December 9, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: December 9, 2020

Present: Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Carl Charles, Hau Chu, David DeJesus, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang, Emily Woodall

Excused:

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly

Meeting called to order at 7:04 PM

I. Minutes

N/A

II. Membership Report

N/A

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

N/A

IV. Financials

November 2020 Summary of Financial Highlights

N/A

V. Old Business

None

VI. New Business

2021 General Membership & EC Meeting Dates

Peter Brusoe motioned to approve GMM and EC 2021 meeting dates and seconded by Don Griesheimer. After further discussion, Peter Brusoe accepted a friendly a friendly amendment to revise 2021 meeting dates. The Motion Passed to approve 2021 GMM and EC meeting dates as follows:

2021 General Membership Meeting Dates:  1/27, 5/19, 9/1, 11/30 (7 PM start time)

2021 EC Meeting Dates:  1/13, 2/1, 3/16, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/1, 10/20, 11/30, 12/15 (7 PM start time except meetings following GMM dates)

VII. Sexual Harassment

President Cook presented WBNG resolution on zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault and discussed Jon Schleuss letter (December 5, 2020) addressing the sexual harassment investigation regarding Pittsburgh Local President Mike Fuoco. Katie Mettler motioned to adopt creation of WBNG zero tolerance sexual harassment resolution and seconded by Jeremy Sprinkle. After further discussion, the Motion Passed.

Fatima Hussein motioned to create a committee dedicated to studying and formulating best practices for our local on how to approach sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, in coordination with TNG and CWA policies. Seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

VIII. Good & Welfare

Combating Ableism

Peter Brusoe raised concerns regarding language by union leaders and members as it relates to people who are autistic and proposed adoption of a policy around combating ableism to ensure that people with disabilities are equally welcomed, and that the reported language either needs to be denied or an apology should be issued.

Remembering Scott Reynolds

Contribution to the award named after Scott Reynolds in amount of $250 (discussed at last meeting), and to take a moment of silence to remember Scott.

Proposed Party for Rick Ehrmann

Discussed forming a committee to honor Rick Ehrmann’s years of service/retirement celebration. Paul Reilly volunteered to be the staff member on the committee. Mark Gruenberg and Mark Pattison as potential resource.

Debrief from ERC Committee

Will be added to January EC meeting (Tammy Madison to be requested to present report).

SIF Requests

Bill O’Meara – raised awareness of Defense Oversight Committee will be considering SIF requests for bargaining assistance.

IX. Search Committee Update

President Steve Cook provided an update on interviews being conducted to replace Rick Ehrmann who is retiring. Search committee plans to wrap up interviews by early of January. Six candidates have been interviewed, and an additional eight more are scheduled. Rick Ehrmann has offered to stay on as a consultant to facilitate the handover of units currently in bargaining.

X. Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motioned to adjourn and seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:31 PM.

November 30, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: November 30, 2020

Present: Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Carl Charles, Hau Chu, David DeJesus, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang, Emily Woodall

Excused: Steve Cook, Freddy Kunkle, Katie Mettler

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly

Meeting called to order at 7:42 PM

I.  Minutes

October 21, 2020 – Peter Brusoe motioned to approve minutes and seconded by Jazmin Gargoum. Motion Passed.

II.  Membership Report

October 20, 2020 – November 30, 2020. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Emily Woodall. Motion Passed.

III.  Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

Advancement Project – Cet Parks requested approval of bargaining committee (Jessica Alcantara, Carolyn Cowen Nissen, Jess Unger and Cet Parks). Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

Alliance of Healthcare Unions – Cet Parks requested approval for bargaining team (Jessica Butz, John Tiller, Christina Cow, Cet Parks). Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve and seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

Duke University Press[Redacted]. Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

American Immigration Council[Redacted]. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Emily Woodall. Motion Passed.

Rick Ehrmann

Metropolitan Washington Council – Rick Ehrmann requested approval of bargaining team (Chris Garlock, David Stephen, Rick Ehrmann). Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

Paul Reilly

American Prospect – Paul Reilly requested approval of approval of new three-year contract. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Marc Pattison. Motion Passed.

Catholic News Service – Paul Reilly requested approval of CNS TA/one-year contract extension. Mark Pattison motioned to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

Island Packet – Paul Reilly requested approval of bargaining team (Lucas Smolcic Larson, Katie Kokal, Paul Reilly). Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

No action items.

Bruce Jett

Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania[Redacted]. Peter Brusoe motioned for approval, seconded by Emily Woodall. Motion Passed.

IV.  Financials

September 2020 Summary of Financial Highlights

Cet Parks presented a summary of financial highlights for the period ending September 30, 2020 and requested board approval. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded by Jazmin Gargoum. Motion Passed.

Bob Paul Invoices

No action required.

Expenses

Peter Brusoe motioned for approval, seconded by Emily Woodall. Motion Passed.

V.  Old Business

Strategic Planning Committee

Justin Moyer provided update and requested extending the report to EC in January 2021.

Conflict of Interest Policies

Peter Brusoe – after review with Bob Paul the COI Policy was presented with revised language, for EC approval. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve the amended COI policy, and was seconded by Fatima Hussein. After additional discussion the Motioned Passed.

VI.  New Business

Indigenous Peoples Day Draft Resolution

Peter Brusoe motions to remove any reference to “Columbus Day” from the EC’s governing documents, contracts and other obligations of the Baltimore Washington News Guild in favor of “The Federal Holiday on the 2nd Monday of October. Emily Woodall asks that we refer to renaming as Indigenous Peoples Day as a friendly amendment, which was accepted by the mover.

The motion reads “…as a governing document for contracts without employees and other obligations of the Baltimore News Guild for Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.” After further discussion, the Motion Passed.

Diversity & Inclusion Draft Resolution

Peter Brusoe motioned to direct the Executive Director to cause a workshop to be done on diversity and inclusion for all employees and to be offered to EC members. The motion was seconded by Mark Gruenberg. The Motion Passed.

Rooney Rules Draft Resolution

Peter Brusoe motioned to direct the EC President to create a taskforce to examine if having a Rooney Rule is a best practice for the local, and requests a draft proposal for Rooney Rule hiring, having a requirement on sourcing of contracts to include a minimum threshold of minority or women owned business and enterprises as a best practice, to ensure the local’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The motion was seconded by Mark Gruenberg. The Motion Passed.

VII.  Good & Welfare

Scott Reynolds

In honor of Scott Reynolds, Peter Brusoe motions to allocate $250 contribution to the Scott Reynolds Political Action Award, seconded by Mark Pattison. Motion Passed.

VIII.  Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motioned to adjourn and was seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:13 PM.

October 21, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: October 21, 2020

Present: Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Carl Charles, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Freddy Kunkle, Marissa Lang, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle, Emily Woodall

Excused: Mark Gruenberg, Scott Reynolds

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Eric Geist, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly

Meeting called to order at 7:04 PM

I.  Minutes

September 26, 2020 – Don Griesheimer motioned to approve minutes and seconded by Mark Pattison. Motion Passed.

Board Poll ([Redacted]) – Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve poll and seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passed.

II.  Membership Report

September 26, 2020 – October 20, 2020. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

III.  Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

SEIU Local 500 – Cet Parks requested retroactive approval to file ULP regarding over changes in working conditions. Ed Fortney motioned to approve request and seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

SEIU Local 500 – Cet Parks requested retroactive approval for ULP for union discrimination against unit chair Edward Fortney. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

Working America – Cet Parks requested retroactive authority to arbitrate for Marc Blessen. Emily Richards added additional background on the matter. Ed Fortney motioned to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passed.

America Votes – [Redacted] AV is based in Washington, DC and has organizers across in critical elections states. [Redacted]. Mark Pattison motioned to approve and seconded by Ed Fortney. Motion Passed.

Bristol Herald Carrier – [Redacted]. Sam Nelson motioned to approve and seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion Passes.

Atlanta Magazine – [Redacted]. Katie Mettler motioned to approve, and the motion was seconded. Motion Passes.

Rick Ehrmann

No action items.

Paul Reilly

Catholic News Service – Paul Reilly requested approval of CNS bargaining team (Mark Pattison, Anna Capizzi, Paul Reilly). Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

Change to Win – Paul Reilly requested approval of CTW bargaining team (Kathleen Ma, Nashwa Al-Sharki, Emma Bayes, George Faraday, Cynthia Simon and Paul Reilly.  Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

Jewish Voice For Peace – Eric Geist requested approval of bargaining team (Lena Ghannan, Emma Liss, Reuben Telushkin). Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, seconded by Ed Fortney. Motion Passed.

Bruce Jett

No action items

IV.  Financials

August 2020 Summary of Financial Highlights

Cet Parks presented a summary of financial highlights for the period ending August 31, 2020 and requested board approval. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

Fiscal 2021 Budget – Budget Motion

Justin Moyer motioned that the budget be approved, and the Executive Director, the four officers and four other EC members (who are appointed through a vote of the full Executive Council) shall develop a detailed business plan for FY 2021-2022 with budget showing a balanced budget and a 3-year strategic plan setting priorities and goals for the local to be submitted to the Executive Council by December 1, 2020, given our continued deficit spending. The motion was seconded by Peter Brusoe.

After further discussion, the Motion Passed to approve the FY 2021 budget and establish a planning committee for the FY 2021/22 3-year strategic plan.

A board poll will be conducted to request participation of EC members interested in serving on the strategic planning committee.

Bob Paul Invoices

No action required.

Expenses

No action required.

V.  Old Business

Scott Reynolds

Elise Bryant motioned to approve the reimbursement of Scott Reynolds expenses ($100) for AFL-CIO State Convention. After further discussion Peter Brusoe offered friendly amendment to reimburse upon receipt of report from Scott. Elise Bryant declined the friendly amendment. Motion Passed.

VI.  New Business

Conflict of Interest

Peter Brusoe speaks to adoption of the revised version of the conflict of interest policy for executive council members in the awarding of contracts, reimbursing expenses, or spending union funds. Bill O’ Meara suggests modifying language to reflect “what you know about” in terms of disclosure. After further discussion, the language was amended to state “Executive council members who ‘knowingly’ have a personal financial interest…”

Bill O’Meara motions to table the discussion until the language can be vetted by the local’s attorney to ensure it meets DOL requirements. The motion was seconded and voted upon. The vote was called in favor of approving the motion. Peter Brusoe called for a roll call vote. The Motion Passed 16-2.

VII.  Good & Welfare

Rick Ehrmann retirement announcement – Ed Fortney motions to formally recognize Rick’s retirement and was seconded by Tom Jackman. Rick thanks the executive council for all his years with the Guild and working for a wonderful union. Motion Unanimously Passed.

Peter Brusoe motions to appoint a Rick Ehrmann Appreciation Party Committee and come back to the council with a budget proposal. The motion was seconded. Motion Passed.

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

Hiring a representative to replace Rick Ehrmann. President Steve Cook discussed establishment of search committee which includes Steve Cook, Dave DeJesus, Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, Don Griesheimer, Dina Kastner, Joe Yearadi and Cet Parks. Elise Bryant motioned, and motion was seconded. Motion Passes.

IX.  Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motioned to adjourn and was seconded. Meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM.

September 26, 2020 General Membership Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

General Membership Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: September 26, 2020

Present: Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Carl Charles, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang

Excused: Marissa Lang, Scott Reynolds

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Bruce Jett, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Caitlin Wilson (AFP), Dina Kastner (NASW)

Meeting called to order at 10:00 AM and a quorum was met.

I.  Minutes

July 18, 2020 – Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and was seconded by Mark Pattison. Motion Passed.

September 3, 2020 Special Membership Meeting – Elise Bryant motioned to approve and seconded by Tim Fitzgerald. Motion Passed.

II.  Membership Report (from EC Report)

August 19, 2020 – September 25, 2020. on Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

III.  Officer’s Report

President Steve Cook – Gave update on Pittsburgh Gazette unit preparations to strike. TNG proceeding with Save The News Campaign. Additional discussion on sexual harassment/allegations and how they are handled within labor unions.

Vice President Elise Brant – None

IV.  New Business

Nomination of E&R Committee

Fatima Hussein nominates Tammy Madison (Bloomberg), Mallory Brangan (Post), Nena Taub (Lambda Legal). Joel Gratz nominate Luke Canfora.

According to bylaws there can only be three members appointed to serve on the ERC, by the Executive Council. President Steve Cook deferred the ERC appointments until the next EC meeting.

Nominations of Officers

Nominations were made for officers and Executive Council. President Steve Cook nominates for officer’s Fatima Hussein (President), Katie Mettler (VP), Dave DeJesus (Secretary), Justin Moyer (Treasurer). There were no other nominations for President, Vice President and Secretary. President Cook announces petition period for additional nominations for those not in attendance during the General Membership meeting.

Isaac Gobern nominates Joel Gratz (AFL-CIO) for Treasury.

Nominations for Executive Council Delegates

Fatima Hussein nominates Peter Brusoe (Bloomberg), Sarah Adkisson (Bloomberg), Jason Albright (Bloomberg), Marissa Lang (Post), Tom Jackman (Post), Hau Chu (Post), Freddy Kunkle (Post), Joe Yearadi (CPI), Pratheek Rebala (CPI), Sam Nelson (JwJ), Carl Charles (Lambda Legal), Michelle Wang (RFA), Nina Goldman (FP), Mark Pattison (CNS), Lily Reed (Sun), Dan Gabor (AFL-CIO), Graham Fortier (AFL-CIO), Steve Cook (Unaffiliated), Elise Bryant (Unaffiliated), Jeremy Sprinkle (AFL-CIO NC).

Kent Anderson (LCV) nominates Emily Woodall (LCV) and Sacha Heyman (LCV).

Joel Gratz nominates Grace Sheedy (AFL-CIO) and Isaac Gobern (AFL-CIO)

Maya Goins nominates Joel Gratz (AFL-CIO).

Don Griesheimer (ANA) nominates himself.

Mark Gruenberg nominates Jazmin Gargoum (Unaffiliated).

Caroline Reed nominates Indigo Oliver (ITT).

Nominees Accepting (At GM Meeting)

Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, David DeJesus, Justin Moyer, Tom Jackman, Peter Brusoe, Sarah Adkisson, Jason Albright, Joe Yearadi, Pratheek Rebala, Sam Nelson, Carl Charles, Michelle Wang, Mark Pattison, Lily Reed, Dan Gabor, Graham Fortier, Steve Cook, Steve Cook, Elise Bryant, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jazmin Gargoum, Isaac Gobern, Grace Sheedy, Emily Woodall, Sacha Heyman, Indigo Oliver, Don Griesheimer.

Joel Gratz defers accepting and will confirm during portioning period for either Treasure or Delegate slot.

V.  Old Business

None

VI.  Executive Director & Staff Reports (from EC Report)

Cet Parks

FL AFL-CIO – Cet Parks requested discretionary authority to arbitrate or file a ULP regarding the Mike Stovall termination, for improperly seeking out Covid-19 test before returning to work. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve request for arbitration, seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

The State – TNG – Cet Parks requested discretionary authority to organize The State newspaper in Columbia, SC (a McClatchy Publication) with 37 employees. The State is a sister publication to The Island Packet News in SC which is also seeking recognition to organize. Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve the request to organize The State, seconded by Peter Brusoe. After further discussion (Joel Gratz TNG funding cuts) the Motion Passed.

Verso – Cet Parks requested retroactive authority to organize Verso, a book publishing company headquartered in London and with offices in Brooklyn, NY. Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve, and the motion was seconded by Peter Brusoe. After further discussion (Bill O’Meara, Peter Brusoe, Don Griesheimer concerns on unit size and NY location, Mark Gruenberg on bargaining logistics/UK parent). The Motion Passed.

MassLive – [Redacted]. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, and the motion was seconded by Mark Gruenberg. After further discussion the Motion Passed.

Rick Ehrmann

In These Times – Rick Ehrmann requests approval of bargaining committee members Jamie Hendry, Hamilton Nolan and Miles Lawson. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded by Bill O’ Meara. Motion Passed.

NASW – Dina Kastner is asking for council approval to repurpose its approved $200 monthly luncheon budget for membership meetings which is going unused due to Covid-19. The unit wants to donate the funds to the Capital Area Food Bank. The amount to date is $1,200 (6 months).

Mark Pattison motioned to approve the NASW $1,200 donation, representing six months of unused lunches, to the Capital area Food Bank. The motion was seconded by Jeremy Sprinkle. Mark Gruenberg offered a friendly amendment to continue the monthly donations for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was accepted by Mark Pattison and Dina Kastner. After further discussions, Mark Gruenberg withdraws his friendly amendment. After a roll call vote the Motion Failed.

Paul Reilly

American Prospect – Paul Reilly requested approval of JWJ bargaining team Alex Sammon, Marcia Brown and Brittany Gibson. Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve and seconded by Bill O’Meara. Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

No action items.

Bruce Jett

Broward County Legal Services (Miami, FL) – [Redacted]. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve the organizing effort, seconded by Carl Charles. After further discussion the motion was voted on and the Motion Passed.

VII.  Financials

Credit Card Expenses

Peter Brusoe motions to approve financials, seconded by Elise Bryant. Luke Canfora (AFL-CIO) believes it is bad practice to approve credit card expenses without everyone having opportunity to review. Cet explains that information is usually provided for members to view and not to approve. Maya Goins states its good practice to review and not to approve.

Cet Parks clarifies that credit card expenses are generally in the financial reports and will be considered in EC Meeting.

VIII.  Good & Welfare

Joel Gratz – discusses Surreta Smith, candidate for state legislator in GA – asks how can we do more substantive actions which are supportive to her campaign.

Front Page Awards – Peter Brusoe updates on FP Awards – will be held remotely on October 8, 2020 from 7 PM-9 PM, hosted by Katie Mettler and Fatima Hussein.

Joel Brooks (HPAE) – question on vacancy for one of unit co-chairs and process on how to fill that seat. Cet Parks explains process – all officers subject to election in January; Steve and Cet to discuss process with Joel after this meeting.

Isaac Gobern – speaks to Joel Gratz’s support on Surreta Smith – phone banking and contributions.

Mark Gruenberg – speaks to ways to support Surreta Smith. Mark’s news service included a story about Surreta Smith. Several ways to help her out (AFL-CIO), AFGE local 1017 president for eight years, or go to her campaign website.

Luke Canfora – requested additional information on Green Zone policies – additional explanation provided by President Steve Cook (actions regarding local’s endorsement of political candidates). Cet provided additional info on purpose of Green Zone policy.

Carl Charles – comments by Isaac Gobern and Joel Gratz represents an opportunity for units that are not journalism based to take action and collaborate on ways to support agendas and issues in units not obliged by Green Zone policy.

Maya Goins– shares perspective on Green Zone and support for Black female union sibling Surreta Smith. Alfonso Novadi – odd that we have handcuffed ourselves as a union in terms of endorsements when newspapers where our members work have no problems making endorsements. If media organizations we work for have found a way to cover political candidates and endorsements that is above criticism, then guild should be able to do so.

Fatima Hussein – feels there are things the local can do to address systemic racism, and other similar issues, there is opportunity to meet in the middle to address issues that will not allow us to talk about things because of objectivity.

President Steve Cook suggests that all parties interested in this issue convene per Carl Charles suggestion, to identify issues and how to address them.

IX.  Adjournment

Jazmin Gargoum motioned to adjourn and seconded by Peter Brusoe. Meeting adjourned at 11:44 AM.

September 26, 2020 EC Minutes

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: September 26, 2020

Present: Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Carl Charles, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald,
Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Tamara McCalla,
Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Mark Pattison, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang, Emily
Woodall

Excused: Marissa Lang

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Eric Geist, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Dina Kastner (NASW)

Meeting was called to order at 11:48 AM

I. Minutes

August 19, 2020 Minutes – Peter Brusoe motioned to approve minutes and seconded by
Sam Nelson. Motion Passed.

September 16, 2020 Board Poll (Strategic Committee) – The Sept. 16 Strategic
Committee Board Poll did not pass due to lack of quorum.

II. Membership Report

August 19 – September 25, 2020. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded
Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

FL AFL-CIO – Cet Parks requested discretionary authority to arbitrate or file a ULP
regarding the Mike Stovall termination, for improperly seeking out Covid-19 test before
returning to work. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve request for arbitration, seconded by
Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

The State – TNG – [Redacted] The State
newspaper in Columbia, SC (a McClatchy Publication) with 37 employees. The State is
a sister publication to The Island Packet News in SC w[Redacted]. Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve the [Redacted] The State,
seconded by Peter Brusoe. After further discussion (Joel Gratz TNG funding cuts) the
Motion Passed.

Verso – Cet Parks requested retroactive authority to organize Verso, a book publishing
company headquartered in London and with offices in Brooklyn, NY. Jeremy Sprinkle
motioned to approve, and the motion was seconded by Peter Brusoe. After further
discussion (Bill O’Meara, Peter Brusoe, Don Griesheimer concerns on unit size and NY
location, Mark Gruenberg on bargaining logistics/UK parent). Motion Passed.

MassLive – [Redacted]. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, and the motion was seconded by Mark
Gruenberg. After further discussion the Motion Passed.

Rick Ehrmann

In These Times – Rick Ehrmann requests approval of bargaining committee members
Jamie Hendry, Hamilton Nolan and Miles Lawson. Don Griesheimer motioned to
approve and seconded by Bill O’ Meara. Motion Passed.

NASW – Dina Kastner is asking for council approval to repurpose its approved $200
monthly luncheon budget for membership meetings which is going unused due to Covid19.
The unit wants to donate the funds to the Capital Area Food Bank. The amount to
date is $1,200 (6 months).

Mark Pattison motioned to approve the NASW $1,200 donation, representing six months
of unused lunches, to the Capital area Food Bank. The motion was seconded by Jeremy
Sprinkle. Mark Gruenberg offered a friendly amendment to continue the monthly
donations for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was accepted by Mark
Pattison and Dina Kastner. After further discussions, Mark Gruenberg withdraws his
friendly amendment. After a roll call vote the Motion Failed.

Paul Reilly

American Prospect – Paul Reilly requested approval of JWJ bargaining team Alex
Sammon, Marcia Brown and Brittany Gibson. Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve and
seconded by Bill O’Meara. Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

No action items.

Bruce Jett

Broward County Legal Services (Miami, FL) – [Redacted]. [Redacted] effort, seconded by Carl Charles. After further discussion the
motion was voted on and the Motion Passed.

IV. Financials

Strategic Finance Committee

Justin Moyer requested to postpone this committee to February 2021 due to upcoming
election cycle. Joel Gratz mentions that the original motion was attached to a timeline for
a completed plan and that instead of postponing, to consider a new timeline.
• Justin Moyer motioned to move the appointment of the four EC members to the strategic
committee to the March 2021 membership meeting. Motion was seconded by Peter
Brusoe. Motion Failed to Pass.

Joel Gratz motioned to reintroduce the board poll motion from September 16, 2020 to
nominate the following EC members and the four EC officers to serve on the strategic
committee to determine the Local’s financial future: Lillyanne Daigle, Don Griesheimer.
Motion Passed.

Bill O’Meara points out that because we are now organizing in Massachusetts, New York
and Florida, that we consider putting in a SIF or Growth Fund request to obtain resources
to execute those organizing projects to relieve financial pressures due to our deficit.
July 2020 Summary of Financial Highlights

Cet Parks presented a summary of financial highlights for the period ending July 31,
2020 (ten months into the FY) and requested approval. Peter Brusoe motioned to
approve the July 2020 Financial Report, seconded Mark Pattison. Motion Passed.

Bob Paul Invoices

No action items.

V. Old Business

Action Network

No action needed and discussions will move to October 2020 EC Meeting.

Reschedule of November Membership Meeting

President Steve Cook discussed moving the previously scheduled November 18, 2020
General Membership/EC Meeting to November 30, 2020 (7 PM) to accommodate the
upcoming election timetable. Elise Bryant motioned to approve the date change and was
seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

PAI Union News Service

Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve the subscription cost to the PAI Union Newsletter
and seconded by Bill O’ Meara. After further discussion a roll call vote was taken. Motion Failed.

VI. New Business

ERC Appointments

The current three appointed ERC members are disqualified because they are candidates in
the upcoming election. Fatima Hussein motioned to nominate Tammy Madison, Neela
Taub and Mallory Brangan, seconded by Carl Charles. Joel Gratz requested to substitute
Luke Canfora to replace Tammy Madison as one of the three seats on the committee.

Fatima Hussein (on Carl Charles recommendation) withdrew her original motion and
motioned to nominate Tammy Madison, Mallory Brangan and Luke Canfora to the ERC.
Peter Brusoe seconded the motion. After further question Bill O’ Meara called the
question, and since there were no other members seeking recognition, the motion to call
the question was withdrawn. Motion Passed.

Scott Reynolds Reimbursement

Cet Parks speaks to Scott Reynolds reimbursement of fees associated with registering as
a delegate for the Virginia AFL-CIO conference meeting (approximately $100). Joel
Gratz motioned to approve repayment of registration fee, seconded by Bill O’ Meara.
Bill O’ Meara offered a friendly amendment to reimburse up to $100 which was accepted
by Joel Gratz.

Peter Brusoe motioned to table the discussion until next meeting. A vote was taken and
the Motion Passed.

VII. Good & Welfare

No action items.

VIII. Personnel Caucus

No action items.

IX. Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motioned to adjourn and was seconded. Meeting adjourned at 2:13 PM.