Business Manager’s Update

October 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS  

Sports                        

9/09/16 – Company denied back pay to a member that was suspended and then reinstated. Union will be looking to recoup the monies owed. Union now filing for Arbitration.

9/11/16 – After a grievance was denied. Union has now filed an ICAP. Date is set for a later date (Not yet determined).

9/13/16 – BR and company fixed extra hours owed to Utility member on the PGA Championship load out on 8/1.

9/15/16 – Member inquired to BM and BR about money owed on the PGA Championship and the Barclays as a Utility worker. Payroll resolved issue.

9/18/16 – International Reps, BM and BR held a Conference Call over CBS Sports Network and the Graphics Department becoming IBEW.

9/19/16 – BM was made aware of injury to one of our Utility members at the remote site for the Week 2 Thursday Night Football game. Matter has been addressed with company and safety coordinator. Workers Compensation paperwork being filed as of 10/05/16.

9/26/16 – BM, BR, Vice President Bill Zizza and Shop Steward David Ringel held a Shop Meeting for the new members of IBEW Local 1212. 16 in total from graphics dept.

 

News

9/27/16 – BM, BR and Business Manager from another Union are investigating pay scales for one of our Hyphenates. Counsel has also been made aware & weighed in.

 

Hard News

9/13/16 – Shop Steward notified BM/ BR of editing jurisdictions performed by production for the Weekend News. BR and Vice President did a follow up on 10/6/16. Union reviewing the matter.

 

WCBS

9/15/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a conference call over a final warning letter issued by the company. A letter has been drafted by the Union to the company. Matter ongoing.

9/20/16 – BM spoke with Labor Relations over a member and the Final Warning Letter. The Union has asked that the letter be removed from his file.

 

TX

10/06/16 – BR & Vice President met with Management over separation letter with a 403g member & the position being eliminated.

 

Librarians

10/06/16 – One of our members who was recently made staff, left the shop to pursue other employment opportunities.

 

Interactive

9/14/16 – BM emailed VP of CBS News issues over Interactive. Company responded with answers on 9/15. A Labor Management Meeting is set for September 30th to hash the rest.

9/30/16 – BM, BR, VP Bill Zizza and Shop Steward held a Labor Management Meeting with the company. Many items discussed, additions to staff, upcoming raises and workflow.

10/06/16 – BR & Vice President met with Shop Steward over emergency news and members being asked to stay passed they’re out scheduled time. Also the subject of meals and breaks was raised.

 

FOX

 

HBO

9/01/16 – BR and Counsel spoke with a member whose short-term disability claim was denied. Matter ongoing.

9/14/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a Conference Call to review the HBO relocation of members from NYC Studios to Hauppauge. All parties effected by this transfer were present.

9/26/16 – BM, Counsel and Committee held a Labor Management Meeting at the Communications Center in Long Island. Company did email back answers to concerns on 10/07/16.

 

TM PEOPLE

9/13/16 – Member notified BM of insurance change company wide to dental plan. Counsel has reviewed the argument and has instructed the Union that the company is within their right.

9/13/16 – BM in contact with Counsel on arbitration over member terminated from Team People in mid-July.

9/15/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a call with Committee to update them on the negotiations.

9/27/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a shop meeting for the proposed contract offer that is being given to our members. The proposed deal is a 2-year contract with raises in both years.

WPIX

9/08/16 – Shop Steward notified BM of meetings being held between two members. Both have been suspended indefinitely until further notice.

9/13/16 – Shop Steward filed a grievance for two of our members that were suspended for damage to a camera and another who damaged the antenna to the microwave satellite truck.

9/28/16 – Counsel notified BM of company separation letter. Shop Steward then updated the list of names on 9/29/16. More information to follow.

9/30/16 – Counsel notified BM that WPIX reached a settlement. The company shall pay to the Radio and Broadcast Television Scholarship Fund the sum of $255.66, representing 6 hours at the current 4+ year engineer’s rate of pay as provided in the CBA.

10/03/16 – Shop Steward filed a grievance for two Anchor/ Reporters shooting footage with Cell Phone with purpose of going to air.
WNJU

9/15/16 – Shop Steward held a conference call with BM, BR and Counsel of an engineer brought in at a higher scale then the CBA 1 to 2-year escalator. Matter is ongoing. Counsel drafted a letter for the company. Waiting to hear from company.

9/17/16 – BR did a follow up. Member’s day off falls on certain Holidays, that person was entitled to the same allocated Holidays per the CBA. Matter has been resolved.

9/28/16 – Counsel confirmed next bargain date for negotiations is set for October 12th. Company is also looking to meet on October 18th but that date as yet to be confirmed.

9/30/16 – BM was notified from company that member on last chance warning was guilty of being unprepared for a shoot in NYC. Union discussing options with company.

10/04/16 – BR was notified from member about a meeting held between him and the company over content being posted to social media platforms. Union is aware and reviewing the matter. BM and BR did a follow up call with member on 10/07/16.

 

WLIW

9/28/16 – Company canceled the next round of negotiations for 9/29/16. Both sides looking to reschedule. No date set yet.

 

WNET

9/23/16 – BR and Counsel were informed of a member who was booked on a job and then removed. The company and Union has spoken and an agreed settlement was met with the member.

 

WFAN –          9/28/16 – CBS Labor Relations notified BM that they would like to postpone the start of negotiations. Union has countered with the date be October 26th. Awaiting response.

 

OFFICE

 

Pension Meeting

9/16/16 – BM, BR, Counsel & Attorney from the Multi-Employer Pension Fund held meetings all day for the Shops at WNJU, WADO Radio and WXTV.

 

39th IBEW International Convention

9/17/16 to 9/24/16 – BM, BR and six other delegates, five of whom are on the Executive Board spent one week in the home where the IBEW was founded back in 1891 (St. Louis, MO). One hundred twenty-five years of Electrical Workers around this great land and Canada representing all 11 districts of the Brother/ Sister-hood. This was International President Lonnie Stephenson’s first Convention. They convention centered around organizing and growing in numbers but mainly the speakers and guests centered they’re message around the upcoming Presidential Election.

 

 

 

 

September 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS 

Sports

8/19/16 – After a grievance was denied, Union has now filed an ICAP. Date is set for November 9th and 10th.

8/22/16 – Some Utilities have not been paid for their work at the PGA Championship. BM and BR have notified the company.

8/22/16 – BR have been in contact with IBEW Local 41 for fielding a crew of Utilities for the CBS – Thursday Night Football game week 2.

8/24/16 – BM, International Rep & BR did a site visit at the Barclays Tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY out in Long Island.

9/06/16 – Company denied back pay to a member that was suspended and then reinstatement. Union will be looking to recoup the monies owed.

9/07/16 – BR still working with company over extra hours owed to Utility member on the PGA Championship.

9/11/16 – BM did a site visit to Met-Life Stadium and the CBS Broadcast Center for the opening weekend of the NFL season.

 

WCBS

9/07/16 – Shop Steward/ ABM & member held a conference call with BM and BR over a final warning letter issued by the company. A follow up call with Counsel was set for 9/9. Matter ongoing.

 

Librarians

8/22/16 – Committee Member notified BM and BR that ladder had been ordered for NY shop. Also retro owed to member’s post ratification has been paid.

 

Interactive

8/15/16 – BM and BR spoke with VP of CBS News over issues at Interactive.

8/22/16 – Company responded back to the Union over issues concerning the Interactive members. A Labor Management Meeting is set for September 30th to hash the rest.

 

FOX

8/12/16 – BM and BR made a site visit to Yankee Stadium.

8/15/16 – BM and BR sent to the I/O the 4 lead Utilities per the new CBA.

8/19/16 – Member worked the US Junior Girls Championship in July at the Ridgewood CC. Never was compensated. Finally heard back from company on 8/31. Looks like the paperwork is being filed.

 

 

HBO

8/12/16 – Committee from NY Studios along with BM and Counsel met with the company at the HBO Grace building to discuss members being relocated from NYC to the Communications Center in Hauppauge.

8/15/16 – Payroll notified the member of the time card for late March where Tech Training was in fact not credited.  Matter is still pending. However, the companies did correct “A” Scale Rate for both Supervisor and Tech Trainer.

8/17/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a Conference Call to review the HBO meeting about relocating the members from NYC Studios to Hauppauge.

8/23/16 – BR delivered hard copy contracts to one of the committee members to distribute across the shop. BM is handling our members in Long Island.

9/01/16 – BR and Counsel spoke with a member whose short-term disability claim was denied.

 

MSG

09/08/16 – Office notified BR that member was elevated to staff position.

TM PEOPLE

8/10/16 – As of August, Team People switched to a new transit company. Human Resources explained that because of the switch we would not be receiving the Transit cards on time but would be eligible for reimbursement.

8/16/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a Conference Call with the Committee over the company’s response to the Union’s contract proposals.

8/22/16 – Member who was terminated from Team People reached out to the Local. A grievance has been filed.

 

 

WPIX

9/08/16 – Shop Steward notified BM of meetings being held between two members. Both have been suspended indefinitely until further notice.

9/09/16 – Shop Steward notified BM of VJ filling in for an anchor edited a piece that aired on the news cast. Union reviewing the matter.

9/09/16 – Shop Steward notified BM that PIX11 will be airing the Veterans Day parade on November 11. The event will be covered in its entirety and stream on PIX11.com

 

 

WNJU

8/09/16 – Negotiations began in NJ. BM, BR and Counsel and the Committee met with the company. The second round was at the local office on 8/19. Including submitting of proposals on both sides. Next round of bargaining has been set for October 12th.

8/24/16 – Committee member notified BM and BR of a newly hired staff engineer.

8/24/16 – Member’s day off falls on certain Holidays, that person should be entitled to the same allocated Holidays per the CBA. Matter has been approached to company by BR.

8/30/16 – Committee member notified BM and BR of an engineer brought in at a higher scale then the CBA 0 to 1-year escalator. Matter is ongoing.

 

WLIW

Negotiations are still ongoing. BM and Counsel met with the company on September 8th. Both sides will be meeting again on 9/29 at the local office.

 

WNET

7/18/16 – Counsel notified the Union – Member in question’s arbitration dates have been assigned. AAA has inquired regarding IBEW Local 1212’s availability. The date set is looking like December 13.

 

WXTV

8/25/16 – Counsel, Committee Members and BR met with the company on another round of negotiations. Next round of negotiations is not scheduled as of yet.

9/06/16 – BM spoke with Pension representative about setting up a date and time for the members to ask any and all questions / concerns involving the multi-employer pension. Date is set for September 16th. Email was blasted to membership on 9/8.

 

WFAN

8/12/16 – Committee member confirmed that member due a pay increase was awarded one. It seems like all members involved in the CBA have now been paid correctly.

8/17/16 – BR met with Committee at the Hudson Studios to go over the current contract and construct the new contract proposals for upcoming negotiations. The existing agreement expired on August 22nd.

8/31/16 – CBS Labor Relations notified BM that they would like to move forward with the start of negotiations. As of now, 9/29 tentatively is set to begin the first round of negotiations.

 

 

OFFICE

8/15/16 – Shirts for the Labor Day Parade arrived. A reminder that the parade is this Saturday September 10th. Meeting at the local by 11am.

 

 

 

 

August 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS  

 

Sports:  7/27-7/29/16 – BM and International Representatives did 3 site visits at the PGA Championship in Springfield, NJ.

8/2/16 BR and Vice President Zizza saw the new Grass-valley Switchers and upgrades to the Co-oord rooms.

8/4/16 BM & International Rep have a Video Conference on 8/8 to discuss Sports workflow for the Fall.

 

COE: 8/2/16 BR and Vice President Zizza did a full tour of the Studios last Tuesday at CBS. Harry Connick Show is still being built by our members, the show is expected to start filming next month. The NFL AM show down the hall already began their new season.

 

Librarians: 7/12/16 – BM, BR & Committee met with Company for a Labor Management Meeting.

7/19/16 – Committee member notified BM and BR of safer ladders being ordered for NJ and NY. Rubber caps to defend from sharp edges and repair on Film Equipment too.

7/21/16 – Labor notified BM of wage increases.

8/5/16 – Committee member recapped BM and BR of Post Production workflow meeting in the Hard News Center.

 

Interactive: 7/12/16 – BM, BR and VP of CBS News discussed CBSN’s output and its role to stream the Republican and Democratic Conventions on the Social Media Platform Twitter. All work was done and transmitted IBEW.

7/12/16 – BR spoke with Shop Steward over latest issues and concerns with work rules and shortened staff.

8/3/16 – Company notified the members via email that a new member will be training on the floor both Saturday and Sunday 8/6 and 8/7. The following weekend the member will begin his role as the regular CBSN weekend floor technician.

 

FOX

 7/21/16 – The company held a video conference with the company from their headquarters in Los Angeles. The International reps along with Locals from 4, 1200, 1220, 1212 and 45 were on hand.

 

HBO

 7/14/16 – BR met with Committee members at 23rd street Studios. Topic of contract and freelancers was discussed.

7/15/16 – BM & BR along with Counsel held a Conference Call with Long Island Shop at HBO.

7/18/16 – BR along with Counsel held a Conference Call with NY Studio Shop at HBO.

7/20/16 – Company notified BM of transfer to a handful of members from the NY Studios to Long Island’s Communication’s Center. The expected transfer would take place sometime in the Fall.

7/21/16 – BR and member held a call with the company payroll department over training and supervisor differential.

7/28/16 – A fully executed copy of the current HBO Collective Bargaining Agreement was forwarded to all of the committee members. The Union will be distributing copies to the membership at a later date.

8/01/16 – HR and Payroll notified the Union that the members Tech Trainer rate was incorrectly calculated per the CBA. They will be issuing the appropriate monies owed in the next pay period.

8/5/16 – A Labor Management Meeting was confirmed for 8/12 at the HBO Grace Building in Bryant Park.

 

 

TM PEOPLE

7/12/16 – BM, BR and Counsel held a conference call to notify the membership that we will start to share contract proposals.

7/12/16 – Committee member notified BM of a member who was caught sleeping on the job. Team People doing a thorough investigation.

7/13/16 – BM spoke with Management at Team People over member who is currently facing termination. Investigation is ongoing.

7/19/16 – BR and Counsel sent final proposals to committee for approval.

7/26/16 – Counsel sent final proposals to the company as negotiations are hoping to commence soon.

7/26/16 – BM filed a grievance on behalf of the member that was terminated by Team People. Awaiting company’s response.

8/4/16 – BM, BR and Counsel had a Conference Call with the Committee.

 

 

WPIX

7/21/16 – Shop Steward notified BR of member being stripped of sick time while on FMLA.

 

WNJU

7/12/16 – BM was notified by the company of a member hitting a sprinkler head in the parking lot premises.

7/15/16 – Human Resources alerted the staff of a new freelance photog/editor at Telemundo Channel 47. The members official start date will be 7/18.

7/19/16 – BM, BR held a call with member in question over the company’s decision regarding discipline involving a sprinkler head damaged.

8/5/16 –  Negotiations are set to begin on 8/9 in the New Jersey location. Followed by a second round on 8/18 in NJ.

 

WLIW

Negotiations are still ongoing.

7/21/16 – BM and Counsel revised the draft sent over from the company.

 

WNET

7/18/16 – Counsel notified the Union – Member in question’s arbitration dates have been assigned. AAA has inquired regarding IBEW Local 1212’s availability. The date set is looking like December 13.

7/28/16 – BR notified BM and Counsel of a member that has still not been paid for 3 days of work in late June. Union will reach out to company to get further clarification.

 

WXTV

7/20/16 – Another round of bargaining. Both sides met at the local union office this round.

7/28/16 – Counsel notified the Union that the company is still confirming the next round of negotiations. Tentatively it is set for August 25th.

 

WINS

7/20/16 – The Union had inquired about recall rights to previous members laid off last year. The company did some follow up research. They at this time have no intentions of replacing a recent member who resigned back in late May.

 

 WFAN

7/14/16 – The company has notified the BM that all pay/ wage increases have been fixed in the existing CBA.

7/28/16 – Shop Steward notified the local that not all members wage increases went into effect. Counsel confirmed that one of the members is still owed a 2% increase. BM will be notifying the company to resolve this issue.

 

OFFICE

 7/28/16 – BR got the green light from President Naeder to order the T-Shirts for Labor Day’s 2016 Parade and the International Convention. (King Louie was the outfit – US and Union Made)

 

 

July 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS  

Hard News:  6/24/16 – BR spoke with supervisor to discuss weekend workflow and manpower.

WCBS: 6/22/16 – BM and Counsel reviewing final settlement on rest penalty time owed to one of our members.

Librarians: 6/17/16 – BR did a site visit at the CBS Librarians shop in NY.

CBSN:  BM & BR have spoken with Shop Steward over issues with meals, breaks, short turnarounds and shortened staff. Looking to schedule a date to meet with company over existing issues.

 

FOX

Fox Sports: 6/14/16 – Over the course of three days BM & BR along with reps from the International did a site visit to Oakmont CC, site of the 2016 Men’s US Open Championship.

7/01/14 – BR & Reps from International Administered Video Conferencing tests in preparation for a video conference with locals from 4, 45, 1200, 1220 and 1212. Another test call was administered on 7/7/16. The official call will also involve reps from the International and management from Fox. The date is set for July 21.

7/07/14 – International rep informed the local that a member was pulled off a Fox Sports baseball game for being outstanding in dues and is now on the non-compliance list.

 

HBO

HBO: 6/17/16 – BM was notified of issues and concerns over per diems and total hours at the shop.

6/20/16 – BM did a visit to Smithtown on Long Island. Met with Shop Stewards to discuss issues pertaining to supervisors, freelancers and lack of man power in master control.

6/22/16 – BR did a site visit to HBO studios on 23rd street and Lexington Ave. Met with Shop Steward to discuss freelance usage and training.

6/30/16 – BM, BR and Shop Stewards held a conference call to discuss a member who has been paid incorrectly.

 

TEAM PEOPLE/ UN

Team People: 6/13/16 – BR and Counsel met with the committee to go over proposals towards a new CBA. BM was notified and has had discussions with management. No date has been set yet for negotiations but looking to meet soon.

 

WPIX 

WPIX:   6/20/16 – BM, BR, Counsel and Shop Steward discussed matter involving Engineering grievance that was filed.

6/28/16 – BR and Shop Steward spoke regarding cell phone usage by a reporter outside the 50-mile territorial jurisdiction of the CBA.

 

WNJU

WNJU:  6/21/16 – BM & Management met in NYC for a pre-negotiation lunch meeting.

6/24/16 – BM, BR and Counsel met with committee to discuss proposals for upcoming negotiations.

07/01/16 – Company alerted the local of a new hiring, a freelance editor. Due to their 5pm expansion, they will be interviewing for a new Engineer to join the team as well.

07/07/16 – Counsel informed the BM of confirmed dates for the upcoming negotiations. First round will begin on August 9th, as well as 2 other dates in August. Those dates are scheduled for August 12th and 18th.

 

WLIW

WLIW:  Negotiations are still ongoing.

 

WNET 

WNET:   Matter has now been sent to arbitration regarding one of our members.

7/07/16 – Member spoke with BR about weekend show and the Union’s affiliation with the show. BM has been briefed.

 

WXTV

WXTV: 6/27-6/28/16 – Over the course of two days negotiating (once in New York and the other day in New Jersey) both sides met. Negotiations are ongoing, July 20th at the Union Office is the next round of bargaining.

 

RADIO 

WINS: 6/21/16 – BM was notified by a former member of WINS to be recalled back to previous employer. Counsel is reviewing the CBA based on time away from employer & seniority.

WFAN: BR and Counsel have had ongoing dialogue with Shop Steward over wage increases of the current CBA. Two of our member’s payroll issue is being corrected. Company is still investigating other member.

 

OFFICE–  6/23/16 – Vice President Bill Zizza and Executive Board member Tom Ferrante met with the management that hosted the 2015 IBEW Holiday party. The VP has informed the office staff of the upcoming preparations for the 2016 Holiday Party. Nothing is officially set but both parties seemed pleased with the outcomes so far.

 

 

 

June 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS   

CND:  5/26/16 – BM, BR spoke with International Rep and member over potential violation feeding footage back live.

5/31/16 – BM, BR, International Rep held a call and spoke with members of CBS News over a series of violations that needed to be filed regarding cell phone and prosumer camera language.

6/07/16 – International Rep replies back to email group attaching the Cmpany’s response to 3 alleged violations.

6/09/16 – International Rep held a conference call to review the company’s response to the cited incidents in May.

 

CSD:  6/08/16 – BM filed a grievance to CBS Labor Relations about a Wireless Monitor being operated by Production.

 

WCBS:  6/6/16 BM and BR spoke with shop steward over a member that is due back pay from rest penalty time.

 

CBS Radio: 5/26/16 – BM and BR spoke with Counsel and members of those effected by Sabbatical time owed dating back to 1999 agreement when the side-letter went away.

 

Librarians: 6/2/16 – BR made a site visit to the NJ Library in Iselin, NJ. The archive houses 52 aisles of history on just the first level alone. The racks on each aisle are almost 20 feet in height. Tape formats from 2” to HD-Cam are all stowed here.

6/7/16 – Committee Member alerted us that one of the librarians was elevated to a staff position.

6/8/16 – BM and BR confirmed the Labor Management Meeting with CBS is set for 7/12/16 at 10am with the committee and 11am with the company.

 

CBSN:  6/10/16: Issues with meals, breaks, short turnarounds and shortened staff is being raised. A conference call was set for 6/13 to resolve.

 

FOX 

Fox Sports: Conference call for members with any questions or concerns regarding a new CBA was initially set to take place June 8th and June 9th to accommodate our members out west. The conference call is now set for late June.

 

MSG

MSG:  6/10/16 – BM and Executive Management met to discuss issues and upcoming events for the Fall.

 

HBO

HBO: 6/10/16 – BM, BR, Counsel held a conference call with member owed severance payment.

 

TEAM PEOPLE/ UN

Team People: 6/1/16 – An email went out to the members reminding them that the contract is set to expire on 6/30/16 and to send any agenda items and/ or proposals.

 

WPIX

WPIX:  Grievance for news and engineering remain unresolved. Counsel has continued dialogue with the company and their attorneys.

 

WNJU 

WNJU:  6/1/16 – An email went out to the members reminding them that the contract is set to expire on 8/31/16. Purpose was to send any agenda items and/ or proposals back to the local and committee members.

6/2/16 – BR did a site visit, and full tour of the facility.

6/7/16 – BM has been notified by the Company that a member was involved in a car accident while on assignment.

 

WLIW

WLIW:  Negotiations are still ongoing.

 

WNET 

WNET: Matter has now been sent to arbitration regarding one of our members.

 

WXTV 

WXTV: 5/18/16, BM, BR, Counsel and the committee met at the union office to organize proposals for the company in preparation for negotiations.

5/20/16 BM, BR, Counsel and the committee met with the company at its offices in Teaneck, NJ for the first round of bargaining.

 

RADIO

WINS: 5/20/16 – Shop Steward notified BR that one of our members is resigning.

6/09/16 – BR spoke with member to confirm resignation.

WFAN: BR and Counsel have had ongoing dialogue with Shop Steward over wage increases of the current CBA.

 

OFFICE 

3rd District Progress Meeting: BM, BR met locals from all over the 3rd District in Philadelphia, PA. VP of the 3rd District – Don Siegel along with Local 98 hosted a 3-day conference that involved workshops and a day of giving back that the Business Rep took part in along with other members of the 3rd District Youth Caucus. Guest speakers such as International President Lonnie Stephenson, Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney and US Senator Candidate for Pennsylvania Katie McGinty also took part in the festivities.

 

75th Anniversary Pin: The finished pins for the International Convention arrived Tuesday 5/24/16.

 

Freelance Crew List/ Skills Survey: Membership survey was email blasted to over 200 freelance members of 1212.

May 2016 

Business Managers Report

 

CBS  

Company Halfly:  5/10 to 5/12 CBS, International & officers/ members from Local 1212 along with the same from Local 45, 1200 and 1220 engaged in 3 days of meetings. This is the first of two gatherings this year.

CND: 4/19 BM was on a conference call over weekend news coverage and workflow.   5/7 BM was present for debut of CBS Weekend News at the Broadcast Center on Saturday, May 7th.

 

Hard News:  BR spoke with operators in Hard News regarding jurisdictional issues.

 

WCBS: 4/27 BM and BR met with the Company for a Labor Management meeting.

 

CBS Librarians

Librarians: BM and BR met with management and the committee in a second round of negotiations. A deal was struck; the agreement is a 3-year extension through 2019.

 

CBS Interactive   

CBSN:  Pending grievance for piecing airing on 4/27.

 

FOX 

Fox Sports: Tentative agreement of a new CBA. New 3-year agreement will run through 2019. Conference call for Ballots expected to go out by 5/21. There will also be a conference call on June 8th and 9th for members with any questions or concerns.

 

MSG 

MSG:  MSG’s Flex Plan contributions to eligible freelance employees under our CBA. Pursuant to the CBA, MSG would make a lump sum contribution by the end of January 2016 for all per diem employees that worked less than 750 hours in 2015.

 

WPIX 

WPIX: 3 freelance members have been upgraded to full rate/ day based on the 20 satisfactory shift requirement.

 

WNJU 

WNJU: Labor management meeting was scheduled on 5/13/16. BM/ BR and Counsel met with Committee and the Company.

 

WLIW

WLIW: 4/28; BM, BR and Counsel met with committee & the company as negotiations towards a new CBA continue.

 

WNET 

WNET: Arbitration filed on behalf of member. Member filed a grievance regarding over charged PTO days by the company. After consulting with BM, BR and Counsel. The grievance was pulled back.

 

WXTV 

WXTV: BM & BR met with committee at the Union Office on 5/3/16 in preparation for negotiations towards a new CBA. The committee will meet again on 5/18/16 and negotiations with the company officially start Friday, May 20th.

 

OFFICE 

EVERTZ/ Dreamcatcher Training: Over 12 playback operators from CBS worked over a total of 4 days from the week of 4/11-4/15/16. Classes led by Brandon Law of Evertz dissected the wonderful and powerful commands of the playback operation. Members offered positive feedback.

 

NAB 2016: BM, BR and Vice President of the Executive Board flew to Vegas for the annual NAB Convention. Vendors and meetings arranged were with Sony, Evertz, Ross, AP ENPS, Pronology, For A Corp, Telestream and Wildmoka. Other booths visited were Avid, EVS and Leder Electronics.

 

75th Anniversary Pin: BR purchased 500 units at 1 ¼ inch in size for the International Convention later this year in St. Louis. Universal Promotions was the outfit which has done work for IBEW in the past and other union organizations.

April 2016

Business Managers Report

 

CBS

Broadcast Center: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle accompanied by Vice President William Zizza performed a site visit at CBS Broadcast Center during the second day of the NCAA Tournament (3/18/16). Visits included Sports Playback area, Avid Editing suites, Interactive and the New TX where we got a tour from President Mike Naeder and former Vice President Mike Fosso of the Construction Shop.

 

Sports: International Rep Vincent Butler and Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle did a site visit in Houston, TX – host of the 2016 NCAA Final Four (4/1/16). They met with our members and management. One of the issues brought up was HH-Camera Operators under the basket operating with a new chair issued by the NCAA. The company is on our side as far as safety issues.

 

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and Reps from the International Office did a site visit on April 6, 2016 at Augusta, GA – host of the 2016 Masters. Positive response from members with the support and backing from Union representation.

 

News Division: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle met with Shop Steward Todd Weiss and members at Hard News Center on April 4, 2016 regarding work that is being taken away on the weekends. Jurisdiction and migration to the web was one of the many issues addressed.

 

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano is also making a visit this weekend at the Broadcast Center to address similar issues to staff and freelancers impacted by the company’s sudden change to weekend morning and evening news.

 

Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle is still addressing issues from members regarding Avid upgrade installations at the Hard News Center and playout issues regarding ENPS and MOS during the morning news. Both issues remained unresolved but information is being collected at this time.

 

MDC: Vice President William Zizza and Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle met with management to discuss issue between two IBEW members. Issue has been resolved but the Union will continue to monitor the situation moving forward.

 

Newspath: Vice President William Zizza and Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle did a site tour with Peter Eilenberg on March 30, 2016. Peter is a 403G Tech and Supervisor who updated the Union on technology and workflow. They also met with other members within Newspath.

 

CBS Radio: Business Manager Avigliano, Business Rep O’Boyle and Vice President William Zizza conducted a conference call on April 7, 2016 with the two members impacted over possible sabbatical time owed.

 

CBS News Library: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, Business Rep O’Boyle and legal counsel met with Negotiations Committee and Company back in February. Deal is close to being finalized. Economics and the talk of a three-year agreement remain positive. The two sides look to wrap final negotiations at the end of this month. Safety is also of major concern as the company looks to hash out any issues. Safety Officer Dan Snyder and Executive Board Member Timothy Long have also been notified.

 

FOX 

Fox Sports: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and International Reps met with the company for another round of bargaining in Florida. Negotiations continued all week from March 28th through April 1. A three-year agreement is tentatively in place and has been sent out to the members. (See Website.)

 

TEAM PEOPLE

Team People/ United Nations: Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle and Negotiations Committee met at the Local 1212 office on Wednesday, March 30th 2016. Agenda items for the upcoming CBA were discussed. No date set yet with the company to meet but looking to be end of April or first week of May.

 

WPIX 

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, Shop Steward and Business Rep O’Boyle met with company over grievance filed on March 15, 2016 regarding jurisdiction. Matter has not been resolved and is ongoing. Shop Steward Tom Cassidy also performed a site visit with Business Rep O’Boyle to discuss issues at the Shop later that day.

Business Manager Avigliano, Business Rep O’Boyle and Union Counsel met with Company on March 22, 2016 over agenda items that touched on safety concerns, vacation disputes and “TONS” named base server for “Tracking”, operated by non-union personnel. Other issues included a member signing as an “At Will Hire”, One Man Band upgrades and retro owed from last year. The recently filed grievance was also addressed with the company and their counsel. The issue is ongoing.

 

WNJU 

WNJU: Union/ Committee meeting with the company on April 14th as the current CBA is nearing expiration.

 

WLIW 

WLIW: Business Manager and Labor Counsel met with company on March 24, 2016 as the two sides continue to hash out jurisdictional issues regarding editing and camera work. The next meeting is set for Thursday, April 28th.

 

RADIO 

WFAN: Committee and Union in talks with agenda items as current CBA nears expiration. No date set as of yet but talks continue.

 

OFFICE

Business Rep O’Boyle did a site visit at Jacob Javits Center with IBEW Local 3 for the NY Auto Show on March 24, 2016.

 

March 2016

Business Managers Report

CBS

CND: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with management to discuss changes in workflow and restructuring in operations and manpower.

COE: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano along with President Mike Naeder and Vice President William Zizza met with management to discuss studio operations and scheduling.

WCBS: Settlement reached on the disciplinary action.

CBS Radio: Met with labor relations to discuss possible violation of the CBA.

 

CBS News Library

 

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with the Negotiations Committee and Company to discuss the term and economics of the new CBA.  Safety issues were also brought up with company.  Safety Officer Dan Synder and Executive Board Member Tim Long have been notified. Negotiations are ongoing with the next scheduled meeting TBD.

 

Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle did a site visit with Negotiations Committee member, Jeff Lauro, on Thursday, February 25th. The visit involved the state of the library’s functions and workflow as well as future plans for MAM integration.

 

FOX

Negotiations continue. The next meeting is scheduled for March 28th-April 1st (See Site.)

 

WPIX

 

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and counsel met with committee reps and Company to discuss workflow and new technology (ie: Ross Overdrive). A Labor/Management meeting is scheduled for March 22, 2016. A grievance has been filed. That meeting is to take place  on March 15, 2016.

 

WNJU

A Labor/Management meeting has been scheduled for March 25, 2016.

 

WLIW

Business Manager Avigliano, Counsel and Negotiations Committee met with the Company to discuss new proposals for the new CBA. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 24th.

 

RADIO

WINS: Pay increase and retro pay issue closed.

WFAN: Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle did a site visit with committee member Martin Travers on Thursday, March 3rd.   Visit included a tour of facility and new workflow concerns.

 

OFFICE

Broadcasting, Manufacturing & Tele Communications Conference: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, Business Rep Ryan O’Boyle and President Mike Naeder attended a week-long conference to discuss organizing, getting the message out and future technology.

 

L.I. Federal Labor Reception: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano was in attendance at the Annual Reception on Thursday, March 3rd.

 

Business Manager’s Report – February 2016

 

Fox Sports Network

Negotiations continue with discussions on work rules, scheduling and travel issues. The next scheduled meetings are March 28th – April 1st.

During a site visit in Daytona, Florida, Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with members to discuss various issues.

HBO

A tentative agreement has been ratified by members.

WLIW

Negotiations continue with the next meeting scheduled for February 24, 2016

WNET

A Grievance meeting was held on behalf of a member but no agreement was reached.  Arbitration is now pending.

WXTV

A tentative Labor/Management meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2016

CBS Librarians

Negotiations on a new agreement are set to begin February 23, 2016.

CBS

  • MDC – Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with management to discuss Flex Day concerns.
  • COE – Meeting was held with management to discuss future work opportunities. The recent COE layoffs and the possibility of the reassignment of a 403G member was also discussed.
  • WCBS – A meeting was held with management to discuss scheduling issues.

WPIX

A grievance has been filed on behalf of the membership.  There have been violations of the CBA with non-union personnel preforming bargaining work.

WNJU

Waiting on dates from the Company for a Labor/Management meeting.

 

 

 

BUSINESS MANAGER REPORT JANUARY 2016

CBS

NFL

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made numerous site visits to MetLife Stadium in December.

SND

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with management to discuss various issues including the use of non IBEW personnel in Graphics Department and scheduling issues. Conversations continue on upgrade utility positions and meal relief concerns on the PGA Golf Tour.

CND

We are awaiting dates from the News Department for a Labor/Management meeting.

WCBS

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with management and ABM to discuss various issues including training, scheduling and manpower.

COE

Awaiting dates from COE for a Labor/ Management meeting.

FOXSPORTS

NFL: During numerous site visits to MetLife Stadium, BM Ralph Avigliano meet with members.

Negotiations: The first round of negotiations were held January 2 – 5, 2016 in Los Angeles Calf.  The next round has been scheduled for February 8 – 11, 2016 in Daytona, Florida.

HBO

Negotiations with the Company have concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. Shop meetings have been scheduled for January 14, 2016 at the HBO Communications Center in Hauppauge and at the Studio in New York City on January 15, 2016 to review the tentative agreement with the HBO membership.

There are serious safely concerns at HBO Communications Center. A site inspection has been scheduled for January 13, 2016.

WPIX

Management cancelled a One Man Band meeting scheduled for January 11, 2016 We are awaiting new dates from the company.

WLIW

Negotiations continue, however a January 12th meeting date was cancelled by the company. A new meeting has been scheduled for January 25, 2016

WNET

A Grievance meeting was held on behalf of a member. We are awaiting a response from the Company on a Union demand.

WADO

Discussions were held with management on possible discipline action to be taken against a member.

 

Business Manager Report December 2015

CBS 

SPORTS

Numerous site visits were made to MetLife Stadium where Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with members to discuss various issues including training and upgrades. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and ABM George Rothweiler received a demonstration of new technology.  The “Multiview” is a device that records multiple cameras in sync with time code.

An ICAP meeting was held November 23, 2015 regarding a grievance filed in March of 2015 pertaining to non-represented individuals preforming unit work.  A settlement was reached in which the Company agreed that the work will be performed by IBEW Members.

COE

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visits to the Broadcast Center where he met with members and discussed various issues. Topics included work schedules, benefits and work flow.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made a site visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater.  Membership meetings were held at the Theater during which the administrator of the Entertainment Industry Flex Plan was available to answer member questions about the Flex Plan and Open Enrollment.

CBS

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano along with President Michael Naeder and Vice President William Zizza met with CBS VP Executives to discuss various issues including editing, pay upgrades and work flow. Agreements were reached on all issues.

NET NEWS

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with the Executive VP to discuss various issues.

RADIO

A request for information was made to Labor Relations.

WCBS

A settlement was reached during an arbitration hearing held on behalf of a member.

 

WPIX

A grievance meeting was held on behalf of a freelance member.  We are waiting for further information from the Company.

A meeting was held with management on OMB upgrades, follow up meeting TBA. A buyout offer was made by the Company including IBEW represented personnel.

WLIW

Negotiations continue with the next meeting scheduled for December 14, 2015.

WNET

A grievance has been filed on behalf of a member.

WXTV

A Labor/ Management meeting was held to discuss various issues including work flow, staffing, integration of Radio and upcoming negotiations.

WADO

A Labor/Management meeting was held to discuss work flow and the transition to a new facility.

HBO

Tentative Agreement reached on majority of issues, next meeting TBD

WNJU

The Union has requested a Labor/Management meeting.  We are awaiting dates from the Company.

PPI

Met with the negotiating committee to discuss extension of CBA.

Office

A meeting of the Trustees of the Radio Television and Recording Arts Pension and Annuity Plan was held at the union office on December 8, 2015.

Entertainment Industry Flex Plan Administrator, Sean Dugan, met with members at both CBS and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano attended the New York State AFL-CIO Annual Labor Celebration on December 10, 2015.

 

Business Manager Report November 2015

CBS

CBS/HALFLY

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, President Michael Naeder, Vice President William Zizza along with International Representatives and  LU1212 committee members representing all divisions, met with CBS in Fairfax,  Virginia to discuss various issues.  Topics for the committee meeting included issues in News, Sports, Studios, Radio and Safety.

Network News / Prosumer violations

The parties agreed there have been ongoing issues for some time.  Numerous grievances have been filed as a result of work being done under the CBS/IBEW CBA.

The parties have agreed to a mutually designed streamlined process to address issues brought forth by the Union on potential prosumer contract violations occurring within the CBS Network News division or Stations Division. Both the Union and the Company are drafting a step process to deal with the issue.

WCBS

Various issues were discussed including Prosumer and multi camera usage by reporters.

SPORTS

Numerous issues discussed including the following:

  1.  There are potential editing violations in the Broadcast Center. A follow up meeting has been scheduled for the  first week of December in an effort to resolve potential violations.
  2.  Graphics Department violations
  3.  Upcoming Super Bowl
  4.  Utility upgrades to technician rates and training

RADIO

Issues included the state of radio, work flow and scheduling.

COE

The Union presented the Company with possible violation of the CBA with non-represented persons editing Promos for the Late Night show. A meeting has been scheduled for the week of Nov. 9th.

CBS SITE VISITS

Numerous site visits to Met Life Stadium and Broadcast center facilities.

Arbitrations

An arbitration has been settled on behalf of member Network News.

An arbitration has been scheduled Nov. 12th on behalf of WCBS member.

FOX SPORTS

At a World Series sit visit, Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with members discus various issues including scheduling of assignments and work flow. A grievance has been filed on behalf of a Union Representative.

HBO

Negotiations continue, remaining issues include jurisdiction, Health and Welfare, Pension and wages. The next meetings have been scheduled for Nov.10th and 11th

WPIX

Issues still remain with implementing terms and conditions of the CBA.  The Union has made a REQUEST OF INFORMATION on the upcoming Veterans Day Parade. No response to date from Company.

Tele-Measurements

A new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified by members.

MSG

Met with shop Stewarts to discuss various issues on behalf of Freelance members

WXTV

We are awaiting dates from the Company for a Quarterly meeting.  Issues to be discussed include workflow and the addition of WADO Radio station

WADO

Station moved from NYC to Teaneck, New Jersey.

WINS

Company has implemented long overdue increases

WNJU

The Union has offered dates for a Quarterly meeting.

WLIW

The Union has offered dates to recommence negotiations.  There has been no response from the Company.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER REPORT – OCTOBER, 2015

CBS

SPORTS 

During a site visit to Thursday Night Football at Metlife Stadium I had the opportunity to meet with members and to discuss various issues, i.e., scheduling, manpower.

Broadcast Center

Site visit: I met with members to discuss various issues, particularly work flow and jurisdictional issues in both the Palace and Graphics areas.

COE

Met with management to discuss work flow issues at the Colbert Theater, particularly scheduling and the non use of audio engineers.  I am awaiting further information from both Shop representatives and Management.

NETWORK NEWS 

There are ongoing issues with Video Journalists shooting live and transmitting.  There was a conference call on October 9, 2015 with International Representatives, Business Managers, and a News Committee to discuss recent developments pertaining to prosumer usage and continuing violations.   Violations of the CBA have been grieved.  There will be further discussion with Management at the upcoming IBEW/CBS Halfly.

WCBS

There are ongoing issues shooting live with correspondents and bridges for air.  A grievance will be filed.

CBS ARBITRATIONS

An arbitration has been scheduled for October 15, 2015 for the wrongful termination of member.  An arbitration hearing has been scheduled for October 21, 2015 regarding a member’s suspension and final warning letter.

HBO

Negotiations continue.  Meetings have been scheduled for October 19, 2015 and October 20, 2015.  Issues include pension, jurisdiction and economics.

TELEMEASUREMENTS 

Negotiations have concluded. We are waiting on confirmation of MOA from company.

WPIX

The CBA was ratified August 20, 2015; however, issues remain on implementation of the terms and conditions of the new agreement.

MSG

Met with members to discuss upcoming NHL and NBA seasons.  The issues discussed were manpower, schedules and work assignments.

WINS

The contract was ratified on August 21, 2015. The union is seeking retro increases and all up grades due members.

WLIW

Negotiations continue.  We are awaiting the company’s response to the Union’s proposal.

BUSINESS MANAGER REPORT – SEPTEMBER, 2015

CBS

NEWS NETWORK

The Prosumer grievance meeting was held and a settlement was reached.  We are awaiting final language from Labor Relations.

Ten Freelance personnel have been offered 403.g staff positions.

CBS SPORTS

A Graphics grievance has been denied by the Company. An ICAP has been filed which is the next step in the grievance process.

While at a site visit for the PGA Golf Championship in Milwaukee, WI Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with members to discuss various issues.  Relief issues were discussed during a meeting with management.

COE/ Broadcast Center

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made a site visit to the Broadcast Center for opening day college football.  While there he was able to meet with members to discuss various issues. He also met with Management to discuss work flow issues in new technologies.

During a site visit to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert a meeting was held with members and the Executive Producer to discuss work flow.

 

FOX SPORTS NETWORK

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano along with Negotiating Committee members attended the Halfly Meeting in Washington, D.C. from September 1 – 3, 2015

 

HBO

Negotiations are set to begin September 22 and 23, 2015.  The Negotiating Committee will meet on September 21, 2015 to finalize membership proposals.

 

TELEMEASUREMENTS

Negotiations are set to begin September 24, 2015.

 

WNJU

A meeting was held with a member and management to discuss settlement language on a pending issue.

 

OFFICE

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano attended the retirement dinner for Emeritus President Edwin Hill.  On behalf of Local Union 1212 he thanked President Hill for his lifelong dedication to IBEW.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and Executive Board Member Daniel Ham attended 3rd District progress meeting held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano along with Vice President Bill Zizza and Freelance Representative Ryan O’Boyle will attend the IBEW Membership Development Conference being held September 15-18, 2015.

 

2015 Labor Day Parade – September 12, 2015

I would like to thank the Executive Board and their families who attended the Parade along with members of Local Union 1212.  I would also like to thank Richard Ross and Goldie James for coordinating the event on behalf of Local 1212.

BUSINESS MANAGER REPORT – AUGUST, 2015

 

CBS:

NETWORK NEWS: There is a Prosumer grievance meeting scheduled for August 18, 2015.

SPORTS: A site visit to Kohler, Wisconsin for the PGA Golf Championship is scheduled for August 12 – 14, 2015.

The Graphics grievance has been settled.  We are waiting for final settlement language from company.

COE: An arbitration settlement has been reached on behalf of a freelance member.

BROADCAST CENTER SITE VISIT: During a visit to the Broadcast Center I received a tour of the new Media Department construction site and received an overview from CBS Sports management.

RADIO: We are awaiting a date for a Labor/ Management meeting.

FOX SPORTS:

The next quarterly Labor/Management meetings are scheduled for September 2 – 4, 2015 in Washington D.C. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss various issues on golf remotes and the upcoming NFL Season.

WPIX:

Negotiations have concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached.  A shop meeting was held to review the tentative agreement on August 4, 2015.  The ballots have been mailed and are due back August 20, 2015.

WINS:

Negotiations have concluded and a tentative agreement reached.   A shop meeting held July 29, 2015 to review the tentative agreement.  Ballots are due back on August 21, 2015.

WADO:

The new terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between IBEW Local 1212 and WADO was voted on and passed by the membership.

TELEMEASUREMENTS:

We are waiting for dates from the Company to commence negotiations.

Broadcast Coordinating Council:

There was a conference call with International Representatives and BCC Chairpersons to discuss the upcoming conference scheduled for October 14 – 16, 2015 in Naples, Florida.

Business Manager Report – July 13, 2015

CBS:

National: The biannual Halfly Labor Management Meeting was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano attended along with President Michael Naeder and Vice President William Zizza.

COE/CSD/CND/Stations:  All divisions gave updates and reports.

SPORTS:   A tentative agreement has been reached regarding a previously filed grievance. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano is awaiting a letter of understanding of remedy from company attorneys.

NEWS:  A prosumer grievance meeting is scheduled for August 3- 4, 2015.

WCBS: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with management to discuss various issues.

RADIO: Local Union 1212 has made a request for a Labor Management meeting.

ARBITRATION:  An arbitration has been scheduled for July 29, 2015 on behalf of a freelance member.

FOX SPORTS:  Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made a site visit to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the US Women’s Open Championship golf tournament. He met with members to discuss various issues, i.e., workday, staffing and relief operators.  He met with management to discuss various issues.

HBO: A grievance meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2015 regarding upgrades and wages.  Local 1212 and the Company are also exchanging dates for upcoming negotiations.

WADO:  A ratification meeting was held to discuss the tentative agreement reached between Local 1212 and the Company.  Ballots will be mailed July 14, 2015.

WINS: Negotiations continue. The next meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2015.

WINS: A member was laid off on July 10, 2015.

WPIX: Negotiations continue. The next scheduled meeting is July 17, 2015.  Various issues still remain including jurisdiction, work rules and economics.

TELEMEASUREMENTS: Union and Company are looking for dates to initiate negotiations.

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT
MAY/JUNE

 

CBS:

COE: Grievance meeting held on behalf of terminated member.  Grievance denied.  Possible settlement pending.  Numerous meetings held on behalf of displaced at Studio 50.  Meeting held with business Manger and ABM’s to discuss various issues

NETWORK NEWS: Discussions with management on various issues.  The cancellation of the Up to the Minute in September.  Grievance filed sec 1.03(b) 1(F)

WCBS: Met with management and ABM to discuss various issues.  Work flow and assignments in New Technology.

SPORTS: Met with representative to discuss new construction in both the “Palace” and New Media Work Flow and Jurisdictional concerns.

CWD: Labor management meeting to discuss various issues.  Gratis Day awarded to members.  Met with new management team.

IBEW/CBS HALFLY will be held on June 22 to the 25th.

PPI: 

Members vote due 06/11/15 on extension agreement; all terms and conditions remain in place.  Additional language includes “Double Header” language “Technicians working on double header or single day multiple events will be paid at time and one half minimum rate.” The contract runs through and including September 30, 2015.

SONY:

Negotiations concluded, tentative agreement reached. Vote due on 06/15/2015

WINS:

Negotiations continue, next meeting scheduled on 06/17/2015

WPIX:

Negotiations continue, next meeting scheduled on 06/11/2015

WADO:

Negotiations continue, next meeting scheduled on 06/09/2015

WNJU:

Met with management to dicuss various issues.  A Grievance was filed on behalf of a member.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

  April / May 2015

CBS:

DAVID LETTERMAN:  Met with members and COE Management to discuss positions and assignments at both the theater and the Broadcast Center.

SPORTS: Discussed with management travel issues on remotes and hotel accommodations.  Also discussed, pending grievance and training and new technologies (graphics and editing).

COE: Grievance meeting scheduled for May 22, 2015 on behalf of terminated member.

WCBS: Labor/Management Meeting, the purpose of this meeting was to discuss scheduling, training in new technologies and assignment of technicians.

NETWORK NEWS: Grievance to be filed on ENG violations.  Several conference calls with committee representatives on possible violations in the field.  Met with management to discuss safety concerns during the Baltimore protest.

SONY:

Negotiations scheduled to begin May 14, 2015.  Met with management and negotiating committee chairman to discuss any possible issues.

WPIX:

Negotiations continue.  Next meeting scheduled May 29, 2015.  The Union is looking into possible violations at the new Barkley Center Studio.

WINS:

Negotiations continue — The company has appointed a new attorney, waiting on dates to resume negotiations.

WADO:

The Union has offered several dates to start negotiations.  Waiting for confirmation from the company.

MSG:

Met with Union ABMs to discuss possible violations of work rules.

HBO:

Quarterly Labor Management meeting held to discuss new technologies, training and possible work opportunities.

Both the Company and the Union are looking to partner for “in house” projects. Dan Snyder, IBEW Safety Officer scheduled for site visit at the HCC facility to report on possible safety violations during the current construction project.  Visit is scheduled May 13, 2015.

OFFICE:

Representatives attended Broadcast, Manufacturing, Telecom Conference.

ATTORNEY:

Update on DOL.

ACCOUNTANTS:

Financial report

 

BUSINESS MANAGERS REPORT

March / April 2015

CBS:

SPORTS/NCAA FINAL FOUR COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Met with members, discussed new technology and participated in editing demonstration. Conversation continued on jurisdiction grievance.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF MASTERS: Met with members and ABM’s to discuss operations and workflow.  Met with management to discuss issues.

BROADCAST CENTER/ NCAA FINAL FOUR BASKETBALL: Numerous site visits.  Met with members to discuss various issues, new technology, jurisdiction and scheduling.

NETWORK NEWS/NEWS CENTER: Various site visits, met with members. Discussed scheduling, shift changes and jurisdiction.

COE: Late Night Studio. Labor/Management meeting scheduled for April 21, 2015

Maintenance: Grievance filed on behalf of terminated member

SHOW CREWS: Grievance filed on behalf of terminated member

 

FOX SPORTS / AT MSG:

NCAA REGIONAL BASKETBALL: Several site visits, met with members and management to discuss scheduling, time sheets and personnel requirements.  Other various issues were discussed.

 

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL NASCAR: Labor / Management meetings held.  Site visits and tour of new technology.  Various issues were discussed such as upcoming events, scheduling structure, work day and meals.

 

WPIX:

Negotiations continue, next meeting scheduled for April 29, 2015.

Met with negotiating committee to draft union proposals.

Met with Unity committee.

 

SONY STUDIOS:

Labor/Management meeting held discuss various issues.  Waiting for dates to commence negotiations.

 

WINS:

Negotiations continue with the next meeting scheduled for April 22, 2015

 

WLIW:

Negotiations continue. Membership meeting scheduled for later in this month.

 

UNITED NATIONS:

Union “request of information” letter sent to both United Nations representatives and to contractors.

 

HBO:

NYC: Met with members and ABM’s.  Discussed various issues, possible violations of the CBA, training and future operations.

 

HAUPPAUGE, LONG ISLAND: Met with ABM’s and shop stewards. Met with members to discuss various issues.

 

OFFICE STAFF MEETING:

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss day to day operations, new technology issues and vacation scheduling.

PENSION FUND / RADIO AND TELEVISION RECORDING ARTS PENSION PLAN:

Quarterly meeting held.  In attendance, Fund Attorney, Trustees, Actuaries and Investment Advisors

 

 

 

BUSINESS MANAGERS REPORT

February / March 2015

CBS:

The Letterman Show: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, President Mike Naeder, Vice President Mike Fosso and Senior ABM and Executive Board member Bill Zizza held several meetings with the staff to discuss the new Stephen Colbert Show which will be replacing Late Night with David Letterman.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, President Mike Naeder, Senior ABM Bill Zizza and CBS management Held a meeting with the staff to discuss staffing of the Colbert Show. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano< President Mike Naeder and Senior ABM and Executive Board Member Bill Zizza met  with the Executive Producers of the Colbert Show.

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:  Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, President Mike Naeder and Senior ABM and Executive Board Member Bill Zizza held a meeting with the members various issues were discussed.

 

HARD NEWS CENTER: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made several site visits met with members and discussed various issues. Business Representative John Costa made several site visits met with members to discuss various issues

 

COE: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, President Mike Naeder and Senior ABM and Executive Board Member met with management to discuss various issues.

 

WCBS: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with senior management to discuss new automated control room. Business Representative John Costa made several site visits met with members discussed various issues.

 

CONSTRUCTION SHOP: Business Representative John Costa made several site visits met with members discussed various issues.

 

TX:  Business Representative John Costa made several visits met with members discussed various issues.

 

FOX SPORTS:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano Shop Steward Keith D’ornellas attended quarterly meeting with Director of Broadcasting and Telecom, International Representatives and Business Managers from Locals 45, 1200 and 1220, various issues were discussed.

FOX SPORTS 1:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made several site visits to MSG for College Basketball met with members discussed various issues.

 

HBO:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made several site visits to the Communication Center in Hauppauge met with Shop Stewards and members discussed various issues.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano, and Business Representatives  made site visit to 23rd Street Studio met with Shop Stewards to discuss various issues (ex> Starting early negotiations) contract expires October 25, 2015

 

 

 

SONY (BATTERY STUDIOS):

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visit met with members discussed various issues (ex. Starting negotiation early) Contract expires May 31, 2015

 

TELEMUNDO (WNJU):

Labor Management meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 4, 2015 postponed and a new date to be determined.

 

UNIVISION (WADO):

Negotiations continue a new date for next meeting to be determined.

 

UNIVISION (WXTV):

Labor Management meeting with WXTV, WXTV Producers and WADO to be scheduled and we are waiting on dates from company.

 

WINS:

Waiting on dates from company for next negotiation session.

 

WPIX:  

Negotiations continued on February 10, 2015 slight progress was made the next date for negotiations is to be determined.

 

 

 

OFFICE:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano is proud to announce that Ms. Donna Seniscalchi has been appointed to the position of Office Manager and that Mrs. Lynn Scarpati has been employed a comptroller.

Senior Business Representative Vincent Butler has taken a position with the IBEW Broadcasting and Telecom Department at the International Office. His last day at the Local will be March 12, 2015.

 

BUSINESS MANAGER REPORT

JANUARY / FEBRUARY  2015

 

CBS:

CBS SPORTS: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano attend meeting with management discuss various issues (Upcoming events, Email sign in/out  for scheduling procedure). Business Manager and Business Rep made site visit Friday January 16 and 17, 2015 to Foxboro Gillette Stadium met with members discuss various issues. Grievance filed on behalf of member has been denied by company.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano and Union attorney along with International Director of Broadcasting. International Representatives and Business Manager of Local 1200 represented members at ICAP meeting with company decision pending.

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visit to Broadcast Center Saturday February 7, 2015 met with members discussed various issues

 

CBS NEWS: Business reps represented member at disciplinary meeting. Member suspended grievance filed with company. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with members of Hard News and Studios discussed various issues.

 

WCBS: Arbitration filed on behalf of member. The local is waiting on date from the American Arbitration Association. List of arbiters sent by AAA

MDC/CBS: Business Manager scheduled meeting  with management on Wednesday February 11, 2015. Conference call with management to discuss scheduling issues.

 

FOX SPORTS FS1:

Business Manager Ralph[h Avigliano made numerous site visit to Madison Square Garden for Big East College Basketball met with members discussed various issues.

 

HBO:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visit to HBO Communication Center met with members discussed various issues.

 

MSG:

Tentative agreement reached Business Manager Ralph Avigliano held shop meeting to inform members of the details of the new agreement. Vote for ratification sent out to members Friday January 23, 2015. The vote is due back at the Union office Friday February 6, 2015. The IBEW Local 1212 / MSG Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified by members. Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made numerous site visit to MSG New York Ranger and New York Knick games met with members discussed various issues.

 

SONY(BATTERY STUDIOS):

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano scheduled meeting with management to discuss upcoming negotiations.

 

Teampeople:

Agreement signed notification sent out to members to re-activate or to apply for  membership.

 

WINS:

Business Manager Ralph Avigliano met with company attorney to discussed negotiations scheduled follow up meeting to move negotiations along.

 

WPIX:

Negotiations continued with meetings on Thursday January 23, January 29 and January 30, 2015. Slight movement was made. Next negotiations are scheduled for Tuesday February 10, 2015

 

OFFICE:

Business Rep along with Executive Board member Cheryl Thomas Vice President of EWMC, Frank Dulzaides of UNIVISION WXTV and Edgard Alverez of  TELEMUNDO WNJU attended the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus and the EWMC RENEW Caucus.

The office staff participated in a conference call hosted by the International.

Executive Board President and members of the Executive Board met in a special meeting with Business Manager and Union attorney to discuss updating office policy.

 

BUSINESS MANAGERS REPORT

DECEMBER 2014 / JANUARY 2015

CBS:

SPORTS: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visits to Metlife Stadium and the CBS Broadcast Center met with members discussed various issues.

WCBS: Grievance filed on behalf of member. Waiting on date for grievance from the company.

 

FOX SPORTS: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made sit visit to MetLife Stadium met with members discussed various issues.

FOX SPORTS 1: Business Manager Ralph Avigliano made site visit to Madison Square Garden on January 6, 2015 St John’s Basketball met with members discussed various issues

 

MSG: Tentative agreement reached shop meeting scheduled for Thursday January 15, 2015. Ballots for ratification to be mailed out to members after shop meeting.

 

TEAMPEOPLE(UN): Contract language finalized Collective Bargaining Agreement to be sign by both parties.

 

WADO: Negotiations continue, next date to meet with company to be determined.

 

WINS: Dates for negotiation with company to be scheduled.

 

WLIW: Negotiations continue,  counter offer language to be submitted to company dates to be scheduled for next negotiations.

 

WPIX: Shop meeting held on Thursday January 9, 2015 to update members on contract negotiations. Next date for negotiations is Thursday January 22, 2015