Executive Board Meeting

Monday, June 13, 2005

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 7:15pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Michael Croke, Freelance

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Jim Martin, ABC

Rich McDermott, WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

David Rijos, PBS

Stu Rushfield, NPR

Tyler Melton, visitor

Minutes of the May 9, 2005 meeting were read and approved.


2005-06-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the May 2005 Executive Board Meeting.

      MAKER: Rushfield         SECOND: Martin                  MOTION PASSED

President’s Report


1.   Remotes Report: NBC Arena Football in Tampa went very well. This was a medium sized crew that does a same day set up, show and load out. Many members had discussed the upcoming contract negotiations. Some were asking for the Union to intervene and get a real set up day as the show has grown enough to warrant one.


ABC Golf (Booz-Allen) was held at Congressional County Club. Other than raining, hazy, sunny, hot, and humid, the show went well. Sean Dugan of the Flex Plan was on site and helped a number of members with their problems and questions. We also handed out a number of contracts.


NBC Preakness was held in Baltimore. There still remains major safety violations with this event. Although camera operators on the roof were provided harnesses, there was no proper tie off, and the harnesses were not worn. President Peach presented pictures to Maryland Occupational Safety and Health.


2.   Legal:

ABC: The arbitrator’s decision in the Brown case went against the grievant.

      PBS: We are still waiting for decisions in the COHO cases.

      WJLA: We should hear soon on the arbitrator’s decision in the Currance case.

Vice President Krieger and attorney Powers are going to New York City on June 16th for the continuation of the WRC Library arbitration

      Attorney Powers is attempting to reschedule a date for the Worthy case.


3.   Organizing: Translators and Interpreters is a group of 150 locally that are CWA (5000 nationwide) daily hires wanting a local to shelter/administer their contract relationships. Met with their rep to try and move things forward.


Senate recording studios consist of 24+ people in the unit that submitted election cards. We are hoping that the vote for representation will be sometime in July.

      COMCAST Sports cards to be submitted soon.


4.   RVP Election: Jim Lee has been elected and will take office on August 1st.


5.   OSHA Conference: President Peach attended a multi-day OSHA conference sponsored by the CWA in Baltimore. This was a valuable learning experience.

Vice President’s Report


1.   AFLAC and Flex Plan Dinner: Meeting with members to explain the various insurance plans available to staff and daily hire members. While in town for this meeting, Flex Plan Administrator Sean Dugan spent time at the Local Office answering member’s questions. He also visited NBC and ABC to talk to Daily Hire members about the Flex Plan.


Treasurer’s Report


1.   Financial Report: Below are the accounts that were considerably over or under the budgeted amount.


4041: Dues Rebate: $58,517.23 which is $2,527.23 more than the budgeted amount.

4042: Initiation Fees: $1,016.66 which is $1,983.34 less than the budgeted amount.

Total Income for the month was $61,460.86 which is $860.86 more than budgeted.


5061: Employee Health Insurance - $4,943.96 is $443.96 higher than the budgeted amount and this is because of a increase in the flex plan policy.

5012: NCC/RVP/Convention Exp - $2,000.98 is $1,500 more than the budgeted amount and this is because of the District 2 conference and a NCC meeting in Las Vegas.

5044-2 - Members Training - $1,600 which is $1000 more than the budgeted amount

Total Office expenses were $7,234.80, which is $837.20 less than budgeted amount.

5010-01 - OPEIU Wages - $15,458.42 which is $1,046.47 less than budgeted amount.

5009-02 - President’s Wages - $8,679.00 is $821.00 less than the budgeted amount.

5009-03 - Vice President’s Wages - $2,300 is $1,100 more than the budgeted amount. The Vice President attended the NCC meeting in Las Vegas and the District 2 conference in Williamsburg.

5074 - Covering Remotes - $1,292.52 which is $391.52 more than budgeted, but this should be recoverable from the Sector Office.

5086 - Legal Expenses - $28,257.55 is $20,407.55 more than the budgeted amount.

For the month of May there is a negative -$20,304.70. For the Fiscal Year we show a negative -$47,770.62.

2005-06-02     MOTION MADE to accept the Treasurer’s Report as read.


            MAKER: Thomas      SECOND: David Rijos          MOTION PASSED


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


2005-06-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Richard Alexander Staherski, daily hire, ABC; David Wayne Myers, retired HRS; Alison Teri Miller, daily hire, NBC/WRC.




3.   Training: The CompUSA training opportunities vouchers (5) are on hand until November 2005. They will be available for $69 for any member or their family. Will be posted on the web site. We’re looking forward to audio training in the future.

Secretary’s Report


1.   Staff Training on Access: We’re looking forward to turning the beta version on July 18th and the first run on July 29th, with the month of August as the test and tweaking period, looking forward to a running system in September.


2.   Convention Delegate Nominations: The ballots were sent out, and are due in the union office June 20th at 5PM.


3.   Kuligowski Court Date: April 8, 2005, we have received our judgment from the District Court for $20,000 plus pre-judgment interest. We will pursue other legal remedies to recover our monies.



1.   No Work List (3.2): As listed for the benefit of officers and stewards.

2.   New member packets: Nine packets were sent in May.



1.   Motion 2005-04-06 on Term of office for Local Officers.


2005-06-04     MOTION MADE to remove MOTION 2005-04-06 from the table.




Text of changes (in itlaics) and conforming language was presented:


Section 4.20

The offices of Local President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer (Secretary-Treasurer), Executive Board members, and Alternate Executive Board members shall be elective.


Section 4.30

The term of office of the elected Local Officers shall be in accordance with the CWA Constitution.


Section 4.31

Elections for Local President, Local Vice-President, Local Secretary, Local Treasurer (or Secretary/Treasurer) shall be held immediately following the August General Membership meetingof each even-numbered year.


Section 4.35

The term of office of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer (Secretary-Treasurer) shall run concurrently and shall be for a period of two (2) three (3) years.


Section 4.36

These newly elected Local Officers shall take office on October 1st of the election year except as may be provided in Section 4.30.


2005-06-05     MOTION MADE to table the question until the July meeting.



deciding vote cast by President Peach




1.   Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 11, 2005, beginning at 7:00 pm.


2.   Fourth of July: Office will be closed on the 4th and 5th of July.


3.   WJLA and NPR Mobilization: These units have asked for red shirts for mobilization. There is a need for quick turn-around on a "Red Shirt" order for mobilization.  VP Krieger wrote the Executive Board an e-mail dated May 19, 2005,

“We have a negotiation session scheduled for June 21-22 at WJLA and Preliminary talks on May 25 at NPR.  We must have Red Shirts available for our members at those two locations as soon as possible.   Our shirt resource can get the order in the works and shipped to us the week of June 6, if we act today.” 

“This will be added into our mobilization reimbursement; however the cost for the shirts will come from our budget until we can obtain approval for the costs from the Sector/CWA.   There was a meeting with Monica Hogan from CWA, the members from NPR (Stu Rushfield), WJLA (Rich "G") and myself yesterday. We have a written proposal for mobilization tactics and budgeting.  Once the plan is approved the money would then be allocated to the Local.”

”What we need at this point is the thumbs up approval from the e-board members to order the 144 shirts needed.  There was a price break at 144 and we had estimated between 130-160 shirts needed.  The cost will be 22.68 each, plus an extra cost for the larger sizes.  This is for the short sleeve pique golf shirts with the embroidered logo.  The total cost will be approximately $3314.62 before shipping.”


2005-06-06     MOTION MADE to appropriate approximately $3500 for 144 red union shirts.




4.   Sick Member Fund: WJLA member is requesting assistance. He is on partial disability and is seeking other skills training in the broadcast area. He presented a letter from his doctor attesting to his medical condition.

2005-06-07     MOTION MADE to allocate $500 from the Sick Members Fund to member Tyler “Skip” Melton, pending confirmation of his membership status.


5.   ABC Affairs: The golf remotes are testing a new camera platform and railing. If successful new harnesses will be needed as the railing system will rotate with the operator. Locals 16 and 31 have been working with the company to settle the long standing definition of “local” as it relates to sports remotes. Local 31 hopes to have settlement soon for its Booz-Allen grievance filed last year. Both parties will be meeting in New York City in July to address the issue for the future.

6.   Freelance Affairs: Safety issues in the field are being addressed.

7.   HRS Affairs: The contract is stalled due to a few technical details. The draft is undergoing legal review and should be presented to the unit for ratification by the end of the month. We are expanding our daily hire pool. They can supply resumes by mail or electronic means at the, and we are also looking for two maintenance positions as well.

8.   MCT Affairs: No report.

9.   NBC Affairs: The Network Librarians arbitration has been going on for some time. The network is looking into HDTV coverage of news production. Sideletter 11 issues and grievances are still on the table unresolved.

10. NPR Affairs: There will be retroactive payments in the contract ratified in 2003 (six members). Company is continuing their plans with moving or renaming positions (supervisors) as non-represented. NPR negotiations are not going well, with the company demanding jurisdiction and loss of holidays. Starting Red Shirt Thursdays. The company issued a policy banning mass e-mails within the company and even within divisions.

11. PBS Affairs: PBS has staff openings that will be posted to the web. We have HDTV schedule running. Apparently a member station was told that the feed was unmanned. We’re waiting on the COHO arbitration by the end of the month.

12. TVS/CNN Affairs: We hope to have unofficial news to report by the end of June. We’re scheduling a unit meeting in July to discuss the current situation. We’re waiting for a final NLRB ruling as to whether complaints will be issued fo rthe 8(a)5 and 8(a)3 by the end of the month.

13. WHUT Affairs: They took 45 days to process retro-pay for the new contract, as opposed to one year last time. Because of the duration of the last negotiations, the recently signed contract has expired. We will be looking for negotiators very soon. We are attempting to combine both the Engineering contract with the Technician’s contract.

14. WJLA Affairs: Negotiations are for June 21 and 22nd. The members are mobilized, and are demanding wage parity for their News channel 8 brothers and sisters, guaranteed vacation assignments, continued seniority and continued rights to arbitration. Red Shirt Thursday mobilization is underway and a $47,000 request for mobilization funding will be submitted to the CWA for public advertising campaigns. The company has refused to extend the contract since February.

15. WMAL Affairs: No report.

16. WRC Affairs: The Pittman (library) arbitration will be continued in New York. GPS and field crew car issues are current problems. Mobile phones and full time calling expectations include GPS tracking of members and their cars could cause discipline problems due to the inaccuracy of the equipment. The union has registered its objections. Let all members know that contract proposal forms are available.

2005-06-08     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 10:25 PM.


Respectfully submitted,




Maurice Thomas, III