NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 Executive Board Meeting Minutes 5/18/13

Meeting called to order at 9:25am by President Bill Wachenschwanz.

Attendees: M. DeChant, J. Jackson, J. Kaminsky, J. Kolendo, K. Koscick,
J. Kubankin, T. Mullally, T. Roskey, M. Smilor, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas,
W. Wachenschwanz.
Non-voting attendees: C. DeGross, R. Nagin and E. Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the April 13th, 2013 E-Board Meeting suspended.
Motion to accept the April 13, 2013 minutes as posted: Move: Jim Jackson.
Second: Terry Mullally.

Treasurer’s Report is read by President Wachenschwanz in the absence of Treasurer Marilyn Oliver. In April, the total monthly income was $14,569.76. Expenses for the month totaled $10,350.86. We had a net income for the month of $4,218.86. Big expense was Salary Comp. Bill noted that we are now current with WOIO/WUAB and Fox 8 ULOA. Mileage Rate for 2013 is 56.5 cents per mile. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report: Move: Ken Koscick.
Second: Terry Trakas.

New Members: WOIO/WUAB: Stephen Parsons- Part-time PA.
Abigail Schrader- Part-time PA.
WKYC: Ryan Maloney
WJW- NEWS:Kaitlyn Sawyer- Associate Producer
Elise Chengery- Made Full Time
WJW- ENG: Claudia Fleming- VR
Mike Gerlica- Full Time Maintenance
Motion to accept new Members: Move: Ken Koscick. Second: John Kaminsky.

Members Not Here Any More: WJW-NEWS: Katie Meyers.
Correspondence: President Bill Wachenschwanz thanked all the Members who were involved in covering the Seymour Avenue story. Bill said that the professionalism and cooperation he saw among NABET Local 42 Members and the national media was laudable. Bill received a note of appreciation from Matt Rafferty (WJW- Eng) for the flowers the Union sent to Matt’s Father’s funeral. A thank you letter was read from Linda Hinton for our support during her campaign for the office of Vice President of CWA District Four.
There will be a Golf Outing sponsored by the Union Sportsman Alliance on Saturday, July 13th in Bellevue Ohio. For more information about purchasing tickets or attending, please contact Bill Wachenschwanz.
Terry Trakas shared that Dale Pae received a kidney transplant last Sunday and is doing well. Dale is convalescing at home and is on the road to recovery. Best Wishes are sent to Dale for a speedy return to good health.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO-WUAB: John Kaminsky told the Board that a grievance has been filed on behalf of Dawn Pinkney (P.A.) John said that Eric Seggi is handling the grievance.

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey said that a meeting is going to be scheduled in the near future to discuss several on-going issues of concern.

WJW-News- Brian Geiger reports that Vacation scheduling seems to be going okay.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins is on vacation. In her absence, Chuck DeGross spoke to the Board about recent meetings he had attended and upcoming events. Mark Smilor asked if there could be a WKYC Unit meeting in June? President Wachenschwanz said yes and that he would speak with Cathy upon her return to discuss dates.

AFL/CIO Report is presented by Delegate Rick Nagin. Rick kindly prepared an electronic summary of the meeting which is reproduced in it’s entirety below.

Main actions and points of discussion:

March on Washington: Unanimous vote to endorse and actively mobilize to build Aug 24 March on Washington called by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the King Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I have a dream speech.” The event, endorsed by the National AFL-CIO, will strengthen labor’s ties to the African-American community and other progressive allies and be an occasion for promoting Labor’s demands for jobs and defense of Union rights.

NLRB Nominations: Members and affiliates are asked to contact Sen. Rob Portman before May 16th Senate hearing on Pres. Obama’s nominations to the NLRB. Urge him to confirm the nominations.

Elections: Affiliates were asked to refrain from early endorsements in 2013 and 2014 elections so that Labor can speak with one voice and have maximum effect.

Union Musicians: American Federation of Musicians Local 4 asked all to join them in protesting use of nonunion musicians by Hollywood film crews coming into Cleveland May 23rd.

So-called Right-To-Work: Though currently tabled, So-called “Right-to –Work” legislation is still expected and Tea Party forces are continuing to circulate petitions to put it on the ballot. Locals are urged to take part in the effort to educate members through the AFL-CIO phone bank.

Labor Festival: Instead of a parade an all day festival is planned Sat. Aug 31 in Euclid Memorial Park to celebrate Labor Day. There will be vendor tents and a program book.
Locals are urged to take part in the planning committee.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Nagin

Great Job, Rick! Thanks for the report and welcome back to the roads of greater Cleveland. Brother Jim Jackson extends sincere thanks to Rick Nagin for all the assistance Rick gave during the Ed FitzGerald gubernatorial announcement. Jim praised Rick’s efforts which were instrumental in the success of Jims’ work.

Old Business: President Wachenschwanz spoke briefly about the CWA Convention that he and Vice President Kolendo attended in Pittsburgh last month. The main topics discussed were: The NLRB appointments, Immigration, and changes to the funding of the SIF fund which will be less expensive for the Locals. The issue of consolidation of smaller Locals was tabled and other changes to the CWA Constitution went away. The Transportation Workers of America is now in talks with CWA.

New Business: The offices of Vice President and Secretary of Local 42 will be vacant as of June 30th, 2013. Bill will be distributing a call for Nominations as well as Nominating Petitions to each Unit in the next week. Please encourage all Members in Good Standing to consider running for these Executive Board positions. Jim Kolendo expressed his sincere thanks for all the opportunities the Union has afforded him. Nancy Tatulinski also expressed her gratitude and thanks.

President Wachenschwanz asks the Board to make a motion to allow Secretary Tatulinski to keep the six-year-old laptop the Union purchased during her term as Secretary. Motion to allow Nancy Tatulinski to keep the laptop the Union purchased:
Move: Jim Jackson. Second: Marty DeChant.
Nancy expressed sincere appreciation for this lovely parting gesture.

Motion to Adjourn: Ken Koscick. Second: Brian Geiger.
Meeting ends at 10:42pm.

Next E-Board Meeting will be on JUNE 15th at 9am at the Union Hall.

(That’s Brian Geiger’s birthday…maybe we will have a cake?)
Be sure to attend and you will find out!

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