Executive Board Minutes 4-21-2012

Meeting called to order at 11:37am by President Bill Wachenschwanz.

Attendees: M. DeChant, J. Kaminsky, J. Kolendo, K. Koscick, J. Kubankin, M. Oliver, J. Potter, C. Riethmiller, T. Roskey, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas, W. Wachenschwanz and
C. Watkins.
Non-voting attendees: C. DeGross and E. Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the March 10th, 2012 E-Board Meeting suspended.
Motion to accept the March 10th, 2012 minutes as posted: Ken Koscick.
Second: Tim Roskey.

NABET-CWA Local 42 Secretary and Local Election Committee Chair, Nancy Tatulinski, addresses the Executive Board re: Nominating Petitions for the Offices of Local 42 President and Treasurer. After the posting, collection and review of the Nominating Petitions, as per the direction of the By-Laws and approval of the Executive Board for advance posting, (reference: E-Board Minutes 1/21/12/New Business), only two Members have submitted their names for consideration and have presented the appropriately signed Petitions. Therefore, by acclamation, Bill Wachenschwanz will be Local 42 President and Marilyn Oliver will be Local 42 Treasurer.
Motion to accept by Acclamation Bill Wachenschwanz as President of NABET-CWA Local 42 and Marilyn Oliver as NABET-CWA Local 42 Treasurer for the term commencing July 1st, 2012 and ending June 30th, 2015: Terry Trakas. Second: Ken Koscick.

Election Chair Tatulinski also collected and reviewed the Nominating Petitions from the WKYC Unit and determined that the following Members have been elected, by acclamation, to the following Offices:
John Kubankin; Steward. George Payamgis; Steward.
Chris Riethmiller; Alternate Steward.
Cathy Watkins: Chief-Steward-at- Large.

Attorney, Chuck DeGross, administers the Oath of Office to Bill, Marilyn, Cathy, John and Chris. Congratulations to this great group of dedicated Officers!

Treasurer’s Report is read by Treasurer Marilyn Oliver. In March, the total monthly income was $15,958.74. Expenses for the month totaled $15,839.36. We had a net income for the month of $119.38. Big expenses were ULOA, Salary Comp and the Officer Quarterly. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report: Ken Koscick.
Second: Cathy Watkins.

New Members: WJW-Engineering: Matt Brennan, Mark Dominic, Ledion Isufas,
and Adam Meyer- VR’s
WOIO/WUAB: Ken Scheck- Part-time MCO Operator.

Motion to accept new Members: Move: John Kaminsky. Second: Terry Trakas

Members Not Here Any More: WKYC- Bill McKinney- Left for WEWS

Correspondence: Vice President Jim Kolendo got many notes of appreciation from Members and participants in the Final Cut Training Lab held in March. Jim mentioned an e-mail sent from Jo Ellen Corrigan, TNG from the PD, about another training opportunity in June. There will be a three day Multi-Media Workshop on June 14th thru 16th at Franklin Hall on the campus of Kent State University. Hands-on training will be offered using Kent State equipment and facilities. The cost is $195 per person. Registration will close on May 31st. Please contact Jim if you need more information about this course.

John Kaminsky offers sincere condolences on behalf of the Union to WOIO/WUAB Sister, Barb Spoerke on the loss of her Mother, Thea Buchwald. Mrs. Buchwald passed away in early April.

President Wachenschwanz read a flyer from “Jobs with Justice” announcing their Spring Celebration which will be held on May 14th, 5pm at the Doubletree Hotel. Please contact Bill if you are interested in purchasing a ticket.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO-WUAB: John Kaminsky recounted that there is a new assistant news director at their station. The current news director is doing more travelling. John said that management wants to see OT reduced.
NABET-CWA Local 42 Web Master, John Potter, said that the Web Hosting license is up for renewal. Motion to pay $99 for the renewal of Local 42’s Web Hosting license: John Potter. Second: Tim Roskey.

WJW-NEWS- Brian Geiger said that things were currently pretty quiet and succeeded the News Unit time to Engineering.

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey talked about the meeting held to discuss many of the outstanding grievances including The Browns Show, Benefits and shared work with the IA’s. Briefs are due on June 5th and a response should be forthcoming around thirty days after that. The second round of contract negotiations will begin next Tuesday. The company has said that financials were not as good as hoped. Negotiations will continue all next week.
Eight VR’s are back. An issue has come up where vacation was denied based on a particular skill set. A grievance was filed based on a sports position editing a non-sports package for air. Investigation will take place to determine if the package has/has not aired.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins said that the Unit discovered that General Manager Brooke Spectorsky and his wife, several sales people and their spouses as well as Clients, went on a station sponsored trip to TAHITI. The news of Spectorsky and his friends tropical paradise get-away while Union workers struggled with pay cuts, led many Unit Members to welcome the sun-tanned Spectorsky back to work by wearing brightly patterned Hawaiian shirts and drinking Tahitian treat beverages. The Gannett Blog picked up on the story and spread the word nation-wide of this gratuitous trip by station management.

A rumor that news director Rita Andolsen was not going to continue working in that capacity spawned a meeting called by Spectorsky to refute the rumor. Brooke said the rumor was NOT TRUE and that Rita’s honeymoon in Europe was ruined because of it.
When Andolsen returned, it was announced that she would NOT be the news director, but would be taking on a Community Advocate position with the station.

A motion was made that Local 42 make a donation of $75 to the Gannett Blog to help continue its good work: Cathy Watkins. Second: John Kubankin.

AFL/CIO Report is presented by Secretary Tatulinski in the absence of Delegate Rick Nagin. Rick kindly prepared a summary of the meeting which included reports of mounting activity by labor in both economic and political areas. Pres. Loree Soggs and Exec. Sec’y Harriet Applegate reported public actions by CWA (Verizon contract fight), SEIU (downtown janitors’ contract), Workers United (Hugo Boss contract) and Postal Workers (to save USPS).

Delegates applauded the “major victory,” by the Cleveland Teachers Union, which succeeded in blocking the “fresh start” attempt by Mayor Jackson and corporate forces to discard the contract framework won through long and hard fought battles and also reached agreement on Union participation in matters of seniority and failing schools.

The State AFL-CIO has launched a major effort to change the way political districts are drawn by amending the state constitution with a referendum petition that would establish a non-partisan redistricting board. Petitions are available and a mass kickoff is set for April 25 at 5 pm at the Local 310 hall. If the amendment is on the ballot this November and is adopted, new districts would be drawn in time for the 2014 Congressional elections.

State Sen. Mike Skindell reported that, despite repeal of SB 5, Republican legislators are still trying to erode collective bargaining and have ended this right for Home Health Care Workers, Maintenance Workers at the state capitol building and Employees of Jobs and Family Service in some counties.

James Jones, Director of ESOP (Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People), urged Unions to inform their Members that federal grants of as much as $25,000 are available to homeowners facing foreclosure due to financial hardships caused by medical or other involuntary reasons. Information on this program is available by calling 216-361-0718.

Harriet Applegate said the AFL-CIO sees the April 17 Tax Day demonstrations protesting tax inequality as the kick-off of the effort by labor and its allies to re-elect President Obama.

Old Business: Vice President Jim Kolendo reported that 29 people were trained in the Final Cut Pro lab that concluded its Cleveland run at the end of March. Jim said he had good feedback and that people felt it was a valuable and positive experience. He praised instructor Jim Talluto for his kindness, patience and good humor during the training classes. Kolendo was pleased to report that $1000 had been approved for food for the classes, only $746.15 was spent, bring the cost in well under budget. Good job, Jim! The E-Board gave Jim a big round of applause for all the work he put in to making this local program a success.

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

A motion to leave Executive Session was brought to the floor. Motion made by
Ken Koscick. Second: Cathy Watkins.

New Business: The RAB Meeting will be held in June in Boston. President Wachenschwanz, Vice President Kolendo and Secretary Nancy Tatulinski will be attending. Staff Rep Bill Murray will be working on the jam-packed agenda. One of the items on the “list” so far is a user-friendly version of forms including grievance and pre-arbitration materials.

George Payamgis had e-mailed in a list of items to discuss including the renewal of the WKYC Mobilization Web-site. A Motion was made to spend $15 to renew the WKYC Mobilization Web-site: John Potter. Second: Ken Koscick.

Bill Wachenschwanz said he would call Washington on Monday to release funds for the continuing Mobilization efforts at WKYC including the kiosk.

Chuck DeGross said that there will be an NLRB Seminar in Cleveland on May 17th. The NLRB General Counsel will be there. There has been no word on our case before the NLRB, but Chuck hopes to hear something very soon. Chuck also said that there is a BIG Mobilization going on right now with Local 4340 and AT&T and he suggests that we all keep an eye on Senate Bill 271 which is the “new” SB5. Chuck extends congratulations to the newly sworn Officers and Stewards.

Motion to Adjourn: Ken Koscick. Second: Brian Geiger.
Meeting ends at 1:49pm.

NEXT E-BOARD MEETING on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Union Hall.

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