April 7, 2018 – General Membership Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Mark Gruenberg and Amy Lampkin

PLEASE NOTE: While names were called for votes in these minutes, according to the by-laws, individual votes are NOT recorded at GM meetings, but they are at EC meetings. Therefore, vote totals only will be reported here. Also please note that a rollcall of present and absent officers is NOT taken at GM meetings.

Meeting called to order by President Struckman at 10:20 am.

Struckman says due to presence of special guest, WBNG auditor Bill Monroe of Haley and Associates, for the discussion of whether to undertake a forensic audit for the last five fiscal years, the group would immediately move to that item on the agenda.

Monroe explains the different types of audits the firm does. States that in the 15 years his firm has audited WBNG, its regular yearly audits have produced unqualified (i.e. no problems) decisions that the audit materially and fairly represents the local’s finances. Higher levels of auditing are done if there are problems.

Those audits include sampling of transactions, including credit card and check transactions. They do not include recommendations for internal policies and practices, such as recommendations – not orders – from DOL for unions. Monroe distributes the DOL recommendations.

Monroe explains forensic audit “is a detailed in-depth audit when you suspect fraud and/or theft of funds and you want to identify how much is missing and whether it went for personal gain. There is no evidence on my end that anything happened here that warrants that” audit.

A forensic audit “goes outside the house” on individual transactions, he told questioning member Matt Losak.

“What’s more common is an ‘exit audit,’ for the safety and security of an incoming and outgoing sets of officers. The auditor certifies and verifies the presence of assets” and debts for the protection of both. By coincidence, the annual audit last year, which covered the fiscal years 2016 (ending Sept. 30, 2016) and 2017 (ending Sept. 30, 2017) coincided with an election and so can serve as the exit audit, Monroe later told Treasurer Tim Fitzgerald.

An exit audit can then make recommendations going forward which an active finance/audit committee, meeting every three months, can implement or not as it chooses. During his presentation, Monroe was asked if he had ever been asked to make recommendations to the staff and he replied he was asked, at the beginning of his service for WBNG, and “recommended getting more specific on policy and procedures” to former bookkeeper Bertha. “It was not done. There have been no further requests.”



At the request of the local, the auditor can also make recommendations regarding fiscal and financial policies and procedures to supplement the local’s by laws.

By phone, member Selwyn Carter expresses “a tremendous feeling of disenfranchisement of those outside Washington, D.C.” He also later states that requests for the past five years of financial records were first denied, then later answered with the information that two years of records are kept onsite at the WBNG office and the rest offsite.

Carter repeated the points several times during the discussion, and – much later – member Mikhail Romanov, a past secretary, by phone reiterated them and elaborated about the discussions and e-mails surrounding the availability of the last five years of records. “As local secretary I should have had access to them.”

Treasurer Tim Fitzgerald later stated all five years were available at the DC office. He told Romanov there is no written contract covering the offsite storage, which includes financial and other WBNG records, though there is a “storage” line item in the budget.

“You are unique that your members are all spread out over the country,” Monroe said. “You can still have transparency” despite that geographic spread, he added, but did not elaborate.

At this point, Monroe discussed DOL’s recommendations – not orders – for unions to follow in financial procedures under the LMDRA (Landrum-Griffin Act). “From our audits and sample testing of your records – the last time regarding credit cards was in 20-14 – I have not seen major variances,” he said. The DOL recommendations, “which are not mandatory, are to establish a policies and procedures manual.”

Member Jazmin Gargoum then asks about costs of the audits. Monroe replies a forensic audit would cost $20,000. A “targeted audit” is more in line with a forensic audit. The exit audit, he said, would cost $5,000-$6,000, with just consultations on procedures, short of an audit, $1,500-$2,000.   

In answer to a question from President Struckman, Monroe said recordkeeping requirements and disclosure requirements differ, depending on the DOL report involved. “You have to retain records backing the LM-2s” – DOL-required detailed yearly reports of union finances – “for five years, in case a member asks. WBNG has them for even longer than that.” Monroe noted the LM-2s are public records.

Member Shaun O’Brien asked whether financial statements “review internal controls?” Monroe replied “we review the internal control structure and we have to test it to know whether to rely on it” when conducting the annual audit. “We would diagram how the structure works and look at places where it might be restructured. That fits hand-in-glove with establishing policies and




Scott Reynolds said “the internal political situation” at WBNG results in members “not being provided five years of records.” The member then asked about credit card charges as a percentage of total spending and Monroe replies it is $40,000-$50,000 yearly or 2.4-2.5% of overall expenses.

Member Celeste Drake then asks that if an exit audit showed there are “sloppy policies, people could use them to hold somebody accountable for not putting them (better ones?) in place?” The answer was “yes.”

In answer to member Sheila Lindsay, Monroe adds the annual audit just covers the just-ended fiscal year/years and “the prior year is put in there for comparative purposes. But a member could decide to drill down” among the audit’s items, Monroe said.

Member Ryan Burke stated, by phone, that “I think he (Monroe) stated the forensic audit is not the way to go. Questions about processes and DOL recommendations may fall into different areas?” he asked. Monroe replied “yes.” He added “that’s internal with your organization, but it is required by DOL to substantiate the LM-2.” He then told member Marcus Trammell that even though WBNG had not followed DOL’s recommended – not mandatory – policies and procedures, “There was enough other evidence to substantiate and say there were no misstatements of material fact” in WBNG’s financial reports.

Member Scott Reynolds then restated the point about lack of available records. “We requested five years in July. In September, we were provided with two,” he said.

That led member Christian Norton to ask “Do we have any reason to suspect asset theft or fraud?” and President Struckman replies, “I don’t have any reason,” followed by Monroe adding: “I have no suspicion of misuse or theft of assets or fraud.” Struckman then declared: “I do want to clarify: The more information we get, the better. But if I thought there was theft, I’d call the cops.”

Member Gargoum made the point that president Struckman, while seeking office, had suggested the forensic audit. Referring to prior council sessions, she said “We said from the first that a forensic audit is when you suspect mishandling of funds or criminal activity. People do not understand the purpose of a forensic audit.”

Member Losak then stated “it’s about an extensive audit – and concern about lack of transparency and standard practices for any organization and its leadership.”

Member Lindsay, referring to the prior years when she served as president, stated that “we are



talking about a need and what best practices would be. There have not been requests for financial audits” (beyond the annual audits). “We asked questions based on the statements provided by Bill’s office. And nine times out of ten, there has been ‘found money.’ An exit audit would save money and put in place practices and procedures.”

Vice President Bryant, by phone, states “I’m clear about a more in-depth audit. An exit audit with internal controls would be very helpful.” Treasurer Fitzgerald then added “A financial statement audit is an extensive audit. And this audit was unqualified” (i.e. in non-auditor’s language, showed a clean record.)

Member Steve Cook asks Monroe about practices by other locals and recommendations his firm makes to them. Monroe answers “it varies by size” of local. “We have provided DOL policies and procedures manuals to supplement their by-laws.” He then said that had there been a 6-month gap between the regular audit and a request for an exit audit, a new audit would have been appropriate, but it was not needed, given the simultaneous election of a new set of officers. He did say, however, that exit audit “would also be a good time to adopt a policies and procedures manual.”

Carter then reiterated his point about unavailability of prior financial records. “The auditor opened up by knocking down the idea of a forensic audit,” he said. “But there are members who had problems with the way financial accountability was handled – records were not provided when requested.”

Trammell again asks “why no policies and procedures manual?” After Monroe replied he brought it up “14 or 15 years ago,” but even after no action “there has been enough verification for us to be comfortable” as auditors with WBNG records. “I’ve been advocating that (policies and procedures) for a long time,” member Gargoum stated. In response to a question by phone from member Jeremy Sprinkle, Monroe stated that, following the TNG accounting system, records are in check-number order.

“With a financial statement audit, we review internal controls to establish a level of assurance for our testing” of union financial records, Monroe concluded.

After a 15-minute break, the meeting continued:

FINANCIALS: Executive Director Cet Parks reported revenues for December 2017 were $111,143.87, expenses were $141,205.13, leaving a surplus of $1806.74 and January 2018 revenue were $138,854.34, and expenses of $155,832.32, leaving a deficit of $16,978.44, and a year-to-date deficit of $33,263.05. Parks explains that budgets “are a marathon, not a sprint, and that we started this way last year, too before we wound up with a surplus..



Member Pattison moves, member Lindsay and others second approving December financial report. PASSED VOICE VOTE, INCLUDING BY PHONE. ALL YEA, NO NAY, NO ABSTENTIONS.

 Member Pattison moves, member Lindsay seconds approving January financial report. PASSED VOICE VOTE, INCLUDING BY PHONE. ALL YEA, NO NAY, NO ABSTENTIONS.

No report from Vice President Bryant. Treasurer Fitzgerald reports WBNG hired a new bookkeeper as Paulson Therapatla is retiring. Shirley Cherry, who has bookkeeping experience with the Bricklayers, started April 2, with Therapatla staying until April 27 for transition.

President Bob Struckman says that a motion put forward by petition by member Joel Gratz is next on agenda.  Asks Joel to read his motion.

Member Joel Gratz reads motion from the resolution and petition appealing WBNG EC’s decision not to conduct a forensic audit, and offers the resolution to do so. President Struckman notes “there were 73 seconds” – signatures – “to the petition.”

Member Losak  offers what he calls a friendly amendment, saying the president, in consultation with the other officers, “should choose an auditor with fresh eyes” to conduct the forensic audit. Gratz says he “has gotten similar suggestions and would be open to that idea.”

Member Selwyn Carter says the friendly amendment would delete point #3 of the petition (which has the Monroe firm doing the forensic audit). “There needs to be an in-depth review to make everyone happy. I’m concerned the recommendations made 15 years ago were not followed and no policies and procedures were ever brought up again.”

Member Gargoum thanks auditor Monroe for coming in to talk (Monroe said at one point that though he charges $200 hourly, he will not charge for this session). “I wanted to hear from him about what a forensic audit and an exit audit would entail. It is within our hands and  abilities to move forward working together and getting more transparency. It concerns me that some members still feel there is a need for a forensic audit, which is done in cases of fraud or misconduct when Bob (Struckman) has indicated that is not the case. I don’t think it’s a fiscally responsible thing to do when no one is indicating any wrongdoing.

“If people feel we need to look at someone else, it makes sense. But I don’t feel that is the best use of our resources. The best is to move forward with the policies and procedures. Anybody who asks for the fivce years of financial records can get access to them. I want us to be in line with what DOL recommends. Rather than looking backwards where there’s no reason, we can move forward with the policies and procedures.”

Member Liz Evans, by phone, recounted what occurred when the York, Pa., TNG Local, which she headed then, merged into WBNG. “We went through a similar thing. What it came down to is there was no malfeasance and no crime committed. One administration thought it was OK to spend the money and the other did not. I think a $5000-$6000 audit is in order.”



“It’s mind-blowing we’re still discussing a forensic audit,” Treasurer Fitzgerald states.

“He said clearly a forensic audit is unnecessary and the exit audit is also, due to the time frame.”

Member Ramon Zapeda from North Carolina said he is part of a new unit “and as a new EC member, it was shocking to see the petition. I still think we need to have a review of policies and procedures. And on the petition, I don’t think we should name specific individuals.”

Member Justin Moyer calls the question, to which President Struckman agrees after the 16 people who already indicated they wanted to speak have done so. After their remarks, from Steve Cook, Dana Kastner, Dan Gabor, Christian Norton, Sheila Lindsay, Jeremy Sprinkle, Celeste Drake,  petition sponsor Joe Gratz, Vice President Elise Bryant, member Mikhail Romanov, Executive Director Cet Parks and others, the question was called and the vote was taken. MOTION PASSED 28-12. Before the vote, Parks noted #6 in the petition orders suspension of the local’s use of its credit cards on May 31. “If we get to May 31 and nothing is done, that could put a hardship on units in bargaining,” Parks said.



Gargoum says a prior e-mail from President Struckman unjustly cast aspersions on prior administrations and chided him for it. AFLCIO Vice Chair for the Field Marcus Trammell “would challenge the local and the staff to pout in place a robust enfranchisement system. This system is sloppy and I’d be happy to help improve it.”

Former president Lindsay replied that during her term “we talked about the costs and expenses” of an expanded communications system . “Many membvers presented on how to do this, and how to get members to come out and participate. I don’t want anyone to think we did not open up the lines. We utilized the unit chairs for communications, but I can’t say whether they transmitted it to the membership.” She offered to serve on any committees formed to improve communications.

Member Liz Evans added that “when we merged (York) into WBNG, Sheila and Cet worked hard to include us, including an EC (it was actually a general membership) meeting. We just have to move forward and stop the accusations.” And member Juanita Sanchez said “Everybody needs to get over it. We have a structure and that structure didn’t work. Now we’ll hold this leadership accountable.”

Meeting adjourned 2 pm

In Solidarity,

Mark Gruenberg, acting as co-secretary, WBNG

February 10, 2018 – Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Present: Justin Moyer (Freddy Kunkle), Sheila Lindsay, Mark Gruenberg, Mark Pattison, Celeste Drake, Maya Goings (guest), Steve Cook, Tim Fitzgerald, Dave DeJesus, Jazmin Gargoum, Gabe Gonzales, Cet Parks, Rick Ehrmann, Paul Reilly, Robert Struckman, Seth Dietz (phone), Peter Drummond (phone), Joel Gratz (phone)

I. Financials

Budget Fix for FY20 I 7 and FY2018

  • Tabled to next meeting

II. New Business

CLC Delegate Request – Discussion on EC

  • Gabe Gonzales motions to approve request from Jeremiah Tattersall (Florida AFL-CIO) to assign AFL-CIO members as delegates to Florida CLC. Steve Cook seconds. Motion Passes.

41 st Annual Evening with Labor

  • Rick Ehrmann speaks on event and importance of involvement, with discussion on running ad and use of tickets to attend the event. After further discussion, Matt Pattison moves to purchase two tickets and half-page ad for $250. Mark Gruenberg seconds. Motion Passes.

DC Jobs with Justice Education Fund

  • Tabled until next meeting

Solidarity Fund BLM/Bailout Day

  • Mark Friedman (Solidarity Fund) provides overview of program and requests support for program. Sheila Lindsay motions for the local to contribute up to $500 for the National Bailout fund in support of Black Lives Matter. Jazmin Gargoum seconds. After discussion regarding impact on EC budget, Tim Fitzgerald makes a friendly amendment to adjust contribution to $250. Friendly amendment accepted. Motion Passes.

III. Old Business

Credit Card and Petty Cash Policy

  • Tabled to next EC meeting.

IV. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

  • Rick Ehrmann – Democratic Socialists of America unit ratified new contract and requests approval. Mark Gruenberg motions to approve. Mark Pattison seconds. Motion Passes.
  • Rick Ehrmann – APWU Bargaining Committee. Requests approval of APWU bargaining committee. Tim Fitzgerald moves, Sheila Lindsay seconds. Motion Passes.
  • Paul Reilly – Agence France Presse – Requests approval of 2-year contact. Mark Gruenberg motions. Mark Pattison seconds. Motion Passes.
  • Cet Parks requests approval of Florida AFL-CIO contract. Sheila Lindsay motions to approve. Jazmin Gargoum seconds. Motion Passes.
  • Cet Parks gives update on Coalition of Kaiser Permanente.

V. Membership Report

  • Not available for this meeting.

VI. EC Minutes – January 30, 2018

  • January 30, 2018 minutes to be approved at next EC Meeting.
  • Jazmin Gargoum expresses concerns of voting on policies, when membership has not had an opportunity to read/review in advance. Concern also expressed on perceived lack of transparency on policy issues under discussion and shielding of authorship. Concern expressed on phone packing in regard to voting or tabling discussions in lieu of voting.
  • Sheila Lindsay expresses concern of lack of review and discussion before motions are passed, and clarification on the role of the EC in bringing forth policy.
  • Celeste Drake expresses concern on distribution of information in our packets; need to establish best practices. Disagrees with phone packing concern.
  • Joel Gratz discusses phone packing and participation from out of market members.
  • Cet Parks discusses communications process and role of EC and Good Morning members.
  • Mark Gruenberg makes suggestion that unit chairs must take responsibility for communication to members.
  • Peter Drummond addresses phone packing characterizations and involvement challenges for out of market members.
  • Maya Goings discusses need for clear communication of issues on table, in advance of meetings.
  • Jazmin Gargoum and Sheila Lindsay expresses concerns on fair representation of issues and enough time to discuss/debate issues such as the AFL-CIO issue and tabling of prominent issues (i.e. Washington Post).
  • Tim Fitzgerald discusses AFL-CIO right to addresses critical issues, and the perception that EC was not allowed to further discuss and weigh-in on issues.
  • President Struckman discusses that issues such as these should be reviewed as an agenda item in future meetings.

VII. Adjournment

  • Celeste Drake motions to adjourn. Sheila Lindsay seconds. Motion Passes. Meeting is adjourned at I :39 PM.
  • Next EC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 – 7 PM.

February 10, 2018 – General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present:  Robert Struckman, Elise Bryant, Tim Fitzgerald, David DeJesus, Matt Losak, Tammy Madison, Ian Timberlake, Celeste Drake, Dina Kastner, Shaun O’Brien, Carolyn Steptoe, Ashley See, Denise Brogan, Mark Pattison, Steve Cook, Amy Lambkin, Gabe Gonzales, Christine Silvia-DeGennaro, Justin Moyer, Nina Goldman, Melinda Fiedler, Hafiz Rashid, Sally David, Maya Goines, Jazmin Gargoum, Kelly Temple, Sheila Lindsay

Phone:  Brian Berger, Luke Campora, Peter Drummond, Rick Castor, Joel Gratz, Helen Gonzales, Andrew Herly, Brad Martell, Scott Reynolds, Kate Jacob, Samantha Trueblood, Maya Goings

President Struckman calls meeting to order at 10:15 AM

I. GMM Minutes – December 9, 2017

  • Steve Cook moves, Mark Pattison seconds to approve minutes.  Passes Voice Vote

II. Officers Report

  • President’s Report was given

III. Executive Director’s Report

  • Cet Parks gives update on October and November 2017 financials.
  • There were no staff reports provided at this meeting. 

IV. New Business

Proposal to establish a Guild Dues Scholarship re-motion 

  • Tabled until next meeting

Language from Justin Moyer (Washington Post) to sign up more members at Washington Post 

  • Tabled until next meeting.

Committee Updates  

  • President Struckman gives updates on committees.
  • Bylaws meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6 pm Guild Office.
  • Committees are Human Rights, Organizing, Election Referendum, Elections, Bylaws, Finance & Budget, Contracts and Communications.
  • Discussions on protocols/processes for communicating information to EC and committee members and managing databases.

Draft Motion on Bylaws Complaints

  • President Struckman reviews and requests recommendation of Draft Motion on Bylaws Complaint, as a structure to address complaints in an orderly and fair process.
  • Matt Losak motions to adopt.  Celeste Drake seconds.  Tim Fitzgerald asks for clarity on draft policy; Matt Losak provides additional information on why such a policy is needed with additional input form EC members.
  • Amy Lampkin makes friendly amendment to Draft Motion to strike last paragraph of Draft Motion which contradicts paragraph one of Draft Motion.  Celeste Drake (seconder) declines friendly.  After additional discussion, Peter Drummond calls the question to end debate on removal of Draft Motion last paragraph.  Vote is taken; 32 votes to call question and 12 votes against.  Motion Passes.
  • Vote taken on Amy Lambkin motion to strike paragraph three of Draft Motion on Bylaws Complaint; 31 votes oppose and 8 yes.  Motion Fails to strike paragraph 3.
  • Dina Kastner (NASW) motions to add sentence to paragraph one, “All complaints must be made in writing.  This complaint must go to your unit chair prior to filing with the local”. Friendly amendment accepted by Matt Losak.
  • Ryan Mosgrove calls question on amendment, and motions to send amendment to a working group.  Gabe Gonzales seconds.  Steve Cook offers friendly amendment to send this issue to existing governance committee versus a working group.  Friendly amendment is accepted.  Question called, and vote taken; 32 yes votes and 13 no votes.  Motion Passes.

Draft Motion on Forensic Audit

  • President Struckman reviews Draft Motion on Forensic Audit.  Matt Losak motions to adopt, Selwan Carter seconds.  
  • Discussion on how we arrived to cost figures ($5,000).  Additional discussion on frequency of audits.
  • Tim Fitzgerald explains nature of forensic audit process and associated costs.  There was additional discussion and debate from EC and General Membership body.
  • Justin Moyer motions to call the question to end debate and vote on forensic audit; 37 yes votes and 9 no votes.  Motion Passes.
  • Vote taken to adopt Draft Motion on Forensic Audit; 32 yes votes, 13 no votes, 1 abstaining.  Motion Passes.

V. Old Business

Results of Motion – Guild Unit Business

  • Tiffany Heath (AFL-CIO) and Joel Gratz explain/discuss AFL-CIO bylaws issue, and the EC ruling on January 30, 2017 in regard to an AFL-CIO election related bylaws violation.  The AFL-CIO unit seeks to overturn the EC ruling on a bylaws violation.  Peter Drummond on point of order regarding author of the AFL-CIO motion (Joel Gratz).    
  • Joel Gratz motions to overturn EC ruling on AFL-CIO bylaws governing its election for new unit officers.  Peter Drummond calls question to end discussions; 30 yes votes, 14 no votes, 1 abstaining recorded.  Motion Passes to end debate.
  • Joel Gratz motion to overturn EC ruling on AFL-CIO bylaws governing its election for new unit officers goes to vote; 33 yes votes, 10 no votes, 1 abstaining.  Joel Gratz motions to overturn EC ruling on AFL-CIO bylaws governing its election for new unit officers.  Motion Passes.
  • Gabe Gonzales motions to adjourn.  Mark Pattison seconds.  Meeting adjourned at 12:52 PM.

January 30, 2018 – Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Present:   Robert Struckman, Elise Bryant, Tim Fitzgerald, David DeJesus, Benjamin Cooper, Ed Fortney, Gabe Gonzales, Dina Kastner, Freddy Kunkle, Sam Nelson, Amy Lampkin, Jazmin Gargoum, Mark Gruenberg, Mark Pattison, Steve Cook, Justin Moyer, Amanda Erickson, Celeste Drake, Mikhail Romonov, Matt Losak, Paul Reilly, Elias Giroll, Caroline Steptoe, Sheila Lindsay, Cet Parks, Rick Ehrmann

President Struckman call meeting to order at 7:04 PM

Bob Struckman recognizes work of Chris Stergalas who recently left the EC.

Bob Struckman recognizes the work and legacy of Ken May who recently passed.

I. Financials – October-November 2017

  • Cet Parks provides overview of financials for the period October and November 2017. Mark Pattison moves to approve October financials.  Jazmin Gargoum seconds. Motion passes.  Mark Pattison moves to approve November financials.  Steve Cook seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Cet Park provides review Bob Paul bill for December 2017.

II. New Business

Participants on Conference Calls

  • David DeJesus provides overview and general guidelines for members participating in EC and GMM meetings via conference calls.
  • Amy Lampkin discusses consideration of conference call options offered by AT&T which would present an opportunity for meetings to run more efficiently.
  • Sheila Lindsay notes that we already have the cost information in regard to the conferencing features presented by Amy Lampkin. Sheila Lindsay discusses moving this issue to a future meeting for a decision.

President’s Report

  • Robert Struckman reviews learnings from recent Officer’s Training program on the need to establish policies, proper authorizations and procedures for conducting the Local’s business.
  • Discussion that past practices are not a substitute for policy, and policies need to be in a place available to all members, including documentation, or if policies are in place, they should be readily available to members.
  • Discussion on establishing formal committees and the selection/makeup of persons serving on committees. Participation on committees is open to all members.
  • Discussion on need to establish process to communicate out to general membership, activists and EC leadership on Local’s issues.
  • Discussion by Robert Struckman to request Nancy Banks to send out list of committees that are forming. Special request that EC members take a leadership role on committees being formed.
  • Discussion on addressing our bylaws while reviewing policy and procedures which need to be in compliance CWA guidelines.
  • Freddy Kunkle motions to establish a policy to be reviewed by the bylaws committee as to how committees should be formed on a standing and ad hoc basis by the executive council. And communicate to all members of the executive council, to be notified on the formation of a committee.  Mark Pattison seconds.  Friendly amendment by Sheila Lindsay to include those who serve on small units and at large members of the EC.  Motion passes. 
  • BNA Happy Hour on February 8, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm

III. Vice President’s Report

  • Elise Bryant presents overview of recently held CWA Newly Elected Officer’s Training.

Sexual Harassment Policy

  • Steve Cook discusses establishing a harassment policy for the Local to handle member vs. member complaints of harassment.

TNG-CWA New Local Officers Seminar

  • Cet Parks presents an overview of TNG-CWA Local Officers Seminar and costs involved in sending units to the training program. Gabe Gonzales motions to send five out of town and up to ten commuters to the local officers training program.  Steve Cook seconds. 
  • Mark Gruenberg offers friendly amendment to include four commuters and six out of town units (to allow attendees to double up if necessary), and to add such sums as necessary for lodging, travel and registration. Motion passes.

Labor Notes Conferences

  • Sheila Lindsay motions to send Bruce Jett, a member of the EC and a member in the Chicago area to the 2018 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago, April 6-8, including travel, per diem and registration. Mark Gruenberg seconds.  Motion passes.

AFL-CIO Unit Issues

  • Cet and Amy Lampkin provide an overview and discussion on AFL-CIO Unit issues regarding allegations of by-laws violations.
  • Tim Fitzgerald motions that the AFL-CIO should make the nominations of all officers at their next meeting on February 1, 2018, for the next normal term, according to the bylaws (January-January). Seconded by Elise Bryant.  Motion passes (Robert Struckman abstains from voting).

Peggy Browning Fund

  • Motion made by Steve Cook to table discussion until the dinner event.

41st Annual Evening With Labor

  • Robert Struckman discusses making decisions on supporting cause related events as a whole, versus dealing with each program on a one-off basis. Gabe Gonzales discusses establishing a committee to review cause programs and make recommendations based on budget.

Working Families – Valerie Earvin Presentation

  • Tabled for future date to be determined.

DC Jobs With Justice Education Fund

  • Tabled

IV. Old Business

CWA Strong Pledge Form Check-in

  • Tabled

Credit Card and Petty Cash Policy

  • Tabled

V. Administrative Officers Report & Staff

  • Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions – Cet Parks seeks approval of bargaining committee consisting of John Kolodny, Jessica Butz, Dan Ryan, Chris Parker, Simone Zimmer, and alternate LeAnda Russell. Mark Gruenberg moves.  Mark Pattison seconds.  Motion passes.
  • UFCW – Cet Parks requests discretionary authority to arbitrate termination of Mikhail Romonov. Motioned by Ed Fortney.  Seconded by Steve Cook.  Motion passes.
  • Cet Parks provides overview of AFT-TX (TSU)
  • Lanetix – Cet Parks requests retroactive authority to file a ULP for fired Lanetix employees. Freddy Kunkle motions. Gabe Gonzales seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Organizing Consultant (Bruce Jett) – Cet Parks requests funding for our current organizing consultant for six months. Mark Pattison motions.  Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Representation Consultant – Cet Parks requests funding for a new representation consultant to expedite contracts and revenue generation for six months. Sheila Lindsay motions to include a representation consultant for six months under the same terms as the organizing consultant.  Steve Cook seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Cet Park requests authorization to spend funds for food in regard to bargaining committee meetings and CWA Strong organizing programs. Ed Fortney motions to give Cet Parks discretionary authority for modest funding for food for bargaining and organizing efforts (i.e., CWA Strong).  Jazmin Gargoum seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Cet Parks requests consideration of increasing gift card to $100 and Sign-ups to $50.
  • Bruce Jett provides overview of Lambda Legal election victory, Washington Post Recruitment Drive (124 new members), National Abortion Federation, LCCHR and Staff Union.
  • Rick Ehrmann requests discretionary authority for ANA bargaining committee. Sheila Lindsay motions.  Gabe Gonzales seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Paul Reilly requests approval of CNS contract that was ratified on January 29, 2018. Mark Pattison motions.  Steve Cook seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Paul Reilly requests retroactive approval of bargaining committee at AFP (Rob Lever, Carlos Hamann, Paul Sherno, Tom Watkins, Ian Timberlake, Fanny Andre, Elodie Cuzin, and Paul Reilly). Mark Pattison motions.  Mark Gruenberg seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Paul Reilly requests retroactive approval of bargaining team (Michael Migiel-Schwartz, Laura Padin and Paul Reilly). Mark Pattison motions.  Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Paul Reilly requests retroactive approval for bargaining team at Radio Free Asia for Karma Zurkhang, Arslan Khakiyer, Michelle Wang, Jin Seo Lee and Paul Reilly. Sam Nelson moves.  Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Motion passes.

VI. Membership Report

  • Gabe Gonzales motions to approve. Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Motion passes.

VII. EC Minutes

  • November 7, 2017 – Sheila Lindsay motions. Steve Cook seconds.  Motion passes.
  • December 9, 2017 – Steve Cook motions. Mark Pattison seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Board Poll – Mark Pattison moves. Steve Cook seconds.  Motion passes.

VIII. Adjournment

  • Cet Parks discusses Paulson Tharapatia resignation and job posting/replacement hiring.
  • Next EC Meeting – February 10, 2018 after GMM. Mark Pattison moves.  Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Sheila Lindsay motions to adjourn. Gabe Gonzalez seconds.  Motion passes.
  • Meeting adjourns at 10:33 PM.


December 9, 2017 – Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Present:   Elise Bryant, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Yvette De La Cruz, Celeste Drake, Seth Dietz, Rick Ehrmann, Tim Fitzgerald, Jazmin Gargorum, Elias Groll, Mark Gruenberg, Dina Kastner, Freddy Kunkle, Amy Lampkin, Sheila Lindsay, Matt Losak, Sam Nelson, Cet Parks, Mark Pattison, Hafiz Rashid, Paul Reilly, Mikhail Romonov, Robert Struckman

Absent:  Keith Barnes, Lauren Byers, Ben Cooper, Scott Dance, Laura Francis, Alan Troyan, Anthony Wilson, Karma Zurkhang 

President Robert Struckman calls the meeting to order at 1:30 PM.

I. Financials – September-October 2017

Budget Fix

  • Budget fix for FY2017 and 2018 tabled until next EC Meeting.


  • Cet Park discusses Bob Paul bill for November 2017 and arbitration bills.

II. New Business

Forensic Audit

  • Discussion around the credit card expense report dated September 25, 2017 brought forward by AFL-CIO members, Scott Reynolds and Maya Goines.
  • Further discussion on appearance of lack of transparency in financial reports for credit card; Reynolds indicates most unions and other businesses no longer use credit cards.
  • Cet Parks spoke to the historical practices in using the credit card. Adds that there are only two issued credit cards under two separate card numbers: one under Parks name and one under the Local which is maintained by the bookkeeper.
  • Others spoke of credit cards still used by the organizations they have served on (exception of CLUU). Cost to hire a forensic auditor generally done when there is a change in leadership.
  • General belief of lack of identifying the credit card expenses could be used against the Local or brought to the attention of the DOL.
  • Yvette de la Cruz motioned to conduct a forensic audit of the Local’s finances based upon the report presented. Seconded by Mikhail Romanov. Further discussion took place.

Forensic Audit (Cont.)

  • Friendly amendments to the motion made by Freddy Kunkle. Seconded by David DeJesus to move the motion forward.  Roll call on the motion to call the question and vote on motion.  Motion Passes.
  • Vote taken on motion to conduct a forensic audit. Roll call on motion – In Person/Phone: 5 “yes” votes and 7 “no” votes.  Motion fails.
  • Discussion on NC State AFL-CIO – Thank You. A motion was made to approve per diem for Sheila Lindsay’s attendance to the 2018 AFL-CIO Civil Rights Conference in Houston, January 12-15.  CWA would reimburse the Local up to $1,200 for travel, hotel and registration fees.  Tim Fitzgerald motioned.  Jasmine Gargoum seconds.  Motion passes.

III. Adjournment

  • All remaining EC Agenda items were tabled to the next EC Meeting on January 31, 2017 except for Forensic Audit discussion.
  • The next Executive Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 7 PM.
  • Mark Pattison motions to adjourn meeting. Sheila Lindsay seconds.  Robert Struckman adjourns the meeting at 3pm.