November 17, 2018 – General Membership Meeting Minutes

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I. GMM Minutes

September 15, 2018 Minutes

  • Minutes were not available for this meeting.

II. Officer’s Reports

  • No reports were submitted for this meeting

III. New Business

Nominations of Local Officers and At-Large Officers

The following individuals were nominated for the following positions for
Local Officers:

  • For the office of President:   Steve Cook, BBNA
  • For the office of Vice President:  Elise Bryant, At-Large
  • For the office of Treasurer:  Tim Fitzgerald, APWU, Justin Moyer, Washington Post
  • For the office of Secretary:  Dave DeJesus, Washington Post, Joel Gratz, AFL-CIO

The following individuals were nominated for the following positions for the five At Large seats:

  • Hau Chu, Washington Post, Jazmin Gargoum, At-Large, Joel Gratz; AFL-CIO, Gabe Gonzalez, AFL-CIO, LaTisha Harvey, BBNA, Fatima Hussein, BBNA, Sheila Lindsay, ANA, Matt Losak, At-Large, Katie Mettler, Washington Post, Robert Struckman, AFL-CIO, and Michelle Wang, RFA

Nominations of Delegates and Alternates for TNG Sector Conference and CWA Convention

The following delegates were also nominated to attend the 2019 TNG-CWA Sector Conference. The General Membership elected to send 10 delegates:

  • Elise Bryant, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Joel Gratz, Mark Gruenberg, Sheila Lindsay, Justin Moyer, Cet Parks, Mark Pattison

The following delegates were nominated to attend the 2019 CWA Convention. The General Membership elected to send seven delegates:

  • Steve Cook, Elise Bryant, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Joel Gratz, Justin Moyer, Cet Parks

E&R Committee

The following members were nominated to serve on the 2019 – 2020 Election & Referendum Committee:

  • Peter Brusoe, BBNA, Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, Tiffany Heath, AFL-CIO, Amy Lampkin, AFL-CIO, Tammy Madison, BBNA, Sam Nelson, JWJ, Mark Pattison, CNS
  • Nancy Banks will send out notification to all nominees who will have 7 days to respond to their acceptance or declining of said nominations.

IV. Adjournment

  • The next GM meeting is to be held Thursday, January 31 @7pm in the DC office.


JANUARY 9, 2019 – General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present: Ed Fortney (SEIU Local 500), chair; Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service; Cet Parks, at-large; Tim Fitzgerald, American Postal Workers Union; Benjamin Soloway, Nina Goodman, Elias Groll, Foreign Policy; Carolyn Steptoe, Advancement Project.

On conference call: Christine Monk, Bryan Nelson, Jeffrey Ball, John Westerberg, Richard Halfacre, Tamara McCalla, Heidi Hanson, HPAE; Mark Gruenberg, at-large.

Under WBNG membership totals at the time of the Dec. 10 mailing, the Small Units and Members were entitled to nine Executive Council delegates for 2019-20.

Nominations for officers, delegates and alternates were made at the meeting.

Pattison moved, Goodman seconded authorizing the naming of nine delegates and nine alternates. Motion carried.

For unit chair:
Mark Pattison nominated Ed Fortney (SEIU Local 500).
Nina Goodman nominated Benjamin Soloway (Foreign Policy).
Tim Fitzgerald nominated Carolyn Steptoe (Advancement Project).
Carolyn Steptoe nominated Tim Fitzgerald (American Postal Workers Union).

Those at the meeting discussed the propriety of Fitzgerald possibly serving as unit chair as he is also a candidate for WBNG treasurer. Fitzgerald said that, if elected as treasurer, he would not serve and allow the Executive Council to select a successor. He added he would send an email to that effect before the day was out.

After the clearing of apparent confusion that the nominations being made were for unit chair, the nominations for Soloway, Steptoe and Fitzgerald were withdrawn. There being no other nominations, Fortney was elected by acclamation.

For unit vice chair:
Mark Pattison nominated Sam Nelson (Jobs With Justice). There being no other nominations, Nelson was elected by acclamation.

For delegates:
Nina Goodman nominated Benjamin Soloway (Foreign Policy).
Tim Fitzgerald nominated Carolyn Steptoe (Advancement Project).
Carolyn Steptoe nominated Tim Fitzgerald (American Postal Workers Union). Mark Gruenberg nominated Mark Pattison (Catholic News Service).
John Westerberg nominated Bryan Nelson (HPAE).
Cet Parks nominated Bill O’Meara (at-large).
Bryan Nelson nominated Tamara McCalla (HP AE).
Mark Pattison nominated Mark Gruenberg (at-large).
Ed Fortney nominated Jeremy Sprinkle (North Carolina AFL-CIO).

There being nine nominations for seven remaining delegate slots, WBNG office staff was deputed to recalculate the number of WBNG members who qualify for being in the Small Units and Members. The answer came back: 501.

Pattison moved, Goodman seconded authorizing 10 delegates and 10 alternates. Motion carried.

There being nine nominations for eight remaining delegate slots, McCalla declined her nominatiom. The remaining nominees were elected by acclamation.

For alternates, ,who in the case of vacancy are to be asked in the order in which they are nominated:
Bryan Nelson nominated Tamara McCalla (HP AE).
Carolyn Steptoe nominated Andrew Ambrogie (Advancement Project).
Tim Fitzgerald nominated Jazmin Gargoum (at-large).
Mark Pattison nominated Seth Dietz, (SEIU Local 500).
Mark Pattison :nominated Chris Garlock, (D.C. AFL-CIO).
Mark Pattison nominated Ramon Zepeda (Student Action for Farmworkers). Mark Pattison-nominated Keith Barnes (at-large).
Mark Pattison nominated Liz Evans (York Dispatch).
Mark Pattison nominated Ryan Mariatague (Working America).
Mark Pattison nominated Sally Davidow (at-large).
Tim Fitzgerald nominated Ashley See, but withdrew the nomination.

The 10 nominees were elected by acclamation.

The meeting was adjourned.

November 17, 2018 – Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Present: Robert Struckman (President); Elise Bryant (VP); Tim Fitzgerald (Treasurer); Sheila Lindsay
(ANA); Don Griesheimer (ANA); Mark Pattison (CSN); Mark Gruenberg (Small At-Large); Steve Cook
(BBNA); Justin Moyer (Post); Sam Nelson (JWJ); Kharma Zurkhang (RFA); Peter Brusoe (BBNA); Cet Parks (ED); Paul Reilly (Rep); Rick Ehrmann (Rep) and Ed Fortney (SEIUS00, by phone)

Excused: Dave DeJesus, Jazmin Gargoum, Gabe Gonzalez

Executive Council meeting called to order at 12:25pm

1st order of business – question called on whether a quorum – determined a quorum had been met with 13 members present.

Business discussed: appointment of the Elections Referendum Committee

Adding additional items to the agenda FINANCIALS Proposed budget – pg. 8 of the EC packet – Treasurer Tim Fitzgerald

I. Financials

Proposed budget – pg. 8 of the EC packet – Treasurer Tim Fitzgerald

  • Change to line 57 based on today’s (11/17) General Membership meeting- attending 2
    conferences in 2019, voted to send 10 to TNG Sector Conference and 7 to CEA Convention Propose to send 13 & 8; other line allowed $8,000; based on the San Francisco trip, came in a little lower.

Mark P., motioned to approve the proposed budget- as things change from month to month Question on Line 62-Negotiations – concern around units with upcoming contract negotiations, i.e.,
BBNA, Baltimore Sun -concern numbers budgeted were to low for negotiations, salary for Eric Geist should be separate line item up until January; loss time @ the Sun, no loss time for BBNA; $66k for
Geist, initially budgeted.

Line 63 question of Bruce Jett’s salary through January, approved by EC; Parks to be seeking extensions of both (Jett & Geist) to the EC in January.

Discussion of hiring an organizer: numbers are a bit low; must get contracts signed to have revenue coming in by 2020-2021. Tidewater G ____ about 200, want to come into WBNG, currently being negotiated by TNG staff rep, Lou Greico.

Question – if we extend their contracts do we revise the budget, which goes to the comment made by Mark P. (“Fitzgerald doesn’t reflect what the council approves”); Struckman, would only vote on what we add throughout the year. Budget then fluctuates months to months. Reflects current fiscal year – calendar year. Chances there will be an extension; Mark G., $1.879k would be add ons once the
incoming units revenues begin to come in.

Cook – deficit of $123k, how is that sustainable? Parks – stair stepping units into the revenues; Struckman – after several years decide we don’t want to be adding funds or budget on the front end, clear at this point -bargaining of new units. Spending money to make money; less external organizing and more internal organizing, looking for direction by the EC. 

Question: has the budget been approved by the Budget Committee?
Cook -double down on expenses, some years will be running a surplus.
Struckman -surplus on dues to add a strike fund -move more aggressively
Griesheimer -strategic planning committee -do we know what we want to be over the next five years?
Conduct a financial analysis -cost of analyzing units going forward during negotiations. Bargain more effectively and efficiently

Parks -8 in previous years and now 16 units but no increase in staff; finding ways to be more effective and training of our members.10 years ago bargaining new contracts in 6 months, now doing it within a year or more, people don’t want a standardized contract. Estimate is actually lower than it was last year APAE & Advancement Project coming in, should not be a deficit at end of year -$72,000 income from each unit, trajectory growing well. Doable looking at future organizing, slight change in accounting procedures fiscal year in 2016, reflecting back on accruals, will see an uptake for Sept., will be reflected in this years budget will show a better increase.

Motion to accept the budget as put forward. Motion passes by voice vote

II. New Business

MultiDistrict Council Meeting report by Mark P. -Pres. Bernie Lunzer reported that TNG is under staff more than½ of the staff being paid under CWAs SIF membership is up; Digital Media organizing, 19,470; news media alliance down 56%, TNG up by 20%; CWA Secretary-Treasurer, Sara Steffens reported
budget growing in the compliance department, no more paper filing, itemized reports -policy set – WBNG had policy set in 1970, adopted to use per diem currently set by Dept. of Labor; slate of policies on their way. ULPS, DFRs, NLRB failure to process a grievance is considered a breach. Must keep grievant informed throughout the step process, necessary to maintain a documentary timeline.

  • Janus decision;
  • $275k -23k per month;
  • SEC have cut down on face to face meetings, Fall board meeting conducted via Zoom
  • no clerical support during the 2019 conference;
  • looking at defense fund to get things done;
  • discussion of merging NABET & PPMW could keep them in place, Charlie Greco is in favor, look for TNG to take the lead;
  • SDC elections: re-elected Nestor Soto, president, Mark P., secretary-treasurer, Mark G., vice-president, Tim Fitzgerald appointed to serve as the TNG HREC representative to the CWA Human and Civil Rights Committee

AFA Request-bi-annual meeting in New Orleans, problems with temperature. Please help them out – no action taken

CWA PAC FUND -CWA Strong pushing heavily-an account for the Local has been set up; individual options for members to do; funds would come into the Local; can be done by payroll deduction, can help us out by shutting management out.

Guild Copier lease – Fitzgerald spoke to the matter: negotiation of renewing the contract; UBT made a competitive offer, Nauticon (new vendor), contract was a bad offer; requested the remove recurring payment of $13,000; Nauticon agreed to tear up current contract, waive or reduce price; Nancy Banks asked Parks for approval to renew contract with UBT, Parks agreed to approval – Parks (ED) to take charge of this issue. Nauticon offered lower rates, wrong information was given. Struckman gave kudos to Fitzgerald for his activism on this, up to ED & EC to make the approval, we are receiving the $13,000 from Nauticon. Fitzgerald makes a request that the EC approval of all contracts, Fitzgerald turns request to a motion that all contracts (long standing), come before the EC, concept of EC reviewing contracts absence a certain approver, be reviewed and approved by the EC. No second to the motion, motion denied, no movement.

Appointing an ERC

Discussion of the At-Large, 8 people for the 5 positions – of how those elections take place.

ERC – president would normally name; EC members offered the following members to serve: Tiffany Heath (AFL); Sam Nelson (JWJ); Amanda Erickson (Post); Amy Lampkin (AFL); Mark P. (CNS); Peter Brusoe (BBNA) and Tammy Madison (BBNA)

DOL requested to meet with the ERC for training; questions about ensuring the validity of the number of people serving and not. Motion to approval of the 7 people nominated to serve on the ERC. Motion passes by voice vote.

Setting the next EC meeting: Dec. 19 @ 7pm, DC office

Good & Welfare: Renter’s Alliance had approved $1,000 & unable to take up discussion for the request.

Motion to adjourn, second by Peter Brusoe, motion passed by voice vote.

September 15, 2018 – General Membership Meeting Minutes

Present: Elise Bryant, Matt Losak, Gabe Gonzalez, Jazmin Gargoum, Rick Ehrmann, Mark Pattinson, Sally Yates, Paul Reilly, Cet Parks, Ben Cooper, Sheila Lindsey, Tim Fitzgerald. Bob Struckman and Huidong Cao

Phone: Seth Dietz, Ed Fortney, Dan Gabor, Justin Moyer, Luke Canfora, Chris Garlock

Excused – David DeJesus

Vice President Elise Bryant calls meeting to order at 10:15 AM

Joel Gratz made a quorum call. Quorum was not met. Joel made a motion to adjourn. Justin Moyer seconded. There was discussion about the merits of holding the meeting regardless of quorum for informational purposes. A vote was taken. Motion to adjourn due to lack of quorum was voted down.

I. Action Items

• Due to lack of quorum minutes were tabled until the next membership meeting since there was not a quorum to approve them.

II. New Business

• There was discussion on the Huidong Cao Arbitration Request Petition. Since Mr. Cao, the grievant, and Bob Struckman, who collected the petition signatures and put the item on the agenda, were both absent at this point in the meeting, the group decided to move this item to the next general membership meeting.

III. Old Business

• No old business issues discussed.

IV. EC Officer and Staff Reports

• Staff reports were moved to the next EC meeting.

Gabe Gonzalez motioned to adjourn; motion is seconded. Motion passes.

October 24, 2018 – Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Present: The following Board Members were present either in person or by telephone, which constituted a quorum – Tim Fitzgerald, Jeremy Sprinkle, Justin Moyer, Mark Gruenberg, Mark Pattison, Steve Cook, Don Griesheimer, Sam Nelson, Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Matt Losak, Dave DeJesus, Freddy Kunkle, Gabe Gonzalez

Staff and Guests Present: Rick Ehrmann, Paul Reilly, Cet Parks

Excused: Robert Struckman, Sheila Lindsay, Jazmin Gargoum

Meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM.

I. Financials

September 2018 and Bob Paul Invoice

  • Cet Parks provided an update on the September financials. Mark Pattison moves to approve September financials. Sam Nelson seconds. Motion Passes. 
  • Tim Fitzgerald discusses proposed budget details for 2019. Additional discussion on proposed budget. Matt Losak suggests updating EC of changes during planning that impact budget and stresses prudence in budget process.
  • Peter Brusoe expresses concerns on other unit negotiations, loss of employees from BNA and its overall impact on the budget. Other EC members expressed concerns of being overly optimistic on proposed budget. Peter Brusoe motions to send the budget back to committee for review based on input from EC.
  • Matt Losak seconds and adds friendly amendment to add budget to the legal line item ($13K), negotiations ($10K), and that the revenue estimate take into account the 7% layoff at BNA; that revenue budgets are looked at 6 months versus annually, and that budgets are prepared and put into packets to provide EC more time to review. Vote is taken. Jeremy Sprinkle abstains. Motion Passes.
  • No discussion on Bob Paul Invoice

II. New Business

American Arbitration Association Election Proposal

  • Cet Parks provides overview on AAA proposal for oversight and management of upcoming local elections by mail ballot at cost of $6,200 (reference page 13 and 14 in EC packet). Additional discussion on whether to keep voting in-house versus all mail ballots.
  • Peter Brusoe moves to adopt mail ballot as outlined in AAA proposal at an approximate cost of $6,200 and seconded by Don Griesheimer.
  • Further discussion on costs of mail balloting versus in-house, costs incurred by last election, timeliness in getting mail ballots to overseas/international members, updating addresses, etc. Cet Parks calls the question.
  • Motion is restated, and vote taken. Additional discussion and concerns registered after the vote was taken. Gabe Gonzalez notes point of order on vote (calling the question) – vote retaken on motion to adopt mail ballot as outlined in AAA proposal at an approximate cost of $6,200. Tim Fitzgerald abstains. Motion Passes.

E&R Committee

  • Cet Parks discusses scheduling meet with DOL and ERC Committee. Gabe Gonzalez points out that at last meeting that EC voted to establish a new ERC Committee. EC agrees to establish the ERC Committee members at the November 2018 general membership meeting.

Sector Conference – Official Call

  • Cet Parks provides overview on TNG Sector Conference in Orlando, FL (January 25-27, 2019). Nominations are required at a membership meeting and notification will need to be sent out. Steve Cook discusses nominating delegates for TNG Sector Conference at the November 17 membership meeting and send out announcements to members within 15 day, and after additional conversation EC agrees.

Delegate to Northwest Florida CLC

  • Gabe Gonzalez motions to add delegate Phyllis Garrett to the NW Florida CLC Chapter. Mark Gruenberg seconds. Motion Passes 

NC State – Hurricane Relief

  • Gabe Gonzalez motions to make a $500 contribution each, to the NC Hurricane Relief effort and the Florida Workers Relief Fund, and to ask each unit to send out a link to unit chairs for members to support these funds. Matt Losak seconds. There was additional discussion on support and its impact on budget.
  • Peter Brusoe offers friendly amendment to reduce contribution to $250 each. Matt Losak withdraws his second to Gabe’s motion based on misunderstanding the motion; Mark Pattison then seconds the original motion. Further discussion follows. Motion to call the question and vote is taken. Motion to call question passes.
  • Vote taken on motion to make a $500 contribution each, to the NC Hurricane Relief effort and the Florida Workers Relief Fund, and to ask each unit to send out a link to unit chairs for members to support these funds. Motion Passes. 

Renters Alliance

  • Matt Losak provides overview of Renters Alliance work and background on support request for $250 sponsorship of the Alliance’s Fourth Annual Building Community Celebration.
  • Gabe Gonzalez motions to table the topic until later in the year, Peter Brusoe seconds. Matt Losak abstains. Motion Passes.

III. Old Business

Credit Card Policy Amendment

  • After further discussion and updates, Steve Cook motions to accept the amended credit policy as listed on the October 24, 2018 EC meeting agenda. Seconded by Mark Pattison and others.
  • Motion made to call the question and vote is taken. Motion Passes. Vote is taken on Steve Cook’s motion to accept credit card policy amendments. Motion Passes.

IV. Executive Director’s and Staff Report

Cet Parks

  • York Dispatch – settlement reached and requests approval of three year agreement. Gabe Gonzalez motions to approve, and Peter Brusoe seconds. Motion Passes.
  • The Real News Network – request approval to file ULP for not honoring contractual tentative agreements. Sam Nelson motions to approve ULP, Mark Gruenberg seconds. Motion Passes. 

Rick Ehrmann

  • National Abortion Federation – request approval of members of the bargaining committee. Sam motions to approve. Matt Losak seconds. Motion Passes.
  • ANA – request approval to arbitrate the Sheila Lindsay termination. Sam Nelson motions and seconded by Don Griesheimer. Vote is taken and Motion Passes.

Paul Reilly

  • BBNA – Request discretionary authority to arbitrate all BBNA grievances outlined in his report. Mark Gruenberg seconds and Peter Brusoe seconds. Motion Passes. 

Eric Geist

  • No action items

Bruce Jett

  • No action items

V. Membership Report

September 15-August 24, 2018, 2018

  • Park Pattison motions to accept. Freddy Kunkle seconds. Motion passed.

VI. EC Minutes and Board Poll

Minutes – September 15, 2018

  • Gabe Gonzalez motions to approve. Mark Pattison seconds. Motion passed.
  • Note to correct spelling of Laura Francis and Gabe Gonzalez names.

Board Poll – October 10, 2018, 2018

  • Steve Cook motions to accept October 10, 2018 Board Poll (BBNA Tee-Shirts). Mark Gruenberg seconds. Steve Cook notes that although EC authorized spending up to $6,000, the actual cost of tee-shirts totaled approximately $4,700. Motion Passes.

VII. Good and Welfare

  • Matt Losak moves to hold next meeting on Saturday, November 17. Mark Pattison Motion Passes.

VIII. Adjournment

  • Matt Losak motions to adjourn, Matt Losak seconds. Motion Passes.
  • Meeting adjourned at 10:05 PM