Executive Board Minutes
November 19, 2002 -- December 10, 2002
Volume CIII, No. 2February, 2003
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
President Moriarity reported that an upcoming conference organized by Future of Music Coalition Conference would be held in Washington, D.C. AFM legal counsel Bredhoff and Kaiser, who will be involved in the conference, indicated that sponsorship would cost $10,000. However, they recommended that a donation to the conference in the amount of $500 would allow the union to have significant recognition as a supporter of the event. Discussion held.
Moriarity submitted information from Jan Rosenberg, Allegro Advertising Director, regarding the Industry Card, which is a discount card for the entertainment industry that is now being utilized in Los Angles by Local 47 for its members. After discussion it was determined that additional investigation was required.
Moriarity submitted negotiating expenses of $74.80 for Ron Wasserman of the NYC Ballet Orchestra Committee. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve payment.
Moriarity submitted negotiating expenses of $432 for Paul Dunkel of the NYC Ballet Orchestra committee. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve payment.
Motion made and carried unanimously to purchase one ticket for $200 to the NYS AFL-CIO Annual Labor Celebration.
Moriarity distributed information from the National Income Life Insurance Company, a labor-sponsored insurance company, which had previously requested permission to solicit the membership to purchase its products. Discussion held during which it was suggested the representative of the company return and provide additional information to the board with additional comparative costs.
Motion made and carried unanimously to send $360 to the United Hebrew Trades Council for Local 802’s annual dues.
In anticipation of a scheduled presentation from Verizon, a discussion was held on telephone rates and service.
Instead of meeting on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the Executive Board will meet once on Dec. 30.
Moriarity requested approval of expenses up to $500 for travel to Washington, D.C. for consultation with AFM legal counsel George Cohen regarding Broadway theatre negotiations. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Building Supervisor Jaffe and Verizon representatives Saul Katz and Keith Winters appeared before the board to make a presentation regarding a possible changeover to Verizon telephone service. The board asked questions of the Verizon representatives after which they were thanked and excused. Discussion on telephone service continued with Jaffe during which he was instructed to contact other telephone suppliers and obtain cost comparisons for the board’s information. Jaffe excused.
Price submitted a request from a member for a leave of absence from Les Misérables (Les Mis) to perform 10 weeks with the Broadway production of La Boheme. The musician will be on the cuts list of La Boheme and at the end of the 10 week period will either return to Les Mis or if offered to stay on at La Boheme will remain there and resign tenure at Les Mis. Discussion ensued with a review of Local 802 bylaw article IX, subdivision #4, rule 15.
Rohdin excused at 12:45 p.m.
Motion made to approve the request for the leave of absence and at the end of the period of ten weeks the member will either remain at La Boheme and resign from Les Mis or decline employment, if offered, at La Boheme and return to Les Mis. Discussion continued.
Motion carried. Opposed: Hafemeister, Reynolds, Giannini, Landolfi and Price. Tie resolved by chair. Crow present at 1 p.m. during the previous discussion.
Price submitted a request from event coordinator Maria Di Dia to pay public service rates to musicians who will perform at a memorial service in December for the late Adolph Green at which no admission will be charged and which will also be open to the public. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Financial Vice-President Hafemeister reported that a meeting of the officers and the controller had been scheduled to explore ways to increase union revenue.
Assistant to the President Dennison reported that Eric Krebs, producer of Little Ham had requested a three week layoff of the show. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve with the proviso that the musicians will be rehired after the layoff.
Moriarity reported on meetings with the Broadway entertainment unions regarding the upcoming Broadway negotiations. He also announced the schedule of meetings to be held with the Broadway theatre orchestras.
Dennison reported that some Local 802 members had been preparing virtual orchestras for various Broadway producers in violation of Local 802 and the AFM’s bylaws that forbid this work. Discussion held.
Motion made and carried to donate $500 to support the Future of Music Coalition Conference. Opposed: Landolfi.
Discussion held concerning upcoming Broadway theatres negotiations.
Meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin and Shankin, Controller Bogert, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. President Moriarity excused on union business in Washington, D.C. Hafemeister chaired the meeting.
Minutes of Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 unanimously approved as amended.
Discussion held on a submission of an amendment to Article IX, Subdivision 4, Rule 15, Section 2A, Paragraph 3 for the February 2003 bylaw meeting. The bylaw resolution is to amend the leave of absence provision to clarify its application to musicians employed on a Broadway show “cut list.”
Financial Vice-President Hafemeister submitted negotiating expenses in the amount of $55.33 for Robert Biddlecome of the NYC Ballet negotiating committee. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Discussion held on the CAC allocations: $3,150 to fund advertising in the City Guide to promote interest in hotels presenting live music and $950 to present a Gospel Spotlight on Dec. 13.
Blumenthal excused at 12:40 p.m.
Motion made and carried unanimously to concur with the CAC allocations.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the October 2002 vouchers.
Assistant Director Lennon submitted negotiating expenses of $104.13 for Dana Maiben of the NY Collegium. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Discussion held on the public relations budget to address the concern that the 2003 budget should include the promotion of live music in hotels and single engagement club dates.
Price distributed to the board a list of Broadway musicians for whom he had granted leaves of absence.
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon.
Minutes of Nov. 26 unanimously approved as amended.
Discussion held on a bylaw amendment to Article IX, Subdivision 4, Rule 15, Section 2A, Paragraphs 2 and 3 submitted by board member Jack Gale and member Russ Rizner for the February 2003 bylaw membership meeting. This amendment is in regard to leaves of absence by members for Broadway shows. The proposed new language is: 2.) That no leave shall be granted to a member of one Broadway show to play another Broadway show unless job security at the second show is clearly held by another musician, and such leave shall be only for the period of time necessary to engage a suitable non-roster musician, or for two weeks, whichever is shorter. 3.) That no exception to these policies shall be made based upon a musician’s status or potential status as Assistant or Associate Conductor, Designated Contractor or “cut list” musician.
Motion made and carried unanimously to report this bylaw favorably.
Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 11:45 a.m. The board expressed condolences to Owens on the loss of his mother.
Motion made and carried unanimously to donate $250 from TEMPO802 to Bishop for Congress to help retire the debts incurred during the campaign.
Financial Vice-President Hafemeister reported that there may be progress in the negotiations with four non-profit Off Broadway theatre companies. Negotiations had been stalled on the subject of music preparation. The four theatres included the Public Theatre, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop.
Price reported on the Trial Board hearing which had been held on Dec. 2. The minutes of the hearing were published in the January Allegro.
Price submitted the Christmas bonus and gratuities list totaling $8,850 as prepared by personnel and building supervisor Jaffe. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
President Moriarity reported on the meetings held with each Broadway theatre orchestra to discuss the upcoming theatre negotiations.
Moriarity reported on the meeting in Washington, D.C. with AFM legal counsel George Cohen to discuss the upcoming Broadway negotiations. Board member and rank-and-file negotiating theatre committee chair Giannini and Assistant to the President Dennison, who also attended the meeting, added to the report. Discussion held.
Controller Bogert distributed a NYC real estate tax abatement request for the tax year 2003. He discussed the procedure and made a recommendation as to the timing of the submission of the abatement request. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the recommendation.
Bogert distributed projections under four different scenarios using membership dues and work dues increases starting in 2004 to address current and projected budget deficits. Discussion held.
Moriarity excused at 1:00 p.m. to attend a Jazz Advisory Committee Seminar.
Owens excused at 1:05 p.m.
Bogert distributed and reviewed financial reports for October 2002 and January through October 2002. Bogert distributed vouchers for November 2002.
Price distributed to the board a list of Broadway musicians for whom he had granted leaves of absence.
Meeting adjourned at 1:18 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:30 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
Minutes of Dec. 3 unanimously approved as amended.
President Moriarity reported that the NYC Ballet Orchestra (NYCBO) committee wanted to discuss with the Executive Board a clause in the recent memorandum of agreement that was management’s Education Proposal that would allow the participation of the orchestra members on a volunteer basis.
Assistant to the president Dennison present at 11:52 a.m.
The following members of the NYCBO committee, Robert Biddlecome, Paul Dunkel (Co-Chair), Ray Mase (Co-Chair) and Ethan Silverman, appeared before the board to discuss NYC Ballet management’s Education Proposal in the recently ratified memorandum of agreement between the NYC Ballet and Local 802. The members of the committee made a presentation pro and con for the proposal and discussed with the board the process and procedures available to bring it to the orchestra. After discussion the committee was excused. Further discussion held.
Motion made and carried to ask the NYCBO committee to proceed with the vote on management’s Education Proposal in accordance with the recently ratified memorandum of agreement, with the understanding that, if approved: 1) approval is for this year’s program only and the orchestra’s agreement cannot be cited in the future as a precedent; 2) non-participation in the program will not prejudice the musician’s future treatment and; 3) that the union has the expectation that for future orchestra participation in this program, funding will be sought to assure adequate payment to volunteer musicians. Blumenthal recused from voting since he is a rotation player at the NYCBO. Opposed: Rohdin.
Crow present at 12:40 a.m. during the previous discussion and before the vote.
Reynolds excused at 1:30 p.m.
Gabriella Klett and Laurie Onasch, members of OPEIU Local 277 and representatives of National Income Life Insurance Co. (NILICO), appeared before the board to make a presentation of the products offered by this company, which is organized and managed by 100 percent labor representatives.
They requested Local 802’s participation in the program. Discussion held.
Klett and Onasch excused.
Motion made and carried unanimously to participate in the program submitted by NILICO.
Moriarity reported that he had been advised by Long Island Supervisor Gulluscio that the leases on the two autos used by Gulluscio and Senior Business Rep Voccola would not be renewed by the dealer. Discussion held on auto usage by the union.
Motion made and carried unanimously to refer the matter to Controller Bogert for a report on the costs of leasing or buying and to make a recommendation for further action in this regard.
Senior Business Rep Jackson and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens submitted requests to attend the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto, Canada. Jackson submitted a request for $1,950 for expenses which included the cost of the booth, and Owens submitted a request for expenses of $1,460. Receipts will be submitted after the conference. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve and to seek financial support from the CAC for this expense.
Moriarity excused to attend an AFM-EP Fund investment committee meeting.
Assistant to the President Dennison submitted a request from producers Richards/Climan, Inc. asking for a letter of support to the Immigration and Naturalization Service in their attempt to bring in 32 Russian musicians for a presentation of a concert version of the show Nord Ost at the Ambassador Theatre for six performances from Jan. 17-20. This show had been playing in a Moscow theatre which was attacked by terrorists during a performance. These performances in New York would be fund raisers for the families of the victims. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Dennison submitted a reading agreement with Town Square Productions for the reading production of AZ, Songs of Charles Aznavour. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Price submitted a request from ROPA representative of the Long Island Philharmonic, Anthony Scelba, for reimbursement of $189.21 for duplicating charges of an Electronic Media Forum report that had been distributed to the orchestra. He had been instructed by ROPA and the AFM to duplicate the report and submit the bill to the local. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve with a proviso that any future possible expenditures of this nature must be submitted in advance to the local for discussion and approval.
Price reported that a new PBS agreement had been negotiated on Dec. 9 and that a memorandum of agreement was being prepared. Assistant Supervisor Schaffner will make a report to the board on Dec. 17.
Bogert submitted a certificate of resolution to the board for the direct deposit program administered by the Amalgamated Bank of New York. (The complete copy of the resolution as agreed to by the Executive Board was to be available in the Controller’s office or the Recording Vice-President’s office.) Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.