Business Manager’s Update 2018

March 2018

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

SPORTS:

 

04/28/17 – Arbitration in June postponed. Date will be rescheduled for March 6th, 2018. Company has now postponed – no future date has been set.

10/24/17 – BM, International Reps and Management met for a meeting in person and on the phone to discuss workflow in the field. Discussions continued in San Diego, matter ongoing.               

03/02 – 03/04/18 – BM did a site visit at MSG for the Men’s Big Ten Tournament on CBS Sports. BM met with members and management to discuss various issues.     

WCBS:                 

01/25/18 – BM, BR, Labor Relations and Management held a conference call with the International over members affected by hubbing.

02/16/18 – BM, BR, Shop Steward, Members and Management held a shop meeting with use of prosumer camera and ability to track assignments per week.

NEWS:                

02/01/18 – Shop Steward notified Union of possible violation with piece that aired for CBS Evening News in late January. Company acknowledged it was a violation. Matter resolved.

02/06/18 – Union filed for Arbitration on February 6th with AAA on members terminated.

COE:   

                  

11/02/17 – BM, Counsel held a meeting with labor relations over member. Matter ongoing.

 

 

CBS LIBRARIANS –  

 

03/05/18 – BM, BR, VP William Zizza and members of the committee held a labor management meeting with management and labor relations.

 

 

MSG:  

 

03/06/18 – BM spoke with management about setting up a meeting to go over new actuaries in the CBA retirement plan.

 

 

HBO:          

 

01/10/18 – BM, BR, Counsel and Members from the Bargaining Unit met with representatives from the company on opening statements of Arbitration. Arbitration is set to continue April 2nd. Matter ongoing.

 

 

FOX SPORTS:

02/12/18 – International, Reps from each local and the company had a post Mortem conference call to discuss the local crewing from the past calendar year.

 

02/13/18 – International Reps, BM & reps from each local of the National Agreement met at the Daytona 500 for a site visit and a Labor Management Meeting.

 

03/07-03/10/18 – (Site Visit) BM did a visit over to MSG for the Men’s Big East Tournament. BM met with members and management to discuss various issues.  

 

WPIX:     

02/06/18 –Union to filed for Arbitration on grievances that were denied involving shooting and editing for the web. Matter ongoing.

02/15/18 – Company met with Union for next round of negotiations on February 15th. Two more dates were also agreed to – March 26 and 27.

02/20/18 – BM sent out E-mail blast to membership updating them on the current negotiation.

 

03/07/18 – Cunningham Broadcasting buys Tribune. The buy and sell came from Sinclair who initially wanted to purchase Tribune.

 

Stage 29 Productions:

 

2/15/18 – Member notified BR that amendment was signed by selective parties of the bargaining unit.

 

02/06/18 – EP is making the flex plan contributions appropriately. Adjustment should be processed by Monday – 3/12/18.

 

WNET:                 

 

01/29/18 – Negotiations continued at the Union Office. Next date is set for February 22nd at the station.

 

02/22/18 – Negotiations continued at station. Next date is set for March 9th.

 

03/09/18 – Negotiations continued at station. Next date is set for April 19th at the Union Office.

 

 

TEAM PEOPLE:             

 

01/10/18 – Members notified BM that company didn’t deduct New York State tax out of employees checks. Matter ongoing.

 

 

WNJU:                

11/08/17 – Union sent redlined version for committee review of the CBA. BR did a follow up with company on 3/9/18. Matter ongoing.

03/09/18 – BR spoke with HR about member not moving up the wage escalator when hired full-time in 2014. Matter ongoing.

WXTV:                 

01/17/18 – Another round of negotiations at the Union Office. Next date is set for March 28th.

 

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:   

 

03/08/18 – Company countered to final proposal. Union agreed. CBA expected to be finalized this week. Retro owed back to January 1, 2018. Deal runs through June 30th of 2023.

 

 

WCBS Radio/ Entercom:

02/23/18 – BM, BR, Counsel and International held a call to discuss the next negotiation and follow update with Entercom. Next date to meet is set for March 12 and 13.

 

03/12/18 – Meeting was canceled, next negotiation and follow update with Entercom is not yet set.

 

 

WFAN/ Entercom:

 

02/21/18 – BM, BR, Counsel and Committee met with Company and tentatively agreed on an extension through June 30th, 2018.

 

03/08/18 – Union performed Memorandum of Agreement.  Vote for ratification will be sent out week of 3/12/18. Retro owed back to members on January 1, 2018. Deal runs through June 30, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICE:               

 

02/20/18 –  The Union has filed an Unfair Labor Board Charge against Charter Communications in the wake of the January 31st election termination one of its employees. Hearing is TBD, matter ongoing.

 

 

February 2018

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS

 

CONTRACT:

02/01/18 – Contract with IBEW and CBS took effect. Terms and Conditions took effect February 1st and wages started on February 4th.

 

HAFLY:

02/06 – 02/09/18– Local 1212 met with the International Reps, Members from Local 45, 1220 and 1200 in a 3-day conference with CBS Management.

 

SPORTS:

04/28/17 – Arbitration in June postponed. Date will be rescheduled for March 6th, 2018.

10/24/17 – BM, International Reps and Management met for a meeting in person and on the phone to discuss workflow in the field. Discussions continued in San Diego, matter ongoing.

12/18/17 – IBEW inquired with Management over CBS Sports Network Halftimes. Discussion continued in San Diego.

01/17/18  – BM addressed membership in regard to IATSE strike. Strike has ended.

WCBS:

01/25/18 – BM, BR, Labor Relations and Management held a conference call with the International over members affected by hubbing. Both spoke more at the Halfly in San Diego. April 2nd – NY will run parallel with Encompass through May 7th.

NEWS:

01/09/17 – BM, President and Vice President sat with Labor Relations and HR over members employment being terminated. Union has filed a grievance with the company.

01/23/18 – Labor Relations denied the grievance. Union will be submitting a request for Arbitration. Union has also asked for an information request on members terminated.

02/01/18 – Shop Steward notified Union of possible violation with piece that aired for CBS Evening News in late January. Union reviewing the matter.

02/06/18 – Union filed for Arbitration on February 6th with AAA on members terminated.

COE:

 

11/02/17 – BM, Counsel held a meeting with labor relations over member. Matter ongoing.

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:

 

01/22/18 – BM, BR, President and Vice President as well as Labor Relations and Management held a meeting to discuss members crossing over to the CBS/ IBEW National Agreement.

 

02/01/18 – Members of IBEW Local 1212 were rolled into the CBS National Agreement.

 

HBO:

 

01/10/18 – BM, BR, Counsel and Members from the Bargaining Unit met with representatives from the company on opening statements of Arbitration. Arbitration is set to continue in April. Matter ongoing.

 

FOX SPORTS:

01/15/18 – BM, BR, and VP from Company discussed upcoming events in 2018.

 

01/31/18 – Thursday Night Football” has a new home: Fox. The league announced it had reached a five-year agreement with the NFL.

02/12/18 – International, Reps from each local and the company will have a post Mortem conference call to discuss the local crewing from the past calendar year.

 

02/12/18 – International Reps, BM & reps from each local of the National Agreement will meet at the Daytona 500 for a site visit and a Labor Management Meeting.

 

 

WPIX:

12/29/17 – Shop Steward filed two grievances. Union reviewing the matter.

 

01/09/18 – Negotiations continued at the station on January 9th and the union office on January 16th.

 

02/02/18 – Company denied both grievances filed by Union regarding feature editing used for the web and footage shot for Broadcast air.

 

02/05/18 – Company agreed to meet with Union for next round of negotiations on February 15th. Two more dates were also agreed to in March; March 26 and 27.

 

02/06/18 – Counsel preparing paperwork for Union to file for Arbitration on grievances that were denied.

 

Stage 29 Productions:

01/17/18 – BR spoke with member over signing amendment by company. Matter ongoing.

 

02/06/18 – Counsel emailed company attorney. Understanding is that Entertainment Partners made the corrections and is making the flex plan contributions appropriately. Matter ongoing.

 

WNET:

01/12/18 – Another round of negotiations at the station.

01/18/18 – Negotiations were cancelled. Next date is set for 01/29/18.

01/29/18 – Negotiations continued at the Union Office. Next date is set for February 22nd at the station.

 

 

 

WNJU:

11/08/17 – Union sent redlined version for committee review of the CBA. BR and Counsel spoke on Feb 5th that the company and legal have been in contact about finalizing the agreement.

01/24/18 – Company notified Union that new member start date originally was set for 1/16/18 – is now 1/22/18.

WXTV:

01/17/18 – Another round of negotiations at the Union Office. Next date is set for March 28th.

 

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:

 

01/23/18 – Union counsel spoke with company over final language in agreement.

 

02/01/18 – BM, BR, Counsel spoke with committee about company agreeing to substantive language in the contract. Counsel did a follow up with company and they will talk to their side. Matter ongoing.

 

 

WCBS Radio/ Entercom:

 

01/30/18 – BM traveled to Philadelphia to meet with company and International to discuss impact of members that were removed from the CBS National Agreement. Next date to meet is set for March 12 and 13.

 

WFAN/ Entercom:

01/26/18 – Counsel confirmed next negotiation with Entercom will be at the Hudson Street Stations on February 21st.

 

OFFICE:

 

01/10-01/15/18 – BR and Shop Steward took part in a 3-day Electrical Workers Minority Caucus conference in Detroit, Michigan.

 

January 2018

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS

 

12/11/17 – Sean Dugan from the Flex Plan was at the Ed Sullivan Theatre talking with freelance members. He was also at the CBS Broadcast Center on 12/14/17.

 

12/13/17 – President, Shop Steward and BR took part in Digital Journalist workshop in Studio 57.

 

SPORTS:              

04/28/17 – Arbitration in June postponed. Date will be rescheduled for March 6th, 2018.

 

10/24/17 – BM, International Reps and Management met for a meeting in person and on the phone to discuss workflow in the field. Matter ongoing.

 

12/18/17 – IBEW inquired with Management over CBS Sports Network Halftimes. Matter ongoing.

 

12/19/17 – (Site Visit) BR met with members in Studio 43.

 

12/23/17 – (Site Visit) BR met with members and management at Metlife Stadium; Chargers vs Jets on CBS.

WCBS:

11/20/17 – Shop Steward met with Management and members of Master Control and explain the hubbing that will be handled by Encompass.

12/15/17 – (Site Visit) BR met with Shop Steward and member over prosumer usage at the local.

 

 

NEWS:                  

12/18/17 – BR, Vice President and ABM sat in meetings with two separate members along with Management and HR.

CWD:

01/05/18 – President and Vice President took meeting with management over use of flex days. Matter ongoing.

NEWSPATH:                   

09/06/17 – Meeting was officially postponed. No rescheduled date has been set.

 

COE:

                  

11/02/17 – BM, Counsel held a meeting with labor relations over member. Matter ongoing.

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:  

 

12/28/17 – BR conferring with Labor Relations over meeting. That date has been set for January 22nd, 2018 at CBS.

 

HBO:

 

11/02/16 – Grievance filed by Union to company on members relocating from the Studios to the Communications Center. Arbitration date is set for January 10th.

 

12/07/17 – Shop Steward provided Union with information over possible grievance with non-union personnel performing maintenance. Matter ongoing.

 

01/03/18 – BM speaking with committee on conference call January 3rd prior to arbitration. Union and counsel also had calls on January 4th and 5th with those who wish to testify.

 

01/03/18 – BM spoke with members of new editing software that company will implement. Matter ongoing.

FOX SPORTS:

12/15/17 – Member was canceled for event. BR spoke with International who confirmed with management. Payroll also confirmed he was paid on 1/4/18.

 

MSG:

 

11/28/17 – Member reached out to BR over canceled shift on November 14th for the next day’s event. Union has notified Shop Steward to inquire. Matter ongoing.

 

Team People:       

12/13/17 – Counsel confirmed PTO was paid.

WPIX:     

11/29/17 – Another round of negotiations at the union office. Next round of meetings is set for January 9th at station and 16th at the Union Office.

 

12/29/17 – Shop Steward filed four grievances to the Union Office. Union reviewing the matter over feature editing and footage for on-air.

 

Stage 29 Productions: 

12/07/17 – BR spoke with member over signing amendment by company. Still reviewing with counsel.

 

12/22/17 – (Site Visit) BR met with members and management. Still awaiting word from company’s attorney on outstanding issues. Matter ongoing.

 

WNET:           

12/04/17 – Another round of negotiations over at the Union Office. Next round of negotiations is set for 01/12/18.

 

WNJU:           

10/30/17 – HR contacted BR; that company in-house attorney corrected the misinterpretation of the scale/progression. Led members to be correctly paid post ratification.

11/08/17 – Union sent redlined version for committee review of the CBA.

 

12/21/17 – General Manager of the station notified the Union long standing member wishes to retire end of the year.

 

01/05/18 – Company notified Union of recently hired employees and members of the bargaining unit. Their start dates will be January 8th and 16th.

 

WXTV:            

 

11/30/17 – Another round of negotiations at the Union Office. Next round is January 17th, 2018.

 

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:   

 

12/14/17 – Members overwhelmingly voted for the contract to be ratified.  Still reviewing with company over final language.

 

WFAN:

 

01/05/18 – Entercom Communications contacted Union attorney to try and schedule dates in February now that the merger has been made official with CBS Corporation.