Executive Board Meeting

Monday, August 8, 2005

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:15pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

                        Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Richard McDermott, NBC/WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

David Rijos, PBS

Stuart Rushfield, NPR

William Schmitzer, WHUT

Minutes of the July 11, 2005 meeting were read and approved.


2005-08-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the July 11, 2005 Executive Board Meeting.

            MAKER: Krieger                  SECOND: Queen                  MOTION PASSED

President’s Report


1.   Legal: Expenses and planned expenses. We are making a concerted effort to limit and reduce monthly legal expenses. We are negotiating a suitable retainer fee.

2.   Organizing:

      a.   Translators and Interpreters: There is to be a meeting with the CWA-TNG representative to discuss details, including Flex Plan health coverage, and the “deal sheet” with Entertainment Partners.


      b.   COMCAST: We have filed our petition with the NRLB for an election. This is a group of about 70 technicians. There will be a meeting with the group before they vote in Baltimore.


      c.   Senate Recording Studios. We met with the Office of Compliance to discuss details of the election. Studios consist of 24+ people in the unit that submitted election cards. The vote for representation will be September 6. We are very optimistic.


3.   Meeting with Clark: Discussed NBC and CNN affairs. Washington is going to take the lead on CNN representation talks.

4.   Remotes: NBC Golf in Prince William County, VA. We will talk about the issues, hand out contracts, answer health care questions, insure proper pay, on-site shop steward, check for safety issues, and get feedback on contract issues.

Vice President’s Report


1.   NPR Negotiations: The Company wants to do away with the grievance process except for monetary matters. The Company claims that we file too many grievances. They want doctor’s notes for most sick leaves.


2.   WJLA Negotiations & Mobilization: The Company continues to make unreasonable demands for loss of jurisdiction, the right to grievance and arbitration, and cuts in benefits. $47K has been approved for intensified mobilization efforts that begin this Labor Day weekend. Watch for our ads and fliers. We had over 40% turn-out at the last unit meeting with CWA representative Monica Hogan and the Metro Labor Council.


3.   PBS Negotiations:. Also continue with difficulty. Curiously, they are making similar demands to NPR.


Treasurer’s Report


1.   Financial Report: Numbers are based on July 2005 Finances. Below are the accounts that above or below the budgeted amount:



4041:  Dues Rebate - $66,474.19 is over $10,000 more than the $56,000 budgeted amount.


4042:  Initiation Fees - $8,539.79 is over $5,000 more than the $3,000 budgeted amount and

            this is because of a $5,000 payment from Local 11 from members who had their fees

            sent to the wrong Local.

The Total Income was $12,500 more than the normal budgeted amount.



5038:  WJLA - $1,426.35 is a couple hundred dollars more than the budgets $1,200 and

             this is because of WJLA Negotiations which are currently going on.

Total Contract Units: $1,617.01 is over $4,000 less than the budgeted amount of $5,925.


5062:  Employee Health Insurance: $4,929.46 is $429.46 more than the $4,500 budgeted amount.

Total Office Expenses: $6,877.77 is $1,406.73 less than the $8,284.50 budgeted amount.


5010-01:   OPEIU Wages: $15,803.60 was $696.40 less than the $16,500 budgeted amount.


5010-02:   President Wages: $8,679 was $821 less than the $9,500 budgeted amount.


5010-03:   Vice President Wages: $1,780 is $580 more than the $1,200 budgeted amount.

Total Employee Wages: $26,262.60 is $937.40 less than the $27,200 budgeted amount.


5086:  Legal Expense: $14,308.16 is $6,458.16 more than the $7,850 budgeted amount.

It was a good month where the Local came ahead by $8,138.39 which was caused by the higher rebate and higher initiation fees for the month. For the fiscal year we are now showing a negative $45,127.69

2005-08-02     MOTION MADE to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.

      MAKER: McDermott                  SECOND: Rushfield              MOTION PASSED

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


2005-08-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants Warren Beldon Mayo, III, staff at PBS; Jim B. Crumbley, Paul Andrew Ehler, Jeffrey A. Crumbley, daily hires at ABC; Walter Donald Hassett, Jr. regular full time, Casey Michael Parkin, temporary full time at NPR; Shawn A. Jones, daily hire at NBC/WRC.


      MAKER: Thomas            SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED


3.   Training: Offers are still posted on the local’s web site. The Mac G4 has had a few updates and is in good working order. There will be more Final Cut Pro classes in the fall as some interest has been expressed. We will be meeting with local reps for an HD-Expo workshop. We still have CompUSA vouchers for their classes.


4.   Jaystar Group: Has software that has been recommended as cost effective for the production of the LM-2 report. We will interview and see the demonstration while in Chicago at the convention and report.

Secretary’s Report


1.   Staff Training on Access: We’re continuing on schedule this month with staff assignments to clean the current database, with the month of August as the beta test and tweaking period, Office continues working on scrubbing our existing membership database, making member data corrections, financial reviews and updates (Izzy), and the import of existing new member contact information (Karen).



1.   Steward Meetings: President Peach announced that there will be regular meetings with Shop Stewards at every location. Dates and times to be announced.


2.   Grievance Committee: There was discussion of making the grievance handling process more inclusive by involving the shop steward in the whole process. Details to be discussed at the Steward’s Meeting.


3.   RVP-3 Lee – CNN Legal Expenses: The Local has led the fight to represent our members, spending over $62,000 in the last two years. The Sector has been asked for a portion of the expense. This is a matter of critical national importance, and we feel the Sector should help the local with these extraordinary expenses. There was a spirited conference call with RVP-Lee prior to his arrival in bad weather. The Executive Board made it clear that we expect his enthusiastic support of our request at the SEC.



1.   Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 12, 2005, beginning at 6:00 pm. Posting to be made on web in large “attention-getting” format because of the change in time.


2.   CWA Convention and NABET Conference: There is a proposal to increase the dues to 2%. A sense of the Executive Board is that this local is opposed to such a dues increase. The meeting is scheduled for August 24 through August 28. The elected delegates expect to make a full report.


3.   HRS Affairs: The new contract is awaiting signatures.


4.   MCT Affairs: All OK.


5.   NBC Affairs: Given the latest fatal heart attack of a member, it has been suggested that CPR courses be given at all locations.


2005-08-04     RESOLVED: Be it resolved to recommend to each employer of our members to hold CPR/First Aid training for all employees on a compulsory basis.

      MAKER: Queen               SECOND: Thomas                 MOTION PASSED


6.   NPR Affairs: NPR has yet to meet for planning mobilization campaign. We will encourage mobilizers to be a part of the negotiating team. The Company is taking a hard line on union jurisdiction in bargaining. Jurisdictional work has been unilaterally transferred to “management” positions. Language in the member’s application, initation, and dues notice letters will be reworked.


7.   PBS Affairs: PBS has had unit meetings and they are ready for mobilization. Negotiations are on-going.


8.   TVS/CNN Affairs: We are awaiting the decision of the Labor Board and expect a favorable outcome in the very near future.


9.   WHUT Affairs: We will be combining the Engineering contract with the Technician’s contract in the current negotiations. Negotiations need to be more aggressive. CWA-Sector representative Lou Fallot will assist negotiators.


10. WJLA Affairs: There was a unit meeting on August 7th with a excellent turn-out. WJLA members have begun mobilization plans for shirts, ads, posters, and other signage. We need everybody’s help on this. We plan to wallpaper the city on these contracts with E-mails, phone calls, picketing, and hand billing.


11. WMAL Affairs: All OK.


12. WRC Affairs: Still having staffing issues and shortages. There have been frequent discussions about the problem. Sick calls are increasing.


13. ABC Affairs: Sideletter DV camera violations have been reported. NCC will discuss these matters in AZ.


14. Freelance Affairs: Locals 16 and 31 are working with the company (ABC) to settle the overall issue of “local daily hire” on sports remotes. The Booz-Allen ’04 grievance has been settled. This affects a number of people who work these events.

2005-08-05     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 9:47 PM.

      MAKER: Stewart             MOTION PASSED

Respectfully submitted,



Maurice Thomas, III