Executive Board Meeting

Monday, June 12, 2006

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:45pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Jim Martin, ABC

Mike Queen, NBC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

Bil Schmitzer, WHUT

Joseph Thompson, MCT

William Freeda B National Retiree Coordinator, visitor

President’s Introduction: The officers of Local 31 have come to the realization that the Local has historically been somewhat remiss in its recognition of retirees. With this, President Peach will be sending letters to Assistants, Executive Board members and Shop Stewards asking for their help by identifying projected retirees in advance of their retirement. At that time an officer of the Local will endeavor to meet with these individuals and present them with a letter of recognition from the Local and a service pin. Additionally, the Local is hoping to charter a retirees chapter. To this end, the Executive Board has invited National Retiree Coordinator, Bill Freeda, to address our meeting.

Bill Freeda addressed the Executive Board, asking support for formation of a Retired Members Chapter from among Local 31 retired members. He explained how such a chapter can be helpful to our retired members.

2006-06-01     MOTION RESOLUTION:    To support the formation of a Retired Members Chapter for retired Local 31 members:

Whereas:       Retirees, their pensions and medical benefits are under constant attack from both the government and corporate America,

Whereas:       Retirees in this country have the potential to be a formidable power both politically and in the corporate board room,

Whereas:       Up until now, NABET-CWA retirees have not taken the opportunity to organize themselves so that their collective voices can be heard,

Whereas:       The CWA Retired Members Council provides a parent organization within which retirees goals and concerns can be addressed,

Whereas:       A Local retired members chapter will bond retirees closer to active members, and therefore allowing the Local to avail themselves of the many years of invaluable experience retirees have to offer,


Therefore be it resolved:      That the NABET-CWA Local 31 Executive Board supports the formation of a CWA Retired Members Chapter.


Therefore be it further resolved:    That the NABET-CWA Local 31 Executive Board will provide the organizers of the Local 31 Retired Members Chapter any logistical support as deemed necessary by the Office Manager, eg., mailings, use of conference room, use of OPEIU staff, etc.

            MAKER: Stewart                   SECOND: Queen                   RESOLUTION PASSED

Minutes of the May 8, 2006 meeting were read and approved.

2006-06-02     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the May 2006 Executive Board Meeting.


            MAKER: Schmitzer              SECOND: Guastadisegni      MOTION PASSED

President=s Report

1.         Legal: In the last 8 months we have averaged approximately $1200 per month under our legal budget. The Arbitration Committee was moving forward on a NPR issue which is now moot with the ratification of the contract. There will be another issue to be determined for ABC.

2.         CNN: In the last two weeks, the Office of Advice at the NLRB as given approval for the issuance of a complaint against CNN and is considering a motion for injunctive relief. The matter should go to trial in the fall. This is a national defense-of-labor matter. Which attorney will represent NABET has yet to be determined.

3.         Remotes: ABC Golf at Avenel the end of June.

4.         Organizing: There is to be a meeting tomorrow with COMCAST Sports in house studio people. We=re also speaking to employees at Telemundo, RFK Stadium and MASN. So far, this administration has run four organizing campaigns in a year and ended up with a successful two and two record.

5.         Tom Hucker: A friend to Labor, Tom has asked for facilities support in his election campaign for Maryland Legislator. Member=s dues will not be used in any way for support of a political candidate. There is to be a meeting with him this Wednesday morning to gain details. The Executive Board is to be briefed by e-mail with details of any arrangement.

6.         Assistant to the President, ABC Affairs: Moe Thomas has been appointed to the position. Discussion of stipends for both Secretary and as Assistant to the President was presented. The need for Shop Stewards at all locations was discussed.

Vice President’s Report

1.         Mobilization:

a.   NBC Contract needs mobilization action since the Strike Authorization vote this month. A unit meeting will take place June 20 to discuss the issues.

b.   WJLA mobilization will also require further action, pending the vote this week. Handbilling is scheduled for Saturday in the event the WJLA contract is rejected. WJLA/NC8 is sponsoring a Family Caregivers Association event for the end of July at the Washington Convention Center. A second request for mobilization funding has been submitted and has the backing of CWA District 2 VP Catucci and Sector President Clark.


c.   NPR has voted to accept the proposed contract.


Treasurer’s Report

1.         Financial Report: Below are the accounts that were considerably over or under the budgeted amount. We are now on line with our Merrill-Lynch accounts and check books.


4001: DUES REBATE: $58,707.47 was $2,707.47 above the $56,000 budgeted amount.

4004: INITIATION FEES $6,107.71 was $1,757.71 over the $4,350.00 budgeted amount. We sent out a bills on May 1st for dues and initiation fees.

4002 and 4002-04: NON CHECKOFF DUES We still show two non checkoff accounts because of the reorganization the financial reports.

TOTAL INCOME: $77,931.41 is $15,801.41 over the monthly budgeted amount of $62,130.00.


5038: WJLA-Other: $3,391.19 is $3,341.19 higher than the monthly budgeted amount of $50.00. The $3,391.19 was for Cardozar Worthy’s editing class, lodging and air fare that the Local advanced him.

Total Contract Units is $3,667.75 for the month of May and it was $432.25 under the $4,100.00 budgeted amount.

EMPLOYEE WAGES/BENEFITS: The wages all show high and payments the staff make all show a negative for the month. The budgeted figures are based on a two pay period month and May had three pay periods.

5066: MEMBERS RETIREMENT PARTIES: This was higher than the monthly budgeted amount. The $230.03 Izzy’s Tiglio’s retirement lunch which included the staff and the Local 31Officers and her husband.

5021: Telephone Expense: $794.03 is $484.03 over the $310.00 monthly budgeted amount. This is due to the fact we had NPR, NBC and ABC conference calls.

5024: COMPUTER EXPENSES: Looks like there were upgrades to the DSL line. Mo should be able to explain.

5000: Employee Wages: $37,648.95 is $10,663.95 over the budgeted monthly amount of $26,985.00. Again this was higher due to the fact that May was a three pay period month.

5030-02: NBC NEGOTIATIONS: $2,592.17 is $2,092.17 over the $500.00 monthly budgeted amount. This was to reimburse Richard McDermott for his expenses. The Sector has been billed for their portion of this expense.

5074: COVERING REMOTES: $1,137.31 is $802.31 above the monthly budgeted amount of $335.00. The Sector has been billed for their portion of this NBC golf remote in Jacksonville, Florida.

5058: Legal Expenses: 4,594.38 is $2,905.21 under the monthly $7,500.00 budgeted amount.

We are showing that we are $7,482.11 under budget for the month of May.

2006-06-03     MOTION MADE to accept the Treasurer=s Report.

            MAKER: Thomas                  SECOND: Thompson             MOTION PASSED

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

2006-06-04     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: William S. Jensen, Michael Peter Kennell, daily hires at ABC; Anthony Paul Zucconi, temp at MCT; Christopher Sean Cimaglia, Joseph Bryan French, Jr, daily hires at NBC; Ian Michael McAllister, daily hire at WJLA.

            MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED

3.         Training: There was a tremendous response to a Final Cut Pro class offering on a Wednesday. Two of the class dates have filled. Additional information is available on the web site.

Secretary’s Report

1.         Correspondence: There were two CWA requests for donations that will be posted on all unit bulletin boards.


2.         Arbitration Committee: The committee will meet shortly after the Executive Board meeting to discuss an ABC grievance case.

3.         Web Site: The web site needs to be monitored for any stale-dated material to be removed, as well as any unit pages that need additional information. A few units still do not have administrators for their unit pages. 4.         Uniform Initiation Fees: Once again, the matter of initiation fees came up. The question was raised that if the fees were perhaps lower, we could attract more members in Aopen shop@ locations. Each of the board members present spoke to the issue. In general, there was agreement that members should be able to see the value of working under a union contract and should want to help share the reasonable costs of running the union. Lowering fees wouldn=t change their perception of value. The fee should be the same for all members and shops. This matter will be investigated again, later.

5.         Officer Election: The nominating petitions have been sent to all Executive Board members and Assistants to the President as well as being posted on the web site. Petitions and biographical copy are due back to the union office by July 14th. Ballots will be mailed on August 8th, the day after the General Membership Meeting.


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:  Bradley Baker            Michael Kennell

Larry Faircloth           Ian McCullen

NBC:  Jared Anderson           Robert Rainey             Brian Davis

Norman Butler            Keith Williams

WJLA: Jared Bouregeois - Package was originally sent May 9, 2006 to an address provided by WJLA. I resent it to a current address given to me on June 5, 2006.

Grace Marshall - Package was originally sent in Feb, 2006 to an address provided by WJLA. I resent it to a current address given to me on June 5, 2006.

Kris Shacklette

James Walton

Below is the answer to a question brought up at the May 8th meeting:

Daniel Hagan worked as a DH for NBC before going to ABC. He did not get a package while working for NBC because he did not work in 2004, worked 1 day in 2005 and 3 in 2006 before going to ABC, where he has worked 34 days. This happens often.

Note: Some of the hire dates listed on the applications go back a year or two because at that time they did not work enough to be required to join.


1.         Conference Telephone: This previously authorized purchase has yet to be made. It will be addressed this month. We have been holding down expenses for the last two months.


1.         Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 10, 2006, beginning at 6:30 pm.

2.         ABC Affairs: There are on-going issues with the Overseas agreement and rate. Often people work more than 20-hours straight while on these overseas trips. The company has asked for negotiations on Digital Channel broadcasting this fall. Buy-outs have had a significant impact on scheduling, with a few Aretirees@ returning to work as freelancers. Studio and Master control construction is at a standstill. There was a grievance meeting where issues such as the Overseas Agreement and the OTE meal language were discussed extensively with the Company. Eng weight and stress continue to be a safety concern. Negotiations are underway regarding the radio merger, new digital channels and full scale contract preparations are to begin in October.

3.         Freelance Affairs: No report.

4.         HRS Affairs: There was a Unit Meeting on June 1st explaining the Union and what it does for our members, and had a great turnout. It was a very informative and was well received. There is to be a meeting with management to clarify current language in the contract.

5.         MCT Affairs: Negotiations are to begin the end of this week. A major item will be to add Flex Plan benefits to the contract. Employee evaluations and production reports are on hold for the time being. The operation has been re-branded as AAccess Montgomery.@

6.         SRS Affairs: No report.

7.         NBC Affairs: The network field crews have been boycotting overseas trips because of poor pay and conditions. Status of Contract Unit meeting is scheduled for later this month. The strike authorization vote has sparked some concern with the company.

8.         NPR Affairs: We have a contract. 61% to 39% with 94% of the unit voting.

9.         PBS Affairs: Secretary Thomas will be meeting with the Librarians. Don Jernigan will be handling the negotiations. There will be a tour of the building facilities in July.

10.       TVS/CNN Affairs: See President=s Report on the NLRB charge to be filed.

11.       WHUT Affairs: Contract is to be presented for a vote by the membership.

12.       WJLA Affairs: A new sports photographer is to be hired. Votes are coming in and to be counted on Friday afternoon. If it fails, we will be out hand billing for mobilization on Saturday.

13.       WMAL Affairs: We are negotiating the transfer details in the Citadel merger agreement. The union has made a tentative proposal.

14.       WRC Affairs: The station is looking for DVC Pro editors, and they now have Final Cut Pro editing systems on-line. We=re still having problems in the Library area with a non-NABET making dubs there.

2006-06-05     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 9:55 PM.

            MAKER: Stewart                   MOTION PASSED

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Maurice Thomas, III