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.

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.