NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 Executive Board Meeting Minutes for January 15, 2011

Meeting called to order at 11:35am by President Bill Wachenschwanz.

Attendees: D. Banks, M. DeChant, B. Geiger, J. Jackson, J. Kaminsky, B. Kohagen, J. Kolendo, J. Kubankin, T. Mullally, M. Oliver, G. Payamgis, J. Potter, T. Roskey, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas, W. Wachenschwanz, C. Watkins and D. Yandala.

Non-voting attendees: R. Nagin and E. Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the December 18th, 2010 E-Board Meeting is suspended.

No changes or corrections are requested.   Motion to accept the minutes as posted: John Potter.  Second: Terry Trakas.

Treasurer’s Report is read by Treasurer Marilyn Oliver. In December, the total monthly income was $13,191.35.  Expenses for the month totaled $13,754.65.  We had a net loss for the month of $563.30. Big expenses were the Officer Quarterly, Salary Comp and office supplies. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report: Bill Kohagen.  Second: Jim Jackson.

A motion to move to Executive Session was brought to the floor. Motion made by Bill Kohagen. Second: Danielle Banks. Discussion continues in Executive Session.

A motion to leave Executive Session was brought to the floor. Motion made by Tim Roskey.  Second: Terry Mullally.

New Members: WJW-ENG- Jason Boyer- Transferred from WOIO/WUAB Unit.

Members Not Here Any More: WOIO/WUAB- Matt Daruz- PA-Returned to College

WKYC- Larry Baker- Retired

Correspondence: Marilyn Oliver received a note of appreciation from Holy Family Parish for the donation the Union made in memoriam of Virginia Bowman, Dan Bowman’s Mother (WKYC).  Bill Wachenschwanz got a call from Truman Foster’s wife.  Truman was a loyal Union Member and activist at WJW. Truman passed away in December. The Executive Board offered a moment of silence in honor of Truman.

Bill read an announcement from the AFL-CIO announcing their 2011 UCAN Training Program. The ten session Union Community Activist Network training begins March 24th and continues to May 26th.  Topics include organizing workers into Unions, community resources, skills for more effective Union activity and the economy today.  For more information about this training program, please contact Bill Wachenschwanz.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO/WUAB: Bill Kohagen offers condolences to Danielle Banks on the passing of her Grandfather, Daniel Banks. Danielle was named in honor of her Grandfather who was age 83 when he died. Sympathy is extended to Rob Hillyer and his wife, Theresa, on the recent passing of Theresa’s Mother.

Bill reviews the past week when he was told by management that there would be lay-offs. Two Unit Members were laid off; Chrissy Lincoln, Photographer, and Ricardo Springer, News Director. The conditions of the lay-off and re-assignment of duties will be reviewed on Monday and a grievance will be filed.

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey reports that a grievance was filed regarding the MMJ’s being granted vacation time out side of the Engineering Unit and the bid selection process that the Unit follows per the CBA.  A grievance will be filed over the elimination of a daytime edit shift and who will be completing the work after the position is eliminated. Further investigation will take place regarding line-producers editing after shows. There has been no response from management.  Currently, a BRUTUS system is being installed to automate WJW Master Control.

WJW-NEWS- Doug Yandala tells the E-Board that next month the News Unit will begin selecting a Negotiating Committee for their bargaining.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins fills us in on the latest events at their station.  Management brought in consultants to review operations and they determined that their news show was dull and boring. A card was delivered to Brooke from the Unit before Christmas; it featured “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.  Mobilization occurred last Saturday at Halleen KIA in Elyria. The day featured a good turn out of Unit Members and a serenade by the Halleen KIA manager who set off the car lot’s remote vehicle alarms in an attempt to disburse the Union Members in front of his business.  The display of honking horns and flashing lights courtesy of the manager drew extra attention to the diligent Members who turned out in bitter cold temperatures to support their cause. Monday was the one year anniversary of the implementation of the new work rules. A cake was delivered to the station with the words, “We Remember 1-10-2010” written on it. Next week there will be a planning meeting for the next mobilization effort.

A motion to move to Executive Session was brought to the floor. Motion made by John Potter. Second: Bill Kohagen. Discussion continues in Executive Session.

A motion to leave Executive Session was brought to the floor. Motion made by Doug Yandala.  Second: George Payamgis.

AFL/CIO Report is presented by Rick Nagin. Rick attended last Wednesdays Delegate Meeting at the AFL-CIO. One of the topics discussed was the inauguration of the new Ohio Governor and his plans to balance the State budget with cuts in service areas including health care, education, libraries and support to community groups. Governor Kasich said he wants to repeal the collective bargaining law for public employees. Two Labor Coalitions, one initiated by the CWA, have been formed to plan demonstrations and a coordinated fight back.

Rick told us about a report from the United Commercial Food Workers Union and their struggle with Rite-Aid Drug Stores. Rite-Aid wants to take away clerical workers medical coverage.  This would be a severe hardship to these workers who earn pay not much above the minimum wage.  The UCFW asks Union Members to please boycott Rite-Aid and shop at other Union pharmacies like Giant Eagle or CVS. TSA workers have been trying to organize a Union and the Obama Administration will allow an election to take place.   Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive, was at the AFL-CIO meeting and spoke about the money the County gets from the State.  Ed said that there is a danger of programs being cut if State funds are reduced.

WEB REPORT: John Potter is modifying the NABET/CWA Local 42 Web site. He is migrating all the various pages to one unified location. You can look for our fan page on Facebook by searching “NABET 42”; the entry named “NABET 42, non-profit organization” is the correct selection. Please suggest this site to friends so we can build interest in our group. The new web site will be streamlined and user friendly.  John will up-date us on his progress at the next E-Board meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: The Holiday Party is set for Saturday, January 29th, 2011.  Cocktails at 6pm.  Brian Geiger has generously offered to bring his audio equipment to the party and will provide a “surprise”, fun source of entertainment for the evening.

Bill Wachenschwanz has engaged “Kim’s Catering” to provide food for the party as well as provisions to be delivered to Members working that evening.  We must have a Police Officer on premises’ during the party. Bill asks if anyone knows an off- duty Officer who might be available that evening. Please contact Bill if you know someone. Terry Mullally will again work her magic transforming the Union Hall into a Winter Wonderland and asks for volunteers to assist set up on Friday, January 28th.  Please contact Terry if you are willing to help.

NEW BUSINESS: Vice President Jim Kolendo up-dates the Board on his progress managing the Lynda-dot-com licenses. He is sending weekly messages to Members who have requested training and has the program pretty booked up for the first three months of the year.  Please contact Jim if you are interested in training.

Motion to Adjourn: Brian Geiger.  Second: John Kaminsky.

Meeting ends at 1:19pm.

NEXT E-BOARD MEETING:  Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 11:00am at the Union Hall.  Hope to see you at the Holiday Party!

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