April 2021

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

Covid-19:

03/06/21 – President Biden approved 1.9 trillion stimulus package for Covid relief. Some of the package includes stimulus checks, Federal assistance to unemployment insurance and resources for vaccine distribution.

CBS:

04/02/21 –Ballots for a 1-year extension. Members have overwhelmingly ratified a 1-year extension to the current agreement. The contract will take effect May 1, 2021 and run to April 30, 2022.

CBS Sports:

03/19/21 – NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament March Madness tipped off from (6) sites in all parts of Indiana. Technicians were assigned in what CBS/ NCAA designed as the Bracket Bubble. Final Four and Championship Game was also be played in Indianapolis.

04/11/21 – Masters Final Round took place from Augusta, GA. The 2020 Masters was played back in November due to Covid-19 but this year, the event took place in April.

CBS News:

03/11/21 – Member who has been home was expected to report to work on March 8th asked for additional time be extended. Unpaid FMLA would be granted to member once all sick time was exhausted. Member would also have to cover medical expenses for the month of March. Member was expected back to work on April 5th.

3/22/21 –Company rolled out their new Studio Live Trucks dubbed “Big Apple 1” for CTM Live Shots. Company intends on rolling out (2) more trucks operated by IBEW Technicians in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA in the coming weeks.

COE:

03/17/21 – BM, BR, Management and Labor Relations discussed technician who was laid off. Member has accepted severance payment and matter appears closed.

MDC:

3/11/21 – Union filed a grievance regarding Company’s decision to terminate member for violating company policy regarding testing. Grievance meeting was held on April 7th and company responded to Union on April 9th. Matter ongoing.

WCBS:

04/02/21 – Grievance filed over work jurisdiction for non-bargaining member doing jurisdictional work in the control room on February 17, 2021. Company has responded they are in receipt. Meeting has not been set.

CBSN:

04/08/21 – Union had a shop meeting via webinar session to review proposals before meeting with the company.

Fox Sports:

03/09 -03/11/21 – (Site Visit) BM and BR met with Members and Management at the Men’s Big East Tournament at MSG.

MSG:

03/22/21 – Union and Company held a meeting to review safety concerns regarding camera operators.

03/24/21 – Union and Company held a meeting to review safety concerns regarding fans and technicians.

03/25/21 – (Site Visit) BM met with Members and Management at Knicks game to review safety measures.

WPIX:

04/08/21 – Union and Company met to review policies on Covid, STD, outstanding grievances and setting dates for Negotiations which will begin May 11th   and continue May 12th.

WNET:

03/22/21 – Shop Steward notified Union of new hire replacing a recently retired technician.

WNJU:

3/31/21 – Company notified Union of new staff hire under the CBA.  Matter is ongoing.

WXTV:

3/25/21 – BM, BR, Counsel reviewed outstanding grievances against company. Committee discussed grievances on March 25th and March 31st. Some grievances have been filed for arbitration, matter ongoing.

WADO:

3/31/21 – Labor Relations notified BR that company is Holiday Weekend for Good Friday. Additional week vacation for 2021. BR spoke with company on 4/9 and meeting will be held with shop to review new time off policy with HR.

Prudential Center:

04/01/21 – Company has asked all team members wear either a single N95/KN95 mask or two non N95/KN95 masks.  Starting April 2nd company will provide KN95/N95 masks at each team member entrance, as well as the black surgical masks that company has already been handing out.

System One / UN:

03/19/21 – BR spoke with Shop Steward over short term disability claim that was pending. BR notified Human Resources worked it out and got member back to work.

04/07/21 – Union and company have a tentative 2-month extension in place. Union will be having a shop meeting to review the terms.

Entercom Radio:

3/23/21 – Director and BMs met to discuss counter proposals issued by company. Union responded to that counter and are looking to set dates with company to meet.

Office:

03/16-03/18/21 – BM, BR took place in Broadcasting Stations meeting with IBEW International and other IBEW locals with TV Station agreements around the Country. Conference ended with a Webinar featuring IBEW 1212 Treasurer Joe Gerardi of CBS News and WCBS-TV Maintenance Technician John Keller discussing workflows in a Covid-19 environment.

 

March 2021

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

Covid-19 Update:

03/06/21 –House and Senate have approved 1.9 trillion stimulus package for Covid relief. Returns to the House for a vote on Tuesday before President Biden’s approval.

CBS:

CBS CORP

03/03/21 –Union Office mailed out materials for the vote on a 1-year extension. Members will have until April 2nd to send ballots back for the ratification vote.

03/03/21 – BM, BR and International Reps will be hosting a webinar to review the one-year extension and answer any questions. That Webinar will be on March 10th from 10-11, 12-1 and 2-3pm.

CBS News

02/23/21 – Grievance meeting was held to discuss two members not being paid for testing on day off and time spent on quarantine. Company has agreed to retroactively pay the members from September through January 12th. Union will be withdrawing the grievance after members are made whole.

02/23/21 – Grievance meeting for members being quarantined post out of town assignment. Both sides have come to an agreement. Grievance will be withdrawn once members are made whole.

02/23/21 – Member who transferred to a different bureau is inquiring about status change to employment. Matter ongoing.

02/24/21 – Company provided new member list to the Union. Company also provided a member lookback from 2019 and 2020 used on CTM and FTN per the ICAP Settlement. Matter ongoing.

03/02/21 – Union drafted letter to company over hostile work environment towards technicians.  Matter is being monitored and remains ongoing.

3/03/21 – Per ICAP settlement, new Studio on wheels trucks is expected to be rolled out soon. Company said they are slightly delayed due to lighting but expect to have to go vans on the road soon.

MDC

02/08/2021 – The company has elected to terminate member for violating company policy regarding testing. Matter ongoing.

WCBS

02/19/21 – BM, BR and ABM spoke to member about non-bargaining personnel doing IBEW maintenance work. Member is also citing a possible HR case.

02/26/21 – BM, BR, and Member spoke with Management and HR over issue in local. HR is still investigating the matter. Matter ongoing.

03/03/21 – ABM spoke with Union over travel reimbursement to and from the CBS Broadcast Center. Matter ongoing.

CBSN

02/18/21 – Union formatted final proposals for committee of drafted CBA agreement. Looking for dates to meet with company to commence negotiations.

Fox Sports:

02/18/21 – Some members were affected by an issue with an accounting glitch. Matter is being handled by the company and union.

MSG:

02/16/21 – The Garden opened with a reduced capacity of 10% of fans for events and games. Each guest will be required to present confirmation of a negative test within 72 hours of the game. Guests must pass health survey and be temperature screened registering below 100.4 temperature. All guests will be required to wear a face mask.

02/23/21(Site visit) BM did tour of the facility to ensure the safety guidelines are being met by the employer.

02/25/21 – (Site visit) BM did a follow up tour of the facility to ensure the safety guidelines are being met by the employer.

03/03/21 – (Site visit) BM did a third tour of the facility to ensure the safety guidelines are being met by the employer.

WPIX:

02/03/21 – Member reached out to BM about preference of shift per the CBA. BM, BR, ABM and Manager had a call on 2/10. Matter remains open.

02/10/21 – Per Arbitration decision, member returned to work after missing the previous sixteen months. Member has been reinstated into his normal position with seniority restored.

03/05/21 – Company is implementing video review standards and designating who is responsible for content that airs. Union is reviewing the matter.

WNJU:

02/10/21 – Member and Reporter involved in altercation while covering news in the field. No one was injured or disciplined. BM and BR spoke to Management and praised the two for adhering to the proper safety protocols.

02/17/21 –Company held sessions with members to review the new 401k plan.

02/22/21 – Member on 30-day suspension has returned to work. BR and Management will do monthly follow up meeting with member beginning on March 29th.

WXTV:

02/16/21 – Member who was laid off due to economic reasons signed release agreement. Matter is now closed.

02/26/21 – Member reached out about company still not paying their contractual upgrade. Union has been notified, matter ongoing.

03/01/21 – Member reached out about contractual increase to members. Counsel is looking into the matter with Labor Relations.

WXTV Producers:

02/12/21 – BR held a committee meeting with members to review proposals. Looking to schedule dates with the company for negotiations.

Prudential Center:

02/12/21 – BR and Shop Steward had a Labor Management meeting to discuss postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19, Binghamton Devils at the Prudential Center and current workflows with NJ Devils and Seton Hall.

02/23/21 – NJ Governor Phil Murphy confirmed that stadiums and arenas can reopen the week of March 1st at a reduced capacity. Union has already been in contact with company about a reopening and discussing safety measures.

03/04/21 – (Site Visit) BR met with members and management to review safety procedures during Devils vs Rangers at the Rock.

Entercom Radio:

02/09/21 – Union sent committee a list of items that both sides have tentatively agreed to and items that remain open. No date is set yet to finalize remaining open items.

February 2021

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

CBS:

CBS CORP

02/02/21 – Second meeting was held with Negotiating committee and Business Managers/ International Reps over agreement that is set to expire in April 2021. Further information is expected for a ratification vote to extend the contract.

CBS Sports

02/07/21 – Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, FL. IBEW 1212 technicians contributed to another production of the Super Bowl produced by CBS. CBS now completed its 21st Super Bowl, the most by any other Network.

CBS News

11/19/20 – Grievance filed over two members not being paid for testing on day off and time spent on quarantine. Matter ongoing.

12/07/20 – BM wrote to CBS Labor Relations about members being quarantined post out of town assignment. Union filed grievance on January 6th.

12/15/20 – BM, BR and Member held a Labor Management meeting to discuss return to work. Follow up meeting on 02/02/21 – BM, BR and Member held a Labor Relations and Management. March 8th is the expected return date, matter ongoing.

01/20/21 – Members traveled to Washington, DC for expanded coverage of the Presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. President-elect Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

02/03/21 – Per ICAP settlement, new Studio on wheels vans is expected to be rolled out. Company is also expected to send new member list to the Union as well as a member list for 2019 and 2020.

CBS Radio

11/19/20 – Member has transitioned to LTD but there are still outstanding items that HR is still reviewing. BR reached out to Labor Relations on Feb 4. Matter ongoing.

MDC

12/31/20 – Union spoke with member about testing being mandatory. Company has put member on emergency unpaid leave since December 11th. Company has extended a deadline to Monday, February 8th. Matter ongoing.

WCBS

01/30/21 – Members inquired about the NYPSL (New York Paid Sick Leave) that was amended in 2020 and took effect Jan 1, 2021. Local is discussing with the International.

CBSN

01/08/21 – Union emailed committee drafted proposals. Meeting with Union and committee was held on February 5th to review finalized proposals before meeting with the company.

Fox Sports:

01/31/21 – St. Johns vs UCONN game was cancelled due to Covid-19.

WPIX:

01/14/21 – Per Arbitration decision Counsel spoke with Labor Relations from Nexstar on return date for member. That date has been set for February 10th.

02/03/21 – Member reached out to BM about preference of shift per the CBA. Matter ongoing.

WNJU:

01/08/21 –BM, BR, and Counsel had a meeting with member and company over discipline. Company issued a suspension without pay and final warning letter. Member has signed the agreement on January 29th and is due back at the facility on Feb 22.

02/05/21 – Ratification voting packets were mailed to membership on Jan 15. Agreement was ratified by the membership.

WXTV:

01/08/21 – Company informed Union that they intend to layoff member due to economic reasons. Union has spoken with member and company. Matter remains ongoing.

WADO:

02/05/21 – Discrepancy with Vacation carryover for member. BR spoke to HR and Labor Relations and matter has been resolved.

Prudential Center:

02/03/21 – Company announced that the Binghamton Devils will be playing all their home games at the Rock this year beginning in February and ending in March.

System One / UN:

01/27/21 – Extension was ratified by the membership.

Entercom Radio:

01/12/21 – Meeting was scheduled with members to update them on contract negotiations. No date has been set to finalize remaining open items.

January 2021

BUSINESS MANAGER’S REPORT

CBS:

CBS CORP

01/08/21 – Meeting set with Negotiating committee and Business Managers/ International Reps to discuss the expiration of CBA in April 2021. Meeting is set for January 15th.

CBS News

12/30/20 – Per ICAP decision dated November 17, 2020. Both parties have been meeting each Wednesday. Company has already informed Union that new trucks outfitted to go live with guests for Network News shows are already close to being implemented.

01/08/21 – BM notified International Reps about VJ being upgraded to technician in LA. Matter ongoing.

MDC

12/31/20 – Union spoke with member about testing being mandatory. Company has put member on emergency unpaid leave. Matter ongoing.

WCBS

12/28/20 – Union had a meeting with management to discuss the work assignments of two members Union did follow up with members on December 30th and January 6th. Union is looking to reduce letter to a grievance. Matter ongoing.

CBSN

01/08/21 – Union emailed committee a template drafted CBA agreement. Meeting with Union and committee is expected to be scheduled next week to review any changes.

HBO:

12/17/20 – Wage increases and retro payment back to October of 2019 went into effect for membership. There was a discrepancy in the pay which was a result of HBO changing their payroll system at the end of 2019 to Workday. Matter resolved.

MSG:

12/22/20 – Knicks 72-game season kicked off.

01/03/20 – NHL will begin season by January 13th.  Rangers open season on January 14th vs Islanders.

WPIX:

01/02/21 – Sale was made final at the end of the year and WPIX is now owned by Mission Broadcasting which is a sub-division of Nexstar.

01/02/21 – Arbitrator decided in favor of terminated member. Member can return to work. Matter ongoing.

WNJU:

12/02/20 –Tentative 4-year deal subject to ratification vote by the members includes an increase to per diem minimum in January 2021, wage increases at 2.5% in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and a ratification bonus for both staff and freelance. There are upgrades to Supervisors, Maintenance/ & ENG wages as well.

01/08/21 –BM, BR, and Counsel had a meeting with member and company over discipline. Company would like to suspend member for 30-days. Union reviewing document. Matter ongoing.

WXTV:

01/03/21 – Union withdrew without prejudice arbitration request for Reporter going live during MTA news conference.

01/08/21 – Company informed Union that they intend to layoff member due to economic reasons. Matter ongoing.

System One / UN:

01/08/21 – Ratification vote on a new 3-month extension will be held on January 27th. New extension would run to end of March.

Entercom Radio:

01/07/21 – Meeting was scheduled with members on 01/12/21 for update on contract negotiations.