Executive Board Meeting

May 8, 2006

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

                        Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Steve Johnson, HRS

Richard McDermott, WRC

Michael Queen, NBC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

William K. Schmitzer, WHUT


1.      Minutes of the April 10, 2006 meeting were read and approved with the following corrections: under Vice President’s report, “… the NBC negotiations have recessed” instead of “ … contract talks have been insulting.”

2006-05-01 MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the April 2005 Executive Board Meeting.


               MAKER: Stewart                SECOND: McDermott           MOTION PASSED


2.      President’s Report:


         a.   Legal Expenses: We were significantly under budget for legal expenses for the second month.


         b.   Remotes: President Peach just returned from representation at the Kentucky Derby. Last year’s safety issues were resolved and no new issues were identified. Several members were happy to see on-site representations. Upcoming events include the Preakness, National Spelling Bee and the Booz Allan Golf.


         c.   NCC Meeting, Las Vegas (NAB): Meeting was chaired by Ed McEwan of Local 11. There will be a “3.2 No Work List” to be made available on line. The SEC has formed a national ENG safety committee, who has sent informational requests on safety issues to the nets and stations. So far, WJLA has responded, NBC/WRC has not. Sony is offering certified switcher training on line to all.


         d.   Organizing: Vision Builders, WV technicians voted for union representation. The Sector has assigned this group to the NABET-CWA West Virginia local. RFK stadium technicians have been approached, but have been put on hold until we receive more than the existing one third of interest.


3.      Vice President’s Report:


         a.   MOBILIZATION:

                     i.   NPR

                     ii.  WJLA

                     iii. NBC: There will be a new e-mail campaign targeting NBC executives, which seem to be heard.


4.      Treasurer’s Report


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


4001: DUES REBATE: $45,764.49 was $10,235.51 lower than the $56,000 budgeted amount. We did receive the advance for NBC for April but we did not receive the additional rebate for NBC. ABC’s dues were also lower than usual. NPR is still not deducting dues and that is usually included in this amount. NPR’s members dues now show up under non checkoff dues. PBS has started dues deductions again.

4004: INITIATION FEES $6,096.78 was $1,746.78 over the $4,350.00 budgeted amount. We had some initiation fee payments and a few people paid their initiation fees in full.

4002 and 4002-04: NON CHECKOFF DUES We show two non checkoff accounts because Ted is still reorganizing the accounts. This one is hard to tell if its high or low.

TOTAL INCOME: $52,395.22 is $9,734.78 less than the monthly budgeted amount.


5033-03: PBS UNION LEAVE: The $4,191.55 is 3,691.55 higher than the monthly budgeted amount of $500.00. We are still making payments on the back union leave. The balance will be paid in full by June.

5038-03: WJLA UNION LEAVE: $3,501.76 is $2,301.76 higher than the monthly budgeted amount of $1,200.00

Total Contract Units is $8,331.16 for the month of April and it was $4,231.16 over the $4,100.00 budgeted amount. This is mostly to cover union leave.

5061: EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE: $5,918.82 is $918.82 more than the budgeted amount of $5,000.00, Marks insurance premiums increased a couple months ago. The flex plan had not been deducting disability for Mark.

Total Meeting Room/Meeting Expenses: $1,049.10 is $724.10 over the $325.00 monthly budgeted amount. Mark went to a CWA District Two meeting and we had the $441.00 meeting room expense.

5021: Telephone Expense: $1,019.66 is $709.66 over the $310.00 monthly budgeted amount. This is due to the fact we had NPR, NBC and ABC conference calls.

5000: Employee Wages: $24,876.95 is $2,108.05 under the budgeted monthly amount of $26,985.00. The NABET 401K portion and wages are down due to Izzy’s retirement.

5030-02: NBC NEGOTIATIONS: $5,557.82 is $5,057.82 over the $500.00 monthly budgeted amount. We have been reimbursed $3,018.02 toward our negotiating expenses from the Sector and the other Locals.

5058: Legal Expenses: $2,619.38 is $4,880.62 under the monthly $7,500.00 budgeted amount.

We are showing a negative -$12,523.77 for the month of April. It was the sense of the Executive Board that meals for in-town negotiations may be paid at the President’s discretion, on a non-precedent basis.


2006-05-02  MOTION to approve report as read:


               MAKER: Thomas               SECOND: McDermott          MOTION PASSED


         b.   New Members: Applications for new members were reviewed. Question raised on Mr. Hagan’s past employment record, showing NBC as a past employer.


2006-05-03  MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants as new members: Daniel Eric Hagan, Caroline M. Hay, and Thomas Everette Wells, daily hires at ABC.


               MAKER: Thomas               SECOND: Rushfield              MOTION PASSED


         c.   Training Activities: We will be having another Final Cut Pro class in June. The Adobe link on the web site has been changed with Future Media.


         d.   Merrill-Lynch Report: Kevin Murphy, one of our account representatives, came into the office today to give the officers a briefing on how our money is invested and earning dividends. The diversification and returns have been excellent, and the portfolio is well managed. It was recommended that we invest in short term CD’s for a reliable return.


4.      Secretary’s Report


         a.   Correspondence: Two letters were received from CWA asking for donations. To be posted on unit bulletin boards.


         b.   Arbitration Committee: The committee has determined that the NPR TD’s grievance should be arbitrated, if needed.


         c.   Web Site: Updates have been made to the NPR, WJLA, and NBC web pages. Please monitor the site for any needed updates or deletions. We still need web administrators for unit daughter pages.

         d.   Convention Attendance: Only one petition was presented for the CWA Convention in July. Secretary Thomas will attend to represent the local.


5.      Staff Reports:


         a.   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.


         b.   New Member Packets: Several new member packets were sent out this month.



1.      Shop Steward Training: June 10th. We hope to see several new stewards from NPR, HRS, and others.


2.      Speakerphone Update: We are still shopping hard, and expect to get the unit this week as budgeted.


3.      OPEIU Negotiations:    Negotiations continued this week. President Peach and President Jackson are representing the multi-employer group. We are down to just one issue that is unresolved . . . wages.



1.      Date of Next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 2006, beginning at 6:30 pm.


2.      Pitney-Bowes Machine: The Postal Service has required that we have a digital mail machine for bulk mailing. We presently spend $316 per month rental, and we are considering one for $149 per month.


3.      Jim McLaughlin and the Police Unity Tour: On 16 May, Local 53 member Jim McLaughlin and other police officers will be riding from New York to Washington, as a fund raising event for the Fallen Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.


2006-05-04  MOTION MADE to allot $200 for truck rental to move bicycles,


               MAKER: Schmitzer            SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED


4.      NPR Affairs: Last fall, the company’s contract proposal was rejected by the membership for several reasons. Jurisdiction was a primary concern. The unit has been mobilizing effectively since the vote. After “off-the-record” negotiations, a revised agreement was brought to the membership by a majority of the negotiations committee, and the union’s UFLP charge was withdrawn. The position of the local union is that we are neutral on this contract proposal.


5.      WRC/NBC Affairs: The union and company met in New York. While there was some progress, the talks have recessed and the negotiating committee has recommended asking the membership for a strike authorization. There will be a letter explaining the situation in each location.


6.      ABC Affairs: The Company and the Union are negotiating a best deal for the radio engineers. Efforts are underway to get ready for negotiations next year.


7.      Freelance Affairs: Mike Croke has been designated as the National Daily Hire Committee representative.


8.      HRS Affairs: Management has put in for six new positions due to the increased workload. E-mail Steve Johnson at for more information.


9.      MCT Affairs: We had a company-union get acquainted meeting recently. They had a unit meeting this evening to discuss contract negotiations.


10.    Senate Recording Studios: They are progressing toward a first contract.


11.    PBS Affairs: We will be meeting with the Library Unit as negotiations on their contract starts mid-month.


12.    TVS/CNN Affairs: Our case is still awaiting board action.


13.    WHUT Affairs: The Company cancelled the most recently scheduled meeting for negotiations. There are more meetings scheduled next week. The engineering contract is more than four years out of date. There is to be a labor-management meeting this week on several workspace issues.


14.    WJLA Affairs: The company has presented its comprehensive proposal to the union. This package includes arbitration language that could be disastrous for anyone terminated without just cause. The committee will meet, form an opinion, and coordinate a union meeting very soon.


15.    WMAL Affairs: The network Presidents have decided to craft a contract offer for radio engineers going to the new merger company.


2006-05-05  MOTION MADE to adjourn at 9:30 pm.


               MAKER: Stewart                MOTION PASSED

Respectfully submitted,


Maurice Thomas, III