June 19, 2019 Executive Council Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: June 19, 2019, 7:06 PM

Present: Elise Bryant, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, Lillyanne Daigle, David DeJesus, Lydia Ealey, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Dan Gabor, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Ben Soloway, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang

Excused: Mark Gruenberg, Mark Pattison, Lila Zuzula

Staff & Guests: Ken Gude (Save Journalism), Gene Bruskin (The Moment was Now)

HPAE Guests (in support of HPAE Unit Chair): Christine Munck, Dawn Baker, Alex Kulenovic, Christian Berk, John Connelly, Kayleigh Madormo, Danielle Newsome, Marcus Presley, Aarti Patel, Patrick Gibson

I.  Minutes and Board Polls

May 15, 2019

  • Motion was made to accept and was seconded. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as corrected.  Motion Passes.

Board Poll (June 5, 2019)

  • Sam Nelson motions to approve Board Poll to purchase a table for the Salute to Leadership Awards Dinner at cost of $1,500. Motion was seconded by Don Griesheimer.  Motion Passes.

Board Poll (May 28, 2019)

  • Sam Nelson motions to approve Board Poll to purchase a block of tickets (minimum 50 tickets) for Labor Night at Nationals Park baseball game on June 22, 2019. Motion Passes.

II.  Membership Report and Stats

  • May 15 – June 20, 2019 – Don Griesheimer motions to approve and was seconded. Cet Parks discusses new Amplify program to track membership reports.  Motion Passes.

III.  Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

  • Chesapeake and Tidewater units – Cet requests approval of the joint coordinated bargaining ground rules for the Chesapeake and Tidewater units. Don Griesheimer motions to accept and motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • Baltimore Sun – Correction to remove Hallie Miller’s name from Sun bargaining team. Ed Fortney motions to amend last month’s report and was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • Working America – Working America contract agreement reached and ratified by unit. Request for EC approval of contract.  Don Griesheimer motions to approve and motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • UFCW – requests discretionary authority to move several grievances to arbitration. Discussion by unit chair Lori Richards and Secretary Sibyl Edwards.
  • UFCW – David Welker – UFCW manager for fostering hostile work environment against employee. Request is for arbitration approval.  Ed Fortney motions to approve arbitration and motion is seconded.  Motion Passes to approve arbitration.
  • UFCW – Abe Silk – Performing higher classification work and not getting paid for upgraded work. Requests authority to arbitrate.  Ed Fortney motions to approve authority to arbitrate and motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.

Rick Ehrman

  • Rick provided case updates. No action items.

Paul Reilly

  • FPSU (Florida SEIU Local) – Request approval of bargaining team Mike Horne, Jason Eames, Anna McLain, Megan Shade, Marisa Baylon-Guillen and Paul Reilly. Jason Moyer motions to approve and motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • BBNA– request retroactive approval to arbitrate a jurisdiction case at BBNA. Sam Nelson motions to approve and motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.

Eric Geist

  • Provided case updates. No action items.

Bruce Jett

  • Cet Parks provided case updates. No action items.

IV.  Financials

April 19, 2019

  • Cet Parks provides update on April 2019 financials. Don Griesheimer motions to approve and motion was seconded. Motion Passes.  Discussion on possible inaccuracy on Shirley Cherry memo (Summary of Financial Highlights as of April 30, 2019, paragraph two (26%/71% per capita tax).  Motion Passes.

Bob Paul Invoices for May 2019

  • No action items

Bob Paul Retainer

  • Motion made by Kate Mettler and seconded to take from the table the Bob Paul retainer and fixed fee discussion from last EC Meeting (May 15). Motion Passes.
  • Justin Moyer motions to give Cet Parks discretionary authority to begin negotiations with our counsel Bob Paul about a retainer or fixed fee long-term arrangement, and the motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • General discussion follows (Don Griesheimer written statement) and others speak to the issue. Bill O’Meara raises point of order on why it is necessary to have motion to address Bob Paul on the issue.  Additional discussions on speaking directly to Bob Paul.  The Chair exercised its authority to override the point of order.
  • After considerable and thoughtful debate on the issue, a roll call vote was taken. Motion Passes (10 yes votes and 7 no votes) to give Cet Parks discretionary authority to begin negotiations with local’s counsel Bob Paul about a retainer or fixed fee long-term arrangement.

V.  Old Business

Funding Our Fight for the Future

  • Bill O’Meara discusses background. Justin Moyer asks if it’s possible to meet at the upcoming CWA convention to discuss the complexities of the issue and Bill agrees to be available.

VI.  New Business

Charge Against Chapter Co-Chair and Delegate

  • Cet Parks and Steve Cook provide background briefing on the issue and TNG and CWA constitutional guidelines and procedures involved in investigating the charges. HPAE Unit members provide additional background and context on issue.
  • Don Griesheimer motions to appoint a three to seven person panel to act as a jury, as outlined in counsel Bob Paul’s letter and in accordance to CWA constitution, and the motion was seconded.
  • After further discussion Don motioned to call the question to end debate. Motion was seconded.  A roll call vote was taken (14 yes votes, 1 abstention).  Motion Passes.
  • Motion Passes to retain a three to seven person panel to act as a jury on the charges.
  • Executive Council members Don Griesheimer, Katie Mettler, Sam Nelson, Joel Gratz volunteer to serve on the panel. Fatima Hussein volunteered to serve as prosecutor.  Hau Chu motions to nominate persons listed above to jury panel and prosecutor, and the motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.
  • EC recognized HPAE members who participated in discussion.

The Save Journalism Project

  • Ken Gude reports on the Save Journalism project which is addressing employment threats journalists face from big tech companies, by raising awareness and building allies within the journalism community. The ask is to have WBNG sign on as a supporter of the initiative.

The Moment Was Now

  • Gene Bruskin reports on new musical “The Moment Was Now, which will premiere September 13-15, 2019 in Baltimore (Baltimore Emmanuel Episcopal Church). The ask is to support the musical through ticket purchases.  Agreed to revisit participation at next general membership meeting in July.

VA AFL-CIO 24th Biennial Convention

  • No action needed.

NC State AFL-CIO 62nd Annual Convention

  • Motion made by Sam Nelson to send Jeremy Sprinkle to NC State AFL-CIO conference September 19-20, 2019, and the Local will be responsible for paying his $100 registration fee. Motion was seconded.  Motion Passes.

Florida AFL-CIO Biennial Convention

  • Motion made by Jeremy Sprinkle to send one person on Florida AFL-CIO staff to attend the Florida AFL-CIO conference September 7-8, 2019, if accepted by a staff member. Motion was seconded.  The Local will be responsible for paying the $150 registration fee.  Motion Passes.

Presidents Report

  • Steve Cook reports on WBNG efforts to obtain financial support through SIF grant from The News Guild/CWA for organizing which resulted in the assignment of CWA organizer, Jim Santos to assist with organizing efforts at The Post and BBNA. TNG also committed to supporting the work of Eric Geist.

Bylaws Committee Report

  • Sam Nelson submitted a detailed report as a part of the June 19, 2019 EC meeting packet.

Steward’s Committee Report

  • Elise Bryant reports on Steward’s Committee plan to hold a steward training event at WBNG DC office (tentative) on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Communications Committee

  • Lillyanne Daigle reports on Communications Committee efforts on creating guidelines to streamline emails to the full Executive Council, and to send out biweekly or bimonthly updates to the unit to assist in managing emails to board from the Local, and to create a Slack channel for the Local.

Organizing Committee

  • Katie Mettler reports on committee members (Katie and Fatima) participation in attending AFL-CIO Organizing Institute training event in Pittsburgh. Reported that training was externally focused (organizing new shops) and recommends participation in training programs with a focus on internal organizing would better serve our needs.

VII.  Good & Welfare

  • No action items

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

  • No action items

IX.  Adjournment

  • Don Griesheimer motions to adjourn and motion was seconded. Motion Passes and meeting is adjourned at 10:20 PM.

May 15, 2019 Executive Council Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: May 15, 2019, 7:10 PM

Present: Elise Bryant, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, Lillyanne Daigle, David DeJesus, Lydia Ealey, Tim Fitzgerald, Dan Gabor, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Freddy Kunkle, Marissa Lang, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Ben Soloway, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang

Excused: Ben Cooper, Ed Fortney

Staff & Guests: Donna Edwards, MD State and DC AFL-CIO Salute to Leadership

I. Minutes

  • April 6, 2019 – Mark Pattison motions to approve, seconded by Ben Soloway. Motion Passes.
  • March 20, 2019 – Justin Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Mark Pattison. Motion Passes.

II. Membership Report & Stats

  • April 6, 2019 – May 15, 2019. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes. Discussions followed on making minor status adjustments/updates (M&R and BBNA – Mike Williams and Mindy J. Yochelson).

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

  • Requests authority to engage in coordinated joint bargaining with Tribune Publishing and the Chesapeake and Tidewater units. The newly organized units from Chicago, Allentown, Hartford, Chesapeake and Tidewater will voluntarily participate. Don Gabor motions to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passes. Additional discussions on cost impact (lost time, travel), and potential for SIF funding.
  • Requests approval of Baltimore Sun bargaining committee (Scott Dance, Mary McCauley, Liz Fesperman, David Wright, Sheila Cole, Curtis Hale, Kevin Rector, Lilly Reed). Sam Nelson motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes.
  • Requests approval of SEIU Local 500 bargaining committee (Ed Fortney, Marva Luke, Katie Brown, Jay Weaver, Greg Petrilli). Justin Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passes.

Rick Ehrmann

  • Rick and Katie Mettler report on successful kick-off of Post unit bargaining campaign. Largest event in years with 150 attendees and 14 new union sign-ups.
  • Requests retroactive authority for approval of Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO bargaining committee (Chris Garlock, David Dzidzienko). Sam Nelson motions to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passes.
  • Requests approval of APWU two year contract extension. Mark Pattison motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes.
  • Requests approval of NASW two year contract extension. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Dan Gabor. Motion Passes.
  • Requests approval of bargaining committee for Student Action with Farmworkers, led by led by Joanna Welborn, Unit Chair. Hau Chu motions to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.
  • Requests retroactive authority to arbitrate suspension of Washington Post employee Lydell Williams. Justin Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.

Paul Reilly

  • Requests approval of BBNA Correspondents Unit bargaining team (Chris Brown, Mike Bologna, Paul Reilly). Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passes.

Eric Geist

  • Requesting approval of Lambda Legal contract when it comes in. Elise Bryant motions to approve. Discussion on whether council can approve contract before it is ratified by members. Steve Cook rules the motion is in order. Bill O’Meara requests amending the original motion to state “approve pending ratification by the unit”. Motion Passes.

Bruce Jett

  • No action items.

IV. Financials

February 2019

  • Cet Parks provides update on February financials. Mark Pattison motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes.
  • Discussions follow on TNG SIF Funding for Eric Geist which has an effect of reducing deficits. Additional discussions on positioning SIF funding request for organizing and bargaining, funding allocated to Melinda Fiedler/TNG, and funding discussion relating consultant Eric Geist.

March 2019

  • Cet Parks provides overview of March financials. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion passes.
    Bruce Jett/Eric Geist Consultant Fees
  • Mark Pattison moves to increase consultant fees to $1,500 per week through August 16, 2019, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passes.

V. New Business

2019 CWA 2-13 Local Leadership Training

  • Cet Parks provides update on training program held in West Virginia on June 16 through June 21. Cet requests discretionary authority to send two people, pending acceptance by the CWA District 2-13, to be funded out of the Darlene Meyer Fund. Justin Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Dan Griesheimer. Motion Passes.

MD State and DC AFL-CIO Salute to Leadership

  • Donna Edwards attended EC Meeting to provide update on the awards dinner and to answer any questions regarding the event.
    Communications Committee Draft Resolution
  • Hua Chu motions to approve draft resolution to appoint a Communications Committee, and to appoint Eric Geist as the staff liaison to this committee. Seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.

Communication Committee Appointments

  • The chair nominated the following as members: Lillyanne Daigle (M+R), Chair, Ed Fortney (SEIU 500), LaTisha Harvey (BBNA), Dan Gabor (AFL-CIO), Hau Chu (Washington Post), Bryan Nelson (HPAE). Eric Geist was assigned to be the committee’s staff liaison.

Committee Chair Reports

  • Bylaws Committee – Sam Nelson reports that Bylaws Committee had its first meeting a few weeks ago and the next meeting is scheduled for May 21. To date the committee has tackled Articles 1 and 2 and placing language in bylaws defining what at-large membership is, which isn’t addressed in our current bylaws and more.
  • Organizing – Fatima Hussein provides update on Organizing, establishing and defining goals, and addressing the loss of Michele Fiedler (resignation) on TNG Staff who was assigned to assist with the local’s organizing efforts.
  • Finance Committee – Justin Moyer provided update on Christian Norton’s web services costs, the local’s telephone bills, and the Bob Paul retainer discussion.
  • Justin motions to request Cet Parks to initiate discussions with Bob Paul to consider being on a retainer or fixed fee status. Seconded by Elise Bryant. Bill O’Meara motions to table the discussion due to insufficient time to discuss. Motion Passes to table discussion to next EC meeting.

JWJ – Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award Celebration

  • Sam Nelson discusses – no action taken.

Labor Notes

  • Deferred

New Jersey Universal Healthcare Coalition

  • Brian Nelson (HPAE) discusses. The request is for WBNG to join in as an organizational member with the NJUHC to support Senate Bill 1384 to create Medicare for all.
  • Don Gabor motions to approve support of the NJUHC initiative, seconded by Elise Bryant. There is concern expressed by EC members on how to participate in a non-partisan way.
  • Dan Gabor modifies original motion that we authorize the HPAE unit to sign on to the letter of support, as the HPAE unit of the WBNG. Motion Passes.
    Funding Our Fight for the Future
  • Bill O’Meara provided background context on significant TNG funding issues to be aware of, with a briefing distributed to EC.

VI. Good & Welfare

  • Cet Parks discusses staff unit contract adjustment. Dan Gabor moves to approve staff contract adjustment of one percent and seconded. Motion Passes.

VII. Adjournment

  • Dan Gabor motions to adjourn, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes and meeting is adjourned at 9:40 PM.

April 6, 2019 General Membership Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
General Membership Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: April 6, 2019 (Baltimore Office)

EC Present: Steve Cook, Lillyanne Daigle, Scott Dance, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Dan Gabor, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle

Excused: Elise Bryant, Ben Cooper, Lydia Ealey, Fred Kunkle, Bill O’Meara, Carolyn Steptoe, Michelle Wang

Staff & Guests: Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Bill Monroe

Meeting called to order at 10:00 AM

I.  Minutes

January 31, 2019

  • Don Griesheimer (American Nurses Association) moved, Justin Moyer (Washington Post) seconded approving the minutes of the Jan. 31 membership meeting. Motion carried.

II. Officer’s Reports

  • None

III. New Business

NEORP Solidarity Fund

  • WBNG executive director Cet Parks summarized the local’s history with segregated funds established at the request of bargaining units, such as the Baltimore Sun unit in 1987, and other units, most recently, HPAE, when it affiliated with WBNG. The AFT-NEROP proposal, he added, was vetted by WBNG legal counsel.
  • Moyer moved, Griesheimer seconded allowing AFT-NEROP members to authorize an extra assessment of $1 per week per member. A friendly amendment by Griesheimer to make the action “contingent upon” AFT-NEROP unit members was withdrawn, as it was part of the original motion. The original motion carried.

Stewards Committee

  • Moyer moved, Mark Gruenberg (at-large) seconded creating a local Steward’s Committee. After discussion, Moyer called the question. The motion to call the question was carried. The original motion carried.

Stewards Committee Appointments

  • Moyer moved, Gruenberg seconded the appointment of the following members to the Stewards Committee: Elise Bryant (at-large), chair, with members Lydia Ealey, United Food and Commercial Workers; Tiffany Heath, AFL-CIO; Jason Albright and Stephanie Cangelosi, both BBNA; and Sarah Kaplan and Freddy Kunkle, both Post. Motion carried. Paul Reilly was assigned to be the committee’s staff liaison.

Finance and Administration Committee

  • Moyer moved, Griesheimer seconded creating a Finance and Administration Committee. After discussion of the committee’s charge, which includes recommendations on strategic planning, the motion carried.

Finance and Administration Committee Appointments

  • David DeJesus (Post) moved, Gruenberg seconded the appointment of the following members to the Finance and Administration Committee: Justin Moyer, Post, chair, and members Fatima Hussein, BBNA; Lillyanne Daigle, M+R Consulting, Don Griesheimer, ANA, and Hau Chu, Post. From the floor, Dan Gabor (AFL-CIO) nominated Joel Gratz, AFL-CIO.
  • Motion carried. Cet Parks will serve as staff liaison to the committee.

Human Rights & Equity Committee

  • Mark Pattison motions, Jason Myer seconded creating a Human Rights & Equity Committee. After discussions the motion carried.

Human Rights & Equity Committee Appointments

  • David DeJesus motions, Mark Gruenberg seconded the appointment of David DeJesus (Chair), Scott Reynolds, Carolyn Steptoe, and Seth Dietz. Nominations from the floor included Jazmin Gargoum, and Mark Gruenberg nominated Tim Fitzgerald. The motion carried. Rick Ehrmann will serve as staff liaison to the committee.

IV. Old Business

  • None

V. Executive Council & Staff Reports

  • None

VI. Financials

Credit Card Expenditures/FY 18 Audited Financial Statements

  • Justin Moyer requested credit card expenditures discussion to be included in the FY 18 Audited Financial Statements review by Bill Monroe.
  • Auditor Bill Monroe reviewed audit report and Don Griesheimer motioned to adopt the audit report, seconded by Mark Pattison. After further discussions, the motion to adopt carries.

VII. Good & Welfare

  • Jazmin Gargoum raises issue of small units having better and more effective representation and communication, and requests access to Local’s email lists to reach out to membership.
  • After further discussion David DeJesus motions to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passes.

VIII. Adjournment

  • Don Griesheimer motions to adjourn, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion carries and meeting is adjourned at 11:15 AM.

April 6, 2019 – Executive Council Meeting

Present: Steve Cook, Lillyanne Daigle, Scott Dance, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Dan Gabor, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle

Excused: Elise Bryant, Ben Cooper, Lydia Ealey, Fred Kunkle, Bill O’Meara, Carolyn Steptoe, Michelle Wang

Staff & Guests: Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, (Marian Fadel, Hannah Roe, Joe Moyer – AFT-NEROP), Michael Szpak (FLOC)

I. Financials

Summary of Financial Highlights – as of March 19, 2019

  • Treasurer Jason Moyer provides update on bank financials provides top line summary of January 2019 financials. No action needed.

FY 18 Audited Financial Statements – Bill Monroe

  • Discussed during GMM on 4/6/19, auditor Bill Monroe reviewed the audit report.  Don Griesheimer motioned to adopt the audit report, seconded by Mark Pattison.  After further discussion the motion to adopt carried.

AAA Invoice for Election Services

  • No action required

Professional Services

  • Cet Parks discusses. No action required.

II. Membership Report & Stats

  • Mark Pattison motions to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion passes.

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

  • Paul Reilly requests approval of the AFT-NEROP bargaining team (Hannah Roe, Joseph Moyer, Amy Hale, Margaret Grumeretz, Marcelle Grair, Paul Reilly). Mark Pattison motions seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion passes.
  • Cet Parks requests retroactive authority to file ULP for the Chesapeake guild unit. Mark Gruenberg motions seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion passes.

IV. Old Business

  • None

V. New Business

  • AFT-NEROP – Marian Fadel Arbitration Appeal
  • Joe Moyer (AFT-NEROP) and Marian Fadel present grievance issues and arbitration appeal followed by discussion.
  • Mark Pattison motions to vote on whether to take this case to arbitration, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion to arbitrate fails.
  • Cet Parks will explain procedures to appeal the EC decision if Marian deicides to exercise this right.

News Guild’s Dues to DC JWJ

  • Sam Nelson motions to approve annual dues payment of $200, seconded by Dan Gabor. After discussion, motion passes.

Washington Post Organizing Event

  • Katie Mettler (Washington Post) requests $2,000 to support relaunch and rebrand of the Washington Post Guild unit, leading up to an organizing event and recruitment drive. Funds will be used to rent space, provide food and beverages and promotional items to support membership drive. Dan Gabor motions to approve, seconded by Jazmin Gargoum. After additional discussion motion passes.

AFL-CIO Web Conference

  • Dan Gabor moves to approve an annual cost of $500 to support an online communications tool which engage membership, seconded by Mark Gruenberg.
  • After additional discussion Jason Moyer calls the question, motion passes. Motion passes to approve subscription to AFL-CIO Web Conference tool.

E-Cigarette Boycott

  • Michael Szpak (FLOC) speaks to issue. Dan Gabor motions to support the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO resolution endorsing the FLOC boycott of Vuse E-Cigarette, seconded by Jeremy Sprinkle. Motion passes (with abstentions among journalists noted).

Free Conference Call

  • Deferred to next meeting

Baltimore Office

  • EC approved Baltimore Sun units three year lease at last meeting at approximately $1,400 monthly. After further discussions, the actual cost is $1,500 monthly.
  • Justin Moyer motions to approve up to $1,500 monthly lease for a three year lease modification, seconded by Don Gabor. Motion is approved.

VI. Adjournment

  • Dan Gabor motions to adjourn, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion passes and meeting is adjourned at 1:00 PM.

March 20, 2019 – Executive Council Meeting

Present: Elise Bryant, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, Ben Cooper, Lillyanne Daigle, Scott Dance, David DeJesus, Lydia Ealey, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Hassan Kanu, Marissa Lang, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Mark Pattison, Ben Soloway, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Cet Parks

I. Minutes

February 20, 2019

  • Dave DeJesus motions to approve motions to approve and seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes.

II. Financials

Summary of Financial Highlights – as of January 19, 2019

  • Cet Park provides top line summary of January 2019 financials.
  • Treasurer expresses concern of high spending trend and urges caution, President requests consideration of a budget committee at next EC meeting. Further discussion on external organizing’s impact on the budget.
  • Mark Gruenberg motions to approve, seconded by Dan Griesheimer. Motion Passes.

FY 18 Audited Financial Statements – Bill Monroe

  • Deferred until next meeting

Bob Paul Invoice – January and February 2019

  • No action required.

III. Membership Report & Stats

  • Dan Griesheimer request correction to listing of ANA members in good standing/pending agency fee payer status.
  • Jason Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Dan Griesheimer. Motion passes to approve Membership Report.

IV. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

  • Working America – request EC approval for Nora Langan to replace Ryan Mariategue on the bargaining committee. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.
  • York Daily Record – request approval of bargaining committee (Dylan Segalbaum, Jasmine Vaughn and John Buffone).  Sam Nelson motions to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passes.
  • CKPSU – request retroactive authority to arbitrate Heather Thompson management dispute. Mark Gruenberg motions to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passes.
  • UFCW – request retroactive authority to arbitrate on behalf of Conor Eubanks. Mark Gruenberg motions to approve, seconded by Jason Moyer. Motions Passes.
  • UFCW – request retroactive authority to arbitrate on behalf of Albert Decall. Dave DeJesus motions to approve, seconded by Justin Moyer. Motion Passes.
  • Advancement Project – Request authority to arbitrate AP contract wage dispute. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.

Paul Reilly

  • BBNA – request approval to arbitrate the suspension of Nadia Usaeva. Dave DeJesus motions to approve, seconded by Jason Moyer. Motion Passes.
  • BBNA – request discretionary authority to arbitrate suspension of Wei-Kaung Wei. Sam Nelson motions to approve, seconded by Jason Moyer. Motions Passes.

Eric Geist

  • Revolution Messaging – request approval of Revolution Messaging initial contract. Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion passes.

V. Old Business

  • None

VI. New Business

Organizing Committee

  • Mark Gruenberg moved, Justin Moyer seconds creating an Organizing Committee. The following members were nominated by the Chair: Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, Lillyanne Daigle, Latisha Harvey, Sam Nelson, Carolyn Steptoe.
  • The following persons were nominated from the floor: Danielle Newsome, Jazmin Gargoum, Marissa Lang, Ben Soloway, Michelle Wang and Karma Zurkhang.
  • Motion passes to establish the Organizing Committee and its nominated members.

Bylaws Committee

  • Justin Moyer moved and seconded by Sam Nelson to dissolve the old committee and create a new Bylaws Committee. The following members were nominated by the Chair: Sam Nelson (Chair), Justin Moyer, Katie Mettler, Mark Pattison and Ben Soloway.
  • The following persons were nominated from the floor: Jeff Ball, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Peter Brusoe, Hau Chu, Tim Fitzgerald and Ben Cooper.
  • Motion passes to establish the Bylaws Committee and its nominated members.

NEROP Solidarity Fund

  • Justin Moyer motions to defer this discussion to a board poll, seconded by many. Motion passes.

Baltimore Guild Office

  • Baltimore Sun has moved to new offices. Sun unit has requested a relocation of its offices to a location closer to the Baltimore Sun headquarters.
  • Cost is approximately $200 more per month than the current office on Calvert Street,
  • Additional discussion on short term vs. long term lease options. Jason Moyer motions to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passes to approve additional costs for new office space.

SIF Growth Fund Realignment Proposal

  •  Deferred until next meeting.

VII. Good & Welfare

  • Ed Fortney and Christian Norton speak to the issue of effective communications with members using technology tools.
  • After additional discussions, Steve Cook requests submitting a proposal addressing communications solutions at April 6 meeting.
  • Elise motions and seconded by Ed Fortney, for Latisha Harvey and Christian Norton to discuss/present information about the Action Network, to be presented by board poll. Motion passes.

VIII. Personnel Caucus

  • Deferred until next meeting

IX. Adjournment

  • Meeting adjourns at 9:26 PM. Next meeting on April 6, 2019 in Baltimore office.