E-Board Meeting Minutes

E-board meeting 2/20/16

Stewards in attendance: Ken Koscick, Christopher Dolciato, Cathy Watkins, Terry Mullally, Brian Geiger, John Potter, Kevin D. Smith, Marilyn Oliver, Bill Wachenschwanz and Danielle Banks. Guests: Ed Verba and Rick Nagin

Meeting called to order at 10am by President Wachenschwanz.

Minutes approved

Treasurers Report approved

Monthly Reports– No New members to report.  Members not here anymore-(WJWNEWS) Steve Golders retired after 40 years.  (WOIO) Julie Sechrist was promoted and is now out of the union.  The company confused her name with Holly Sechrist.  James Thornsberry and Imel Chadma. (WKYC) Rob Ryan resigned from the union.

Correspondence and thank you’s- Acknowledgement from Ken Koscick in the loss of his mom.

Stewards Reports-(Terry, WJWENG) Weekly meetings are still happening but there is no resolve.  There’s a new boss, Brian Dick, the new Chief Eng/Dir of Technology, but the person who replaces him is unknown. Two grievances have been filed on Degeros.  Boils down to new technology and type of work, not the name of equipment.  The company is physically replacing NABET with IA’s. (Brian, WJWNEWS) Nothing new to report.  Kevin Smith was sworn in as new steward for WOIO along with retuning steward John Potter. (Christopher, WOIO) the contract was ratified and we had a good voter turn-out.  There was an issue with the seniority list-The company wants to move seniority and start dates. Reporters can now use cell phones to shoot video with a photographer present.  There also a ‘meals’ issue- editors are scheduled 8 1/2 hours. ½ hour is an unpaid meal, so they put in for 1 hour (1/2 hour paid, ½ unpaid). There may be a policy change coming from the news director on this one. (Cathy, WKYC) Corporate announced 4th quarter earnings and on the next day gave out letters for buy-out packages for employees 55 years old and older with 15 years of employment.  They offered 1 year medical and salary.  This appears to be company-wide at all TEGNA stations. Mediation is scheduled for March 7th.

AFLCIO Report- given by Rick Nagin update- reestablishing ties with labor union and NAACP. Finalizing candidate endorsements.

SEC Reports- RNC update. CWA staff is dealing with some issues. RAB meeting is in Syracuse this year.

Meeting adjourned at 11:27am

Next meeting Saturday, March 19th at 9:30am

See you there!

Secretary, Danielle Banks


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E-Board Meeting Minutes

E-board Meeting 1/16/16

Meeting called to order at 10am by President Wachenschwanz.

Stewards In Attendance: Kathy Smith, Chris Dolciato, Marty DeChant, Cathy Watkins, Chris Reithmiller, Brian Geiger, Terry Mullally, John Potter, Maria, Marilyn Oliver, Ken Koscick and Bill Wachenschwanz.  Guests: Chuck Degross and Jim Kolendo.

Minutes Accepted from previous meeting.  The December meeting was suspended, there are no minutes.


Treasurers Report accepted (on file) – new mileage rates. We moved our CD’s and changed companies for our business credit cards to get better interest rates.  Reimbursements are due from CWA. Everyone that owes has been placed on a garnishment plan for back dues.


New members– (WOIO) will report next month, (WKYC) no (WJWNEWS) Ben Lombardi and Kelly Meyer. (WJWENG) no new members.  Both new members accepted.


Members not here anymore (WKYC) Randy Betkey, (WJWNEWS) Bliss Davis and Shannon Karney.


New Business- Lynda.com update from Jim Kolendo.  We have a new system in place and are in the process of reregistering member accounts.


Correspondence/ Thank Yous– Received a card from Steve Goulders


Stewards Report– (WOIO)-Chris- Had five days of negotiations and have a tentative 3 year agreement.  Highlights: reporters can use cellphones for on-air if working as a team with a photog. Skype interviews-doesn’t matter where interview originates. Before involuntary lay-offs, the company will ask for volunteers, severance will be capped at 26 weeks.  This   is a company wide policy. Minimum start wages were raised. Upgrade fees went from $15-$20 and raises are 1.75% year one, 1.5% in year two and  1.75% in year three. If you make more than $75,000, you will receive ½ of raise in a lump sum. FYI:The company wanted jurisdiction over everything, salary caps and 0% raises with merit pay only.

USB drives with contract details will be passed out. Bill and John will work on getting these at a reasonable price.

(WKYC) Cathy-  sending healing and good  wishes to Brian Johnson and Sean Mulroy.

Cathy, Chuck DeGross and Bill served on the negotiations committee. Lasted  5 days.  The company is after union seniority and security.  They made a final offer.  The three main issues in counter offer-no seniority at all, money- the committee offered several scenarios to help recover employees lost wages, and the company will not include arbitration in contract. The union is not in a good situation.  It’s obvious the company doesn’t want the union.

(WJWNEWS) Brian- the new payroll system is still messing up employees monies. One member was suspended for falsifying timecard. (WJWENG)- Terry- Chief Engineer retired.  Still having weekly meetings.  Two old grievance- photographer upgrade has been scheduled for arbitration on 4/18 and use of Degeros by IA’s members.  8 Vacation relief positons are open.  Questions about vacation eligibility for  retirees, MMJ’s eligibility for same rate increases.  If their contract is not renewed, do they go back into union?

AFLCIO/JWJ- Things are quiet right now.  Holding upcoming elections and fundraisers.


New Business– RVP election.  Bill’s running. Petitions will be placed at stations. Ken’s daughter had her first baby.  Congrats!


Meeting adjourned at noon

Next meeting, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 9:30am


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E-board Meeting 1/17/15

NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 E-board Meeting 1/17/15

Meeting called to order by President Wachenschwanz

 Stewards present- Terry Mullally, Lisa Edwards, Brian Geiger, Christopher Dolciato, Jim Jackson, Ken Koscick, Cathy Watkins, Marilyn Oliver, Danielle Banks

 Minutes of previous meeting- vote delayed until members could read over minutes.

 Treasurer’s Report– motion to accept report, passed. (report on file)

New Members- (WOIO), Kristen Stacy is a new Production Assistant.  No other new members at other stations.

 Members not here anymore– (WKYC), Four buyouts-Dan Metzker, Jerry Albert, Bruce McLauren and Jim Dungy. (WJW News)Chris Hizer, is the new Executive Producer. (WJW ENG), Nine Vacation Relief (VR’s) employees were let go.

 Correspondence/Thank You Notes-None to report

 Stewards Report/Grievance- (WKYC) meeting with Chuck concerning HR departments failure to complete reviews on time. (WOIO) News Director Dan Salamone is gone. Ken Koscick and Chris Dolicato had a meeting Tuesday with new General Manager, Dominic Mancuso, Jim Stunek and Rob Heverling about web assignments changing.  They were very receptive. We gave copies of our contract to Dominic and Rob.  An email was sent from corporate detailing the new centralization of the traffic department. A question about the number of stewards at each station was posed. President Wachenschwanz stated it’s based on the needs of each station and will let each station take a look at that issue. (WJW ENG) Things are quiet.  A member asked about their dues initiation fee and found out that the fee, because of an error, had never been paid. The mistake is currently being taken care of. (WJW News) There is a jurisdictional issue with the IA’s.  We’re still waiting for a copy of their contract.  We have filed an unfair labor charge against them. 

 AFLCIO-Reports- We’ll ask Rick Nagin to email us the report.

 Jwj- sec Reports– WTIC in Connecticut is now Tribune.  We’re trying to organize them. New membership cards will be ordered for all sectors.

E-board had to go into Executive Session to discuss some issues.

 New Business

RAB 2015 will be held in Cleveland, April 20-23.  We will discuss the local’s obligations at the next e-board meeting.

 VP Ken Koscick will represent us at the June NABET and SEC meetings in Detroit.

 We received an update on our progress in regards to member back dues payments.

 No website update this month.

 The e-board voted to donate $208.00 to local organization.  Vote passed

Suggestion made to stop ordering calendars for membership.  They’re not being used.

 Motion to adjourn

Next E-board meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 9:30am.

 Submitted by,

Danielle Banks, secretary


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E-board meeting 12/13/14

                                                      NABET/CWA LOCAL 42  E-board meeting 12/13/14

Meeting called to order at 9:54am
Stewards present-Lisa Edwards, Brian Geiger, Ken Koscick, Danielle Banks, Jim Jackson, Marty Dechant, Cathy Watkins, Tim Roskey, John Yusho, Bill Wachenschwanz and John Potter.

Minutes of previous meeting- Approved (Special thank you to Cathy for recording minutes).

Treasurer’s report- August-November reports approved. (reports on file)

Monthly reports-No New members at any station. Four members leaving in December from WKYC- Jerry Albert, Dan Metzker, Bruce McLauren and Jim Dungy.

No Correspondence this month.

Stewards Reports/Grievances
WKYC- Working on reviews and back penalties for a member is being evaluated. Cathy will meet with HR this week. The conversion to automation in the control room will take place this week. Elwood Edwards retired, came back part time and was recently hired back full time.
WOIO-letter given to Salamone (on file). Currently reestablishing web area and adding new job titles. We need to renegotiate titles, jobs and jurisdiction. The station is becoming more web driven and there’s a sales employee working in the web department doing bargaining work who is not in the unit.
WJW News-Things are good. Need copies of the contract.
WJW ENG-Dealing with finance issues. There are outstanding grievances still being ignored. Company has changed payroll services many times and its causing problems with members paychecks. There is no rep or manager in Engineering. We’ve refiled an information request and copy of IA contract, to look at violations and possible board charges.

AFLCIO-Reports- Happy Holidays. Report coming in January.

Nagin/Wachenschwanz’s Report- We need to amend sections 2.8 and 5.9 of our by-laws. Section 2.8 will now read- A quorum for a General Membership Meeting or Special Meeting shall consist of a simple majority of those members present at the time of the meeting. Section 5.9 will now read Business of the local shall be conducted by a simple majority quorum of E-board members must be present at meetings. As long as 40% of E-board members are in attendance. Motion passed (copy of amendment on file).

Sector Reports- Last month’s minutes helped. Dealing with CWA dues.
Need to reestablish dues check-off at WKYC. Debate with Chuck took place. Chuck wants to be the staff rep for WKYC. More discussion on the issue and went to Executive session.

Website- Updating E-board members.

New Business- Email reminder for next meeting should be sent at the beginning of the week of the meeting.

Next E-board meeting will be Saturday, January 17th at 9:30am

Motion to adjourn

Minutes prepared by
Danielle Banks, secretary

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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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