July 20, 2019 – Executive Council Meeting

Washington-Baltimore News Guild
Executive Council Meeting Minutes
Date of Meeting: July 20, 2019, 11:39 AM

EC Present: Steve Cook, Ben Cooper, David DeJesus, Tim Fitzgerald, Ed Fortney, Dan Gabor, Don Griesheimer, Fatima Hussein, Tom Jackman, Freddy Kunkle, Katie Mettler, Justin Moyer, Sam Nelson, Bryan Nelson, Mark Pattison

Excused: Elise Bryant, Mark Gruenberg, Jeremy Sprinkle

Staff & Guests: Rick Ehrmann, Paul Reilly, Cet Parks

I. Minutes and Board Polls

June 19, 2019

• Justin Moyer motions to accept June 19, 2019 minutes, motion was seconded. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved with corrections and Motion Passes.

II. Membership Report and Stats

• June 19, 2019 – July 20, 2019. Don Griesheimer motions to approve and was seconded. Motion Passes.

III. Executive Director’s Report & Staff

• Please see July 20, 2019 General Membership Meeting Minutes, for Executive Director’s & staff report.

IV. Financials

Summary of April 19 Financial Highlights

• Cet Parks and Justin Moyer provided a general update of financial highlight. A motion was made to approve financials and was seconded. Motion Passes.
Bob Paul Invoices for May 2019

• No action items

Bob Paul Retainer

• Cet Parks and Justin Moyer provided an update on the presentation of Robert Paul retainer fee proposal. Agree to revise proposal terms relating to retainer fee (from $7.5K to $15K per month) and remove paragraph five (5) and present to Robert Paul.
Press Associates Invoice

• Justin Moyer motions to cancel annual Press Associates subscription. Motion was seconded. Further discussions followed.

• Mark Pattison suggests that the issue be deferred to the communications committee for further review. Justin Moyer withdraws his motion and motion to withdraw was seconded.

• Mark Pattison motions to defer the Press Associates subscription discussion to the Local’s Communication Committee for its consideration and recommendation. Motion was seconded. Motion Passes.

V. Old Business

Funding Our Fight for the Future

• President Cook and Cet Parks provides update on the funding issues to be discussed at CWA convention.

Front Page Awards Ceremony Scheduling

• General discussion on dates and best ways to host program. Freddy Kunkle suggests to setting up an events committee to oversee FP Awards and other events to assist in organizing.

• Steve Cook appoints Jazmin Gargoum and Peter Brusoe to report back at the next EC meeting with an action plan for FP and Guild Service Awards.

The Moment Was Now – Play

• No further discussion

Florida AFL-CIO Biennial Convention

• Justin Moyer motions to appoint Danielle Florence as a delegate to the NW Florida Federation of Labor and is seconded. Motion Passes.

VA AFL-CIO 24th Biennial State Conference

• No action required.

NC State AFL-CIO 62nd Annual Convention

• No action taken

Labor Councils

• Dan Gabor provides background and motions to allow WBNG to pay capita based on residence of members. Motion was seconded. Motion Passes.

VI. New Business

Delegate Letter to NW Florida AFL

• Sam Nelson speaks to People of Color retreat (July 23). No further action needed.
Charge Against Chapter Co-Chair and Delegates (HPAE)

• Fatima Hussein provided an update on initial steps of investigation.

VII. Good & Welfare

• No action items

VIII. Personnel Caucus

• No action items

IX. Adjournment

• Mark Pattison motions to adjourn and motion was seconded. Motion Passes and meeting is adjourned at 12:56 PM.