Guild February 2014 executive committee minutes

Agenda emailed prior to meeting:

Guild Executive Committee Meeting Agenda for Feb. 18, 2014

Approval of minutes

Committee Reports
— Finance: Kim Leiser
— Contract administration: MarkSommer
— Mobilization: PhilFairbanks

Old Business
— Roll outof Univera health plans: Guest membership fix; any problems?

New Business
— State of the News review
— Solidarity/support forother unions
— 2014 contract negotiations
— Need newsroom volunteer(s)to help distribute flyers


Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

President Henry Davis called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m, Feb. 18, 2014 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

Fairbanks briefed the committee on mobilization plans during negotiations, that, as usual, work actions would escalate from mild ones to more serious movements. The mobilization committee met for the first time last week. Surveys were sent out to membership, and the mobilization committee will have them to the bargaining team in about a week.

He said the Guild would again be applying for funds from the international.

Mark Sommer reported on grievances, particularly that some payroll work had been unilaterally transferred to the transportation dept. Management will work this out with us. That has to be bargained for, Sommer said.

Sommer said that there had been improper vacation time procedures in the graphics department, and that is being discussed.

Davis reported on the Univera rollout since the first of the year, saying that there have been issues, including some copay confusion and guest member (children in college) issues, but that he believes the News will have resolved these problems as of March 1.

Davis reiterated that he believes negotiations this year will be rather difficult. They are anticipated to begin in March.

M/S/C Leiser/Sommer to adjourn at 5:29 p.m.

Attendance: President Henry Davis, Vice President/Grievances Mark Sommer, office manager Tammy Turnbull, classified chief steward Renee Mikler, editorial delegates David Robinson and Trey Bankhead, ABC chief steward Felice McMillion, Mary Beth Pauline.

Excused: Treasurer Kim Leiser, Secretary Keith McShea, Vice President/Mobilization Phil Fairbanks, district manager delegate Bob Snyder, editorial delegate Mike Harrington.

Absent: Past president Pat Gormley, district manager chief steward Dick Fay, classified delegate Beverly Gniewecki, editorial delegates Aaron Besecker, Denise Jewell Gee, Mike Harrington, nightside chief steward Mike Pesarchick, editorial delegate/clerks chief steward Susan Kelley.