Executive Board Meeting


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 7:00pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

                        Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Elizabeth Bancroft, PBS

Michael Croke, Freelance

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Richard McDermott, WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

Stuart Rushfield, NPR

Stan Lorek, RVP-3, visitor

Minutes of the January 10, 2005 meeting were read and approved.


2005-02-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the January 2005 Executive Board Meeting.

            MAKER: Rushfield                SECOND: McDermott           MOTION PASSED

Presentation by Ms. Cynthia Yaffe, American Income Life Insurance Company, gave a presentation on the benefits to union members offered free of cost and low cost. Benefit packets were distributed to all Executive Board members. Benefits include life and loss benefit, travel, optical, and other significant benefits.

President’s Report

1.   DOL Update: The finding by the Department of Labor in connection with a complaint filed by Mr. Welch investigating the officer’s election was that the election stands. DOL will be recommending the same items along the lines of the Sector and CWA recommendations.

2.   Organizing efforts: President Peach and CWA District 2 Representative Monica Hogan met with 25 Comcast Sports Broadcast Engineers on Friday, January 11. This unit, consisting of as many as 100 people, is all Daily Hire. They have already decided to go for union representation and are investigating NABET, IATSE, and IBEW for representation. We should know their decision by the end of the month.


The group of about 150 Daily Hire Translators and Interpreters that the CWA is attempting to merge with Local 31 is getting closer to completion. There will be a follow up meeting this month to work out the details.


President Peach and CWA District 2 Representative Monica Hogan will be meeting on February 25, 2005, with organizers working at the Senate Recording Studios. This group consists of approximately 24 people who want to organize. They appreciate what they see at HRS. HRS members Redlin and Johnson have been extremely helpful in making this happen.

Vice President’s Report

1.   Shop Steward Training: FMCS mediator Kurt Saunders gave a training session on Saturday, January 29th. It was a small group with great participation and interaction. Participants asked if there will be an advanced training session in the near future. We are hoping that we may possibly have one in May. We’re trying to get training for the NPR-West shop steward.


Treasurer’s Report


1.   Financial Report: Below are the accounts that were either substantially above or below the budgeted amount.



4041:        Dues Rebate: $34,285.54 which is $22,547.79 less than the budgeted amount. It is lower than normal because we have not received the NBC or some of the Other rebates for the month. The rebate office is running behind in getting the rebates out. Hopefully, they will catch up in February.


4042:        Initiation Fees: $3,983.12 is $983.12 higher than budgeted.


4043:        Non Checkoff shows a negative $2,995.10, which means there were dues that we received in December that were sent to the Sector in January.


4046:        Interest: $2,615.70 is $1,115.70 higher than the budgeted amount.


4048:        WJLA Dues: $12,313.57 is money that we collected in January, and in February it was sent to the Sector Office.



5010-04:   401K NABET Portion: $3,515.57 is $925.57 higher than budgeted because it was a three payday month.


5061-01:   OPEIU Staff Co-Pay Insurance Policy: -$153.60 is a new category because, as of January, the OPEIU Clerical Staff began paying a co-pay on their health insurance. This co-pay will double in August.


5048:        Annual Audit Expense: $3,900 is part of the annual fee for the audit and tax preparation for the office.


5072:        Unrealized Loss - $4,543.40 is the amount that our stocks fell during the month of January 2005.


5041:        Contributions: $1,559.80 is $1,459.80 higher than budgeted because we were assessed these contributions for Union to Union and Pediatric Aids.


5010:        Employee Wages: $23,346.60 is $3,032.40 less than the budgeted amount.


5086:        Legal Expenses $17,556.55 is $9,706.55 higher than the budgeted amount.

For the month, the finances were a negative $25,837.91. For the fiscal year we are still showing a positive $7,689.57.

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


            MAKER: Thomas                  SECOND: Stewart                 MOTION PASSED


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


2005-02-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Amanda C. Kulkoski, (T#41), Winslow Maxwell, John Douglas O’Neal, daily hires at ABC; Yetta Imani Myrick, daily hire at MCT.


            MAKER: Krieger       SECOND: McDermott           MOTION PASSED


3.                           Training: The CompUSA training opportunities will be posted on the web site. There have been a number of members taking training at Future Media Concepts. We’re upgrading the Mac G4 with Final Cut adding a DVD drive. BURST training is continuing nationwide.


Secretary’s Report


1.                           Correspondence: Metro Labor Council announcements


2.                           Staff Training on Access: The Office Clerical Staff and Secretary Thomas are enrolled in Access classes at CompUSA to get ready for the revamping of the office database and financial records, billings, etc.


3.                           Kuligowski Court Date: April 8, 2005.




1.                           No Work List (3.2): As listed for the benefit of officers and stewards. It was mentioned that two people on the NBC list actually needed to be on the ABC list.


2.                           New member packets: Only three packets were sent in January, but membership stickers are now in distribution.






1.                           MOTION 2005-01-06 National Convention Election: Motion to remove from the table – without objection. Motion as entered in the January minutes: We have four positions to the NABET Convention and the CWA Convention. The Board feels, that in an effort to limit expenses, we should send four delegates to the NABET Convention and the one with the highest vote will stay for the CWA Convention.


2005-01-06                             MOTION MADE to elect and appoint four delegates to the NABET Sector Convention, and the highest vote getter to stay for the CWA Annual Convention.






1.                           Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 14, 2005, beginning at 7:00 pm.


2.                           Executive Board Elections to be held in March. The Local will be purchasing a Post Office Box to conduct elections.


3.                           Quickbooks Pro Software Purchase: The officers are requesting funds to purchase software licenses for Quickbooks Pro for five desktops plus installation.


2005-02-04                             MOTION MADE to appropriate not more than $1600 for Quickbooks Pro Software and installation.




4.                           ABC Affairs: There have been two major payroll snafus recently. The company was convinced to do the right thing and make the necessary payments. White House van safety has come up again and will be addressed with company safety representative Joe Mannetta.. The Brown case is waiting for an arbitrator’s decision. There are several rumors concerning the fate of Nightline, its staff, the technical staff, as well as the facility changes planned for the next two years. It doesn’t look good, but we have no firm information.


5.                           Freelance Affairs: The matter of defining a “Local” will be addressed in a formal grievance meeting on March 4th in New York. Verizon’s purchase of MCI might help us with organizing the MCI Center. Freelancers working for NBC Pool during the Inauguration received pay stubs without hours and details of pay.


6.                           HRS Affairs: Negotiations were extremely successful, with all proposals worked amicably between the parties. The parties are working on a rough draft of the new contract. The official renewal should be on April 1st.

2005-02-07                             MOTION MADE to extend the current payment plan for initiation fees to two years for all future new members for all units. (Refer Local By Laws Section 7.14).


                                    MAKER: Johnson            SECOND: Bancroft 


2005-02-08                             MOTION MADE to table the motion until next meeting, after careful review by the staff and officers for financial impact and other consequences.


                                    MAKER: Johnson            SECOND: Thomas                 MOTION PASSED


7.                           MCT Affairs: No report.


8.                           NBC Affairs: There was a safety meeting in NY based on problems in various venues in the last year. We are currently arbitrating local library jurisdiction. We are going to arbitrate the “AVOC Panel” next. The Network Librarians arbitration will hopefully be heard in April.


9.                           NPR Affairs: A technician was denied the opportunity to travel to a remote due to a vacation scheduling conflict. Grievance filed for employees who had same-day schedule changes without notification. There have been discussions concerning “emergency snow leave” rules and notice. VP Krieger has been focusing on NPR issues this month while President Peach has been focused on organizing. She has been meeting with management and has had some very positive results.


10.                         PBS Affairs: Representative Bancroft requested that the upcoming NABET Survey be hand-delivered to each member. Employees have been selected for “AVID Ingesters” for screening and timing. Other employees are to be assigned to the SOC in Springfield. Two members have been asked to step forward for Executive Board in response to Representative Bancroft’s pending schedule change. There has been no feedback from the negotiations. The company continues to threaten to discipline members who do not choose a company provided health plan. The Union’s position will continue to be that members are not contractually bound to choose a provider.


11.                         TVS/CNN Affairs: Many members have been asking how they can remain a member in good standing. So, a brief letter to the membership was included in the statement of account that went out to each member. There has been no additional information from the NLRB.


12.                         WHUT Affairs: Contract negotiations will hopefully wrap up soon. We should hear a decision on the Swanson arbitration by mid March. The next grievance set for arbitration is Burris evaluation issue.


13.                         WJLA Affairs: Contract expired February 1st. The next dates for negotiations are set for March 8, 9, and 10. We are working under the old contract. There is no formal contract extension. Mobilization is underway, with a “wait-and-see” attitude. We have some 30 part time employees that have not joined as yet and we’ll seek them as members.

14.                         WMAL Affairs: Burt Cohen retired.


15.                         WRC Affairs: Second day of the Pittman (library) arbitration has been scheduled. The Weather Plus jurisdictional issue is being investigated. President Peach is very concerned about the work load placed upon the morning shift. Weather Plus will not help this situation. There seems to be a question of split shift assignments, to be investigated.


2005-02-08                             MOTION MADE to adjourn at 10:35 PM.




Respectfully submitted,





Maurice Thomas, III