Executive Board Meeting

Monday, August 14, 2006

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:48pm

Presiding:       Barbara Krieger, Vice President

Present:           Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary (via phone)

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Jim Martin, ABC

Mike Queen, NBC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

WK Schmitzer, WHUT

J. Thomas Marchitto, Elections Chair, visitor

Brian Powers, Attorney, visitor


The first item on the Agenda was the complaint issued by Paula Olson on the election procedures used in the 2006 Officer Election. Ms. Olson was invited to attend the meeting to present her case to the Board by letter dated August 5, 2006. When no response to the invitation was received, the Board decided to table further discussion until the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 11th.

2006-08-01     MOTION MADE to table discussion of the Olson Elections complaint.

MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Stewart                 MOTION APPROVED with one Nay

2006-08-02     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the July 2006 Executive Board.

MAKER: Stewart                  SECOND: Johnson                MOTION APPROVED

President’s Report

President Peach was not in attendance. He was attending an ABC Digital Meeting in Los Angeles.

Vice President’s Report

1.   Mobilization: WJLA/NC 8


      a. - VP Krieger thanked the Executive Board for approving the monies needed to print signs for the rally run in conjunction with the station sponsored “Family Caregiver’s Expo.” The job of printing the signs was given to a printing company in Landover referred to us by the CWA. As it turned out, this company contracted the job to a non-union company and instructed that company to put a union bug on the signs. When the signs and invoice were picked up, it was noted that we were charged a 100% mark up by the union company. CWA has been notified and further action will be taken. The union printing company could loose their union bug.

b. - The rally at the Convention Center the end of July went very well. Over 1,000 flyers and balloons were handed out to patrons as they entered the Convention Center. Bobby Joe the Clown was a big hit walking through the Center. Later, a group drove around DC in Secretary Thomas’ large RV sporting banners stating: “Turn Them Off” “Our Frustration...We Want Arbitration.”

c. - Handbilling at car dealerships in Rockville and Vienna went well. More participants were needed at both locations. Also, large signs would be a better way to get the word out than handing out the flyers. People driving by could read the signs, whereas the flyers were too small.

Treasurer’s Report

Below are the accounts that were considerably higher or lower than the normal budgeted amount.




4001: DUES REBATE: $58,562.50 was $2,562.50 above the $56,000.00 budgeted amount.


4004: INITIATION FEES $6,481.68 was $2,131.68 over the $4,350.00 budgeted amount. We had some initiation fee payments and a few people paid their initiation fees in full.


4002-04: NON CHECKOFF DUES The -6,796.22 shows a negative amount because we sent 12,900.13 to the Sector for the non-checkoff dues collected in June 2006.


TOTAL INCOME: $57,400.85 is $4,729.15 under the monthly budgeted amount. 




5033-03: PBS UNION LEAVE: The $3,564.47 is 3,064.47 higher than the monthly budgeted amount of $500.00. We made the last installment on our payment arrangement with PBS in July.


Total Contract Units was $3,915.18 for the month of July and it was $184.82 under the $4,100.00 budgeted amount. We did not have much union leave last month.


5012: NCC/RVP/CONVENTION EXPENSES: $2,374.64 is $2,174.64 more than the budgeted amount of $200.00. Moe attended the NNC meeting in June 2006. This amount includes his travel and lodging. We have been reimburse from the Sector for Moe’s travel.


5024: Computer Expense: $1,504.56 is $1,054.56 over the $450.00 monthly budgeted amount. Moe should be able to explain there were computer parts ordered by him.


Office Expenses - Other: This $417.86 includes post cards sent out informing the membership of the Officers Election and the usage charges for the office copier.


Overtime: $1,208.06 is $958.06 over the monthly budgeted amount of $250.00. We had a lot of over time preparing our eligibility list for the Officers Election.


5030-02: NBC Negotiations -$510.70 is $1,010.79 under the monthly budgeted amount because we have been reimbursed by the Sector for travel expenses.


5086 : Arbitration Expense: $1,000.00 for July was $1,500.00 under the $2,500.00 monthly budgeted amount.


The Local was $4,555.58 under the monthly $62,944.00 budgeted total expenses. The net income for the month after expenses was -$987.57.


27 reams of lilac paper                                     162.00

3298 sheets of perforated ballot paper             164.90

1643 #10 envelopes                                           98.94

1643 #9 envelopes                                             49.29

1643 labels for return envelopes                        21.84

1643 #6 envelopes                                             32.86

Post Office Box                                               350.00

Postage                                                          1,929.33

Temp help                                                        799.05

OPEIU OT-23.5                                            1,355.15

1643 post cards                                                427.18

1643 labels for post cards                                  21.84

TOTAL as of 8/14/06                                 $5,412.38

There was a discussion on the reasons for the additional costs of this year’s election. Election Chair Tom Marchitto explained that he had conducted a meeting with the candidates after the nominations were received. Several candidates raised questions on the procedures that the office followed that they felt were not in line with the Department of Labor guidelines. The Local Officers after consulting with Mr. Marchitto decided that in order to allay any fears of ballot mishandling that a PO box be obtained.

2006-08-03     MOTION MADE to accept the Treasurer’s Report.

MAKER: Queen                     SECOND: Schmitzer             MOTION APPROVED

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

2006-08-04     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Larry Thomas Faircloth, daily hire at ABC; Danaj J. Edmond and Rene Anthony Lopez, daily hires at NBC; Luke Anthony Huapaya, staff at NPR; Lovita Royene Bryant, staff at WHUT and Robert Calhoun Baxter, staff at WJLA.

MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Johnson                MOTION APPROVED

3.   Training: Final Cut Training is very popular. There will be a class this Wednesday (8/16) in the Local Office. As soon as we get more dates for classes they will be posted on the web. We have 9 members waiting in line for this class. We will be purchasing a Final Cut Key Board in the near future.

Secretary’s Report

Secretary Moe Thomas is at the ABC Digital Meeting in Los Angeles. He joined the meeting via phone

1.   Correspondence: Tom Carpenter, a former NPR employee with medical and financial burdens because of his departure from NPR, called to thank the Executive Board for the assistance he received from the Sick Members’ Fund

A letter of thanks was received by both President Peach and Vice President Krieger from Patricia Friend, International President of the Flight Attendants and CWA President Larry Cohen for their participation in the phone bank supporting AFA’s organizing campaign at Northwest Airlines.

2.   MUMS:    Secretary Thomas received notification from the Sector that the MUMS database was to be installed in our server by September 1st. Help for the installation and training will be coming from California the end of August.

3.   Web Page:The web page has been very active with changes made on a daily basis. If anyone has anything to contribute or see a need for deletion, please contact Secretary Thomas.

Staff Report

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

2.         New member packets: Membership packages sent to the following employees:

ABC:     John Crawford; John Howard; Mike Joy; James W. Raines; David Robinson; Jonathan Stepp

NBC:     Francine Cooper; Danaj Edmond; Rene Lopez; Jeffrey Piper; Kenneth Toews

NPR:      Lamar Nickens

WJLA:   Robert Baxter; Claude Taylor




1.      Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, 2006, beginning at 6:30 pm.

2.      Staff Thank-You: The Executive Board would like to thank both Karen Ruiz and Marilyn Wistort for their efforts in preparing and sending out the ballots for the Officer Election. The change in election procedures put additional work and stress on them at a time when the office was short-staffed due to the fact that Sue Fitzgerald was on vacation during this time.

3.      Freelance Affairs: No report.

4.      HRS Affairs: President Peach met with the unit discussing among other issues the challenges of an “open shop.” The Congress is on August break which means that very little is happening except the maintenance of equipment and vacations. Six positions will be opening as soon as the budget is approved.

5.      MCT Affairs: Negotiations should be wrapping up soon. New equipment will be introduced to the studio to upgrade the quality of their product.

6.      SRS Affairs: Negotiations are still on hold.

7.      NBC Affairs: Ballots for the ratification of a proposed contract have been sent out and are due back by 5pm on August 23rd and counted on August 24th. The company is cutting back on staffing by not replacing people on sick leave.

8.      PBS Affairs:      No report.

9.      TVS/CNN Affairs: No report.

10.    WHUT-TV Affairs: The Negotiating Committee met last week and will meet again on August 17th. There is no extension agreement in place. The company is contending that Lovita Bryant is not eligible to be a part of the NABET unit.

11.    WJLA Affairs:   An investigatory meeting was held at which VP Krieger was in attendance along with Alton Morris. The issue was parking garage procedures involving photographers. The union participants found several employees with the same problem which the company insisted only involved the original grievant. Hand billing has been very successful with two advertisers removing their ads from WJLA - Ashcraft & Gerel and Norman Cosmetics.

12.    WMAL Affairs: No report.

13.    NPR Affairs: Not much is happening. The MOU attached to the ratification of the contract called for the settlement of all grievances. The company announced that since they have out grown their facilities and will be moving to a new location within the next five years. There is talk that they will be bring video capabilities into their non-technical facilities on the West coast. A meeting between union and company officials to set up the parameters for the bi-monthly meetings between Paula Olson and Dave Argentieri was held with Federal Mediator Kurt Saunders in attendance. A second meeting had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict with Mr. Saunders.

14.    WRC Affairs:    Covered under the NBC section.

15.    ABC Affairs:     We have begun advance planning for the upcoming negotiations in 2007. The company is building a control room for which the system has yet to be designed. The White House is renovating the press room and has moved everyone to a location across the street. This may cause problems with working conditions and meal periods.

2006-08-05     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 8:27pm

MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Stewart                MOTION APPROVED

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Fitzgerald

Administrative Secretary

for Secretary Thomas