - $712.39 - cost of taking members down south for dinner
5074 - Covering Remotes - $5,585.04 - cost of covering NASCAR remote -much is wages

It was another bad month where we spent $20,583.16 more than we brought in. We met with the Auditors in regards to their suggestions on how to set up a budget. They suggested we get our income and spending in balance as soon as possible, because the more of our surplus income we spend, the harder it will be to get it under control. Our income is going down and our expenses are sky rocketing. The finance committee will be calling a meeting soon, and after this meeting we want to present a proposed budget to the Executive Board. We will all have to tighten our belts to make it work. The auditors were extremely helpful and showed us the past five years of our spending and income, which we will share at a meeting with the Board.

2002-03-02 MOTION MADE to accept Treasurer’s Report:


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

2002-03-03 MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: Eloise R. Miller, staff at House Recording Studio; Jill Sawyer Reichard, freelance at MCT; Patricia L. Edwards, Don Fenwick, Mark A. Williams, freelance at NBC; Ines Isabel Perez, freelance, Barbara Anne Stieritz, staff at TVS; Ryan Townsend Butler, freelance at WJLA.


1. Secretary’s Agenda:

a. Correspondence: Several thank you cards were received.

b. Article X Cases pending:

1) Mendoza: On timed payment plan. Paid ahead to May, 2002
2) Kuligowski: Being handled by legal counsel
3) Miles: Trial date has been set
4) Roberts: Trial date has been set

Old Business:

1. Local By-Law Committee Report: The by-laws introduced at the last meeting were presented en banc and voted as a group.

2002-03-04 MOTION MADE to accept the By-Law changes as reported in the February minutes.


New Business:

Notice is made that the use of the Union’s letterhead for correspondence is OPEIU jurisdiction, an official expression of the Union Office, and must come from the Union Office to be properly controlled and authorized. No other use of the Union’s letterhead is authorized.

1. Date of next Executive Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 8, 2002, at 12 noon in the CWA District 2 Conference Room. Passed without objection.

2. Proposed Sector By-Law Changes: These are to be sent forward to the Sector and reported to the convention.

2002-03-05 MOTION MADE to rename the title in Section 12.2(E), from “Optional Dues Refund Plans, Plan #1 - 55% Plan” and rename it to the “Plan #1 - 65% Plan.”


2002-03-06 MOTION MADE to delete in section 12.2(A), the reference to a minimum dues of $60 per year and its due date in parenthesis.


3. Death Benefit: After discussion, it was determined that we would be unable to sustain a continued death benefit of any kind at this time.

4. PBS Affairs: Representative Ms. Bancroft reports that longtime member Sue Donahue is leaving after 25 years of outstanding service to the Union as contract negotiator and Assistant to the President. She has decided to pursue other interests. The Media Library has voted to accept their contract. A vote of confidence for newly appointed Assistant to the President Charles Coates has been sent to the membership. The President is pleased with his help and expressed confidence in his abilities. As a courtesy to the membership, the President is extending this vote of confidence.

5. TVS Affairs: Representative Ms. Pacheco reports that contract negotiations with the company are underway. The New York unit has been added. The company is demanding an hour by hour breakdown of employees time on their time sheets.

6. WHUT Affairs: Representative Mr. Schmitzer was present. Further contract negotiations are underway.

7. WJLA Affairs: Representative Mr. Guastadisegni was present. He reports that News Channel 8 and WJLA news will merge at their new operating location in Roslyn. Those employees will be allowed to join NABET and will be covered under the new collective bargaining agreement. There is to be a meeting with the company later in the month to discuss News Channel 8 issues.

8. WMAL Affairs: No representative present. No report.

9. WRC/NBC Affairs: Representatives Queen (NBC) and Stewart (WRC) were present. Hub Operations are in difficulty and have not started on-line as yet. Installs are being delayed by fiber optic installation. “STORM” system of manpower scheduling was to begin soon. Negotiations are all but completed at this point. Proposal includes new language with regard to digital ENG cameras. The package is to be brought to the members for a vote. Meetings are to be scheduled nationwide to explain the provisions.

10. NPR Affairs: Contract talks continue after two votes from the membership to reject the latest offer from the company.

11. US Air Arena Affairs: Unit of three has voted to accept the interim contract offer from the company should there be events there in the future.

12. COPE Checkoff: the idea of labor oriented political action committees is a good one, but can only be funded by voluntary contributions from our members and cannot be funded in any way from member dues. The Executive Board feels that this opportunity needs to be brought to the attention of the membership for their individual action.

13. ABC Affairs: Representative Turner was present. There have been further discussions with the company to clarify “overseas rate” situations. There is some concern over broadcasts in the radio area using cameras and switching equipment and jurisdiction.

14. Freelance Affairs: Representative Peach and Alternate Representative Paral were present. NBC negotiations had four freelance members present. It made a positive impact on negotiations. The meeting of freelance members in Florida and the South was well attended. Attendance at the Daytona race resulted in four new members. An e-mail list for freelance is being assembled for further contact, news, and information.

15. House Recording Studios: Representative not present. They have expanded operations and hired 5-6 new people.

16. Montgomery Community TV Affairs: Mr. Dodd was present. The “casual contractor” issue was resolved, they will be NABET-represented employees.

2002-03-06 MOTION made to adjourn.


Meeting adjourned at 3:22pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Maurice Thomas, III