Minutes for Executive Board Meeting Saturday, November 22, 2014

Meeting called to order at 10:12 am.

Stewards in attendance: Tim Roskey (WJW eng), John Yusko (WJW eng), Brian Geiger (WJW news), Terry Mullally (WJW eng), Marty DeChant (WOIO), John Potter (WOIO), Cathy Watkins (WKYC).
President Wachenschwanz read the minutes from the October 18 Executive Board meeting, which had not been posted online. Motion to accept the minutes made by Mullally, second by Geiger; motion passes. President Wachenschwanz gave a summarization of last month’s General Membership meeting.
Treasurer’s Report: For the month of October, Local 42 received a total income of $16,619.68. Total expenses for the month were $21,257.32. This left Local 42 with a net loss of $4,637.64. The biggest expenses were for outside legal services, WJW ULOA for negotiations, and salary compensation. President Wachenschwanz recommended holding approval of the Treasurer’s report until the next meeting or whenever we have a quorum. Currently we have not approved the Treasurer’s report for the past four meetings. President Wachenschwanz stressed the urgency of this situation and asked that stewards please make an effort to attend the next Eboard meeting so that the local can take care of financial matters. Motion to delay approval of today’s Treasurer’s Report made by Roskey, second by Potter; motion passes.
New members: Carrie Young, producer, WJW; Shannon Nealon, producer, WJW. Motion to accept these two new members made by Geiger, second by DeChant; motion passes.
Correspondence: Thank you note from Marilyn Oliver for fruit basket following her knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation.
Stewards Reports: (WKYC) Cathy Watkins reports that the automation of the production control room is running on schedule, with the switch-over scheduled for December 16, 2014. While no layoffs of unit members will occur as the result of automation, Station Manager Micki Byrnes offered buyouts to members who may be interested. As of today’s meeting, four unit members have decided to take the buyout. Discussion of the resignation of Jose’ Montano and Brian Behler from the WKYC unit and how this was able to occur. While they will not be dues-paying members going forward, they are responsible for all back dues owed while they were Local 42 members.
(WOIO) Marty DeChant reports that the company and the union agreed to settlement terms for the grievance that resulted when TJ Lane escaped from prison and a non-bargaining unit member interrupted programming with a breaking news report. Eight control room members will receive one hour of overtime pay for the incident.
(WJW Engineering) Tim Roskey reports that a conference call is scheduled in the coming week with Staff Representative Lou Fallot and NABET Staff Attorney Judi Chartier regarding three grievances on file and a new one for changes made to members’ work schedules during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weeks. Also, the company has been advised that a new traffic system scheduled to go online Tuesday may result in a grievance. The IATSE unit at WJW voted on a contract recently, but the result was not known at the time of this meeting. The outcome has ramifications to NABET members at WJW.
AFL-CIO Report: Regrouping following the outcome of the midterm elections.
Old Business: CWA Local 4340 is in the midst of a run off election. Discussion of how to improve attendance at next year’s General Membership meeting. Planning needs to begin in the summer. Address base wasn’t passed along to the new secretary.
New Business: Next month’s Eboard meeting is December 13, 2014 at 9:30 am. Please make an effort to attend so that the business of the local can be conducted. The meeting date was moved up a week with the intention of being further from the December holidays and getting better attendance for the meeting. Also, discussion of putting dues that are owed to the national office into an escrow account to be held in an attempt to get the attention of the national leadership. Many members feel ignored by the national office and would consider withholding of funds until assistance is provided to resolve many of the issues that are festering within Local 42.
Meeting adjourned at 11:37.
Respectfully submitted by Cathy Watkins, WKYC Steward-at-Large

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