NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 Executive Board Meeting Minutes May 19th, 2012

NABET/CWA LOCAL 42 Executive Board Meeting Minutes for
May 19, 2012
Meeting called to order at 11:43am by President Bill Wachenschwanz.
Attendees: M. DeChant, J. Jackson, J. Kaminsky, J. Kolendo, K. Koscick,
J. Kubankin, T. Mullally, T. Roskey, N. Tatulinski, T. Trakas,
W. Wachenschwanz and C. Watkins.
Non-voting attendees: C. DeGross and E. Verba.

Reading of the Minutes of the April 21st, 2012 E-Board Meeting suspended.
Motion to accept the April 21, 2012 minutes as posted: Ken Koscick.
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 $13,682.42. Expenses for the month totaled $13,221.78. We had a net income for the month of $460.64. Big expenses were meals for Negotiations and Salary Comp. Marilyn cautions that all expenses must be kept to absolute necessities while Negotiations are in progress. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report: Jim Jackson. Second: Cathy Watkins.

New Members: WOIO/WUAB: Kate Marie Miller- Part-time PA.

Motion to accept new Members: Move: John Kaminsky. Second: Ken Koscick.

Correspondence: President Bill Wachenschwanz mentioned that WJW Engineer, Walt Tatulinski had expressed his gratitude for the fruit basket that was sent to him after his recent hospitalization. Cathy Watkins mentioned two Members at WKYC who had recently been off work with illness. Discussion followed and a plan was set in place to recognize the Members at WKYC who had been ill.

Stewards Reports:

WOIO-WUAB: John Kaminsky told the Board that Rob Wanous’ grievance [Vacation time status credited to time worked] was won by the Union. Rob agreed to three weeks vacation. John also recounted that today is Ch. 19’s 27th birthday. Bill Wachenschwanz and John remembered many stories from the first day on the air. Happy Birthday Ch. 19!

WJW-Engineering- Tim Roskey said that Negotiations would resume Monday of next week. A temporary settlement has been reached in the matter of the Unattended Truck grievance. The Benefits arbitration will be coming up; Judiann Chartier has requested payroll records from the company. On May 31st the Arbitration regarding assignment of extra IA’s on trucks instead of NABET’s will take place. Upcoming Arbitrations will include the 1-to-1 sharing and The Brown’s Show.
WJW has moved its’ remote studio out of Akron and will be setting it up at the Akron University television studios. A new remote location will be opening at Crocker Park.

WKYC- Cathy Watkins said that everything was pretty much the same. The company said that there will be NO Overtime and schedules were shifted. The company asked if any of the Photogs wanted to go on a 10 hr- four day shift and when several of the night side Photogs said yes, the company said they wanted the day side Photogs instead. The 10-4 shift would NOT include three CONSECUTIVE days off. When that bit of info was made known, none of the Photogs were interested.
The kiosk sign in front of WKYC will be changed in the near future. Additional SIF funding will be sought so that even more mobilization activity will be funded in the coming months!

AFL/CIO Report is presented by Secretary Tatulinski in the absence of Delegate Rick Nagin. Rick kindly prepared a summary of the meeting which Nancy read. Several issues were discussed at the May 9th Delegate Meeting including:

1. Redistricting Petitions. The Ohio AFL-CIO, together with the League of Women Voters, the NAACP and other groups, has launched a drive to reform the way State and Congressional Districts are drawn up. This involves a referendum petition to amend the State Constitution to take control of redistricting out of the hands of elected officials and political parties by setting up a 12-member commission composed equally of Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated voters excluding office holders, party officials and lobbyists and districts must be competitive. Petitions to place this on the November ballot are available through the AFL-CIO. 400,000 signatures are needed by July 1. If successful new districts will be drawn up for the 2014 election.

2. The Presidential election. The meeting watched the hard-hitting AFL-CIO video: “Meet Mr. 1%,” which exposes Mitt Romney’s anti-labor, anti-working class positions and calls for an all-out effort to re-elect President Obama. Local Unions were urged to show the video at their meetings and post it on social media sites. Unions were also urged to begin selecting campaign coordinators at each work place. Here is a link to the video:

3. Red Cross Strike. Several dozen blood collection workers on strike since Feb. 14 against Red Cross attended the meeting and spoke about the difficult fight they are in where the agency is seeking to discard their health care plan, impose longer hours and speed-up. They appealed for help in opposing Red Cross-sponsored blood drives and in contributing to their strike fund. Donations can be sent to: Red Cross Strikers, c/o Teamsters Local 507, 5425 Warner Rd., Unit 7, Cleveland OH 44125.

4. Candidate Recommendations and Endorsements. The meeting unanimously recommended that the Ohio AFL-CIO endorse the following candidates for State Representative: Mike Foley (14th), Andrew Meyer (16th), Susan McGuinness (61st) and Tom Warren (76th district). It endorsed the following judicial candidates: Tim McCormack (8th Dist. Court of Appeals), Frankie Goldberg (Juvenile Court), Daniel Gaul and Joan Synenburg (Common Pleas – General Division).

New Business: The RAB Meeting will be held in June in Boston. President Wachenschwanz, Vice President Kolendo and Secretary Nancy Tatulinski will be attending. There is a possible strike in the future against AT&T. Our Sisters and Brothers at Local 4340 ask that we support them in their efforts, should the strike be called. There will be a 3:00pm Conference call today with Sector President Jim Joyce and Sector Vice President Charlie Braico.

Secretary Tatulinski asks to discuss the Summer Schedule for E-Board Meetings. The E-Board agrees that: We will NOT have a Meeting in June but we WILL have a brief Meeting in July to discuss details of the General Membership Meeting to be held in the Fall. In July we can decide IF there will be a Meeting needed in August.

Chuck DeGross said that he attended the NLRB Seminar in Cleveland on May 17th. The NLRB General Counsel was the featured speaker. When asked what the priority cases were before the NLRB, Mr. Solomon (Acting General Council, NLRB, Washington) mentioned the Social Media case as well as Bethlehem Steel. There has been no additional word on our case before the NLRB, but Chuck hopes to hear something very soon.
Chuck also said that the Unions at AT&T are working without a contract. A “protected concerted activity” was held against AT&T and 70% of the Union workers called “off” on the same day to jump-start the negotiating process. Local 4340 asks that we respect their picket lines if a strike is called.

Motion to Adjourn: Ken Koscick. Second: Jim Jackson.
Meeting ends at 12:55pm.


Meetings will resume the third Saturday in July, July 19th, 2012. We will discuss, at that time, IF a meeting will be needed in August to finalize details of the General Membership Meeting in the Fall.

Have a great month!

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