January 13, 2021 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: January 13, 2021

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

Excused: Peter Brusoe

Unexcused: Carl Charles, Lillyanne Daigle, Lydia Ealey, Chris Garlock, Rhea Martin, Michelle Wang,
Caitlin Wilson, Joe Yerardi, Karma Zurkhang,

Staff & Guests: Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Selene San Felice, Danielle Ohl

Meeting called to order at 7:06 PM

I. Minutes

EC Minutes – Dec. 9, 2020 – Elise Bryant motioned to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson.
Motion Passed with notation to add Tom Jackman to attendance roll call.

EC Minutes Nov. 30, 2020 – Bill O’Meara motioned to approve, seconded by Don Griesheimer.
Motion Passed with notation to list unexcused absences moving forward.

Board Poll – December 14, 2020 (Dream Defenders) – Don Griesheimer motioned to approve,
seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passed.

II. Membership Report

December 9, 2020 – January 13, 2021 – Don Griesheimer motioned to approve, seconded by Bill
O’Meara. Motion Passes. There was additional discussion on a decline in membership numbers
and Executive Director Cet Parks recommends adoption and to investigate and report back.

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

Alliance of Healthcare Unions – The unit requests EC approval of contract. Mark Gruenberg
motioned to approve and seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

SEIU 500 – Requests discretionary authority to arbitrate unfair labor practice regarding working
conditions against unit chair and three members/organizers (Katie Brown, Justin Raponski, Chris
Cado). Ed Fortney motioned to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

ANA – Request council approval for one year contract extension. Don Griesheimer motioned to
approve, seconded by Bill O’Meara. Motion Passed.

Paul Reilly

FPSU – Requests approval of one year contract. Bill O’Meara motioned to approve, seconded by
Mark Pattison. Motion Passed.

Democratic Socialist of America Staff Union – Request approval of bargaining team, Amy
Zakmeyer, Michael Grachowski and Paul Reilly. Sam Nelson motioned to approve, seconded by
Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

Bruce Jett

Lambda Legal – Request discretionary authority to arbitrate downgrading of unit chair. Elise
Bryant motioned to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg. Motion Passed.

IV. New Business

Annapolis Office

Danielle Ohl and Selene San Felice presented background on opportunity regarding the no
charge donation of office space in Annapolis for Capital Gazette reporters/journalists to have a
place to work from during the pandemic, and while they are on assignment. Office space is
being donated by Rick Baldwin, a Baltimore lawyer and reader of newspaper. There was further
discussion regarding reporter’s needs, infrastructure costs and lease requirements.

Elise Bryant requests discretionary authority to proceed with a lease agreement which would be
finalized/approved through a board poll vote. The motion was seconded by Marissa Lang. The
Motion Passed.

V. Financials

October 2020 Financials

Cet Parks reviewed October financial statement. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and
seconded by Bill O’ Meara. Motion Passed.

November 2020 Financials

Cet Parks reviewed November financial report. After reviewing Elise Bryant motioned to
approve and seconded by Bill O’ Meara. Motion Passed.

Bob Paul Invoices (November 2020 and December 2020)
No action needed.

VI. Old Business

Strategic Planning Committee

Justin Moyer provided an update on committee meetings. The committee is in final stages of
preparing recommendations for review by Cet Parks. The plan was to be presented at the
January 13, 2021 EC meeting, however Justin Moyer motioned to request an extension to
present to EC at the February 2021 meeting. Motion was seconded by Elise Bryant. Motion
Passed.

2021 Membership and EC Meeting Dates

Membership meeting dates previously set at last meeting conflicted with the revised bylaws
requirements for meeting dates. GMM dates for March 24, June 16, and the next EC meetings for February 17, March 24, and June 16. Mark Pattison motioned to approve dates, seconded
by Tom Jackman. Motion Passed.

Meeting dates will be sent out to members via email and mail (post card)

ERC Report on the Election

Report was not available and will move to next EC meeting in February.

Committee Members/Rick Ehrmann Retirement Celebration

EC authorized establishing a committee at last EC meeting. Peter Brusoe agreed to take names
of persons who want to be on the committee but not take lead. Rick Ehrmann requested an
appreciation plaque (Cet Parks and Paul Reilly).

Front Page & Guild Service Awards

Katie Mettler provided an update in Peter Brusoe’s absence.

VII. Good & Welfare

Don Griesheimer speaks to recent bylaws changes where we no longer have representatives
from units but now have at-large designations and raised awareness about processes needed for
members to contact all EC 21 members.

Katie Mettler/Fatima Hussein addressed Don Griesheimer concern that incoming officers will
prioritize an improved communications strategy and assign board members (caucuses) to
various units/unit chairs to promote communications.

Mark Gruenberg bids farewell as board member.

Bill O’Meara bids farewell as a board member.

Elise Bryant – AFL-CIO MLK Conference this coming weekend and invite on Elise Bryant Annual MLK Program.

VIII. Personnel Caucus

New Hire Status Update

Cet Parks updates on new hire process. Interviewed 18 candidates over past 7 weeks and has
narrowed search down to two candidates and expect to have a decision within the week.

Cet Parks Contract Renewal

President Steve Cook asks for approval of Cet Parks contract. Jeremy Sprinkle motions to
approve, seconded by Mark Pattison. Jeremy Sprinkle noted a typo on page 3 of contract
(pension/17.5% to 18%). Joel Gratz speaks to forward planning, work plan for a year and annual
evaluation and feedback process for management and staff. After additional discussion, a vote
was taken to approve the contract renewal. Motion Passed.

IX. Adjournment

Mark Gruenberg motioned to adjourn, seconded by Ed Fortney. Meeting adjourned at 9:03 PM

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, Ben Cooper, David DeJesus, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Tamara McCalla, 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.