From: Stuart Rushfield [SRushfield@npr.org]
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 11:50 AM
To: Sue Fitzgerald; mthomas3@aol.com; jcmayers@comcast.net
Subject: NPR Notes for 1/14/08 E-Board Meeting...


Congratulations to Melissa Marquis, who has been elected to be an NPR BRT shop steward, replacing the departed Andrea Jackson-Gewirtz.  NPR's Vice President of Engineering, Dave Argentieri, resigned his position in December.  On the heels of that announcement, NPR announced that the Engineering Division will now operate as part of the News division, with the new Acting Director of Engineering reporting to NPR's Vice President for News.  Three meetings were held in early January to discuss the change and what it means for engineers.  NPR managers stated that there is "absolutely a place for engineers" at NPR, and that engineers will be given training on NPR's new multi-media system, which is still in development and testing.  There was, however, no discernible, clear commitment to engineers for the long term.  NPR announced that it is closing our Chicago bureau, and that two engineers will be assigned to "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" exclusively, and will not be made available to NPR's Chicago reporters.  Several Unit members who are temporary engineers will likely be displaced with the closing of the bureau.