Executive Board Meeting

May 9, 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

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Steve Johnson, HRS

                        Jim Martin, ABC

Richard McDermott, WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

David Rijos, PBS

Stu Rushfield, NPR

William K. Schmitzer, WHUT

Stan Lorek, RVP-3


1.   Minutes of the April 11, 2005 meeting were read and approved with the following corrections: missing notes for several contract groups and the spelling of Mr. Schmitzer’s name in motion 2005-04-03.

2005-05-01 MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the April 2005 Executive Board Meeting.


            MAKER: Johnson                  SECOND: Stewart                 MOTION PASSED


2.   President’s Report:


      a.   COMCAST Organizing: The deadline for cards sent in was in April. So far, we have 50 signed cards for an election, but are looking for 75-80 more within the next two weeks to send to the NLRB.


      b.   Senate Recording Studios Organizing: We had a gathering of sixteen of the twenty-five potential new members. Office of Compliance posted a notice for the election. There will be a meeting on Wednesday conducted by the Office of Compliance. They have asked for representatives from the HRS contract group to be present.


      c.   CWA Translators/Interpreters Merger: This will be addressed this week.


      d.   ABC: Company is looking for cable pullers, installers and maintenance workers.


      e.   Upcoming Remotes:

                Arena Football in Tampa, FL (NBC)- May 14 & 15. Sector will pay travel expenses.

                Preakness-Baltimore - May 16-21

                Booz-Allen Golf at Congressional Country Club June 11 & 12.


      f.   Meetings: Three day OSHA conference in Baltimore June 1-3

      g.   Arbitrations:

                WJLA - Awaiting decision on one, other to be heard soon.

                PBS - Awaiting decision

                NBC - arbitration preps for June

                NPR - arbitration settled on a termination

                ABC - awaiting decision on two cases


3.   Vice President’s Report:


      a.   Congratulations to new Dad, Mark, and his wife Shalagh on the birth of their son, Eamon Spencer Peach.


      b.   NCC, Las Vegas: Sector President Clark will be involved in Sideletter 11 issues (associated equipment). NCC has requested that the Transfer Committee review the membership roles every three years, just prior to the Sector Convention. Uniform national dues and initiation fees were discussed at length. OSHA issues and remote repping issues were also discussed.


      c.   AFLAC Insurance and FLEX Plan: Daily Hires will be able to designate AFLAC as a recipient for their FLEX Plan payments. They are working on a plan/program for supplemental insurance for union members. Through the credit union, members can also channel their FLEX Plan payments. On June 6th AFLAC is sponsoring a full dinner for 50 members on a “first come, first served” basis. Advanced reservations are required. This event will include a briefing on both insurance plans.


      d.   Daily Hire Conference Call: Last Thursday a conference call was held to talk about the upcoming NBC contract. The concept was to generate ideas to give to the negotiators. Richard McDermott participated in the call. Many good ideas were exchanged, especially from New York.


      e.   Mediation vs Arbitration: Mediation instead of arbitration was used recently at NBC to resolve issues. If used effectively, this will save us significant legal expenses. We can also use FMCS for many of these cases and yield additional savings.


4.   Treasurer’s Report


      a.   Financial Report:



4041:  Dues Rebate: $44,801.21 this month, which is around $11,000 less than budgeted amount. It seems the ABC and NBC dues were lower than normal and that would be the reason for the difference.


4043:   Non checkoff dues -$5,177.00 shows a negative this month, because of dues that were collected in late March and were not sent in until April. A percentage of this money will come back into the local as a part of the dues rebate.


4048:   WJLA non checkoff dues: $9,887.13 shows dues that were received in the Local office in April and did not get sent into the Sector office until May. The month of April it will appear as extra income.

The Total Income for April was $8,012.20 less than the budgeted amount that was expected.


The Total Contract Units expenses were $1,073.24 - $4,851.76 less than budgeted.


5061:   Employee Health Insurance - $100.29 higher than the budgeted amount.


5044:   Publications/Training - $1,000 more than the budgeted amount.


5010-01:   OPEIU Wages - $1,391.59 less than the budgeted amount.


5010-02:   President’s wages - $821.00 less than the budgeted amount.


5010-03:   Vice President’s Wages - $1,560.00 more than the budgeted amount.

The total Employee Wages were $652.59 less than what was budgeted.


5086:   Legal Expenses were $19,519.50 - $11,669.50 more than what was budgeted for legal expenses.

This month, we show a negative $16,020.77 for the month and a negative $20,335.98 for the

fiscal year-to-date.

The Executive Board discussed our extensive legal expenses and questioned our high figures in that category.

2005-05-02     MOTION to approve report as read:


            MAKER: Thomas                  SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED

      b. New Members: Application for a new member was reviewed.


2005-05-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicant as a new member: Steve Greenbaum, daily hire at WRC/NBC.




      c.   COMPUSA Vouchers: Five vouchers were purchased. The program is still available and posted on the web site. Members’ families are also eligible for this program.


      d.   Checks for Non-Accountable Payments & Union Leave: We presently have a payroll issuing and tracking company. We are going to add non-accountable payments and union leave checks to that service. Expense vouchers will be paid locally. The advantage is that we get a consolidated accounting at the end of the year.


      e.   Juvenile Diabetes Contribution: CWA leads on contributions to the fund.


2005-05-04     MOTION to appropriate $50 to the JDF.


            MAKER: Stewart                   SECOND: Martin                   MOTION: Passed

6.   Secretary’s Report


      a.   Access Database: We are targeting June 20th as our status check date and July 15th as our start date to have the new database in place.


      b.   Quick Books Software: It has been installed and is working.


      c.   Convention Delegate Nominations: These have been mailed to all officers, stewards and Assistants to the President and are posted on the web page. A postcard reminder that the nomination forms are out and available was sent to all active members today.


      d.   Correspondence:


                District Two - CWA is asking the Maryland Congressional Delegation for their help in organizing the Verizon Wireless unit.

                Maryland State & DC AFL-CIO is sponsoring a COPE dinner “Salute to Leadership” on June 10th in Baltimore.

                AFL-CIO Night at Camden Yards is Friday, June 17. Tickets are $5.


7.   Staff Reports:


          No Work List: A list was supplied to the Executive Board so that they would be able to recognize and keep track of people whose names show up working under a NABET-CWA contract and are not in good standing with the union. This list will not be made a public record, but will be noted by union officials.


          New Member Packets: Karen was not able to send out any packages this month. She was on vacation for two weeks. When she came back from vacation she had a problem with her FileMaker Pro (the program she uses for the membership packages). She did have a lot of other work that had piled up while she was on vacation.




1.   By-Law Change to 4.20: We propose to change By-Law 4.20 to conform to the Sector and CWA practice of three year terms for officers, and to delete references to even year events currently in the By-Law. This is largely administrative and the language changes are simple. If passed, this change would take effect with the next election of officers. We waive reading and will vote on the matter at the next Executive Board meeting.”



1.   Date of Next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 13, 2005, beginning at 7:00 pm.


2.   WRC Affairs: Tech Manager has approached the Union to try and resolve issues before arbitration. Company is moving HUB operations to Miami. There are still issues with dubbing jurisdiction.


3.   ABC Affairs: Company is making greater use of the OTE language. The use of Daily Hires has been reduced in the bureau. There is greater use of “one-man band” provisions as well as deleting OT (A8.5c). Paper book contracts are being printed and bound. News Now is making use of NABET technicians for certain shows that air on ABC.


4.   Freelance Affairs: Sean Dugan will be in town June 1-7 to answer questions on the FLEX Plan.


5.   HRS Affairs: We are working on the final draft of the contract with House Administration, hoping for a presentation to the membership at the end of the month. We are accumulating names for a daily hire pool as camera people, audio, five at a time. E-mail Steve Johnson at for more information.


6.   MCT Affairs: No report.


7.   NBC Affairs: There are problems with age discrimination. The union and company met in a grievance meeting on April 18th.


8.   NPR Affairs: There were two cases of employees that were terminated, both were resolved, one without going to arbitration. We also resolved a grievance where a member received an oral warning on a snow day. Current contract extension expires in September. We plan to start our “Red Shirt” Thursday campaign immediately. The company implemented new audio software without training our members. Several temporary employees are due contractual ‘step” increases.


9.   PBS Affairs: It has been one year since the last contract expired. No progress as yet, but we are trying to set negotiation dates in June. There are temporary job postings on the web site.


10. TVS/CNN Affairs: Our lawyers and members met to discuss the status of the NLRB case.


11. WHUT Affairs: The staff is growing smaller. The contract has a life of one month. Negotiations are to begin again. We will need a new Assistant to the President. Staff evaluations were made in the last year and were a total disaster. Grievances are likely to be filed. Met with the company to discuss the outcome of the termination case and how best to bring him up to speed with training and back to work as quickly as possible.


12. WJLA Affairs: Members have been without a contract since January, with no extension agreement. We’ve had two good unit meetings. The next negotiation sessions are scheduled for June 21 & 22. The company is meeting with DGA as well. They have continuing issues with age discrimination.


13. WMAL Affairs: No report.


2005-05-05     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 10:07 pm.



Respectfully submitted,


Maurice Thomas, III