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Executive Board Minutes

October 5, 1999 -- October 19, 1999

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1999

Meeting called to order at 2:00 p.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Landolfi, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Hafemeister, Rosen, Simon and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison.

Legislative Director West and Ms. Sonya Ostrom, candidate for election to the NY City Council from the 48th District in Brooklyn on the Green Party and Working Families Party lines, appeared before the board. Ostrom, who was seeking Local 802’s endorsement of her candidacy, made a presentation on her background and political positions and answered questions from the board. She was thanked and excused, along with West.

Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 2:15 during the previous presentation.

Sept. 28 minutes unanimously approved as amended.

West returned to discuss Ostrom’s candidacy and the political situation in Brooklyn’s 48th District.

Owens excused during the following discussion. Discussion held on filling the board vacancy created by the pending resignation of board member Bruno.

Financial Vice-President Landolfi excused at 3:05 p.m. Owens returned to the meeting.

Member and President of the NY Recording Musicians Association (NYRMA) Dominic Derasse and member and NYRMA Treasurer Abba Bogin appeared before the board to submit a proposal for a joint RMA/Local 802 advertising plan. Derasse distributed publications with emphasis on film music – Film Score, Film Music and a special music issue of The Hollywood Reporter. These magazines carried joint advertisements from Los Angeles RMA and Local 47. Derasse suggested that NYRMA and Local 802 place similar ads in these magazines, with a message that would promote Local 802 musicians and New York as a prime venue for film scoring. Discussion held. Derasse and Bogin excused while the board deliberated and further discussion ensued.

Derasse and Bogin returned and were informed that Local 802 would be interested in the proposal and would be willing to fund up to 50 percent of the costs for the advertising space. A three-time insertion of a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter costs approximately $2,500.

Crow excused at 4:25 p.m. during the discussion. Moriarity excused at 4:35 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1999

Meeting called to order at 11:42 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Executive Board members Bruno, Giannini, Hafemeister, Rosen, Simon and Weiss, Controller Bogert. Financial Vice-President Landolfi excused for personal reasons.

President Moriarity reported that a proposed settlement with the Disney organization had been reached regarding the move of Beauty and the Beast from the Palace to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Discussion held. It was indicated that the final language of the agreement would be brought to the Theatre Committee for discussion and consideration and to the board for approval next week.

Moriarity notified the board that a representative of NYC Ballet substitutes would appear at the board during the afternoon session.

Discussion held on current conditions and union representation for substitutes in Lincoln Center orchestras.

Assistant to the President Dennison present at 12:02 p.m.

Supervisor of New Organizing Dubnau appeared before the board to present an extension of the agreement with singer, pianist and entertainer Blossom Dearie. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.

Dubnau presented a contract with the Harmonie Ensemble, a.k.a. Steve Richman, for a Limited Pressing recording agreement. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.

Discussion held on the AFM organizing effort in a nearby jurisdiction.

Dubnau excused.

Oct. 5 minutes unanimously approved as amended.

Legislative Director West appeared before the board to discuss the candidacy of Sonya Ostrom for NYC Council, with a recommendation that Local 802 endorse her candidacy (see Oct. 5 minutes). Motion made and carried unanimously to endorse Sonya Ostrom’s candidacy. West excused.

Discussion held on Local 802 bylaws that relate to the duties and parameters of employment for Executive Board members.

Meeting recessed at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting resumed at 2:15 p.m.

Present: Price, Blumenthal, Bruno, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Hafemeister, Rosen, Simon, Weiss and Bogert. Moriarity excused to attend a meeting at Lincoln Center.

Member Eric Ramme, a substitute musician with the NYC Ballet Orchestra (NYCBO), appeared before the board to submit a set of proposals for possible submission at the 1999 NYCBO contract negotiation. He represents a group formed from substitute musicians known as the NYCBO Associate Musicians. In addition to the proposals, Ramme included a set of bylaws for this group of musicians. Ramme asked the board to include this group of musicians with respect to proposals for submission for negotiations and to include this group for ratification eligibility.

Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 2:40 p.m. during the previous discussion. Moriarity returned to the meeting at 2:55 p.m. during the previous discussion.

Discussion held, during which Ramme responded to questions by the board. Ramme thanked and excused.

Further discussion held on formation of committees and representation of bargaining units.

Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board to present a contract with Planetearth Partners, c/o Maria Di Dia, for the production of a show entitled Stars in Your Eyes at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Discussion held on contract provisions covering music preparation services and the posting of the bond for wages and music preparation services. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. Donovan excused.

Weiss excused at 4:10 p.m.

Moriarity read a letter to the board from member Robert Haley on behalf of the NYC Ballet Orchestra Musicians Guild, a group made up of regular orchestra members and rotation players who are not dues-paying members of the NYC Ballet Association, requesting permission for an observer from the Guild to attend upcoming negotiations with the NYC Ballet Orchestra management.

Price notified the board that he had granted the following leaves of absence:

  1. Sandra Billingslea, from the Broadway production Miss Saigon, from Sept. 20-Oct. 3, to play the Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center, with the proviso that she not substitute in Miss Saigon during that period.
  2. Bruce L. Wang, from the Broadway production The Lion King, from the evening of Sept. 22-Oct. 3, to play the Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center, with the proviso that he not substitute in The Lion King during that period.
  3. Jim Pugh, from the Broadway production Fosse, from Sept. 14-Oct. 17, for personal reasons.
  4. Gayle Dixon, from the Broadway production The Phantom of the Opera, from Sept. 20-Oct. 2, to play the Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center, with the proviso that she not substitute in The Phantom of the Opera during that period.
  5. Eliana Mendoza, from the Broadway production The Lion King, from Sept. 22-Oct. 3, to play the Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center, with the proviso that she not substitute in The Lion King during that period.
  6. Sarah Hewitt, from the Broadway production The Scarlet Pimpernel, from Sept. 14-28, for personal reasons.
  7. Michael Christianson, from the Broadway production The Scarlet Pimpernel, from Sept. 28-Oct. 3, to perform in Atlantic City, N.J.
  8. Benjamin Herman, from the Broadway production The Scarlet Pimpernel, from Sept. 3-19, to perform in Japan.
  9. Timothy Malosh, from the Broadway production Miss Saigon, from Oct. 4-25, for personal reasons.
  10. Lenard E. Rivlin, from the Broadway production The Phantom of the Opera, from Oct. 19-23 and from the evening of Oct. 27-30, to play American Ballet Theatre at City Center, with the proviso that he not substitute in The Phantom of the Opera during those periods.

Controller Bogert distributed the September 1999 vouchers.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1999

Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Landolfi, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Bruno, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Hafemeister and Rosen, Controller Bogert.

Financial Vice-President Landolfi submitted a three-year agreement with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players for all performances. The orchestra committee has recommended its approval. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.

Landolfi submitted an agreement for the Fairfield (Conn.) Orchestra and the American Classical Orchestra, both of which are under the same management. Discussion held. The committees of both orchestras recommend approval. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the agreement for the Fairfield Orchestra. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the agreement for the American Classical Orchestra.

Board member Simon present at 11:45 a.m.

President Moriarity advised the board of the settlement of the grievance against the Disney organization with regard to the move of Beauty and the Beast from the Palace Theatre to the Lunt-Fontanne. The producers have advised Local 802 that no performances were scheduled between Sept. 5 and Nov. 12. The settlement includes retaining “run of the show” for the complete orchestra, a payment of two weeks’ salary plus health and hospitalization benefits for the period during which there were no performances, a lock-in period (no subbing) for one week prior to Dec. 5, removal of three pyrotechnical effects from the stage production, and a limitation of the company’s liability to the union for the named pyrotechnic effects. Discussion held. Moriarity notified the board that it was to meet at 1 p.m. today in the Club Room with musicians from the theatre community to explain the terms of the settlement.

Board member Weiss present at 12:10 p.m. and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 12:15 p.m. during the previous discussion.

Business Rep Elsila appeared before the board to request that Local 802, for a donation of $250, become a sponsor of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Labor Recognition Reception on Nov. 17. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request.

Moriarity reported that the AFM Pamphlet B negotiations had resumed. Discussion held.

Discussion held on the Saturday Night Fever production.

Local 802 legal counsel Leibowitz present for further discussion on the settlement with Disney involving Beauty and the Beast.

The board recessed to reconvene in the Club Room for a meeting with musicians from the Theatre Committee, the Beauty and the Beast orchestra and other interested members. Business Rep Lennon present for the discussion. Moriarity reviewed the Disney negotiations and the settlement agreement. Discussion held, during which statements were made by various members of the Beauty and the Beast orchestra, the rank and file, and the Theatre Committee.

Giannini excused at 1:40 p.m.

Meeting recessed at 2:45 p.m.

The board reconvened at 3 p.m. to attend a scheduled membership meeting in the Club Room. The meeting was not held due to lack of a quorum.

The board reconvened at 3:25 p.m. in the Executive Board Room.

Present: Moriarity, Price, Landolfi, Blumenthal, Bruno, Crow, Gale, Hafemeister, Rosen, Weiss, Bogert and Owens.

Further discussion was held on the settlement and other Broadway theatre matters. Moriarity informed the board that, unless there was an objection, the Disney settlement would be finalized.

Simon present at 3:40 p.m. during the previous discussion. Weiss excused at 4:00 p.m.

Blumenthal submitted a request for a campaign contribution for Kevin Langberg, Democratic candidate for Oyster Bay (L.I.) Town Supervisor. Motion made and carried unanimously to donate $100 from TEMPO802.

Motion made and carried unanimously to donate $250 from TEMPO802 to Sonya Ostrom, candidate for NYC Council from the 48th District in Brooklyn.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

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