NABET/CWA Local 42 E-Board meeting 9/17/2016
Meeting called to order at 10:00 am by VP Ken Koscick. President Bill Wachenschwanz is currently on short term disability from WJW and unable to preside. Stewards in attendance: Cathy Watkins, Kathy Smith, Brian Geiger, Chris Dolciato, John Potter.
In reviewing the minutes of the previous E-Board meeting, Cathy Watkins noted that issues in the stewards’ report section were attributed to WKYC when they actually belonged to the WOIO report. Motion to accept the changes made by Dolciato, second by Smith; motion passed.
Treasurer Marilyn Oliver shared her report for the months of June, July & August 2016. Motion to accept the report made by Dolciato, second by Smith; motion passed.
New members at WOIO: Dominique O’Neill, Kim McGee, Stephanie Novacek, Chris Dellecese,Jacqueline DeMate, Pat Holmes, Shinnay Grogan. No new members at WJW or WKYC. Motion to accept these new members made by Watkins, second by Geiger; motion passed.
The following members have left Local 42: Joseph Giesy, Maria Scali (retired), Brittany Harris from WJW; Kim Jensen, Gary Graves, Bill Loomer from WOIO; Gary Seawall (retired) from WKYC.
Thank you cards were received from Bill Wachenschwanz for flowers sent during his hospital stay; Dave Kraska, Jim Settecase, John Kaminsky, and George Payamgis.
Stewards Reports: Company says it does not intend to replace any of the positions of employees who took the buy out with like employees; instead, it plans to hire MSJ’s (multi-skilled journalists). Rather than name a Chief Photographer to replace Dan Bowman, who took the buyout, the company chose to split the duties, title & compensation between Craig Roberson and Barry Wolf (WKYC). At WOIO: Grievance filed involving morning EP and microphone; Skype issue in discussion; Morning EP & anchor Go Pro grievance resolved; Chief engineer doing unit work during the RNC in discussion; grievance filed on behalf of Gary Graves; discussion of member cited for bringing “unauthorized guests” into the building; grievance filed on morning EP for shooting rain video with his cellphone; discussion on use of cellphone video; discussion of videographer and live truck incident, in which the investigation concluded that he was not at fault but the company required him to be tested for drugs. At WJW Engineering: Company is offering buy outs of 2 weeks salary for every year of service with the company, up to 26 weeks plus medical coverage for the same length. Must have at least 20 years of service to qualify and qualifying employees have 2 weeks to decide whether to take the package. Lost arbitration regarding NABET upgrades to photographers’ top scale when they shoot. Informed by the company that the Degero/live truck grievance was pulled by staff representative Lou Fallot. WJW Newsroom: No issues to report; got through a very busy summer.
CWA Local 4340 Staff Attorney Chuck DeGross submitted a report, as he had prior commitments and could not attend today’s meeting. In June he handled MMJ issues at WJW, performed extensive work on the SIF applications and submitted it to the national office, and he advised on matters involving all three stations. In addition, he was an invited guest speaker at 2 NABET Regions to discuss mandatory subjects of bargaining.
AFL-CIO has made numerous endorsement requests.
General membership meeting is Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00am. Unlike previous meetings, this will be a brunch-type meeting as the hall is rented out in the afternoon.
Motion to adjourn made by Geiger, second by Potter; motion passed. Meeting ended at 11:35