NABET-CWA LOCAL 31

Minutes

Executive Board Meeting


Monday, July 9, 2007


Location:       NABET-CWA Local 31 Office

Time:              Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm

Presiding:       Carl Mayers, President

Present:           Jim Lee, Vice President

Dave Parr, Treasurer

Maurice Thomas III, Secretary

Richard Guastadisegni, WJLA

Stephen Johnson, HRS

Rich McDermott, NBC

Stu Rushfield, NPR

Tom Thornton, Daily Hire

Barbara Krieger, MCT, visitor

Sarah Pacheco, TVS/CNN, visitor (by conference call)


Approval of Minutes of Executive Board Meeting held June 11, 2007.

 

2007-07-01     MOTION MADE to accept the minutes of the June 11, 2007 Executive Board meeting with corrections.

 

MAKER: ParrSECOND: ThorntonMOTION APPROVED


Treasurer’s Report


1.   Financial Report:


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


INCOME:


4001: Total Income: $57,970.03 is $8,729.97 under the monthly budgeted amount of $66,700.00. We were still behind on the NPR dues. May’s dues arrived direct deposit July 5th in the amount of $8,756.69.


EXPENSES:


5002: ABC: $14,834.52 for the month was $12,334.52 over the monthly budgeted amount of $2,500.00. Union leave was for the March negotiations totaled $11,661.30.


5007: TOTAL NPR: -$81.65 for the month is $481.65 under the monthly budgeted amount of $400.00. The Local paid for a unit meeting lunch the month before and NPR reimbursed half of the cost thats why NPR shows a negative for June.


5018: 401K EMPLOYEE: $4,259.76 for the month is $1,899.76 over the monthly budgeted amount of $2,360.00 this is due to the fact that May had three pay periods. The Local sends in May’s 401K payments in June.


5022: RENT/PARKING: $7,494.43 is $2,084.80 over the monthly budgeted amount of $5,409.63. The landlord sent the Local a bill for the yearly operating expenses. The bill was due in June and covers the extra building utilities and taxes. The rent will go up August 1st from $5,409.63 to $5,597.07


5029: MEETING RMS/EXPENSES: -$224.88 for the month is $624.88 under the monthly budgeted amount of $400.00. This was due to the fact that the Sector reimbursed us for the NCC meeting Carl attended. Since the Local had no other meeting expenses in the month of June that account is showing a negative for the month.


5035: PREVIOUS ADMIN OVERAGES: $1,470.00 was paid to a printer over a long running dispute starting with the past administration.


The Local was $4,039.28 over the monthly budgeted amount of $67,708.13 for total expenses. The net income for the month of June was -$13,777.38. YTD the Local is showing $23,284.44.


2007-07-02     MOTION MADE to accept the financial report as presented.

 

MAKER: LeeSECOND: ThomasMOTION APPROVED


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

 

2007-07-03     MOTION MADE to accept the following applicants: Todd Michael Baham, daily hire at HRS; Robert Andrew Colvin, John Christopher, and Patrick Joseph Longstreth, daily hires at NBC; Ann M. Lennon, temporary at NPR.

 

MAKER: JohnsonSECOND: McDermottMOTION APPROVED

 

3.   Sarah Doidge Union Dues: The Initiation Fee for member Sarah Doidge was incorrectly credited to Local 31 instead of Local 41. The total amount of $4522.07 will be repaid to Local 41 in monthly installments of $500 with the last payment to be $522.07.

 

4.   Robert Rutledge Union Dues: This member who lives and works in the Local 31 jurisdiction was transferred by the Sector to a New York Local. The case will be appealed to the SEC at the next meeting.


Secretary’s Report


Correspondence:

 

            a.   Sector President’s Letter of June 18, 2007 - Election Rules: (See attached.)

 

            b.   Staff Recognition Letters: (See attached.)



President’s Report

 

1.         CWA District Two Local President’s Meeting: President Mayers attended this meeting on June 15th in Baltimore.

 

2.         Ratification of Contracts: Contracts for PBS, MCT and Senate Recording Studio will be voted on soon for ratification.


Staff Report


1.         Union Leave Report:

July 2007 - 10 days + ½ hr

 

                        ABC:  4 days

7/9 - Executive Board - Dave Parr

7/12 - Mobilization Mtg- Michele McDermott

7/16-17 - CWA Convention - Moe Thomas

                        NBC:  1 day

7/9 - Executive Board - Richard McDermott

                        NPR:   ½ hr

7/9 - Executive Board - Stu Rushfield - ½ hr

                        PBS:   5 (10 hr)days

7/5 - Negotiations - Jimmy Suissa

7/11 - Negotiations Unit Mtg Ratification - Jimmy Suissa & Charles Coates

7/19 & 20 - Negotiations - Charles Coates

 

June 2007 - 12 days + ½ hr

                        ABC:  3 days

6/1 - Negotiations - Moe Thomas

6/11 - Executive Board - Dave Parr & Moe Thomas

6/12 - Executive Board - Jim Lee

                        NBC:  1 day

6/11 - Executive Board - Richard McDermott

                        NPR:   ½ hour

6/11- Executive Board - Stu Rushfield - ½ hr

                        PBS:   8 (10 hr) days

6/20-21 - Negotiations - Jimmy Suissa

6/25-26 - Negotiations - Charles Coates

6/27 - Negotiations Charles Coates & Jimmy Suissa

6/28 - Negotiations - Jimmy Suissa

6/29 - Negotiations Jimmy Suissa


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


3.         New member packets: Membership packages sent to the following:

 

            NBC:  Robert Colvin

Eric Wiese

            NPR:   Joseph Dombrowski

Shaun Roberts

            WJLA:Rebecca Baldwin

Gabriel Lemay

Grace Marshall

Nicholas Natale

Ian Rushing

Ravijt Soni

Abraham Stubblefield

Teresa Turner


OLD BUSINESS:

 

1.         Executive Board Election Rules of Eligibility


WHEREAS the Local was instructed by the SEC to “formulate and adopt clear and reasonable rules of eligibility for candidates wishing to run the Local 31 Executive Board seats that represent specific contractual units”;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following interim rules and guidelines shall apply to the special election for Executive Board Representative:

 

1.   Each contract group shall elect a representative, and shall also elect an alternate representative. The groups for this election are ABC, CNN, HRS, MCT, NBC, NPR, PBS, WHUT, WJLA, WMAL, and WRC. Except as provided below, only staff members shall vote in their respective contract unit to elect a staff member as their representative. The Freelance/Daily Hire representative shall be elected from among all Freelance/Daily Hire members at large.

2.   In any Contract Unit where there are fewer than 50 members in good standing, and the number of Freelance/Daily Hire employees who are members in good standing is a majority of the total number of employees in that unit in the previous calendar year, a Freelance/Daily Hire member may be elected to the Executive Board to represent that Unit.

3.   Every candidate for Executive Board Representative and Alternate must submit a valid, timely filed petition for the office as specified by the Local By-laws and the Elections Committee.

4.   Each elected representative must be a member in good standing and shall have worked a minimum of 20 days in the 12 months, prior to the nomination, within that contract unit. Further, a majority of their work must be within that contract unit. All Executive Board Members shall maintain a reasonably close association with the contract unit that they represent. In the event that an Executive Board Member can longer maintain a reasonably close association with the represented contract unit (defined as less than 20 days in a calendar year, resignation, or in the event the majority of their employment in the last 12 months is not with that represented contract unit), the Board Member shall tender his or her resignation within 30 days.

5.   In the event of resignation, recall, death, or disqualification of an Executive Board Member, a special election shall be held for his or her replacement. However, should the remaining term of office for the replaced Executive Board Member be fewer than three months the Local President shall represent that contract unit in the interim period.

6.   A candidate for Executive Board representative shall not accept nomination for more than one contract unit on the Board.

7.   Members may vote in a contract-unit election if they meet the same qualifications as a candidate for that contract-unit.



2007-07-04 RESOLUTION on rules of eligibility for candidates for Executive Board seats.

 

                  MAKER: Lee       SECOND: Thornton                     MOTION PASSED


Roll call: Ayes - Jim Lee, Dave Parr, Maurice Thomas, III, Thomas Thornton, Stephen Johnson, Stuart Rushfield, Richard Guastadisegni and Richard McDermott; Nay - Sarah Pacheco


2007-07-05 MOTION MADE to go into Executive Session.

 

                  MAKER: Lee      SECOND: Parr                            MOTION PASSED


Roll call: Ayes - Jim Lee, Dave Parr, Thomas Thornton, Stephen Johnson, Stuart Rushfield, Richard Guastadisegni and Richard McDermott, Sarah Pacheco; Nay -Maurice Thomas, III.


2007-07-06 MOTION MADE to come out of Executive Session.

 

                  MAKER: Guastadisegni         SECOND: Rushfield  MOTION PASSED


Roll call: Ayes - Jim Lee, Dave Parr, Maurice Thomas, III, Thomas Thornton, Stephen Johnson, Stuart Rushfield, Richard Guastadisegni and Richard McDermott and Sarah Pacheco.



NEW BUSINESS:


1.         Date of next Executive Board Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 13, 2007, beginning at 6:30 pm.

 

2.         Date of the next General Membership Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 6, 2007, beginning at 7:30 pm.

 

3.         Contract Negotiator Salary Reimbursement:

 

Whereas Executive Board of NABET-CWA Local 31 has the obligation to reimburse a member for lost wages while he/she is serving as a representative on the negotiating committee for his/her contract unit, and

 

Whereas the Executive Board does not wish to deny the member the benefits of overtime, and

 

Whereas the Executive Board of NABET-CWA Local 31 will treat members working for a Non-Network or Network employer equitably.

 

Therefore be it resolved, a member serving as a representative on the negotiating committee for his/her contract unit after October 1, 2007, will be paid at a rate of 35% above his/her base rate of pay under that contract for each day actually working on the negotiations.

 

2007-07-07     MOTION MADE to accept the Resolution on the Contract Negotiator’s reimbursement.

 

            MAKER: Lee             SECOND: Parr           MOTION PASSED


Roll call: Ayes - Jim Lee, Dave Parr, Maurice Thomas, III, Thomas Thornton, Stephen Johnson, Stuart Rushfield, Richard Guastadisegni and Richard McDermott and Sarah Pacheco.

 

4.         Request for Financial Assistance from Local 213:

 

Whereas, NABET Local 213 is engged in difficult contract negotiations with PBS station WITF and,

 

Whereas, the union busting tactics of WITF cannot be tolerated by any Local and,

 

Whereas, Local 213 has limited funds for mobilization,

 

Be it resolved that, Local 31 support our union brothers and sisters by sending Local 213 $2,000 to be used for their efforts to obtain a fair contract.

 

2007-07-08     MOTION MADE to accept Resolution on Financial Assistance for Local 213 in the amount of $2000 to be accompanied by a letter from the Local President.

 

            MAKER: Lee             SECOND: Parr           MOTION PASSED


Roll call: Ayes - Jim Lee, Dave Parr, Maurice Thomas, III, Thomas Thornton, Stephen Johnson, Stuart Rushfield, Richard Guastadisegni and Richard McDermott and Sarah Pacheco.

 

5.   WRC Affairs: This past month President Mayers, Assistants to the President Zodun and Harvey, and Richard McDermott met with NBC HR Director Rachel Manning-Hymel and NBC/NY Labor Attorneys to discuss the backlog of grievances at NBC Washington. Progress was made in resolving some of the issues. Talks continue between Carl and HR/Washington on a number of the remaining problems.


6.    ABC Affairs:


7.   Freelance Affairs:


8.   HRS Affairs: Looking to increased _____ & therefore staffing


9.   MCT Affairs:


10. NBC Affairs:


11. NPR Affairs:


12. PBS Affairs:


13. SRS Affairs:


14. TVS/CNN Affairs:


15. WHUT-TV Affairs:

 

16. WJLA Affairs: Lee Thompson has retired. The Company is switching from DVC to Sony-XD

 

17. WMAL Affairs:


2007-07-09     MOTION MADE to adjourn at 10:11 pm.


      MAKER: Lee                  SECOND: Thornton               MOTION APPROVED




Respectfully submitted,

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Maurice Thomas, III

Secretary


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