Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

Meeting Minutes

    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    December 2019 minutes, which had just been completed approximately 49 seconds before the meeting, were not approved.

    There was no mobilization report as Vice President for Mobilization Rachel Lenzi was in Cleveland covering MACtion.

    Tan mentioned that a wrapup of the State of The News meeting was distributed to members via print and not electronically.

    Tan issued her President’s Report.

    Tan wrote a note to News VP Brian Connolly regarding the full-page, front-page Tops advertisement.

    Tan said that News managers agreed that manner that the advertisement appeared was a mistake, and that in the future a different typeface would be used, the advertising product would be labeled as such and in a more prominent position.

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    Guild general meeting minutes: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

    Thursday, February 20, 2020 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 12:08 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at The News’ first-floor auditorium, One News Plaza.

    Tan discussed updates regarding the sale of The News to Lee Enterprises that members might not have been familiar with, including that the Guild contract remains in force following the sale, and that The News building was included with the sale.

    After Scott from IT saved the day by fixing the projector, a Power Point presentation on various members’ research of Lee Enterprise papers was shown.

    There was a brief question and answer session in which pension and health care questions were addressed.

    Tan adjourned the meeting at 12:38 p.m..

    Attendance: President Sandy Tan, Vice President/Mobilization Rachel Lenzi, Treasurer and inside circulation delegate Diana Gawron, Secretary Keith McShea, Administrative Officer Kim Leiser, plus about 40 members.

    Note: There was also a general membership held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

    Guild executive committee minutes — special meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

    Friday, January 31, 2020 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    The meeting was called after this morning’s news that The Buffalo News was sold to Lee Enterprises.

    Tan informed the executive committee of what she knew about the sale.

    She pointed to the two tweets that the Guild had sent out via @BuffaloGuild:

    “We are shocked and deeply concerned about the sale of @TheBuffaloNews to Lee Enterprises. We care deeply about all the employees here that this affects, including the more than 200 staffers represented by the Guild.

    Our leadership team is meeting, and we are in the process of researching and sharing what this means for our members. We will continue to do everything possible to safeguard the outstanding local journalism product that our @BuffaloGuild colleagues produce.”

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried Hipp/Mooney to approve the October executive committee minutes.

    Secretary Keith McShea owes the minutes for November and December.

    The Mobilization Committee report came via President Sandy Tan, who noted that the 2019 Frontier Reporter looked back at our 2019 accomplishments.

    “It’s one of the few years we’ve had labor peace,” Tan said. “The Guild leadership team still has been very busy but the fact that we have been able to work things out with management given the state of our industry very positive thing.”

    Treasurer Diana Gawron’s Finance Committee update included how Gawron, the new treasurer, had her first meeting today with Administrative Officer Kim Leiser. Leiser noted that the main item of discussion was the Christmas Party breakdown, which will come later in the meeting.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019

    Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    October minutes are complete but will wait until next month. Secretary Keith McShea owes November minutes as well.

    The TNG President’s national election winner is Jon Schleuss, beating incumbent Bernie Lunzer; 51 voters voted from the Buffalo Guild, which is about a third of our members.

    Nothing from the Grievance Committee.

    New business.

    The party was outstanding, President Sandy Tan reported. There was an improvement in the amount of noshows, Aaron Besecker did a “phenomenal job” as DJ, Typographical folks brung it big-time.

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

    Saturday, November 30, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    There are no minutes.

    Administrative Officer Kim Leiser asks for nominations for executive officer positions.

    Keith McShea nominates Sandy Tan for president.

    Leiser, hearing no nominations, declares Sandy Tan president by acclamation.
    Keith McShea nominates Aaron Besecker for Vice President for Contract Enforcement.

    Tan, hearing no nominations, declares Besecker VP for Contract Enforcement.

    Tan asks for nomination for Vice President for Mobilization and Communication.

    Mike Harrington nominates Rachel Lenzi.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Motion/Second/Carried McShea/Harrington to approve the executive committee minutes of the September 2019 meeting.

    Finance report

    Kim Leiser and President Sandy Tan discussed how the finance committee met in the beginning of October to put together a provisional spending plan that would get the Guild through our merger with the Typographical Union.

    No budget is ready now because finances will change when the merger goes through, they said. The finance committee has approved a transitional spending plan based on usual finances as well as projected numbers. The full budget for 2020 is expected at next month’s meeting.

    MSC Fairbanks/Sommer to accept a the interim spending plan until we have a formal budget.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m. on  in the second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Tan began with the president’s report, first thanking and saying goodbye to Vice President Colin Dabkowski, who will be leaving the News on Oct. 4. Tan thanked Dabkowski for serving six years as vice president, saying he went “above and beyond” in his work on behalf of the Guild.

    Tan called Dabkowski “an integral part of the Guild’s leadership team.”

    “There are a lot of decisions were made that could have gone another way if Colin had not shared his wisdom and insights and always put our members first,” Tan said.

    She said she was personally sorry and heartbroken that Colin was leaving.

    Dabkowski said the reasons for his departure are many. “I really have loved this work and I’m very sad to be moving on,” he said.

    Dabkowski told the committee he felt it was an honor to be involved in the Guild and thanked the committee.

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    Guild executive committee minutes: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room, One News Plaza.

    Secretary Keith McShea confirms under peppering of questioning that there are no minutes.

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

    A settlement has been reached in the in ABC jurisdiction grievance. A grievance was filed; a signed agreement has a new full-time position being created in accounting – lead accountant. it is a Guild position. All Guild work that was out of the unit will be returned to the Guild no later than Sept. 1, per the agreement.

    Administrative Officer Kim Leiser said that ABC chief steward Felice McMillion will be paying attention to make sure the work is properly returned by that date.

    Leiser considers the accounting job out of the settlement a big win. She said it’s a well paid full-time position; the Guild has grown by a half-position and a new position has been added to the list of Guild positions.

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    Guild executive committee meeting minutes: Tuesday, June 19, 2019

    Monday, June 24, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2019 at The News’ second-floor conference room (but the one by the computer room, not the usual one), One News Plaza.

    Secretary Keith McShea confirms under pointed questioning that there are no minutes.

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

    An advertising section, a new section of the JobFinder, wasn’t labeled as an advertising. The News said they will put it on there.

    A recent front page spadea did not say advertisement, we’ve asked that they do that, Besecker said, noting that the contract says we are not to confuse the reader.

    There is a “Gusto” guide to dining which is a total advertorial product.

    Notes have been sent to management via Margaret Kenny; there has been no response as of yet.

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