Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

Meeting Minutes

    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Fairbanks/Robinson to approve the executive committee meeting minutes for March.

    Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker reported on contract issues.

    There was a grievance committee prior to the executive meeting where a sports freelance photo situation was addressed. Management told Besecker that The Guild would receive a note from them that they admitted wrongdoing regarding this situation.
    Steve Elwell from Level Financial spoke to the executive committee regarding its shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock and the current makeup of The Guild’s portfolio, along with different options The Guild may be interested in pursuing. He delivered a comprehensive explanatory presentation and participated in a question-and-answer session.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:06 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Tan/Leiser to approve minutes for January and updates for October and November. 

    Mobilization

    Tan reports that Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski will be stepping back until at least the summer from VP duties because of his full-time work and school obligations. 

    Administrative Officer Kim Leiser says Dabkowski called and said there is nothing to report.

    Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker reports no open or active grievances. 

    Former President Henry Davis, head of the Guild’s retiree chapter, is in attendance.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski issued his mobilization report.

    A new Frontier Reporter has been published; topic for next issue is unknown.

    With the start of the spring semester for Colin, he will be unable to do his duties for the next four months or so. The Guild is seeking a new Vice President for Mobilization and Communication.

    Dabkowski mentioned that his stipend could be put towards social activities.

    President Sandy Tan and Administrative Officer Kim Leiser discussed plans for the next sector conference and said that we would rather send new Guild officers to the also-upcoming new officers conference.

    Following up on last meeting, The News agreed to give two of the more senior members of the Guild access to freight elevators. If anyone else needs access and demonstrates needs, mobility, etc., members are urged to let Sandy know and she will see about getting them access.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:09 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Secretary Keith McShea confirmed the unconfirmed: The minutes for September and October are not ready for approval.

    Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski issued his mobilization report. It was brief.

    “Nothing doin. We’re working on the next issue of the Frontier Reporter, which highlights new blood here with the Guild.”

    Tan discussed her conversation with Bryan Donahue regarding how night employees no longer have access to the freight elevator.

    The committee agreed that it thinks this is outrageous, particularly for older employees — some of whom have dedicated 50 years to The News. Tan and the committee pledged to continue to pester News management about this frustrating issue.

    Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker delivered his committee report.

    The committee met before the meeting on a couple of issues.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker delivered his committee report.

    Besecker and President Sandy Tan had a meeting regarding freelancers in sports with Margaret Kenny and Josh Barnett. There will be two Sabres freelancers this year, including Bill Hoppe writing about prospects. It was noted that departed News Reporter Amy Moritz regularly did a prospects feature/roundup in recent years.

    Chris Trapasso is writing four pieces a week, termed “non-analytical” by management, for BN Blitz.

    “This definitely bears watching,” Tan said.

    The committee discussed the freelance work, the Guild’s stance against it last year, how Digital Content Producers and the new contract language apply to the situation, and possible actions the Guild might consider taking.

    “The reason we care about it, is that if we let jurisdiction slip, you end up with a department with one person, and that’s called the Features Department,” said Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:06 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    There is a new hire in ABC. Felice McMillion explained the situation in which The News was seeking an additional three months of probation.

    Motion/Second/Carried Robinson/Portman to extend probation by three months for a new ABC hire, provided that The News is able to produce and execute an acceptable plan for her training.

    Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker delivered his committee report.

    Approved grievance: Discover Magazine used editorial photos in this advertorial product. Committee is planning on additional discussions with management; official grievance has not been filed yet.

    Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski issued his report.

    Colin credited Ellen with the fabulous design of the special Frontier Reporter issue that celebrated the members who left via buyouts during the summer.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    President Sandy Tan decreed that meeting agendas would not be printed for the meeting.

    The committee reviewed the minutes from July; it was pointed out that Przepasniak and Connelly were misspelled. Guild Secretary Keith McShea muttered several profanities to himself.

    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Fairbanks to approve the July 2018 executive committee meeting minutes.

    Tan offered a “special thank you” to Vice President for Contract Enforcement Aaron Besecker for attending the meeting while on vacation.

    Interim Vice President for Mobilization and Communication Colin Dabkowski issued his report.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    Buffalo Newspaper Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:04 p.m Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Pesarchick to name Colin Dabkowski interim Vice President of mobilization.

    Dabkowski issued his committee report.

    Dabkowski is working on a special issue of Frontier Reporter that will pay tribute to the recently departed employees.

    There are summer parties to be held by Lou Michel and Roger Durant which may serve as de facto Guild gatherings.

    A summer social event is being contemplated, possibly a post-work gathering at a nearby park on Ohio Street.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Tan introduces Joan Portman, who is joining the Guild executive committee as the district managers steward.

    Tan also introduced Luke Hammill, who is considering joining the Guild executive committee as a representative of members from the Sun papers.

    Motion/Second/Carried Fairbanks/Besecker to approve the minutes from the April 2018 executive committee meeting.

    VP for Contract Administration Aaron Besecker issued his committee report.

    There was a possible jurisdictional violation related to the departed Niagara Weekend section.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Thursday, May 10, 2018

    Sunday, February 17, 2019 by The Guild

    Note: This meeting was rescheduled from its original date of Wednesday, May 16, 2018 due to The News’ offering of buyouts.

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m Thursday, May 10, 2018 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Davis to approve the minutes from the January executive committee meeting.
    Motion/Second/Carried Besecker/Gawron to approve the minutes from the March executive committee meeting.

    VP for Mobilization Dan Kirchberger issued his committee report.

    Flyers were sent out today regarding: one on the job elimination buyouts, one on the voluntary buyout for the newsroom, one on meetings with reporters/columnists.

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