Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

Meeting Minutes

    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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    Guild executive committee meeting minutes: Wednesday, May 9, 2019

    Monday, May 20, 2019 by The Guild

    President Sandy Tan called the meeting to order at 12:04 p.m, Wednesday, May 9, 2019 at The News’ auditorium, One News Plaza.

    Vice President for Conference Enforcement Aaron Besecker’s update: “We will be filing a grievance in accounting regarding work that was ours that has moved to management. We have been in talks with them for a while because they said they’d give it back — and they haven’t.”

    Besecker said that the Guild would be going forward in discussions with management regarding some sports work being done by freelancers. continue»

    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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