Executive Board Meeting

Monday, March 13, 2006

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:47pm

Presiding:       Mark Peach, President

Present:           Barbara Krieger, Vice President

Ted Stewart, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas, III, Secretary

Mike Croke, D/H

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Jim Martin, ABC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

William Schmitzer, WHUT

Bernie Gmiter, visitor

Minutes of the February 13, 2006 meeting were read and approved.


2006-03-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the February 2006 Executive Board Meeting with spelling corrections made to Gary Denick’s and Daniel Hornak’s names in the HRS Affairs item.


            MAKER: Stewart                   SECOND: Krieger                 MOTION PASSED

President’s Report:

1.   Legal Expenses:

      a.   Arbitration Review committee will review WRC work load grievance.

      b.   Costs for Legal was $5,000 over budget, next month they should be $3,000 under budget.

2.   Organizing:

a.   C-SPAN: NABET-CWA lost the election by 10/90% Attempting to identify reasons


3.   Remotes:

      a. NBC Golf: President Peach will be repping the remote in Jacksonville, FL 3/22-27

      b. Kentucky Derby: President Peach will be repping the Derby in May.

3.   CWA District 2 Meeting in West Virginia: President Peach to attend. Important discussions with CWA Resolution 1 to be prime topic. Attendance is required by CWA Constitution.

Vice President’s Report:

1.   Mobilization:

      a.   NPR: Two ads rand in the Washington Post and the Express.

      b.   WJLA: “Lost” ads ran three days in the Washington Post and the Express.

      c.   NBC: Mobilization has not started yet, but they are gearing up..

Treasurer’s Report:

1.   Financial Report for February 2006: Below are the accounts that were considerably higher or lower than the normal budgeted amount.

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


4041: DUES REBATE: $46,250.32 was $9,749.68 lower than the $56,000 budgeted amount. This is due to the fact that PBS was not included in the rebate. The members have been mailing their dues into the office. PBS dues would now show up under non-checkoff dues. Also NBC rebate was lower than normal because last month it was higher than normal.

4042: INITIATION FEES $1,512.46 was $2,837.54 under the $4,350.00 budgeted amount. We had some initiation fee payments, but no one paid their initiation fee in full this month.

4043: NON-CHECKOFF DUES $2,896.14 was about normal even though it is not a budgeted account.

TOTAL INCOME: $50,658.92 is $11,471.08 less than the normal budgeted amount.


Total Contract Units Expense: $17,786.46 is $13,686.46 over the $4,000.00 budgeted amount. This is due to the fact that PBS and NPR sent bills for union leave going back several years.

5010-04: 401K NABET PORTION: $1,221.48 is $878.52 under the budgeted amount. This is down due to the fact that Izzy retired in January so NABET no longer contributes to her 401K.

5061: EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE: $5,201.78 is $4414.78 more than the budgeted amount, partially because we had an eye care vouchers paid and Marks insurance premiums increased a couple months ago. The flex plan had not been deducting disability for Mark.

5012: NCC/RVP/CONVENTION EXPENSES: $606.19 is $406.19 over the budgeted $200.00. This was due to the fact that Mark attending the NAB/NCC meeting in January.

Total Members/Benefits/Training: $586.50 is $498.50 under the budgeted $1,085.00. We did not purchase any shirts for the local this month. We have not had a Shop Steward training in a couple months.

Total 5086: Legal Expenses: $19,603.79 is $10,603.79 more than the budgeted amount of $9,000.00. (Half of this was actual attorney’s fees and the other half was arbitrator billing.) We had a lot of arbitration expenses due to the Cardozar Worthy case.

For the Month we show a negative $22,606.98 and for the fiscal year we are showing a negative $77,516.33.


2006-03-02     MOTION MADE to accept the Treasurer’s Report.


            MAKER: Thomas      SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED


2.   New Members: Applications for new members were reviewed. The rate of pay for Claudia Russell was not included on her application.


2006-03-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Claudia Mireya Russell, daily hire at ABC and Osei Isaac S. Asare, part-time at MCT..


            MAKER:  Thomas           SECOND: Schmitzer             MOTION PASSED


3.   Membership Training: Subsidy expenses are low, so far. Final Cut Pro classes are still full, “Burst” has requested that we send a letter of interest for AVID portable editing stations. Three day class for AVID class will be here. We continue to advertize classes on the web. Anyone interested in special courses should contact Treasurer Stewart. Sony camera class is in April, to be on the web page. It is a “hands on” clinic.


4.   PayPal: We need to find new and easier ways for paying dues. We are looking at taking payment via PayPal on line. An alternative would be direct deposit.

Secretary’s Report:

1.   Correspondence: None

2.   Web Site: There have been some clean-up and cosmetic changes: New NPR & WJLA pages featuring print ads, “bubble” messages, and Lady Bug for WJLA pages

Staff Report:


1.   3.2 - 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.   Membership Packets: Packages were sent to: ABC: Brian Campbell, David Fox and Claudia Russell; NBC: Michael Dranes, Alison Miller and Brian Young. There is to be a follow-up on the status of Jay Mathis.




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

2.   Shop Steward Elections: A list of the new shop stewards will be distributed. Mike Croke will lead steward training.

3.   CWA Retirees:


2006-03-04     MOTION MADE to appropriate $100 for the annual r retiree organizing campaign.


            MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Martin                   MOTION PASSED

4.   Worthy Training:


2006-03-05     MOTION MADE that it is the sense of the Board to approve the actions of the Local President as regards Mr. Worthy’s training.


            MAKER: Schmitzer               SECOND: Thomas                 MOTION PASSED - 1 abstained

5.   WJLA Affairs: There will be a hand billing at the “Shamrock Fest” in Alexandria on March 11th.


6.   WMAL Affairs: The sale of the station to Citadel will be discussed at a meeting with the company’s attorneys on March 20. Conference calls with the Radio contract members will continue and information will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available.


7.   WRC Affairs: Al Zodun is at home and recovering from surgery. Postcards went out to all Daily Hires who worked 200 days or more last year, informing them of their extended benefits.


8.   ABC Affairs: Mary Mooney is the new attorney for ABC. She and President Peach met regarding hurricane pay issues and the Overseas Agreement. The enhanced Voluntary Separation Plan has been posted on the web. President Peach has been at the bureau talking to members about the plan. He will also be attending the three meetings in DC this Thursday regarding the VSP. Disney outsourced IT support which caused the creation of a BIT department in DC. The Company moved old IT people to BO&E.


9.   Freelance Affairs: Requested time sheets for Super Bowl work have been submitted.


10. HRS Affairs: Senior camera position resumes are being reviewed. Todd Redlin is recuperating at home.


11. MCT Affairs: We are trying to schedule meeting with Negotiator Lou Fallot, Joseph Thompson and Richard Turner (Executive Director). New shop stewards are in place.


12. SRS Affairs: Negotiations will start on March 20 for two days.


13. NBC Affairs: Negotiations are in progress. Mobilization to get started - hand billing advertisers for WRC-4. Mike Queen leading mobilization. Going back to table on March 27th.


14. NPR Affairs: Three or four grievances are scheduled for next month.


15. PBS Affairs: New contract has been signed.


16. TVS/CNN Affairs: Continuing to try different approaches to move the NLRB case..


17. WHUT Affairs: The Company is attempting to implement one of their proposals. Negotiations continue to progress in a positive direction.

2006-03-06     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 9:09 PM.

            MAKER: Schmitzer         MOTION PASSED

Respectfully submitted,


Maurice Thomas, III