September 3, 2020 General Membership Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

General Membership Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: September 3, 2020

This is a special meeting called for all members of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild to consider a resolution seeking to disaffiliate our union from the International Union of Police Associations.  The meeting was held via Zoom and attended by 169 members.

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM

Brian Nelson motioned to pass the following resolution, which was seconded by Jonathan Baran.  The motion reads as follows:

Resolution on the IUPA and Law Enforcement Within CWA

WHEREAS: Police unions have historically served as a force for racial segregation and repression of labor rights and;

WHEREAS: Police unions do not act in solidarity with the broader labor movement and;

WHEREAS: Police unions have resisted efforts of police reform, including alienating their own members who become whistleblowers and;

WHEREAS: Amid the current uprisings against police brutality police unions have become a clear target of police power and;

WHEREAS: In order to fully live up to the idea that Black Lives Matter and supporting the CWA’s Executive Board’s statement that “There is no in-between. There is no neutral option. The only real way to dismantle racism and build the working-class power we seek is for every worker to take on the struggle for justice for Black people in this country as their own and to embrace the actions that ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ demands of us”

THEREFORE: We the members of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035 call upon the AFL-CIO to disaffiliate the International Union of Police Associations from the Federation and direct its constituent State Labor Federations, Area Labor Federations, and Central Labor Councils to do the same.

ADDITIONALLY: We call upon the Communications Workers of America to separate itself from its 3,000 Law Enforcement and Correctional Officer members.

ADDITIONALLY: We call for local and state governments to divest from policing and invest in non-policing alternatives for our communities.

Elise Bryant, Vice President of WBNG Local 32035 opened the floor for discussion.  After a thorough and spirited discussion on the merits of the resolution, a vote was taken.  The motion on Resolution on the IUPA and Law Enforcement Within CWA Passed.

The results of the vote are as follows:

  • 111 members voted in favor of the resolution
  • 32 members voted against the resolution

Vice President Elise Bryant motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Dave DeJesus (Secretary).  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

August 19, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: August 19, 2020

Present:  Kent Anderson, Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Hau Chu, Carl Charles, Steve Cook, Ben Cooper, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Tamara McCalla, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Mark Pattison, Scott Reynolds, Jeremy Sprinkle

Excused:  Mark Gruenberg, Robert Lever

Staff & Guests:  Rick Ehrmann, Eric Geist, Bruce Jett, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Caitlin Wilson, Donna Cartwright, Chris Stein, Ken Anderson, Frank Fritz (UFCW Local 1994)

Meeting called to order at 7:04 PM

I.  Minutes

July 18, 2020 – Elise Bryant motioned to approve minutes and seconded by Tom Jackman. Motion Passed.

July 24, 2020 Board Poll – Don Griesheimer motioned to approve poll and seconded by Jeremy Sprinkle. Motion Passed.

II.  Membership Report

July 18 – August 19, 2020. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded Tom Jackman.  Motion Passed.

III.  Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

York Daily Record – Cet Parks requested discretionary authority to file ULP regarding Gannet 401K employee contribution issue. Mark Pattison motioned to approve request and seconded by Sam Nelson.  Motion Passed.   

UFCW Local 1994 Staff Union – Peter Brusoe motioned to allow Executive Director Cet Parks authority to sign up and file a petition regarding UFCW Local 1994 members who are currently under representation by FAIR. UFCW Local 1994 represents 12 staffers. After discussion and vote the Motion Passed.

Rick Ehrmann

Alliance for Justice – Rick Ehrmann requests approval of bargaining committee members Leslie Barnes, Zach Ford, Sara Matlin, alternates Aaron Truealt and Quyen Tu. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson.  Motion Passed.

ANA – Rick Ehrmann request approval of recently elected members of the ANA bargaining committees (back to office and contract). Don Griesheimer motioned to approve the members and Peter Brusoe seconded.  The Motion Passed.

Paul Reilly

Jobs With Justice – Paul Reilly requested approval of JWJ bargaining team. Mark Pattison motioned to approve and seconded by Peter Brusoe.  Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

Lambda Legal – Eric Geist requested discretionary authority to arbitrate a grievance if necessary, regarding a senior financial analyst job position which was excluded from its contract. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, seconded by Sam Nelson.  Motion Passed.

League of Conservation Voters – Requests authority to ratify and sign new contract agreement. Sam Nelson motioned to approve and seconded by Jeremy Sprinkle.  Motion Passed.

League of Conservation Voters – Eric Geist requested approval of officers’ first term effective with election of new officers and serve until conclusion of the next election cycle. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve, seconded by Peter Brusoe.  Motion Passed.

Bruce Jett

No action items

IV.  Financials

June 2020 Summary of Financial Highlights

Cet Parks presented a summary of financial highlights for the period ending June 30, 2020 (nine months into the FY). Justin Moyer motioned to approve June 2020 Financial Report, 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 items.

NC State Online Convention Call

Jeremy Sprinkle’s unit requested approval to send two delegates to the online convention. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and was seconded by Jazmin.  Motion Passed.   

Virginia AFL-CIO State Convention 

Scott Reynolds motioned to send up to five delegates, pending verification of event, and cover registration fees. The motion was seconded by Joel Gratz.  A roll call vote was taken and The Motion Failed to Pass (3-Yes, 12-No and 2-Abstain)

After additional discovery and discussion, it was determined there is no cost to attend this convention. An amended motion was made by Jeremy Sprinkle to send up to five delegates to the convention, seconded by Sam Nelson. Motion Passed.

Health and Safety Committee

President Steve Cook discussed organizing a Health & Safety Committee to address Covid related back-to-work safety issues, chaired by Peter Brusoe, with the goal of recruiting members from EC. Fatima Hussein motioned to approve, seconded by Elise Bryant.  Motion Passed.

Cet provided an update that the NLRB does not recognize bargaining over this issue unless language exists in existing contracts.

V.  Old Business

Press Associates Renewal deferred.

VI.  New Business

Police Affiliation – Motion for Special Membership Meeting

Katie Mettler addressed EC regarding a call for a special general membership meeting on September 3, 2020 to solely discuss the police disaffiliation vote. Katie Mettler motioned that the Executive Council shall place a resolution on police union affiliation on the agenda of a special/emergency meeting of the General Membership for consideration on September 3, 2020.  That shall be the sole order of business for the Special Membership Meeting.

The motion was seconded by Scott Reynolds. After further discussion the Motion Passed to hold a special membership meeting on September 3, at 7 PM.

Motion – ITT Federal Lawsuit and Legal Fees

Joel Gratz motioned – “I would request that the leadership of ITT be requested to attend the EC meeting to discuss their decision to place WBNG’s name on a federal lawsuit without any prior discussion at all with WBNG leadership or authority to take such action.”  Motion was seconded by Tom Jackman and was opened to discussion.

Carl Charles offered a friendly amendment to engage in mentorship the ITT members and council them on our policies and practices. After further discussion Joel Gratz withdrew his motion

Motion on Legal Fees

Joel Gratz motioned that a committee of the local consisting of the Executive Director, the President, the Treasurer and two members of the local, who may but need not be EC members. conduct: 1) a review of the legal fees incurred by the local to understand the primary cost drivers of those fees. 2) consider viable options for holding fees stable during the next fiscal year and 3) evaluate future options for legal representation of the local including a review of hourly rates charged attorneys providing similar services as the Local now receives, the viability of hiring a staff attorney for the Local and potential timelines for any changes. The committee shall deliver a report of their findings by the January 2021 General Membership meeting.  The motion was seconded by Peter Brusoe.

After further discussion, Justin Moyer concluded that the newly created strategic budget planning committee could address these concerns. Joel Gratz withdrew his motion with an understanding that the strategic planning committee would incorporate the elements of his motion in its plan.

Save the News

President Cook discussed Save the News survey and encouraged units to support the initiative.

Newsroom Diversity

Caitlin Wilson (AFP) addressed concerns they have about the lack of diversity within its newsroom ranks, especially considering the BLM movement and other current social issues, despite contract language requiring hiring of minority groups. Their concerns have been presented to management.  Caitlin is also asking for input and guidance form the EC on this issue.

Katie Mettler/Dave DeJesus, Washington Post and Fatima Hussein at BBNA shared strategies used regarding diversity issues and agreed to reach/discuss sharing information.

Carl Charles shared as strategy that at Lambda Legal they are considering filing a grievance about equitable language in their contract regarding steps their employer has not taken based on language in their CBA.

Front Page Awards

Peter Brusoe updated EC that October 8, 2020 is 7 PM is scheduled date for the 2020 Front Page Virtual Awards.

VII.  Good & Welfare

Elise Bryant updated on candlelight vigil at BLM Plaza – “Vote Like Black Lives Matter tee shirts are available.

Peter Brusoe informed members that GM and EC meeting scheduled for September 18, 2020 falls on Rosh Hashanah holiday. It was discussed that the meeting date could be moved back one week to September 26, 2020.  Additionally, Peter Brusoe proposed to send out the rescheduled meeting date on the postcard slated to inform members of Front-Page Awards to save on mailing costs.

Carl Charles motioned to reschedule September 18 General Membership meeting scheduled for September 26, 2020, to September 26, 2020 in observance of Rosh Hashanah holiday, seconded by Peter Brusoe. Motion Passed.

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

No action items.

IX.  Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motioned to adjourn and was seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 10:18 PM.

July 18, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2020

Present:  Elise Bryant, Peter Brusoe, Hau Chu, Carl Charles, Steve Cook, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Fred Kunkle, Marissa Lang, Tamara McCalla, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Scott Reynolds, Michelle Wang

Excused:  Jazmin Gargoum, Mark Gruenberg, Rick Ehrmann

Staff & Guests:  Bruce Jett, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly

Meeting called to order at 11:24 AM

I.     Minutes

June 17, 2020 – Peter Brusoe motioned to approve and was the motion was seconded by Bill O’Meara. Correction made to reflect Peter Brusoe missed 1st half of that meeting.  Motion Passed.

II.    Membership Report

June 17, 2020 – July 18, 2020. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded by Peter Brusoe.  Motion Passed.

III.   Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

RFA – Cet Parks requested discretionary authority to arbitrate if necessary, the Michelle Wang disciplinary action regarding a work from home test run action. Elise Bryant motioned to approve the request and the motion was seconded.  Motion Passed.   

HPAE – Update by Bryon Nelson for an arbitration for a terminated employee that was previously approved by the EC. A settlement agreement was reached, and no further action was required.

Paul Reilly

RAINN – Paul Reilly requested approval of RAINN new five-year contract. Peter Brusoe motioned to approve, and the motion seconded Don Griesheimer.  Motion Passed.

Eric Geist

No action items

Bruce Jett

No action items

IV.   Financials

Cet Parks presented a summary of financial highlights for the period ending May 31, 2020, which ended in a surplus. Don Griesheimer motioned to approve May 2020 Financial Report, seconded by Scott Reynolds.  There was further discussion regarding governing with caution due to the pandemic related effects on business units and pending contract revenue.  Motion Passed.

V.    Old Business

No action items

VI.   New Business

NC State Online Convention Call

President Steve Cook requested that we table this discussion until next EC meeting in August until Jeremy Sprinkle can speak on the issue. Peter Brusoe motioned to grant Cet Parks discretionary authority to send delegates to the convention if approved by the local unit.  The motion was seconded by Elise Bryant. 

After further discussion Don Griesheimer offered a friendly amendment to send up to three delegates, which was accepted by Peter Brusoe. The motion was revised by Peter Brusoe to send one delegate to the convention.  Motion Passed.      

VII.   Good & Welfare

Peter Brusoe provided an update on the Front-Page Awards, and that there were a record number of nominations for the award. The committee is hoping to have a date for the awards program in the fall.

Bill O’ Meara informed EC that his proposal to streamline the arbitration approval process is still on the table, and that we should seek to resolve this issue by the next EC meeting, for an up or down vote. Katie Mettler suggested having someone to lead a working group to move the discussions along.  Peter Brusoe offered to step up to lead the committee and report out to EC one week prior to next EC meeting (August 12).

Elise Bryant – update on the Coalition of Labor Union Women who will present a town hall meeting – SNAP – on August 6.

There was discussion about forming a safety committee on Covid-19 related return to work issues and its impact on bargaining. President Steve Cook will send an email to unit chairs to ask for volunteers to participate on this committee.

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

No action items.

IX.    Adjournment

Mark Pattison motioned to adjourn and seconded by Peter Brusoe. Meeting adjourned at 12:17 PM.

June 17, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting: June 17, 2020

Present:  Elise Bryant, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, Ben Cooper, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Jasmine Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, John Kenney (for Lillyanne Daigle), Fred Kunkle, Marissa Lang, Tamara McCalla, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Scott Reynolds, Jeremy Sprinkle

Excused:  Lillyanne Daigle

Staff & Guests:  Rick Ehrmann, Bruce Jett, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Indigo Oliver (guest)

Meeting called to order at 7:00 PM

I.  Minutes

May 20, 2020 – Bill O’Meara motioned to approve and was seconded by Don Griesheimer. Corrections were noted and Motion passed.

II.  Membership Report

May 20, 2020 – June 17, 2020. Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve and seconded by Mark Gruenberg.  Motion Passed.

III.  Executive Director’s Report & Staff

Cet Parks

UFCW– Unit leadership requests discretionary authority to arbitrate Chris Johansson Notice of Unsatisfactory Performance grievance. Sam Nelson motioned to approve the request and seconded by Mark Gruenberg.  Motion passed.   

WBNG had investigated the possibility of getting federal Paycheck Protection Program loan grant money from one of the first two rounds of CARES Act funding, but because the local is not a 501(c)(3) — it’s a 501(c)(5) — we were not eligible. The North Carolina AFL-CIO qualified for such a loan.

Rick Ehrmann

Alliance for Justice – Rick Ehrmann requests approval of bargaining team. Tom Jackman motioned to approve and seconded by Mark Pattison.  Motion Passed.

Alliance for Justice – Requested retroactive authority to arbitrate a dispute at the newly organized Alliance for Justice. Management, before the Guild could get to the bargaining table, was making wholesale changes in working conditions that are mandatory subjects of bargaining — and which are supposed to be left untouched until a contract is reached. Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve and seconded by Tom Jackman. Motion Passed.

ANA – Requested approval of MOA ratification regarding temporary salary reduction issue that had been ratified by 102-0 vote by the unit.  with five abstentions.  Under the plan, salaries will be cut until Oct. 9 to help offset ANA’s multi million-dollar deficit, with the union and management meeting Sept. 1 to assess things.  Reductions will be on a sliding scale: Employees making $60,000 or less will be cut 2.5%, those making between $60,000-$100,000 will be reduced 4.25%, and those making over $100,000 will be cut 9.25%.  There will be no layoffs or reductions in hours during this period.  Don Griesheimer motioned to approve and seconded by Elise Bryant.  Motion Passed.

Metropolitan Washington Council – Requested approval of contract extension agreement for David Stephen. Mark Pattison motioned to approve, seconded by Bill O’Meara.  After two-and-a-half years without a contract, WBNG members at the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO Council came to an agreement on a contract extension: raises of 2.5% for 2018, 3% for 2019, and 3.5% for 2020, signed by recalcitrant D.C. Fed Acting President Andrew Washington his last day in office.  His successor is former WBNG member Dyana Forester, who had worked at UFCW HQ before going to work for UFCW Local 400. Motion Passed.

Paul Reilly

BBNA – Paul Reilly requests retroactive approval to file a complaint in federal court to force Bloomberg to arbitration on a jurisdiction grievance. Management at first claimed the grievance was not filed in a timely manner, but WBNG won an arbitration. Management is claiming the issue is not arbitrable.  The Guild is in talks with Bloomberg to get the matter resolved short of court.  Don Griesheimer motioned to approve, and the motion seconded.  Motion Passed.

IV.  Financials

Mark Pattison motioned to approve April 2020 Financial Report, seconded by Don Griesheimer. Motion Passed.

V.  Old Business

Bylaws Revision

Sam Nelson motioned to approve minor revisions to the proposed bylaws changes approved in April. The biggest change was different language in the article covering dues.  Some contradictory language that remained from the current bylaws — adopted in 2002 were removed, and some copy-editing changes were also made. The motion was seconded by Mark Pattison.  Motion Passed.

COVID-19 Update

Cet Parks reported on UFCW Return to Work issue (employers must bargain over return to office).

UFCW – WBNG is bargaining with UFCW HQ about return-to-office issues. The Guild has been advocating continued telework until the New Year, and management has been pushing for getting back to the office ASAP. Kaiser Permanente and SEIU Local 500 has acknowledged that it’s a mandatory issue of bargaining but hasn’t gotten around to bargaining yet. At Bloomberg, there is a labor-management committee working on return-to-office issues. The Washington Post isn’t returning to the office until at least Labor Day, and the New York Times has said it won’t bring its employees back to the office until 2021.

VI.  New Business

Member Contact Info

President Steve Cook discussed issues around member contact information. Don Griesheimer suggested adopting privacy policy in conjunction with asking for member information as a best practice.

Police Unions

Sam Nelson and Indigo Oliver discuss issues regarding need for police union reforms and presented a resolution calling for the AFL-CIO, WBNG, and other organizations, to disaffiliate the International Union of Police Associations from the federation, and for the CWA to expel an estimated 40,000 members who are in police or correctional officer unions.

After extensive discussions there was a vote on the resolution. The EC rejected the resolution presented by Sam Nelson.  The resolution failed to pass on a vote of 16-6 with (3) abstentions. 

Further discussions led to a proposal to create a task force to explore alternative proposals. Scott Reynolds motioned to establish a task force within the Local to study the issue of police reform strategies, and to report back to the EC with solutions, and the motion was seconded.  The motion to create a task force was adopted by the EC.    

VII.  Good & Welfare

Jobs With Justice – Byron Nelson motioned to approve renewal of JWJ membership fee for $200. The motion was seconded by Scott Reynolds.  Motion Passed.

WBNG has been the recipient of an overture by a neighbor on our floor in our office building in D.C. who may be interested in subleasing some of our office space — or buying us out of the lease entirely. The tenant hasn’t looked at our office space, and the Executive Council would have to approve any such change in our lease obligations. But when the new neighbor took a guided tour of the offices, they seemed to chill their interest.

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

No action items.

IX.  Adjournment

Jazmin Gargoum motioned to adjourn and seconded by Mark Pattison.  Meeting adjourned at 9:48 PM.

May 20, 2020 EC Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild

Executive Council Meeting

May 20, 2020

Present:  Peter Brusoe, Elise Bryant, Hau Chu, Steve Cook, Benjamin Cooper, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Jazmin Gargoum, Joel Gratz, Don Griesheimer, Mark Gruenberg, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Marissa Lang, Tamara McCalla, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Bryan Nelson, Bill O’Meara, Mark Pattison, Scott Reynolds, Jeremy Sprinkle, Michelle Wang, Karma Zurkhang

Excused:  Sam Nelson

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Eric Geist, Bruce Jett, Cet Parks, Paul Reilly, Don Slaiman

I.  Minutes

April 22, 2020

Jeremy Sprinkle motioned to approve, seconded by Jazmin Gargoum.  Motion Passes to adopt April 22, 2020 minutes.

II.  Membership Report

April 22 – May 20, 2020

Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Tom Jackman.  Motion Passes to adopt the April 22 membership report.

III.  Executive Director’s Report

Cet Parks

SEIU – Request approval of the bargaining committee – Edward Fortney, Marva Luke, Katie Brown, Greg Petrilli and Cet Parks.  Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Bill O’Meara.  Motion Passes to approve SEIU bargaining team.

WBNG DC Office Space/Lease – Cet Parks also discussed next door tenant interest in WBNG office space, which could generate additional cost savings (WBNG would relocate to another office space in building, utilize AFL-CIO office space, or operate remotely until end of pandemic).  No further action taken.

Rick Ehrmann

Washington Post – bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with Post management for an 8-1/2 month contract extension with salary increase, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave.  Contract faces ratification vote next week.  Mark Gruenberg motioned to approve the extension, seconded by Mark Pattison.  Motion Passes to approve contract extension.

American Postal Workers Union – agreement reached to extend current CBA for two years, with a 1 percent salary increase on November 1, 2020 and a wage increase based on what APWU postal workers will receive in 2021.  Scott Reynolds motioned to approve the contract ratification, seconded by Bill O’Meara.  Motion Passes to adopt contract ratification.

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) – members ratified three year contract which included annual raise of $2500, a 100 percent employer paid health premium, increased severance pay, evaluation of supervisors, annual equity audit, comp time for sixth day worked and limitations on off-hour communications.  Request approval of three year contract.  Scott Reynolds motioned to approve, seconded by Bill O’Meara.  Motion Passes to approve contract.

American Nurses Association – Don Griesheimer provides update on temporary pay reduction at ANA, potential furloughs and vacation givebacks.

Metropolitan Council, AFL-CIO – Rick requests discretionary authority to file an ULP and/or arbitrate MWC’s failure to negotiate with the Guild and failure to pay David Stephen’s post-probationary pay increase.  Jeremy Sprinkle motions to grant discretionary approval to file ULP, seconded by Scott Reynolds.  Motion Passes.

Paul Reilly

Charlotte Daily Progress – request approval of its two year contract.  Scott Reynolds motions to approve, seconded by Benjamin Cooper.  Motion Passes to approve contract.

RAINN – requests approval of bargaining team consisting of Trisha Dorsey, Sidney West, Sarcia Adkins and Paul Reilly.  Don Griesheimer motions to approve, seconded by Tom Jackman.  Motion Passes to approve bargaining team.

Roanoke Times – request approval of bargaining team Mark Berman, Casey Fabris, Amy Friedenberger, Shawn Garrett, Luan Rife, Jeff Sturgeon and Paul Reilly.  Mark Gruenberg motions to approve, seconded by Scott Reynolds.  Motion Passes to approve bargaining team.

Foreign Policy – request approval to arbitrate jurisdictions grievance.  Mark Gruenberg motions to approve, seconded by Bill O’Meara.  Motion Passes to approve arbitration.

Eric Geist

Provided update – no action items

Bruce Jett

Indivisible – request approval of bargaining committee Juliana Garcia, CJ Incorminias, Eli Gerber, Judy Stadtman, AJ Hedrich and Bruce Jett.  Scott Reynolds motions to approve, seconded by Mark Gruenberg.  Motion Passes to approve bargaining team.

IV.  Financials

Financials for March

Cet Parks reviews March financials and requests approval of the financial report.  Mark Pattison motions to approve financials, seconded by Jazmin Gargoum.  Motion Passes.

Bob Paul’s Invoices – April 2020

No action required.

Bob Paul’s Invoices – Election Stipulation

No action required.

V.  Old Business

By-Laws Revision

In Sam Nelson’s absence, President Steve Cook reports that corrections and suggestion were made to bylaws based on review with TNG (Tim Shick).  There were a few minor corrections/suggestions presented by TNG.  Bylaws committee agreed to incorporate some of these suggestions.  No additional action was taken during this meeting.  The committee’s goal is to have bylaws sent out to members by July/August in order to implement by September. 

VI.  New Business

Request to Arbitrate

Bill O’Meara shares background on language to reform how we arbitrate grievances, based on input from Cet Parks, President Steve Cook and Freddy Kunkle, with the goal of expediting and streamlining the initial decision making process. 

Bill O’Meara motions to adopt the streamlined language as a policy going forward.  The motion was seconded by Peter Brusoe.

Scott Reynolds shares concerns about taking power and voice from the members and placing it in the hands of a smaller group of people and asks to make a substitute motion to table the issue to allow time to discuss with his unit for more analysis.

President Cook shares that the language represents a more economical use of our time, and notes that staff recommendations on arbitration are always carefully considered; and there are procedures in place to allow grievances to go to the full council.

Rick Ehrmann, Peter Brusoe, Katie Mettler, Joel Gratz, Mark Gruenberg, Jazmin Gargoum, Bryan Nelson, Mark Pattison and Elise Bryant all share concerns regarding the process to streamline grievance procedures.

Scott Reynolds motions to table the discussion until the next EC meeting and establish a subcommittee to review language and make recommendations, affirm discussion on draft proposal and procedures to streamline the process.  A vote is taken and Motion Passes to table the discussion.

Sub-committee members include Scott Reynolds, Joel Gratz, Cet Parks, Bill O’Meara, Fatima Hussein, Katie Mettler, Steve Cook, and Jeremy Sprinkle.

COVID-19 – Returning to the Workplace

President Cook and Cet Parks discuss the importance of employee health and safety when our units are able to return to work.  Returning to Work is a mandatory bargaining item, and that we have a right to request bargaining, file ULP’s and arbitrate if necessary.  Discussed establishing a Health & Safety Committee. 

Peter Brusoe motions to establish a Health & Safety/Best Practices committee, seconded by Mark Pattison.  Motion Passes.  President Cook requests anyone interested being on committee to reach out via email.

NOVA Labor Council Delegates

Don Slaiman discuss role of NOVA Labor Council and announce that there are five delegate slots available for Labor Council.  Joel Gratz motions to nominate Scott Reynolds, Christine Silvia-Degennaro and Don Slaiman to fill three of the five delegate slots. Fatima Hussein requested time to reach out to people in her unit who may be interested in the additional slots.  Motion Passes.

VII.  Good & Welfare

Mark Gruenberg asks that we take notice of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper closing print operations and operations moving over to Cleveland.com, a non-union newsroom.

Joel Gratz – wants to renew efforts to have access to the Action Builder mobile online organizing tool, and possibly discuss at next EC meeting.

VIII.  Personnel Caucus

None

IX.  Adjournment

Peter Brusoe motions to adjourn.  Motion Passes and meeting adjourns at 9:29 PM.