Executive Board Meeting

April 10, 2006

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 7:00pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Richard McDermott, NBC/WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

Bil Schmitzer, WHUT

Joseph Thompson, MCT

Presentation by Marcia Goggins of AFLAC: Discussion was held of the possibilities of having AFLAC as part of WHUT and MCT contracts. Marcia will be contacting Bil Schmitzer and Joseph Thompson directly. Also, AFLAC nationally will be addressed at the NCC meeting in April. Payments for daily hires can now be part of the Flex Plan deduction.

Approval of Minutes: Minutes of the March 13, 2006 meeting were read and approved.


2006-04-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the March 2006 Executive Board Meeting.

      MAKER: Schmitzer                    SECOND: Thompson            MOTION PASSED

President’s Report:  President Peach reported on the following areas:


1.   LEGAL: The current month we spent $15K on legal representation, about $7K more than budgeted. The following months promise to be significantly lower.

2.   District 2 Conference: Held in Weirton, WV. The CWA Resolution was discussed at length as to how the union can better serve its members.

3.   Remote Representation:

      a.   TPC Jacksonville: Went well, several safety issues were resolved. Sean Dugan of Flex Plan was there to answer member’s questions. Grounding and lightening were specific concerns.

4.   Upcoming Remotes: Several on the calendar – The Kentucky Derby will have representation after last year’s concerns for camera platform safety and placement.

5.   Organizing: No new efforts are underway at the moment.

Vice President’s Report:

1.   Mobilization:

      a.   NPR: Members have been advised that if the company continues its “no negotiations” stand, that additional mobilization activities will be planned and staged.

      b.   WJLA: We’re awaiting the company’s final offer to determine if further mobilization activities are required. Rich Guastadisegni has been doing a great job of mobilization.

      c.   NBC: The NBC negotiations have recessed, and mobilization is just getting organized.

      d.   MCT: Efforts are getting underway as contract talks begin.


Treasurer’s Report:

1.   Financial Report: Below are the accounts that were considerably higher or lower than the normal budgeted amount.


4041:  Dues Rebate: $48,252.06 was $7,747.94 lower than the $56,000 budgeted amount.

Non-Checkoff Dues: $2,896.14 was about normal even though it is not a budgeted account.

TOTAL INCOME: $52,718.07 is $9,411.93 under the monthly budgeted amount.


Ted is in the process of changing the format of the accounts. To do this he has been changing some of the account numbers. He is in the middle of this process so some things are out of order.

5033-03    PBS Union leave: This is $3,835.58 over the monthly budgeted amount. This is due to the fact that PBS had not billed us for union leave in almost three years. Ted set up a six month payment plan with PBS. The March payment was the third payment which three remaining payments.

5030-02    NBC Negotiations: NBC negotiations is $3,211.97 over the monthly budgeted amount. The other NBC Locals and the Sector are splitting the cost for these negotiations. The other Locals and Sector have been billed for our costs for the negotiations. So far, two locals have reimbursed us for our costs, but it has been in the month of April and it does not appear on this report.

5086          Legal Expenses: $13,316.07 is $5,816.07 over the budgeted $7,500.00 for the month. The bill was for the Worthy and Swanson cases. It also covered some NPR grievances.

The income for the Local in March, 2006 was $52,718.07 and the expenses were $71,258.19. The Local was $10,414.19 over budget for the month.

2006-04-02     MOTION to approve Financial Report as read.

      MAKER: Queen              SECOND: Krieger                MOTION PASSED

2.   New Members:     Applications for new members were reviewed. There were questions concerning the day rates for Gonzales and Young.

2006-04-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: Brian Joseph Campbell, and David E. Fox, daily hires from ABC; James A. Craven, Dennis Gonzalez and Brian Thordsen Young, daily hires from NBC.

      MAKER: Rushfield                     SECOND: McDermottt         MOTION PASSED

3.   Membership Training: There will be upgrades made to our existing editing system, and the addition of a DV camera for projects. We have committed to at least two students for next year’s AVID training with the BURST program, such that they can upgrade their systems with external hard drives and AVID keyboards.

Secretary’s Report:

1.   Correspondence: Request from CWA for Donations: to be posted.

2.   CWA Convention Election: Petitions are due Wednesday, April 12. Ballots to be sent Thursday, April 13, and to be returned by May 4. Many significant issues to be discussed at the Convention.

3.   Web site: Please monitor for stale dated items.

4.   Arbitration Review Committee Conference Call: These will take place by the end of the month to review several pending cases.

Staff Reports:

1.   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.

2.   New Member Packets: Packages were sent to: Caroline Hay and William Jensen of ABC and James Craven and Dennis Gonzalez of NBC.



1.   Shop Steward Training: to be scheduled next month, we’re looking for stewards and members to attend. Please advise all members.



1.   Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 8, 2006, beginning at 6:30 pm.

2.   Purchase of Conference Room Speakerphone: President Peach asked for a conference telephone unit, since there have been several teleconferences in the past year where the desk phones have proven to be inadequate. We’re asking for $600, but will shop hard to keep the price as low as can be found in the current market.

2006-04-04     MOTION to approve not more than $600 to purchase a Teleconference unit for the conference room.

      MAKER: McDermott                  SECOND: Schmitzer            MOTION PASSED

3.   WMAL Affairs: The details of the Citadel–Disney radio group merger and their direct effects on our members are still to be negotiated.

4.   WRC Affairs: Reports are of problems in the Master Control/Transmission area with adequate staffing. In fact, there have been reports of staffing issues all over the station. While there was a report of a pay issue, it was apparently resolved.

5.   ABC Affairs: Buy-outs were offered to 13 members in Washington and 40 nationwide, to be concluded in May. Staffing for studios continues to be an issue.

6.   Freelance Affairs: No report.

7.   HRS Affairs: A potential workload issue is to be resolved locally between the parties.

8.   MCT Affairs: Two new shop stewards were elected, Kenneth Levy and Bryan Lyles. Two new positions were announced.

9.   Senate Recording Studios: No news. Negotiations are to begin in earnest in the next few weeks.

10. NBC Affairs: “A survey of the rank and file shows overwhelming support for a strike vote.” The company proposals are devastating and insulting. The negotiating committee continues to caucus on strategy. No new talks are scheduled.

11. NPR Affairs: Mobilization continues, with the possibility of new initiatives and letters to Congress and underwriters. Members need to be ready to volunteer in the field.

12. PBS Affairs: Negotiations are to begin for the Library agreement soon.

13. TVS/CNN Affairs: Letters were sent to members updating them on progress. Our legal counsel is trying to get action going on the NLRB board charge.

14. WHUT Affairs: Contract negotiations to begin again May 2, 3, 4. Mobilization to get organized next month. New analog transmitter up and running.

15. WJLA Affairs: We are still awaiting for a final offer from the company


2006-04-06     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 10:00 pm.

      MAKER: Krieger             MOTION PASSED


Respectfully submitted,





Maurice Thomas, III