NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 Executive Board Meeting Minutes for 1/19/13

Meeting called to order at 11:28am by President Bill Wachenschwanz.

Attendees: M. DeChant, B. Geiger, J. Kaminsky, J. Kolendo, K. Koscick, J. Kubankin,
T. Mullally, M. Oliver, J. Potter, T. Roskey, R. Stiene, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas,
W. Wachenschwanz, C. Watkins.
Non-voting attendees: C. DeGross, R. Nagin, E. Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the December 8th, 2012 E-Board Meeting is suspended.
No changes or corrections are requested. Motion to accept the minutes as posted:
Move: Terry Mullally. Second: Ken Koscick.

Marilyn Oliver presents the December 2012 Treasurer’s Report. In December, the total monthly income was $15,357.87. Expenses for the month totaled $15,221.81. We had a net income for the month of $145.06. Big expenses were the Officer Quarterly, Salary Comp and Negotiation Expenses for Fox 8.

John Potter voiced concerns expressed by a Member regarding the monthly cost of the Officer’s cell phones and the Union Office phone. John suggested some ways that the cost could be lowered on the phones. Bill Wachenschwanz asked John to assist him in switching to a more reasonably priced phone for the Union Office. John also was looking at the Office expenses and suggested several cost saving measures to help reduce costs there.

Due to lack of quorum in the months of November 2012 and December 2012, the Treasurer’s Reports presented those months were not voted on by the E-Board. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s reports as presented in November 2012 (October’s accounting of funds), December 2012 (November’s accounting of funds) and January 2013 (December 201
2 accounting of funds). Move: John Potter. Second: Cathy Watkins.

New Members: WOIO/WUAB- Kalena Nicole Holloway- Full Time- Web Producer
Shanice Lachelle Dunning- PartTime/Assignment Desk
WKYC- Jennifer Lehmann – Re-Hire.

Motion to accept new Members: Move: Ken Koscick. Second: Terry Trakas.

Members Not Here Any More:
WKYC- Brandi Paulsen. Own Business
Donna Meyers- Accepted buy out.

Correspondence: Cathy Watkins received a note of thanks for the gift card the Union sent to Debbie and Bob Naab due to Bob’s long term disability. Bill Wachenschwanz got an announcement and registration form from the AFL-CIO for their annual Workers’ Compensation Institute. The workshop will be held Monday March 11th through Friday March 15th at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Anyone interested in attending this conference should contact Bill for further information.

There will be an Art exhibition at the Cleveland Public Library on Superior Ave. in Downtown Cleveland called Labor & New Deal Art. This exhibit which will feature art and prints from the Depression Era; many of these works depict the hidden history of America’s golden age of cultural democracy when Union organizing drives in the auto, steel and rubber industries shaped the face of the Labor Movement in America. The exhibit runs from January 18th through March 24th. Our support for this exhibit is requested.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO/WUAB: John Kaminsky said that the second round of Negotiations will continue next week Wednesday and Thursday at the station. This round of talks will deal with financial issues.

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey reports that he is waiting for word from Judi Chartier regarding the issues with SmartBoard technology. Tim said a meeting was called and budget issues were discussed with management; there are up-grades in the works on the switcher in the control room as well as a new live shot truck.

WJW-NEWS- Brian Geiger recounted that the vacation selections went through without problems.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins said that Randy Bettke has been promoted to Maintenance Supervisor. She also mentioned that a Producer who had been let go will now be working at WJW Fox 8. Chuck DeGross spoke on the landmark decision from the National Labor Relations Board which threw out a 50 year precedent and took away a powerful economic weapon employers had over Unions. Sincere thanks and congratulations to Chuck on getting Local 42 this decision!

AFL/CIO Report is presented by Rick Nagin. Rick attended the delegate meeting at the North Shore Federation of Labor on January 9th and filed this report:

Pat Gallagher, the new Labor Council President, reported on the concern of the State AFL-CIO about referendum petitions being circulated for a “Right To Work” amendment to the Ohio Constitution. While there are reasons to believe the petitions may not be filed until after the 2014 gubernatorial election, the State AFL-CIO is preparing an educational campaign for affiliates since many union members are confused about the issue that would greatly undermine organized labor and create conditions throughout the state such as Local 42 has experienced at WKYC. The falsely named proposal is actually a Right to Freeload allowing employees to get union benefits and representation without paying dues. It’s a plan for weakening and destroying unions.

Executive Secretary Harriet Applegate reported on the major issues the National AFL-CIO is addressing. These include:

1. Ending the abuse of the filibuster that has paralyzed the U.S. Senate. The CWA, UAW and other groups have formed a Fix The Senate Now coalition (www.fixthesenatenow.org) urging union members and all voters to contact their Senators, especially in Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, to support a rules change so the government can pass laws and function.

2. Protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The effort to cut these vitally needed earned benefits rather than closing tax loopholes and cutting corporate welfare is a serious threat to living standards of poor and working people. The AFL-CIO has called for National Days of Action Jan. 30 and Feb. 20 as well as a National Call In Day to Congress Feb. 12. The Cleveland Federation has formed a committee to work on this, which meets each Wednesday at 4:30 pm at the AFL-CIO office and is planning a demonstration in Public Square.

3. Supporting comprehensive immigration reform to open a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented workers. It is expected that Pres. Obama will propose legislation on this.

4. Defending Voting Rights. The 2012 election exposed the problem of voter suppression, especially of minorities, by various states including Ohio and the need for establishing national standards for federal elections.

The meeting ended with break-out sessions discussing ways of reaching the membership on these and other issues to help the labor council develop a plan of work for the year.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Nagin

NEW BUSINESS: President Bill Wachenschwanz said that the SEC Meeting will be held on March 12th, 2013. Bill also said that the CWA National Convention will be held in April in Pittsburgh.

Bill reads the Local 42 By-laws, Article IX, Section 9.7, and asks the Executive Board to consider suspending this Article indefinitely. The Article is discussed and a Motion is made to suspend Section 9.7 of the Local 42 By-laws indefinitely, commencing January 20th, 2013. Move: Terry Trakas. Second: John Potter.

Terry Mullally asks if we have received any financial rebates from the Sector or CWA. Treasurer Marilyn Oliver said that we had received $5,000 in SIF Funds from NABET/CWA in December 2012.

Motion to Adjourn: Move: Ken Koscick. Second: Terry Trakas..
Meeting ends at 1:11pm.

NEXT E-BOARD MEETING: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 9:00am at the Union Hall. Please note the early start time!

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