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).
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