E-Board Minutes 9-17-2011

Meeting called to order by President Bill Wachenschwanz at 11:23AM. Treasurer Marilyn Oliver asked everyone to join in congratulating Bill on his birthday (today) and NABET 42 AFL-CIO Delegate, Rick Nagin, on his 70th birthday (yesterday.) After a rousing chorus of song, the Agenda of the meeting began.

Attendees: M. DeChant, B. Geiger, J. Kaminsky, B. Kohagen,
J. Kolendo, K. Koscick, T. Mullally, M. Oliver, J. Potter, T. Roskey, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas, W. Wachenschwanz and C. Watkins. Non Voting Attendees: Chuck DeGross,Rick Nagin and Ed Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the August 20th, 2011 E-Board Meeting suspended.
No changes or corrections are requested. Motion to accept the minutes as posted:
Move: John Potter. Second: Ken Koscick.

Treasurer’s Report is read by Treasurer Marilyn Oliver. For the month of August,
Local 42 had a total monthly income of $13,639.90. Expenses for the month totaled $15,442.40. We had a net loss in the amount of $1,802.50. The big expenses were legal fees as well as lodging, meals and salary comp for Jim Kolendo and Bill Wachenschwanz to attend the Sector Convention in Las Vegas. Some of the expenses incurred in Las Vegas will be reimbursed back to the Local from the Sector, because Jim was seated on the By-Law Committee and Bill is a Regional VP.

Due to the lack of a quorum of voting Members, Bill asks for a motion to recommend approval of the Treasurer’s Report and financials at the next Executive Board Meeting in October: Move: Bill Kohagen. Second: Ken Koscick.

New Members: None.

Members Not Here Any More: None.

Correspondence: Bill Wachenschwanz read an announcement from the United Way as they kick off their annual fundraising campaign. If you do not get information about the programs the United Way offers from your work, please contact Bill for more information. The AFL-CIO sent a notice to NABET Local 42 of our Affiliate Credentials and number of votes we control for the upcoming AFL-CIO meeting which will be held on October 1st, 2011.
A thank you note was received from Donna Meyers (WKYC) in appreciation for the flowers that were sent in condolence on her Mother’s recent death.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO/WUAB: Bill Kohagen sends congratulations to two Unit Members and their families on recent births. Bill Loomer and his wife, Caroline, welcomed a 7lb, 15oz. baby boy to their family on September 9th. They named the baby Braden William. Best wishes on your new addition! Cassie Nist and her husband Corey had a bouncing baby girl, Grace Jocelyn on September 14th. Grace entered the world weighing 8lbs, 15oz. Congratulations to the Nist family on your baby girl! Gift cards will be sent to each family.
Bill brought the E-Board up to date on new shows that have been added to the WOIO/WUAB line-up. There is now a 4:30am newscast as well as an 11pm newscast starting tonight. These additions are now creating a situation where a Director will be required to be in the control room for a three-and-one-half hour shift. Bill also told of two grievances, both involving reporters, shooting video with cell phone/Skype cameras when Unit Members were available for shooting.

WJW-News- Brian Geiger reports that the News Unit ratified their contract three weeks ago. Compensation/bonus checks were delivered yesterday. Congratulations to the News Unit and their Negotiating team! Chuck DeGross is prepping for the Directors Arbitration that is scheduled for September 30th.

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey recaps many grievances filed on behalf of the Members of Engineering Unit. The issue of leaving motor vehicles running, unattended is still being grieved. There are also grievances on managers doing Unit work and a new grievance filed over an IA photographer being used for Engineering work on a live shot. An additional grievance is being filed on a Brown’s show being produced with WJW talent at the Brown’s facility by Sports Time Ohio. There is possibly an additional Skype grievance to be filed Monday. A discussion began on the importance of Members documenting occurrences in a timely fashion. Cathy Watkins suggested that a copy of a blank occurrence form be put in each Member’s mail box to facilitate writing up incidents in an expeditious manner. All agreed that that was a good idea and the Engineering Stewards said they would do so.
Additional news shows have been added and personnel are stretched tight. WJW is looking to hire for two positions: A maintenance position and a jack-of-all trade’s job that involves shooting/maintenance and Roth experience. Please contact Tim Roskey at WJW for more information.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins had no news to report. Cathy gave up her time to allow attorney Chuck DeGross to up-date the E-Board on the NABET/WKYC-Gannett NLRB case. Chuck gave a condensed, but comprehensive report on the history of the filing as well as a status report on the Stipulated Hearing. Chuck explained that the Stipulated Hearing actually has no testimony, but rather all documents and facts are presented on paper to an NLRB Consul who will render a decision. Thirty days ago, all documents were given to the NLRB Administrative Law Judge. The final brief is due 35 days later; in this instance, that will be next Friday, September 23, 2011. Chuck is finalizing that document right now. Chuck believes that a decision from the Administrative Law Judge will come down possibly within 6 to 9 weeks. We will let the Members know what that decision is as soon as it is rendered. Thanks, Chuck for all the hard work you have put in on this case.

AFL/CIO-JWJ-NCC-SEC Reports: Vice President Jim Kolendo delivers a report on the most recent AFL-CIO Delegate meeting. In brief, there were three issues that were the focus of the Delegate Meeting. First, Vote NO on Issue 2; this is the Issue that put SB 5 on the ballot. The second issue is HB194; this bill will effect how absentee ballots are distributed as well as polling place practices. The final thrust of the Delegate Meeting was the continuing struggle at Rite Aid. The AFL-CIO asks all Union Members to consider spending their dollars at other pharmacies/stores until the struggle is resolved at Rite Aid.

Old Business: The General Membership Meeting date will be October 15th at Noon at the Union Hall. Cathy Watkins has agreed to organize the food again this year, using Tommy’s catering. Secretary Tatulinski said that she has sent out Invitations to all the Retirees and gave packets of Invitations for each Unit to be distributed by the Stewards. Please check your Unit boards or see the Steward at your station to pick up an Invitation.
We hope everyone will join us for this fun and informative event. Bill said that Sector President Joyce will be joining us to speak at the Meeting. This would be a great time to hear about our Union directly from the President!
Jim Kolendo said that the Final Cut Lab came and went with two training sessions. Eight people were trained. He will be working to get the Lab back next year.

New Business: John Potter gave the Board a suggestion that Members be reminded to up-date their e-mail addresses so that their contact information is current. John administers the NABET 42 website and suggests that it has more uses than just posting the Minutes; up-dates on Issue 2 or other bills can be given among many, many additional postings. Please contact John at WOIO/WUAB or…via the website…to get more information. Don’t forget about our NABET Facebook page, too!

Motion to Adjourn: Tim Roskey. Second: Bill Kohagen.

Meeting ends at 1:08pm.

Next E-BOARD Meeting: Our next E-Board Meeting will be on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 11:00am at the Union Hall immediately prior to the General Membership Meeting. The E-Board Meeting will be very brief and deal with financials. Please be prompt. Thanks!

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