Business Manager’s Update

August 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

NEGOTIATIONS:

                                     

On August 8, 2017, the Union held a ratification meeting at the Watson Hotel in Mid-town. Members of CBS read through the Memorandum of Agreement and asked questions reading the changes that will take effect.

 

International Office provided materials for the voting packets being mailed to the membership. The International Office also confirmed two conference calls regarding ratification ( 8/29 at 1pm EST and 8/30 at 12pm PST). Ballots are due back 9/14 and the final vote tally will be 9/15.

                                   

 

 

SPORTS:                   

 

Company reached out to BR over members sick days in this calendar year. Union reviewing the matter.

 

Company announced they will roll out a sports themed 24-hour live streaming network later this year.

 

 

NEWS:  

 

Member on last chance warning was terminated back in early July is now drafting an appeal letter for the Union.

 

Company denied three grievances regarding prosumer, editing and weekend work. Items moved to ICAP. Union has decided to drop the grievances.

 

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:  

 

 

Grievance was filed on 6/09/17, then later moved to ICAP. Union has now decided to drop this grievance.

 

CBSN was added to the CBS All-Access company and streaming subscription service.

 

FOX SPORTS:           

 

Labor Management Meeting/ Conference Call set for August 23rd.

 

Counsel has revised a grievance letter for BM to review. The grievance outlines section 2 and 4 in the current CBA (Failure to seek freelance employees from the Union).

           


TEAM PEOPLE:       

BM signed new copies of the current agreement to be distributed to the International, the company and our members.

 

WPIX:            

Negotiations between both sides resumed at the Union Office. Next dates are set for August 9th and 10th.  

Shop Steward notified Union about broadcast being pre-empted by the Baseball game.

Negotiations continued at the station of WPIX on Wednesday the 9th of August. Another round continued the 10th at the Union Office. Both parties expected to meet again on September 18th and 19th.

 

WFAN:                      

 

Negotiations commenced at the Union Office. Contract expires on August 22nd. Both sides looking for new dates.

 

 

 

 

 

WNJU:           

 

July 31, 2017– BM, BR, Council held an all-day Ratification meeting with membership to review changes in the current CBA. The ballots are due back on August 15th.

Member notified union over wage escalator in the CBA. Union reviewing the matter.

Another member notified union over wage escalator in the CBA.

 

WXTV:                      

 

Negotiations continued at the TV Station on 7/25 and at the Union Office on 7/27. Next dates are set for 8/21 and 8/22.

             

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:     

 

Union and Company have agreed next bargaining date will be August 11th.

 

Negotiations continued at the Prudential Center. Company offered counters to Union’s initial proposals. Next dates for negotiations are tentatively set for September 5th, 21st and 25th.

 

             

Office:            

 

T-Shirts for the upcoming Labor Day Parade on September 9th have been ordered. Union also looking at quotes on a banner for the parade.

 

 

 

JULY 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

NEGOTIATIONS:

 

BM was in Washington, DC with the other IBEW Reps for final preparation of CBS National Negotiations.

 

July 9 – 22, 2017 – BM, BR and members of the negotiating committee from Local 1212 took part in two weeks of CBS/ IBEW Negotiations.

 

July 22, 2017 – IBEW and CBS have reached a 39-month tentative agreement that runs from Feb 1, 2018 to April of 2021.

 

SPORTS:      

 

Arbitration on behalf of member was canceled May 18th and now have been rescheduled for November 7th

 

NEWS:

 

Company denied three grievances regarding prosumer, editing and weekend work. Matter moving to ICAP.

 

Union filed for ICAP with the International Office over the four grievances that the company denied.

 

                       

BROADCAST CENTER:

 

Saturday, July 22nd at approximately 6 PM all tech power will be shut down at Broadcast Center. All power work could be finished as early as 14:00 or 15:00 on Sunday the 23rd.

 

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:  

 

Company denied grievance regarding members being upgraded on the weekends. Matter moving to ICAP.

 

Members of the separate CBS/ IBEW Local 1212 Interactive agreement have been tentatively rolled into the IBEW/ CBS National Agreement come

February 1, 2018.

 

               

 

 

 

FOX SPORTS:

 

Labor Management Meeting/ Conference Call with company and Union was canceled due to scheduling conflicts. No date set yet to reschedule.

 

Grievance filed by International pertaining to Golf relief per Side letter 11 in CBA.

 

July 8 – 16, 2017 –  Women’s US Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ played host to the 4-day tournament. 

 

Counsel sent letter to company over member suffering from heat exhaustion at the Women’s US Open. Awaiting a response from company.

           

                            
TEAM PEOPLE:     

Shop Stewards notified Union that some members are being asked to work a Holiday. On June 26th, company agreed to pay holiday pay for the event and gave the members a day off in lieu. 

 

WPIX:       

Negotiations between both sides resumed at Channel 11 – WPIX. Next date is set for July 26th. 

 

WNJU:                  

Negotiations were moved to a call-in discussion with both legal counsels.

On June 23, 2017, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at One World Trade Center. Telemundo Channel 47 is the first Television Station in the Tri-State Area to transmit their signal from WTC.

Negotiations continued at the Union Office.

BM, BR, Counsel held a conference call with committee team to review the changes of the negotiation between the Union and company.

Company has granted the Union’s request to host a shop meeting to review the changes of the current negotiation for ratification of a new agreement. Date is set for July 31, 207 between 10 am – 6pm.

 

WXTV:                

 

06/21/17 – Negotiations continued at the Union Office. Next dates are set for 7/25 and 7/27.

             

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:

 

BM, BR, International Representative Dominic Macchia and Counsel held a shop meeting with members prior to negotiations on June 15, 2017. Our Brothers and Sisters in Clifton, NJ (IBEW 1158) played host to the event.

 

June 29, 2017 – Negotiations commenced at the Prudential Center in Newark. No date is set for the next meeting.

 

Union proposed next bargaining dates. Company responded with August 9th and 11th. Union reviewing dates.

 

 

         

 JUNE 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

NEGOTIATIONS:

 

BM will be in Washington, DC with the other IBEW Representatives on June 25-27 for final CBS Negotiation preparations.

 

SPORTS:                  

 

Arbitration in June postponed. Dates will be rescheduled for the Fall.

 

BM, BR, President and Vice President met with senior management for a Labor/Management meeting.

                                   

Arbitration on behalf of member was canceled May 18th and now has been rescheduled for November 7th

 

NEWS:     

 

BM, BR, International Reps and members from the bargaining unit held conference call over Prosumer language.

 

BM wrote letter in Step 2 of the Prosumer procedure. Company responded back and agreed it was in fact a violation.

 

Grievance filed on Work Jurisdiction violation. Company/Labor Relations has agreed to meet with Union on June 20th.

 

Company announced Rick Jefferson will step into VP of Operations at CBS News. In other announcements, Mel Olinsky was also promoted to Executive Director; Bureau Operations and Cheryl Williams was promoted to Director of Production.

 

Grievance filed regarding jurisdiction violation involving CBS Interactive. Another grievance was filed involving Prosumer language. Both grievances will be discussed on 6/20/17 with the company.

 

WCBS:  

 

BM and Company discussed settlement package for long time staff member. Both sides agreed on term and end date for retirement.

                                   

           

 

 

 

MAINTEANCE:                  

 

HR investigation initiated. After weeks of interviewing members and management, matter is near its conclusion.

 

 

NEWSPATH:                       

 

Phase one of construction is done.  Newspath entering phase two of the remodel.

 

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:  

 

BR, President Mike Naeder and Vice President Bill Zizza held an all-day meeting at the Broadcast Center to speak with members on their current agreement reaching expiration.

 

Grievance filed on 06/09/17 on jurisdiction violation involving CBS Interactive Agreement.

                  

HBO:  

 

Grievance filed by Union to company on members relocating from the Studios to the Communications Center.  

 

BM held conference call with committee over relocation. Matter ongoing.

BM, BR held conference call with committee over labor management agenda items. Both sides looking for dates to meet.

 

 

FOX SPORTS:          

 

 Labor Management Meeting is set for June 13th from 1-3pm EST.

 

06/09-06/10/17 – (Site Visit). BM and BR did a visit to Poconos Raceway for the Pocono 400 NASCAR event on FS1. Union spoke with members over various issues and concerns.

 

 

MSG:       

 

Company outlined monies owed to members dating back to January 2015.  Matter is now resolved.

 

 

WPIX:                   

 

Sinclair has agreed in principle to acquire Tribune Media.

 

BM, BR, Counsel held a shop meeting at the station prior to negotiations.

 

BM, BR, Counsel and committee held a meeting at the Union Office prior to start of negotiations.

 

Negotiations commenced at the Union Office. The next date for both parties to meet is June 22nd at the station of WPIX.

WNET:                

BM, Council held a committee meeting at the Union Office.

BM, BR, Council commenced negotiations with the company. The current contract expired in April.

BM, Council held another round of negotiations with both sides at the Union office. The next date is not yet set.

WNJU:                  

 

Negotiations continued. The next dates are set for June 5th in NY and June 6th in NJ.

Shop Steward notified BM / BR about transmitter being unveiled at the Freedom Tower.

Channel 47 unveiled their newest transmitter, the first to transmit from the Freedom Tower.

Company canceled negotiations on 6/5 at the Union Office.

Negotiations resumed between both parties at the station June 6, 2017. Next round is tentatively set for June 23rd and June 30th.

WXTV:

Negotiations on May 31st were canceled.

Shop Steward is inquiring about the use of a 4-hour call. Union review and matter is now settled.

 

BM, Counsel held a meeting with company. Negotiations will continue June 21st.

           

 

PRUDENTIAL CENTER:

 

Election and ballot count was held at the National Labor Relations Board; Region 22 in Newark. Local 1212 overwhelmingly won the election.

 

Labor Board Certified Representation stating that the “International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1212 […] is the exclusive collective-bargaining representative.

 

Union sent out a survey to the shop prior to negotiations with the company. Final surveys are due back June 7th.

 

Union confirmed Shop Meeting will be held on June 15th at our sister local in Clifton, NJ (IBEW1158) between 4-7pm.

 

 

OFFICE:

 

Craig Duffy; Representative of the IBEW conducted Shop Steward Training at the Union Office. Many new Stewards from all our different signatories took part in the one-day session.

 

BM, BR, and President Mike Naeder took part in the BCC/ BMT Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

 

 

 

May 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

SPORTS:

 

L/M Meeting originally scheduled for March 13th has been rescheduled for 5/17

 

BM/ BR spoke with company over penalty time owed. Company did correct payment. Matter resolved.

 

BM/ BR, International Reps and Council held a conference call over upcoming Arbitration in June.           

 

Counsel informed Union that the company is seeking the June 15th adjournment. Dates will be rescheduled for the Fall.

                                   

NEWS:   

 

Member reached out Union over short turnaround owed working on 6th day. Matter ongoing.

 

Member reached out Union over Asst. Supervisor upgrade for Steadicam Operation. Company is honoring rate but night differential in question. Matter ongoing.  

                                   

WCBS:

 

VP Bill Zizza along with ABM Ben Castro attended a meeting on behalf of member. Matter ongoing.

 

BM, BR, VP Bill Zizza and E-Board Member Dan Ham met with management at the NAB Convention in Vegas.

           

TX:  

 

ABM / VP Bill Zizza notified BM/ BR of a meeting between members in maintenance. Meeting is set for 5/8 at 9am.

 

RADIO:

 

Company explained its structure on who to report to now under the News division department.

 

 

 

                  

HBO:          

 

BM, BR, spoke with Shop Steward over company wanting to hire per diem employee before staff’s first right of refusal.

 

BR met with company to go over some policies and procedures.

 

 

FOX SPORTS:

 

The company has alerted the Locals that they will need Headshots for all members working the upcoming baseball season.

 

 

MSG:

 

BM met with management at the NAB Convention in Vegas. Topics discussed was workflow.

           

 

TEAM PEOPLE:     

           

Shop Steward notified that member has been informed from company that they can take Unpaid PTO during grace period of STD.  If approved, while on disability leave you are not required to use PTO. The only time PTO would be used, is if you decide to use PTO to cover the 7-day waiting period.

WPIX:    

 

BM sent out Contract Survey to membership for upcoming contract that is set to expire June 14.

 

BM, BR, VP Bill Zizza and E-Board Member Dan Ham met with management at the NAB Convention in Vegas. Topics discussed was workflow.

WNJU:

Negotiations continued at the Union office April 11th and 12th.  Next date is set for May 11.

 

 

WNET:    

BM, BR and Counsel held a Shop Meeting at Channel 13. First round of Negotiations May 10th. Committee will meet the day before on May 9th.

WXTV:    

 

Negotiations agreed for next round will be May 31st and June 1st. May 31 in NY and June 1 in NJ.

           

 

OFFICE: 

 

BM, BR, VP Bill Zizza and E-Board member Daniel Ham took part in the NAB Convention held in Las Vegas, NV. The 3 days on the floor involved vendors from Ross, Evertz, Sony, LiveU, Livestream, Mevo, Telestream, Signiant, and Galileo Digital.

                                   

 

April 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

SPORTS:

 

 A L/M Meeting scheduled for March 13th was canceled by the company. Looking for dates to reschedule.

 

NCAA – Site Visit, CBS Broadcast Center. BM/ BR met with members & management. Discussed various issues.

 

CBB East Regionals – Site Visit. MSG hosted the 2017 Men’s CBB East Regionals. International Representative, BM and BR met with members and management.

 

CBB Final Four – Site Visit. University of Phoenix Stadium hosted the 2017 Men’s Final Four. BR along with BM’s met with members and management.

 

Augusta National Golf Tournament – Site Visit. BM met with members at the site of the 2017 Masters.

 

 

NEWS:   

 

Grievance filed on 02/08/17 on jurisdiction violation. Company has canceled scheduled grievance meeting. Looking for new dates.

 

WCBS:      

 

VP Bill Zizza along with ABM Ben Castro attended a meeting on behalf of member.  

 

NEWSPATH:   

 

Construction continues in Newspath. Company has supplied environmental reports on health conditions and air quality. Project is expected to last 6 weeks.

 

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:

                            

CBS News President David Rhodes announcement “CBSN Originals” to broadcast on CBS Network. BM to meet with Labor Relations to discuss workflow under terms of the National CBA.

 

                  

HBO:  

 

BM/ BR held conference call with committee members over docked day for Snow Storm on 3/14.

 

BM spoke with member over relocation to Long Island. Matter ongoing.

                            

BM attended meeting with Shop Stewards and Management over new plans with uplink/ downlink.

                                   

 

 

WPIX:

 

BM working with Committee on survey to the membership for the upcoming contract that is expiring in June.

 

WNJU:      

Negotiations date is set for April 11th and 12th. Another date is set for May 11.

Company notified BM/ BR that editors weren’t notified of extended newscast.

 

WNET:    

 

Arbitration for Member was held on March 28th. Both sides settled on behalf of member on March 28th.

                       

BM held a meeting with Management.

                                   

Shop Meeting scheduled for 4/19/17 from 1-5pm EST.

 

WXTV:      

 

Committee Meeting with BM, BR, and Counsel. Negotiations continue.

 

BM / Committee and Counsel continued negotiations in NJ.

           

                                     

 

 

 

OFFICE:

 

BM notified by International Office that CBS National Contract Proposal Meeting will be in early May in Washington, DC.

 

BR joined IBEW Director Martha Pultar and International Rep – Vinny Butler at the AFL-CIO building for an event hosted by the Department of Professionals.

 

Office Staff took part in the International Compliance Meeting.

 

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Stephenson was one of the honorees hosted by the New Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. BM of Local 3 – Chris Erickson introduced President Stephenson before addressing the delegates and guests in attendance. BR and IBEW Local 1212 President Naeder were in attendance.

 

  

March 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

SPORTS:            

 

BM / BR and VP Zizza will attend Labor Management Meeting with the management on March 27th.

 

BR met with members in Studio 43 and 44.

 

HARD NEWS:                         

 

During a site visit, BR observed the CBS Evening News from the new playout system.                     

 

MDC:                     

 

Management and BM, BR, President and Vice President of the Union meet for a meeting to discuss workflow and scheduling.

 

                                   

NEWSPATH:               

 

BM/ BR sat in on a safety meeting during the upcoming plans for construction. ABM, Shop Steward and Safety Coordinator on hand with company to go over the plans. Company had layout of floor plans w/ zones and what safety precautions will be taken as well as discussed how equipment will be protected for the 6 weeks of construction.

 

CBS INTERACTIVE:

 

Member notified BR that they were paid correctly for the Inauguration and upgraded to the CBS National Agreement.

 

CBS LIBRARIANS:

                  

During site visit BR met with committee members to discuss workflow at the shop. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOX:

 

BM and BR made a site visit to the Big East Tournament; Madison Square Garden.  BM and BR spoke with Senior Management and the members.

BM and International Rep made a site visit to the  Big East Tournament, Madison Square Garden where they met with Management and the members.

 

HBO:  

 

Member notified BM of per diem usage over member on Long Term Disability.

                                   

 

TEAM PEOPLE:

 

 Member notified Office he was appointed a new position of Supervisor of Broadcast and Conference Operations.


Member notified BR of a few items to address in the Conference department. Matter ongoing.

WNJU:

Both parties met at the Union Office. Next round of negotiations is scheduled for March 8th.

Company notified BR that the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program, field assessment to make sure our field crew is following procedure.

 

Negotiations continued at the Union Office. Next date is set for April 11th and 12th.

 

WNET:

 

Arbitration for member is set for March 28th.

 

WXTV:

 

Both sides met at the TV station in NJ for another round of negotiations. Next date is set for March 16 back in NJ. There is also a date before that on March 15th with Committee only.

 

 

 

 

WFAN:

 

BM held a call with member over new agreement post merger.

 

OFFICE: 

 

BM has put in for Shop Steward Training through the International Office. That date has been set for May 16th.

 

BM and BR held a meeting with senior principles of Labor Relations at CBS.

 

Executive Board Member Cheryl Thomas attended the AFL-CIO Women’s Conference in New Jersey. The 14th Annual “W.I.L.D” (Women in Leadership Development) was a 2-day event held in East Brunswick, NJ.

 

 

 

February 2017

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

 

CBS –   

 

SPORTS:

 

Site Visit 2016 AFC Championship) Foxboro, Mass. BM & International Rep spoke with members and management over various issues.

 

Member notified BM/BR of schedule changes from 10 to 8 hour calls on week days for studio shows. Union following up with management.

 

NEWS:

 

 BM/ BR and ABM held a meeting with senior management to discuss workflow at the Presidential Inauguration.

 

Shop Steward notified BM/ BR of editing jurisdictions for the Weekend News. Union filed a grievance on 11/04/16. Meeting originally scheduled for Feb 15. Labor Relations has now asked for the meeting to be postponed. Matter ongoing.

                                   

WCBS:                  

 

BM, ABM held a lunch meeting with senior management to discuss operational needs and workflow.

 

MDC:

 

Lunch meeting with management scheduled for February 16th.

 

CONSTRUCTION SHOP:

 

Union made aware of six per diems laid off.

 

BROADCAST CTR:

 

BR did a site visit with Executive Board Member Phil Doyle and Vice President William Zizza.

 

BM and BR made a site visit to the Hard News Center. BM/ BR met with members to discuss impending grievance and scheduling issues.

 

 

 

 

 

FOX:        

 

BM made site visit to the Super Bowl L1 in Houston, TX.  BM met with management and members to discuss various issues.

 

Quarterly Labor Management meeting was held.  BM and International met with management to discuss various issues, workflow and upcoming events.

 

Company has asked to set the next Labor meeting for June 13th.

 

HBO:  

 

BM, Counsel met at the Grace Building in NYC with senior management to discuss the relocation of members.

                                   

BM, BR and Shop Stewards held a conference call to review the meeting on members being relocated. BM/ BR and Counsel spoke with member affected by relocation to Long Island CC.  

 

BM/ BR held a call with Shop Stewards over per diem use and jurisdictional work at the Long Island CC.

 

MSG:

 

BM/ BR had a lunch meeting with Management to go over 2016-2017 season and workflow.

 

WPIX:        

 

BR, Shop Steward and Counsel met with company for Step 2 in the grievance procedure. Both parties arranging a meeting prior to the Union filing for Arbitration.

 

WNJU

BM spoke with Shop Steward over delayed meal penalty being effected. Counsel has been briefed. Matter is now closed.

Company emailed BM/BR about new active Vacation tracker available to members.

 Negotiations continued at the local office. Next rounds are set for February 17th and March 8th. Also waiting on a third date which would be February 23rd.

 

 

WXTV:

 

Negotiations continued at the local office. Next date is set for February 27th in NJ and February 28th back in the Union Office. There are also dates set for the middle of March.

 

WFAN:

 

Merger announced between ETM (Entercom Communications Corp.) and CBS.

 

Company sent over signed 1-year extension to the agreement. All terms and conditions apply. Contract expires in late August.

 

OFFICE:

 

BR, along with two Executive Board Members attended the EWMC in Anaheim, California. The event began with a Youth Renew Conference and then a Day of Giving. The event wrapped up with a 3-Day Conference. This was the 27th annual event. Next year’s is set for Detroit, Michigan.

 

 

January 2017

Business Managers Report

 

CBS    

 

Sports:           

 

BR and I/O Rep did a site visit at MetLife Stadium for Jets vs Bills Week 17. BM site visit at Broadcast Center.

 

 

News:     

 

Member notified BM/ BR that in the coming months that the company has agreed two freelance/ temps will be made staff.

 

Broadcast Center:

 

BM site visit at the Broadcast Center.  Met with Members and Mangagement.

                       

BM did a site visit at the Broadcast Center. Met with Co-oord Rooms, News and Sports.

 

FOX

 

BR did a site visit at MetLife Stadium for Giants vs Lions.

 

 

HBO

 

BR spoke with Shop Steward over workflow concerns at the studios. Union reviewing the matter.   

 

BM, BR, Counsel and committee members held a grievance meeting with company at NY studios on 23rd street regarding the Company relocating members from the Studio to Hauppauge Communications Center. Union now filed for arbitration.

 

WPIX

 

Union has filed for Step 2 in the grievance procedure. New dates are being offered for the week of January 16th. Not date yet confirmed.

 

Shop Steward has filed a grievance on behalf of reporter shooting cell phone for the web and then being used twice for Broadcast air. Union reviewing the matter.

 

Union conferring with company to enter negotiations in the upcoming months.

 

WNJU

BM spoke with Shop Steward over delayed meal penalty being effected. Counsel has been briefed. Matter ongoing.

Next round of negotiations tentatively set for January 25th and 27th in the Union Office.

 

WLIW

 

Ballots went out to the membership on 12/09. Ballots are due back December 27th for voting.

                                   

Ballots were tallied at the Union office. The new contract was ratified. It runs through the end of June in 2019.

 

 

WNET

 

Union conferring with company regarding upcoming negotiations.

 

 

 

WXTV

 

BR followed up on the Company’s decision to cancel the 6 and 11pm show on New Years Eve.

 

Next round of negotiations set for January 24th at the Union Office.

 

 

WFAN

 

BM spoke with company over extension on current agreement.

                       

 

OFFICE

 

Local 1212 held they’re annual Holiday Party at McHale’s in Midtown Manhattan on December 9, 2016.

 

BR, along with ABM and Executive Board Member set to attend the EWMC in Anaheim, California this week.