Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

Meeting Minutes

    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.
    Motion/Second/Carried Kirchberger/Gawron to approve the general meeting minutes for March.
    “They’re very exceptional and complete,” said Tan.VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    The committee is meeting Thursday with management about three grievances, all which have previously been filed:

    - Photo use Niagara Weekend
    - Overreliance on stringers to produce NWeekend
    - Geographical jurisdiction in C&RegionA Mike Kurilovitch story appeared in the local section; there was a discussion about this. Past practice has had Kurilovitch covering cops on weekends.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:06 p.m, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Fairbanks/Tan to approve the general meeting minutes for January.
    “They are very entertaining,” Tan said. “I encourage everyone to read them.”
    Secretary Keith McShea said he would check past month’s minutes to make sure all had been approved.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    A grievance meeting prior to this meeting.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

    Friday, January 19, 2018 by The Guild

    Buffalo Newspaper Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    * Besecker said the Guild still has an issue in classified with work being done by non-affiliates. The committee approved a grievance Sept. 13.

    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    Saturday, December 30, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:12 p.m, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Gawron to appoint Dan Kirchberger to the position of Vice President for mobilization.

    Kirchberger serves out the rest on Colin Dabkowski’s term, which goes through 2020.

    Phil Fairbanks has agreed to co-chair the mobilization committee with Kirchberger.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    Besecker said two grievances were filed today, both having to do with Niagara Weekend.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:08 p.m, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Dabkowski to approve the executive committee minutes for February, March and April 2017.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    He discussed an ongoing dispute on commission in classified and a jurisdictional question about ads in classified.

    In editorial, there were concerns about possible dayside layout duties being done; this was resolved since we do not have total jurisdiction.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    The committee is working on Gusto cover stories, Sunday home & style cover stories as well as an issue with management in which management may be doing layout work during the day.

    VP for Mobilization Colin Dabkowski issued his committee report.

    Dabkowski said a “debrief-type meeting” next week.

    Our letter about diversity to the company is on hold for the time being; we would like to revive it.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:11 p.m, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    On July 10 two grievances were filed: 

    * One on Gentry Magazine and its lack of language identifying it as a marketing product. 

    * Niagara Weekend and contributed photos. .

    VP for Mobilization Colin Dabkowski issued his committee report: 

    The first meeting of the diversity committee, created through the last round of bargaining, was a “good first meeting.” 

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    The Guild and The News ended up settling a classified issue regarding funeral home advertisements; the agreement reached called for that guild member to be paid a commission.

    A stringer story ran in City & Region at the end of April; it was an entertainment preview event story which ran with a staff reporter byline.
    A reporter took a photo for online, which is OK, but it was used in print on tease page.
    The Grievance Committee approved the filing of a grievance regarding the use of submitted photos in Niagara Weekend.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    Two grievance meetings have been held on the classified commission issue; there is a management meeting this week. We will talk it over with classified.

    Another issue the committee is exploring is a claim that district manager shifts are being passed over for seniority. The grievance committee voted to file that grievance.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2017

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2017 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Tan welcomed guild members and committee meeting newcomers Scott Scanlon, Matt Furey and Mike Tatko.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    The grievance committee met prior to this meeting about a bunch of ongoing issues.  continue»