September – Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

President Pat Gormley called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m, Sept. 29, 2009 at One News Plaza, second-floor meeting room

Finance committee update on budget

Heaney reports that the finance committee report will be pushed back another month because there is additional work to do, some involving research on stipends, which is 10 percent of the total budget. He says the committee is 95 percent done. He says the executive committee will have a budget in hand the Friday (Oct. 23) prior to the next meeting (Oct. 27).

Healthy Locals recommendation for new meeting schedule

Turbull reports that the committee’s goal is to have fewer meetings and to make meetings more of an event and more topic-oriented with hopes of drawing more people, while also conducting the business of the local at these meetings.

The day-to-day business of the local would be handled by the Executive Committee in its monthly meetings with other issues continued to be put forth before the general membership.

Quarterly meetings were discussed. Avoiding July and August were mentioned to avoid vacations. Jan/March/June/Nov and Feb/June/Sept/Nov are mentioned as possible formats. The new meeting schedule would be targeted for a 2010 start.

Motion/Second/Carried Tan/Heaney: That a three-member committee — as per the bylaws – review the bylaws pertaining to the general local membership meeting schedule with the idea of reducing the number of annual meetings from 12 to no fewer than four.

M/S/C Fairbanks/Meyer: That the Guild form a health-care bargaining team consisting of Henry Davis, Jim Heaney and Kim Leiser as well as nonvoting members Marian Needham and Tammy Turnbull and that it work under the close supervision of the executive committee.

Heaney and Gormley reported that the Labor-Management Committee met and discussed The News’ latest financial numbers

Mobilization Committee Update on the 75th Anniversary Gala: Brief discussion to be continued at that evening’s general meeting.

M/S/C Gormley/Tan: To adjourn at 12:44 p.m.

In attendance: President Pat Gormley, Vice President/Mobilization Sandy Tan, Treasurer Bob Snyder, Secretary Keith McShea, Tammy Turnbull, Marion Needham, Felice McMillon (ABC), Kim Leiser (inside circulation), Brian Meyer (editorial), Phil Fairbanks (editorial), Carol Jones (ABC), Tom Buckham (editorial), Carolyn Raeke (editorial), Jim Heaney (editorial), Brian Connolly (editorial), Dave Irwin (district managers). Beverly Gniewecki (classified).

Excused: Vice President/Contract Enforcement Dick Fay, Dan Herbeck (editorial).