NABET-CWA LOCAL 31

Executive Board Meeting


Minutes


Monday, November 13, 2006


Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:50pm

Presiding:       Carl Mayers, President

Present:           Jim Lee, Vice President

                        Dave Parr, Treasurer

                        Maurice Thomas III, Secretary

                        Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

                        Stephen Johnson, HRS

                        Jim Martin, ABC

                        Rich McDermott, WRC

                        Michael Queen, NBC

                        Stu Rushfield, NPR

                        Bil Schmitzer, WHUT


Approval of Executive Board Minutes for the meeting held on October 10, 2006. There were several pen-and-ink edits. Note in Item #6, the Executive Board in fact voted to come out of Executive Session.

 

2006-11-01     MOTION MADE to amend the minutes of Executive Board Meeting, October 10, 2006 at Section 5 in regard to “Letters to the Executive Board” to delete the last line in the prospective minutes.

 

             MAKER: Parr                       SECOND: Lee             MOTION : FAILED


RECORD VOTE REPORTED: Ayes: Mr. Parr, Mr. Johnson. Nays: Mr. Guastadisegni, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Queen, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Rushfield. Present: Mr. Schmitzer, Mr. Lee.

 

2006-11-02     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of Executive Board Meeting, October 10, 2006, as amended.

 

             MAKER: Parr                       SECOND: Lee             MOTION : PASSED


President’s Report

 

1.         Kentucky River Decision: Our inside counsel’s briefing on the impact of this NLRB decision was distributed to all Executive Board members.

 

2.         Cardozo Worthy Agreement: We’re currently working on an equitable settlement of this matter.




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3.         Report on NCC Meeting – San Francisco: The President attended a meeting of all network local presidents in San Francisco. Issues confronting the network locals were discussed.

 

4.         Presidential Duties and Powers: The duties of the President are enumerated in the Local By-laws, the Sector By-laws, and generally in the CWA Constitution. The President is responsible for all acts in the Local. Therefore, the President needs to be kept informed of all actions and activities within the local.


Treasurer’s Report:

 

1.         Financial Report:


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


INCOME:


4000-01 and 4000-02: Non Checkoff Dues and Initiation Fees: $10,576.55 for dues and $1,063.07 for initiation fees was $6,939.62 above the $4.700.00 monthly budgeted amount.


4001-04: Total rebate: The $39,383.22 is -$19,116.78 under the monthly budgeted amount. This is partly due to the fact that the NPR dues rebates are behind. CWA has been holding up the NPR rebates because NPR has not sent the dues reports with the checks. CWA now has the reports and is working on processing the rebates.


EXPENSES:


5015: Officers Wages: The Presidents and Vice President salary is higher than normal because October had a pay check from September and the Local paid Mark for some of his unsued vacation.


5019: Insurance expenses: The total insurance is extremely low for the month of October. The $514.53 covers Carl’s insurance for the last quarter in 2006. The OPEIU insurance bill was mailed to the wrong local so we did not pay October’s bill until November.


5021: Postage: $4,335.88 is $2,585.88 over the monthly budgeted amount of $1,750.00. We are still refilling our postage from the officers elections and the officers mailings.


The Local was $23,281.69 under the monthly budgeted amount of $67,303.50 for the total expenses. The net income for the month after expenses was $7,084.27.

 

2006-11-03     MOTION MADE to accept the financial report.

 

            MAKER: McDermott            SECOND: Guastadisegni       MOTION : PASSED

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

 

2006-11-04     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Carl “Chip” Cyril Catherine, and James Woodrow Raines Daily Hires at ABC; Vincent Paul Genova, Louise Marie Hernon, and Adrian David Kill Daily Hires at NBC; Lamar Carlos Nickens, Temporary Part-Time at NPR.


            MAKER: Guastadisegni         SECOND: Queen                   MOTION PASSED

 

2006-11-05     MOTION MADE to accept the proposed annual budget. (Attached).

 

            MAKER: McDermott            SECOND: Schmitzer             MOTION : PASSED


Training: Two classes on Final Cut Pro are full for this month. We’re getting calls for AVID training. The Sector has an AVID lab group of laptops setup for training. There are Sector grant funds available for this training as well.


Secretary’s Report

 

1.         Correspondence: A letter was received from Joe Thompson offering his resignation from the Executive Board due to pressing personal issues.


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 - Jeffrey Alred                           NBC-  Alan Atkinson

            Steve Angel                                        Brett Carlson

            Steven Autrey                                     George Friedel

            Carl “Chip” Catherine                        Lloyd Goldschmidt

            Paul Gavin                                          Louise Hernon

            Geoffrey Turner                                 Joshua Holm

            Richard Weiss                                    Peter Kohama

                                                                        Noel Rigney

MCT - Elias Agritellis                                    Jennifer White

            Jung Hu Lee

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1.         Peach Vacation: The President’s pay is based on an October-September yearly basis. Much time in research was spent in confirming the proper pay history and entitlements for the President. Mark Peach will be paid one additional week’s vacation plus 20 additional hours that he would have accrued for the remainder of 2006. Mark will


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simultaneously reimburse the local for all monies due associated with the election mailings.

 

2.         Resolution #6 – Discussion: The local has been advised that the time payment plan approved by the board at our last meeting is improper and not permitted by DOL regulations.

 

2006-11-06     MOTION MADE to reconsider MOTION 2006-10-06.

 

            MAKER: McDermott            SECOND: Queen                   MOTION : PASSED

 

2006-11-07     MOTION MADE to the matter of 2006-10-06 RESOLUTION, as presented October 10, 2006.

 

            MAKER: Guastadisegni         SECOND: Schmitzer             MOTION FAILED


NEW BUSINESS

 

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

 

2.         O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue – Retainer

 

2006-11-08     MOTION MADE to accept a legal retainer agreement with our inside law firm of O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue, subject to annual review, in the monthly amount of $8500.

 

            MAKER: Guastadisegni         SECOND: Lee                        MOTION : TABLED

 

3.         Presidential Benefits:

 

            a.         President’s Pay

 

Whereas, on September 13, 1982, the Executive Board established the President’s salary as Group 6 plus 50% of the NBC NABET Group 6 rate of pay,

 

Whereas, the incumbent President, James Carl Mayers, pledged, if elected, to reduce his pay by 10% until the budget is balanced,

 

Whereas, Mr. Mayers has instructed the office staff to reduce his pay by 10%,

 

Therefore, be it resolved that the President’s pay shall be reduced by 10% until the Treasurer certifies that the budget is in balance and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The Treasurer will report to the Executive Board when this has occurred and that the President’s pay is to be increased. This resolution is on a non-precedent basis and


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shall not be finding on future Presidents.

 

2006-11-09     MOTION MADE to reduce the President’s pay by 10% until the Treasurer certifies that the budget is in balance and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The Treasurer will report to the Executive Board when this has occurred and that the President’s pay is to be increased. This resolution is on a non-precedent basis and shall not be finding on future Presidents.

 

            MAKER: Rushfield                SECOND: Queen                   MOTION : PASSED

 

            b.         President’s Vacation:

 

Whereas, past Local Presidents have accumulated excessive vacation time while in office,

 

Whereas, this accumulated vacation time has resulted in large financial settlements upon their departure which places a financial burden on the Local’s treasury,

 

Whereas, there have been questions regarding the amount of vacation time due the departing President,

 

Therefore, be it resolved that, for the purpose determining vacation, the President shall follow the fiscal year of October 1 to September 30. Based on the number of years of service under NABET contract groups, the President shall be entitled to the number of weeks that he or she would be entitled to under the language of the NBC – NABET contract. No President may carry forward from one fiscal year to the next more than 40 hours of accrued vacation time, and those carry-over hours must be used in the following fiscal year. All hours above the 40 hours carried over will be lost and there will be no compensation for them. On leaving office, the President will not be compensated for any unused vacation time above 40 hours. The President must submit, in writing to the office staff, notification of his intent to take vacation time. A careful record will be kept of all vacation time used by the President. This notification is to be kept by the office staff and reported to the Executive Board on a monthly basis.

 

2006-11-10     MOTION MADE accept the Resolution as stated above to resolve the President’s Vacation issue.

 

            MAKER: Johnson                  SECOND: Queen                   MOTION : PASSED


 

            c.         President’s Benefits Trust Plan:

 

Be it resolved, to enroll President James Carl Mayers in the NABET-CWA Service Benefits Trust Plan in accordance with past practice for the Local’s President.


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2006-11-11     MOTION MADE to to enroll President James Carl Mayers in the NABET-CWA Service Benefits Trust Plan in accordance with past practice for the Local’s President.

 

            MAKER: Thomas                  SECOND: Schmitzer             MOTION : PASSED

 

4.         Retired Members Charter Funding: The new Retired Members Chapter needs to have funding at$2 per member sent to the Sector.

 

Whereas, Resolution 2006-06-01 was passed to support retiree involvement in NABET-CWA affairs, and

 

Whereas, Bill Freeda, the NABET-CWA Retiree Coordinator has indicated that for a sum of $2 per living retiree member, Local 31 would be given a charter as a NABET-CWA Retiree Chapter,

 

Therefore, be it resolved that the Executive Board approve funds, not to exceed $300, to pay for the $2 Retiree Fee for the establishment of the Local 31 Retiree Chapter.

 

2006-11-12     MOTION MADE that the Executive Board approve funds, not to exceed $300, to pay the $2 retiree fee for the establishment of the Local 31 Retiree Chapter.

 

            MAKER: Lee                         SECOND: Guastadisegni       MOTION : PASSED

 

5.         NBC Affairs:

 

6.         NPR Affairs

 

7.         PBS Affairs

 

8.         TVS/CNN Affairs

 

9.         WHUT Affairs

 

10.       WJLA Affairs

 

11.       WMAL Affairs

 

12.       WRC Affairs: Since the last e board meeting WRC has cut numerous on air reporters and anchors. Nabet members have sought buyout offers and some members have received offers. At this time there is no certainty of the number of offers to be handed out. Under these trying reorganization and layoff circumstances moral is very poor. Our members continue to perform their jobs ,as always, in a professional and sweeps winning manner




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13.       ABC Affairs

 

14.       Freelance Affairs

 

15        HRS Affairs

 

16.       MCT Affairs

 

17.       SRS Affairs

 

2006-11-13     MOTION MADE to adjourn.

 

            MAKER: Schmitzer               MOTION: PASSED


Meeting adjourned at 10:26 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

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Maurice Thomas III,

Secretary


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