Executive Board Minutes
August 10, 1999 -- August 17, 1999
Volume XCIX, No. 9October, 1999
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1999
Meeting called to order at 11:33 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Landolfi, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Hafemeister, Rosen and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
Aug. 3 minutes unanimously approved as amended.
President Moriarity submitted the AFM per capita report for Local 802, showing a total of 9,718 members (7,614 active regular members and 2,104 active honor members) in good standing as of July 1, 1999.
Moriarity submitted a letter and documentation from NIKO Associates, producers of the upcoming Broadway show Saturday Night Fever, supporting the request for special situation status for this show. This information included the instrumentation and a chart detailing the use of each of three keyboards. After discussion the board directed Moriarity to obtain the scores of the musical for review. Moriarity appointed a committee consisting of Gale, Giannini, Owens and several yet-to-be-named members of the Theatre Committee to examine the scores and report back to the board with their findings.
A proposed bylaw resolution for the October membership meeting was distributed to the board. It reflects the change in the number of delegates that can be elected to attend the AFM Convention in accordance with Article 23, Section 2, of the AFM bylaws. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to report the proposed bylaw favorably.
It was reported that more than 72 percent of the New York State MPTF allocation has been committed, with a balance of $200,000 remaining, and that new projects should be submitted as soon as possible for evaluation and approval by the MPTF Trustee. The board instructed Price to post a notice explaining this, in the event that any members wish to apply with co-sponsorship for MPTF funds.
Motion made and carried unanimously to purchase two tickets at $125 each, for a total of $250, to the Long Island March of Dimes Salute to Labor dinner/dance on Oct. 14. Business Rep Voccola will attend the event.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve a payment of $100 for Local 802 to become a packet sponsor at the Ninth Annual Universal Health Care Action Network Conference, as has been done in previous years.
The associate musicians’ committee of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra informed the board by letter that it plans to send a delegate as an observer to the ICSOM conference in Vail, Colorado, in August, with a view to becoming an associate member of ICSOM. They requested reimbursement of travel and per diem for expenses for the delegate. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the payment of expenses as outlined, and to seek reimbursement from the CAC.
Motion made and carried unanimously to contribute $100 to the fundraiser for the American Jazz Philharmonic of the Henry Mancini Institute. (MPTF is a sponsoring organization of the Mancini Institute.)
John O’Mara, the artist who designed Local 802’s new logo, responded to a request from Joy Portugal, editor of Allegro, for a proposal to develop a new masthead incorporating this logo for Allegro. Discussion held in which the board decided that, in view of current financial considerations, this matter would be held over until mid-September.
Business Rep Lennon appeared before the board to report on discussions regarding a workshop agreement with the management of the upcoming Broadway production of the musical Swing. Lennon requested that Local 802 file an unfair labor practice charge citing management’s failure to sign the workshop agreement before commencing the rehearsal period. Discussion held.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the filing of an unfair labor practice charge against Richard Frankel Productions for failure to sign a contract encompassing the mandatory subjects of bargaining to which both parties had reached agreement. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve strike authorization if withholding services becomes necessary. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve payment of $150 per day per musician for the first week of any labor dispute that results in a work stoppage.
Meeting recessed at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting resumed at 2:20 p.m.
Present: Moriarity, Price, Landolfi, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Hafemeister, Rosen, Weiss, Bogert and Owens.
Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board to submit an agreement with Summer 69 Co., c/o Maria Productions, for a production entitled Summer ’69 at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. Donovan excused.
Discussion held on the union gift policy.
A request was made by Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens for resolution of outstanding board issues.
Meeting adjourned at 3 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1999
Meeting called to order at 11:40 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Landolfi, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Hafemeister and Rosen, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison.
President Moriarity reported that the unfair labor practice charge filed by member Martin Stoner against Local 802 had been denied by the NLRB.
Moriarity reported that he had received a copy of the report made by Local 802 member Anthony Scelba, a delegate to the recently-held ROPA conference, in which he was highly complimentary to Local 802 as a union and for its support to symphony musicians.
It was reported that the Phonograph Recording Industry and AFM Joint Cooperative Committee Meeting for Discussing Internet Downloading will be held on Oct. 4.
Moriarity submitted the 1998 annual report of the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) to the board. It indicated that Local 802’s MPTF allocation for 1998 was $347,546 and co-sponsor contributions were $1,020,475, for a total contracted and disbursed amount of $1,317,558, or a 293.6 percent matching of MPTF funds. This is the amount of money paid directly to our musicians for wages, pension and health benefits. The board offered congratulations for a job well done to Olga James, Supervisor of MPTF, and Recording Vice-President Price, officer in charge of MPTF.
Moriarity notified the board that he had received a request for special situation status from the Nederlander Organization with regard to the upcoming Riverdance performances at the Gershwin Theatre. They were informed that Article VI of the Broadway agreement will govern the engagement. Since this is a self-contained unit and is a non-legitimate attraction, the usual minimums do not apply.
Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 11:55 a.m.
Discussion held on the Executive Board vacancy.
Contract Administration/Field Services Supervisor Hannen and Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board to discuss the move of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues from the Vivian Beaumont Theatre to the Ambassador Theatre, which necessitates a one-week shutdown. Discussion held. Board member Weiss present at 12:10 p.m. during the previous discussion.
Producer Eric Krebs and Bob Reilly, company manager of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, appeared before the board to request relief from payment of musicians’ salaries during the week of the layoff, from Aug. 30 through Sept. 5. Discussion held. Krebs and Reilly excused and asked to wait. Further discussion ensued on their request. Moriarity informed Krebs and Reilly that a decision on their request will be reached and they will be so informed on Aug. 23. The musicians of the show were invited to meet with Moriarity and the board, and an appointment was arranged for later in the afternoon.
Financial Vice-President Landolfi submitted a music services contract with Marstam Music, Inc. (Marvin Stamm). Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
A revision of the gift policy was distributed to the board. Discussion held. Motion made and carried to approve as amended. Opposed: Crow.
Meeting recessed at 1:05 p.m.
Meeting resumed at 2:20 p.m.
Present: Moriarity, Price, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Rosen, Weiss, Bogert, Dennison and Owens.
Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board to submit an agreement with the New York Theatre Workshop for a workshop production entitled Streetcar Named Desire. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Donovan submitted a contract for a production of Marie Christine at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. Donovan excused.
Aug. 10 minutes unanimously approved as amended.
Report made on the status of the Swing workshop agreement with Frankel Productions.
Discussion held on workshops for the Broadway theatre.
Recording Vice-President Price reported to the board that he had granted the following leaves of absence:
1. Samuel Kephart, from the Broadway production Les Misérables, from July 28-Aug. 14, for personal reasons.
2. Cynthia Kortman, from the Broadway production The Lion King, from Aug. 17-20, to play the Bard Music Festival, with the proviso that she not substitute in The Lion King during that period.
3. Kathleen Foster, from the Broadway production Les Misérables, from Aug. 13-29, to perform and teach in Vermont.
4. Kaitilin Mahony, from the Broadway production The Lion King, from Aug. 10-15, to perform at the Aspen Music Festival.
5. Robert N. Bush, from the Broadway production Jekyll & Hyde, from Aug. 7-15, to play the Skaneateles Festival.
6. Glenn Drewes, from the Broadway production Fosse, from Aug. 21-29, to do jazz workshops in Massachusetts and in Canada.
7. Sheryl Henze, from the Broadway production The Phantom of the Opera, from July 26-Sept. 7, to play the Cabrillo Music Festival.
8. Eric DeGioia, from the Broadway production Les Misérables, from Aug. 24-Sept. 2, to perform in Japan.
9. John Campo, from the Broadway production Annie Get Your Gun, from July 13-Aug. 16, for personal reasons.
10. David Bakamjian, from the Broadway production Miss Saigon, from Aug. 19-Sept. 8, for personal reasons.
Owens excused at 3:07 p.m.
Discussion held on Broadway theatre matters
Discussion held on language to be included in the bills for Club Room rental payments by members.
Meeting adjourned at 3:50 p.m.