Executive Board Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2007

Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 6:45pm

Presiding:       Carl Mayers, President

Present:           Jim Lee, Vice President

Dave Parr, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas III, Secretary

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Jim Martin, ABC

                        Rich McDermott, WRC/NBC

                        Michael Queen, NBC

                        Stu Rushfield, NPR

                        Sue Klein, visitor

Approval of Executive Board Minutes for the meeting held on January 8, 2007. There were several pen-and-ink edits. Significantly under New Business, the sense of the Executive Board is that “This includes one staff representative from each bargaining unit …”


2007-02-01     MOTION MADE to approve the minutes of Executive Board Meeting, January 8, 2007 as amended.


       MAKER: Queen              SECOND: Parr MOTION : PASSED

President’s Report


1.    WHUT Affairs. We now have a signed contract after a personal contact with the President of Howard University. President Mayers visited the unit and met with the members.


2.    MCT Affairs. We now have a signed contract. President Mayers visited the unit and met with the members.


3.    General Membership Meeting. There was a General Membership meeting last Monday. The attendance was poor due to inadequate advertising of the meeting.


4.    ABC Affairs. There have been several planning conference calls among the negotiators where President Mayers participated.


5.    PBS Affairs. We need a negotiator for the contract unit.

Treasurer’s Report:


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


4000-01 and 4000-02: Non Checkoff Dues and Initiation Fees: The total non checkoff dues and initiation fees are $11,850.59 under the monthly $4,700.00 budgeted amount. Initiation fees were $5,324.71 for the month.

4001-04: Total rebate: The $48,615.88 is $9,884.12 is under the monthly $58,500.00 monthly budgeted amount.

The Local=s January income of $41,465.29 was $25,234.71 under the monthly budgeted amount of $66,700.00. We had deposited several non check-off dues in December and sent these dues to the Sector in January. February=s non check-off dues will reflect our portion of these dues. Also the Sector could not send some of the NPR rebates because they were still having problems getting the reports from NPR.


5002: ABC: Even with negotiations going on at ABC the Local was under the monthly budgeted amount. This expense will be high next month, ABC is meeting for 33 days of negotiations.

5015: OFFICERS WAGES: This is below $2,392.88 under the monthly budgeted amount of $11,723.50 due to the fact that Carl is taking a pay cut till finances improve.

5019: OFFICE INSURANCE: This account is $2,003.84 over the monthly budgeted amount of $5,430.00 due to the fact that our annual Business Owners Policy payment was dues.

5026: COMPUTER /PRINTING EXP: This account is $1,360.00 under the monthly budgeted amount of $1,400.00. This was due to the fact that we really didn=t have any work done on our computer systems this month. However, we continue to encounter occasional problems with the system, especially emails, that may require future expenditures.

5028: MEMBERS BENEFITS/TRAINING: This account is $3,162.70 above the monthly budgeted amount of $1,150.00. This was due to the fact that we had a couple members retire, a lot of member training and we sent quite a few members flowers, sympathy and sick.

5030: REMOTE COVERAGE: Is $833.20 under the monthly budgeted amount of $100.00 this is due to the fact that we were reimbursed from the Sector for an NBC Sunday Night Football remote in December.

The Local was $8,227.39 under the monthly budgeted amount of $67,303.50 for total expenses. The net income for the month after expenses was -$17,990.45.

2007-02-02     MOTION MADE to accept the financial report.

       MAKER: Thomas            SECOND: McDermott           MOTION PASSED


2.    Auditor’s Report: Our finances and books are in excellent order. The auditor suggested a few changes in accounting and reports that should make our next audit easier and less costly.


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


2007-02-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Steve E. Angel, Steven G. Autrey, Paul Christopher Gavin, Elias Michael Mahshie, Scott Rhodes Pray, Paul M. Thomason, daily hires at ABC; George F. Friedel, daily hire at NBC; Stephen Lowell Belter, staff at NPR. The application of Kurt Ray Stalnaker, staff at NPR was placed on hold until former local can be contacted concerning payment of initiation fee.

MAKER: Guastadisegni         SECOND: Queen       MOTION PASSED

Secretary’s Report

1.    Correspondence:

            A thank you note was received from Karen Ruiz of the office staff.


An e-mail was received from Kurt Stalnaker requesting a waiver of initiation fees due to his previous CWA membership. The matter was taken under consideration and some fact-finding with his previous local is needed. No action taken by the board at this time.


2.    Special Appointment – Shop Steward for WHUT: At present, there is no shop steward at WHUT. President Mayers intends to appoint an interim steward until one can be elected.

Staff Report

1.    No Work List (3.2): As listed for the benefit of officers and stewards.

2007-02-04     MOTION MADE to go into Executive Session.

MAKER: Lee             SECOND: Thomas                 MOTION PASSED

2007-02-05     MOTION MADE to come out of Executive Session.

MAKER: Lee             SECOND: Queen                   MOTION PASSED

2.    New member packets: Membership packages sent to the following employees:

            ABC:  Ryan Leimbach

            Jay Mathis

            Karen Pearce

            MCT:  Isaac Asare

            Ronel Butler

            NBC:  Alfred Faison

            Michael Kinney

            Matt Mills

            Janice Swan-Jones

3.    Union Leave Report:

       February 2007 - 8 days + 2 hour

                     ABC:  6 days

            2/12 - Executive Board - Dave Parr

            2/24-28 - Negotiations - Moe Thomas


                     NBC:  2 days

            2/12 - Executive Board - Queen & McDermott

                     NPR:   2 hour

            2/12 - Executive Board - Rushfield

       March 2007 - 31 days (estimated)

                     ABC   31 days

            3/1-31 - Negotiations - Moe Thomas



1.    Purchase of Golf Shirts: These are to be used for mobilization activities, particularly at ABC. It was the sense of the board that this decision could be delayed until the Spring ’07. No action taken.



1.    Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2007, beginning at 6:30 pm.


2.    General Membership Meeting 2/5: The next notice of the General Membership Meeting will be by postcard to all members, as well as e-mail, bulletin boards, and web postings


3.    Executive Board Nominations: In accordance with Local By-Law 4.41, notice of nominations and election of Executive Board representatives has been sent to all members.


4.    Training Coordinator: Ted Stewart has been appointed as the Local’s Training Coordinator. Due to the nature of the assignment, we wish to cover any incidental expenses with a monthly stipend of $175.


2007-02-06     MOTION MADE to approve a stipend for the Local Training Coordinator of $175 per month.

       MAKER: Thomas           SECOND: Johnson                MOTION PASSED


5.    Mobilization Funds: There may be a need to allocate additional mobilization funds for other contract units.


6.    Computer Problems Review: The server appears to be running well at this point and does not need to be replaced at this point. Software upgrades for desktops may also be required, however Windows Vista upgrades for the office desktops is not planned for the near future.


7.    Megan Davis Scholarship Fund: WJLA Television has set up a scholarship fund for Gordon Davis's 15 year old daughter, Megan. We feel that the memory of this member can best be served with our donation.

2007-02-07     MOTION MADE to approve a donation of $1000 to the Megan Davis Scholarship Fund.

MAKER: Lee             SECOND: McDermott           MOTION PASSED


Additional donations can be made by check to: 

Megan Davis Scholarship Fund
c/o WJLA TV 1100 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia 22209.


8.    Metropolitan Washington Labor Council: “Evening with Labor” – Tickets and ad. No action taken given the local’s financial position.


9.    ABC Affairs: There was a meeting with management concerning new TV-C operations, where the Company outlined their intentions for staffing. ENG White House van continues to be a safety concern. The Company has agreed to an inspection of the van for compliance. The Overseas Agreement and continued abuses of the OTE language was also discussed.


10.  Freelance Affairs: Mike Croke will represent freelance and daily hire issues at the ABC contract negotiations.


11.  HRS Affairs: In regard to ongoing correspondence between C-SPAN and Speaker of the House Pelosi's office concerning televised House Floor coverage, the HRS unit has expressed concern to the Local about union jurisdiction on this issue.  We remain vigilant and ready to react, if necessary, to any compromise that may develop. We are primarily concerned at this point as to whether C-SPAN and other news organizations' requested coverage of House Floor proceedings would interfere with our union technicians' established jurisdiction over day-to-day coverage of the House of Representatives.We are happy to report that HRS employees received a 2.64% cost of living increase in conjunction with other House staffers.


Staffing is an issue with an increased workload. Additional funding will be required. Speaker Pelosi stood behind us on a C-SPAN bid to take over House coverage.


12.  MCT Affairs: All is well. See President’s Report.


13.  SRS Affairs: We expect contract talks to move along with the new administration.


14.  NBC Affairs:


15.  NPR Affairs: One long-time NPR BRT (Bill McQuay) has resigned his position atNPR and we wish him very well in his new and exciting endeavors. Bill's position has been posted on NPR's job site. Several BRTs registered complaints regarding new shift generics (for shifts beginning in early March). Steward Andrea Jackson-Gewirtz presented their concerns and a possible solution to the VP of Engineering, which was not accepted. Discussions were to continue. NABET has discovered that the job description for the Training TD contains provisions that were not agreed to in negotiations. NABET feels these provisions deny economic opportunities for the TD, and seeks to have them removed. NPR has announced the creation of a new morning program which will be produced in New York. The impact of this new program on our members is under discussion. It is possible that additional position(s) may need to be created to accommodate this production. NPR and NABET continue to work toward a new form of negotiating and reconciliation, called “interest-based problem solving.” The Committee has held three meetings to date, and has completed three phases of the “NABET/NPR Compact”. The next phase is to compile the action plans necessary to accomplish the goals of the Compact. Additional dates have been scheduled on 2/21 and 2/27.


16.  PBS Affairs: See President’s Report. Still looking for a unit negotiator.


17.  TVS/CNN Affairs: No report, but we’re hopeful that there will be NLRB action soon.


18.  WHUT Affairs: See President’s Report.


19.  WJLA Affairs: The contract has been ratified, awaiting signatures.


20.  WMAL Affairs: No report.


21.  WRC Affairs: There have been a number of buyout offers for NABET members. The employees involved are considering their options. New News-gathering vehicles have been put into operation. Field crews have begun testing cameras with hard drives and laptop computers for field editing.


2007-02-08     MOTION MADE to adjourn.

       MAKER: Martin SECOND: Queen                  MOTION PASSED

Meeting adjourned at 10:09 PM.

Respectfully submitted,


Maurice Thomas, III