Minutes for Executive Board Meeting Saturday, November 22, 2014

Meeting called to order at 10:12 am.

Stewards in attendance: Tim Roskey (WJW eng), John Yusko (WJW eng), Brian Geiger (WJW news), Terry Mullally (WJW eng), Marty DeChant (WOIO), John Potter (WOIO), Cathy Watkins (WKYC).
President Wachenschwanz read the minutes from the October 18 Executive Board meeting, which had not been posted online. Motion to accept the minutes made by Mullally, second by Geiger; motion passes. President Wachenschwanz gave a summarization of last month’s General Membership meeting.
Treasurer’s Report: For the month of October, Local 42 received a total income of $16,619.68. Total expenses for the month were $21,257.32. This left Local 42 with a net loss of $4,637.64. The biggest expenses were for outside legal services, WJW ULOA for negotiations, and salary compensation. President Wachenschwanz recommended holding approval of the Treasurer’s report until the next meeting or whenever we have a quorum. Currently we have not approved the Treasurer’s report for the past four meetings. President Wachenschwanz stressed the urgency of this situation and asked that stewards please make an effort to attend the next Eboard meeting so that the local can take care of financial matters. Motion to delay approval of today’s Treasurer’s Report made by Roskey, second by Potter; motion passes.
New members: Carrie Young, producer, WJW; Shannon Nealon, producer, WJW. Motion to accept these two new members made by Geiger, second by DeChant; motion passes.
Correspondence: Thank you note from Marilyn Oliver for fruit basket following her knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation.
Stewards Reports: (WKYC) Cathy Watkins reports that the automation of the production control room is running on schedule, with the switch-over scheduled for December 16, 2014. While no layoffs of unit members will occur as the result of automation, Station Manager Micki Byrnes offered buyouts to members who may be interested. As of today’s meeting, four unit members have decided to take the buyout. Discussion of the resignation of Jose’ Montano and Brian Behler from the WKYC unit and how this was able to occur. While they will not be dues-paying members going forward, they are responsible for all back dues owed while they were Local 42 members.
(WOIO) Marty DeChant reports that the company and the union agreed to settlement terms for the grievance that resulted when TJ Lane escaped from prison and a non-bargaining unit member interrupted programming with a breaking news report. Eight control room members will receive one hour of overtime pay for the incident.
(WJW Engineering) Tim Roskey reports that a conference call is scheduled in the coming week with Staff Representative Lou Fallot and NABET Staff Attorney Judi Chartier regarding three grievances on file and a new one for changes made to members’ work schedules during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weeks. Also, the company has been advised that a new traffic system scheduled to go online Tuesday may result in a grievance. The IATSE unit at WJW voted on a contract recently, but the result was not known at the time of this meeting. The outcome has ramifications to NABET members at WJW.
AFL-CIO Report: Regrouping following the outcome of the midterm elections.
Old Business: CWA Local 4340 is in the midst of a run off election. Discussion of how to improve attendance at next year’s General Membership meeting. Planning needs to begin in the summer. Address base wasn’t passed along to the new secretary.
New Business: Next month’s Eboard meeting is December 13, 2014 at 9:30 am. Please make an effort to attend so that the business of the local can be conducted. The meeting date was moved up a week with the intention of being further from the December holidays and getting better attendance for the meeting. Also, discussion of putting dues that are owed to the national office into an escrow account to be held in an attempt to get the attention of the national leadership. Many members feel ignored by the national office and would consider withholding of funds until assistance is provided to resolve many of the issues that are festering within Local 42.
Meeting adjourned at 11:37.
Respectfully submitted by Cathy Watkins, WKYC Steward-at-Large

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Eboard Meeting 10/18/14

Meeting called to order by President Wachenschwanz at 10:34am

In attendance: Koscick, Oliver, Geiger, Mullally, Dolciato, Yushu, Banks

Motion to accept September minutes passed (minutes on file)

Recommendation to postpone passage of treasurers report accepted (report on file)

Stewards Report
New Members-(WOIO/WUAB) 3 new members- Daniel Tarr, Brionna Thomas and Julius Palange
(WJW News) lost one member, Kristen Jones
Motion to accept new members passed

Thank you note/Correspondence
Thank you note read from Tom Topor (WOIO)

Stewards Report
(WOIO/WUAB)- Moving forward with TJ Lane grievance. Corporate is visiting. Union reps had lunch with new GM, went well.
(WJW News)-Nice atmosphere and peaceful with new News Director. (WJW ENG) quiet. A few management concerns

Motion to suspend business until next months’ meeting on Saturday, November 15th at 9:30am. Quorum needed.
Meeting adjourn to prepare for General Membership Meeting at 11am

General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting called to order at 10:50am by President Wachenschwanz
Report from President on status of local. Local is doing good. The union hall capacity is completely full. We now house 4 unions.

Report on upcoming election from Rick Nagin-AFLCIO. Please get out and Vote. AFLCIO is seeking volunteers to work phone banks daily from 10am-8pm.

Meeting adjourned for lunch provided by barrio taco food truck.

See you next year.

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Executive Board for September 20, 2014

Meeting called to order by Vice President, Ken Koscick at 9:41am.

In attendance: DeChant, Dolciato, Edwards, Geiger, Jackson, Koscick, Mullally, Potter, Roskey, Verba, Watkins, and Yusko.

Suspend reading of June minutes.

Treasurer’s Report: Income $14,582.70. Expenses: $19,436.61. Then discussion about $7000 but tabled until Oliver returns. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by Jackson, Second by Mullally. Motion Passed.

New Members: WKYC: Fanady is Full Time, previously from Lion Video.

WJW-ENG: Craig Schuck, vacation relief. Tom Genovese from vacation relief to full time.

WJW-NEWS: Gerrell Nowling, Production Assistant. Nicholas Kovas Producer.

WOIO/WUAB: Mackenzie Miller, full time Assignment Desk. Elyssa Olgin, part time Assignment Desk.

Motion to accept the new members was made by Edward, second by Potter. Motion Passed.

No report on members not here anymore.

Correspondence and thank you notes: We had a few invites for August and September but because we did not meet over the summer we could not attend. Thank you notes from: Fairmount Center for the Arts, Bill Wachenschwantz and Chris Riethmiller.

Steward Reports: WKYC: With the addition of High School football there is the arrival of PT new Video Shooters, they are not MMJ, they are shooting for the WEB (digital content producers) but that does not seem to be true.

There was a station meeting to discuss automating news control room and it could eliminate 2 ½ jobs, but they are not expecting layoffs because of upcoming retirements.

WOIO/WUAB: Video Wall grievance has been resolved. If employee operates the video wall and Chyron at the same time they will get upgrade pay. Also, new General Manager is open to discussion and is having lunches with all employees and Jackson was on a workshop committee.

WJW: 3 grievances are still outstanding. 401k to vacation relief is relying on old language. MMJs are not getting their contractual raises. Some benefits regarding how sick time is being charged by the hour for some individuals and some can go home without being charged sick time. The I.As. do not have a contract for the past 1 ½ years, no terms. The company is scheduling training but not training Union members. Also, an outside company can adjust “Dejero” portable live units, not sure if this violates our jurisdiction. News is still down Producers, they are trying to hire.

AFL-CIO, JWJ-NCC-SEC Reports: SEC meeting in two weeks for Region 6. Also news from two locals in Los Angles trying to merge but instead of staying local may try to move to San Francisco.

Old Business: WKYC dues update, through an Attorney we have reached out to those who owe passed dues. Most members have made arrangements to pay in full or start installment plans.

New Business: General Membership meeting is October 25 from 11am – 2pm with the location to be decided. No update on website. Larry Cohen to retire. RAB will be in Cleveland April 23 – 25, 2015 we are still trying to find a hotel.

Motion to adjourn at 11:02am by Roskey, Second by Jackson. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted by Christopher Dolciato.

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E-Board Meeting February 15, 2014

Meeting called to order at 9:57am. Stewards in attendance: Ken Koscick, Terry Mullally, Cathy Watkins, John Kubankin, Rick Steine, Brian Gever, Jim Jackson, Christopher Dolciato, Marty Dechant, Marilyn Oliver and Bill Wachenschwanz. Also in attendance: Jim Kolendo, Ed Verba and Bob Melcher.
Agenda attached.
Minutes of previous meeting – Motion to accept made by Brian, second by Kathy Watkins
Treasurers Report attached
New Members- (WKYC)-Scott Pennyman, (WJW)- Macy McMaster, Asst. Producer (News). Motion to accept made by John Kubankin, second by Chris Dolciato.
Members not here- (WOIO)-Scott Pennyman, Akram Harrison, and Meg Shaw. (WJW)-Nick Kovach is now at WEWS.
Correspondence- Invitation to attend Marci Kaptur dinner-election related.
Stewards report- (WOIO) discussed Applegate retirement and 2 grievances; PA’s operating video wall. The PA’s will put in for an upgrade and we’ll proceed from there. On 2/3/14, Dolciato, Hillyer, Koscick, Kohagen and Wachenschwanz had a meeting with Stunek and Salamone about the Scott Taylor grievance.
(WKYC) Cathy met with the Chief engineer. There’s an AFTRA member who is moving to the IT department which is NABET. Current IT is going to be the IT supervisor. The asst. chief is retiring in a year and a half and they want to move operations scheduling to a NABET member-who is not current on dues. There is a question on this person’s responsibility to pay-off back dues. The contract does allow for the move. Also, there are some missing checks from faithful union dues payers, that were mailed to Marilyn’s address but she has not received them. This is the second time, so the couple is considering closing their account. The union voted to pay $50 to straighten the situation out. Motioned made by Cathy Watkins, second by John Kubankin.
(WJW)News- A member is having problems with auto union payroll deduction. (WJW) Eng.- Currently, in contract negotiations and there has been some movement in previous discussions. There are new talks scheduled this week. They are in financial discussions now. There are also 3 outstanding grievances.
AFLCIO Reports- Sector meeting is in 2 weeks.
Old Business- Jim Kolendo presented our amended Article 8 revisions to the by-laws. Motion to accept made by Tim Roskey, second by Jim Jackson. As of now, these are the new bylaws.
New Business- Death policy benefit. Motion for Bob Melcher to speak, made by Terry Mullally, second by Tim Roskey. Letter attached. Spirited debate and discussion followed. We discussed the death policy benefit, because the language was currently in effect at the time of his death. By a vote of 6-4, the motion passed to pay the family of Radames Santiago Jr., 1 weeks pay. Motion made by Terry Mullally, second by Jim Jackson. Additional discussion occurred concerning this issue, (Article 9.7), by a passing vote of 7-4. From this day forward, the death benefit policy has been eliminated. Motion made by Marty Dechant, second by Rick Stiene. It is noted that the death policy benefit discussion for Ray happened before we proceeded with the vote to eliminate the policy.
Website- Question about E-board minutes not being posted on the website.
Meeting adjourned at 11:32am, motioned by Jim Jackson, second by Tim Roskey. Next E-Board meeting is Saturday, March, 15th at 9:30am.
Respectfully submitted, acting secretary, Ken Koscick

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EBoard Minutes 1/18/14

Meeting called to order at 10:02am by President Wachenschwanz.

The reading of the minutes was suspended. All reps had not seen the minutes on-line. Discussion about how minutes are posted and who gets them followed. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Tim Rosky, 2nd by Marty Dechant.

Treasurer’s Report (December report attached)
We are caught with the CWA overpayment. We had a problem with the overpayment of WJW. We need to control it. Sarah Bachman (Ch. 3) got a letter about owing back union dues. She paid in full. Chuck mailed out 4 letters, the other 3 have not paid. Bill McKinney, Chris Mizell and Rawleigh?, 1 was returned.
We just received Channel 8’s dues ($4000). Double union dues and city taxes will be taken out at Tribune next pay. Question by Tim and discussion about how many days in negotiations expenses were in December. It seems the last report also had expenses listed (expenses cover-room, food, drinks, etc. It included about $1500. Salary comp is Bill and Marilyn-$3000). The company usually sends a bill and Marilyn verifies the expenses. The President will have to look up the exact number of days. A suggestion of checking the total bill to ensure we’re only paying for our expenses was made. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Terri Mullally, 2nd by Brian Gyger.
New Members- WKYC, Carl Lemon- part time photographer. WOIO, 2 new members, will have paperwork next month. WJW News & Eng and WJW no new members. Motion to accept made by Cathy 2nd by JJackson. Members not here-WJW news- Kaitlin Sawyer.

Correspondence- Hospice calendar of events (newsletter attached).

Stewards Reports
WJW Eng-(Tim) Currently in negotiations. Changing over to Tribune and there are a lot of questions and confusion. VR’s are all gone. There is 1 opening at the station in Eng. If interested contact John Cifani and Greg Easterly (GM). We filed a grievance on the benefits package. It violates what we’re currently under.
Negotiations-(John) the company is rejecting everything we put on the table and we haven’t even talked money. We’re using the same mediator from before and the same problems from before.
IATSE (IA’s) have not had a contract in 8 months. They held a protest yesterday and about 30 people showed up. We’ve reached out to them in hopes of working together and were shot down by their rep. We’re not scheduled to meet again.
Tribune has held up negotiations, and just shuffled managers around. It’s the same company/LLC as before. It’s not Tribune. The unit is asking for help! They are inviting the WJW newsroom to come out to the unit meeting on 2/1/14 @1pm held at the union hall. The newsroom contract is up in 3 months.

WJW News- Possible scheduling issues associated with the company switch may arise. The workweek is currently M-Su, they are switching to Su-Sa and the timecards aren’t matching. Workweeks could be shorter for some employees. The Eng. Plan is to file a grievance if anyone is shorted hours. A meeting may need to be held to address this issue or wait until the transition is complete, so they can’t use it as an excuse. Whatever is decided, Eng and News should do the same thing.

WOIO/WUAB-(Chris) Still working on our 1st grievance of 2014, Scott Taylor shooting cell phone video. The station rejected it. Shanice Dunning is our 1st MMJ.
The new news set will premiere on 1/30. The company is assigning PA’s to operate the video wall. We feel it’s a problem, they say it’s what PA’s have always been doing. A conference call w/Eric is scheduled, to discuss how we should proceed. JJ has noticed scheduling issues. Pete is using part-timers to fill in full-time shifts. They take you off your regular shift and assign a part time employee to cover. He can’t find any wording in the contract to address this concern.

WKYC- (Cathy) Contracts were delivered, Cathy will distribute them with the new invoices for January. The Carl Lemon issue has been resolved. No grievance was filed and he will be submitting timesheets and has sent in his union paperwork.

Reports-AFLCIO- Meeting was held Wednesday night. Announced Captor is coming and support for Fitzgerald. McDonald’s was also discussed. SEC – Meeting to be held in March. Charter jurisdictions will be addressed. We have 31 & 16 and may get more land. Web-forms are hard to find on the site. John will correct this and is willing to update any email addresses if needed.
New Business- RAB meeting will be 5/29-6/1 in Liverpool, NY.
By-Laws-(Jim) All items have been voted on and approved by Jim Joyce, except Article 8. Once it’s re-worked, we’ll vote on and resubmit it. Jim also complemented the unit on their work on this document. The President suggested the sector pay for units to reprint their by-laws.

There was no New Business to be discussed. Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by JJ and 2nd by Cathy at 11:20am. Next Eboard meeting will be held on 2/15 at 9:30am.

Respectfully submitted, acting secretary
Danielle Banks

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