TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2003
Meeting called to order at 11:28 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
Public Relations Director Beaudoin appeared before the board to report that Local 802’s Web site www.savelivebroadway.com is up and running. This is the Local 802 site that supports live music in the Broadway theatre. Beaudoin thanked and excused.
President Moriarity distributed a letter from 101 Productions that asked the union to reconsider its position regarding denial of 101 Productions’ previous request that the union waive the premium for the proposed scheduled third show on Saturday when the show A Year With Frog and Toad may reopen at the Cort Theatre (see minutes of Jan. 7). Discussion held during which it was reiterated that in accordance with the union bylaws the board was constrained from changing any terms of a CBA to waive any overtime payments as requested by the producers of the aforementioned show. Moriarity indicated he would respond to the request outlining the union’s position in view of the bylaws.
Local 802 legal counsel Leibowitz present at the board while Moriarity reported on his attendance in Chicago at the ICSOM-AFM meeting on symphonic recording. Board member Blumenthal, who also attended, made his report and Leibowitz, who is also legal counsel to ICSOM, gave a historical overview of symphonic recording by AFM orchestras in the U.S. He also analyzed the current situation which has resulted in a dearth of recording and the various positions advanced by different orchestras at the meeting. Discussion held after which Leibowitz was excused.
Moriarity submitted a request from Tenants and Neighbors, a housing coalition, asking Local 802 to become a sponsor of “Showdown 2003 Campaign for an Affordable New York.” Becoming a sponsor involves no commitment other than allowing the coalition to list Local 802 as a sponsor. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Recording Vice-President Price submitted a telephone proposal from Granite Telecommunications. Discussion held during which it was recommended that various proposals be compared and submitted to the board for review within two months.
Minutes of Jan. 7 unanimously approved as amended.
Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens notified the board that he would report next week on his attendance at the International Association for Jazz Education recent conference.
“Changing the Beat,” the study, which Local 802 supported, of the work-life of jazz musicians and which had been prepared by Joan Jeffri of Teachers College Columbia University, was distributed.
Meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2003
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, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
President Moriarity advised the board that several bids will be sought for repair of the sidewalk in front of the building.
Moriarity also reported on the staff and HBP realignment (see minutes of Jan. 7). He indicated that salary adjustments would be made in keeping with the extra duties and responsibilities delegated to Tarbell, McDonald and Little. Administrator of HBP McCormick will be compensated by the Health Benefits Fund, which is a separate entity from the local.
Moriarity reported a letter of thanks from the Transport Workers’ Union for Local 802’s support in their recent contract negotiations.
Moriarity reported that he had received a request from Tenants and Neighbors for financial support and recommended a donation of $250. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Moriarity advised the board of a meeting to be held with Actors’ Equity today (Jan. 21) regarding the upcoming Broadway theatre negotiations. In addition to Local 802 officers and support staff, some Broadway music directors, orchestrators and arrangers will also attend the meeting.
Assistant Director Lennon reported that Cornell College of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) is slated to close down the Long Island ILR campus. This campus is used by Long Island unions as a training facility and resource center, and the shutdown had caused some protest. Lennon announced that a protest rally would take place Jan. 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cornell offices on 34th Street and that Local 802 would have a presence at the rally to protest the shutdown.
Controller Bogert reported on an NYC initiative in conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Development Agency (LMDA) that would assemble a block of office space downtown to be leased to nonprofit organizations. The tenants would pay rent which would be exempt from property taxes. The project would include financial incentives of $3,500 per employee to move which could amount to $250,000. Discussion held.
Legal counsel Leibowitz appeared before the board to report on the situation at Cornell ILR. Leibowitz excused.
Executive Director of Inside Broadway Michael Presser, along with Nicholas Sala, company manager, appeared before the board to make a presentation of the group’s activities. The organization is devoted to presenting condensed versions of Broadway shows in schools and theatres free of charge. A new series of performances would be presented at the Lortel Theatre on Saturday mornings for families and children at reduced ticket prices. Inside Broadway is a signator to a Local 802 agreement for the use of musicians and is also a recipient of MPTF funds for its performances. Presser and Sala thanked and excused.
An e-mail from board member Landolfi regarding staff salary adjustments was distributed and discussed.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the salary adjustments for the staff in the realignment of duties as previously discussed.
AT&T Senior Sales Representative Barbara Weber, AT&T Sales Managers Frank Cavarioli and Bob Burden appeared before the board to make a presentation regarding the possible changeover to AT&T from our current supplier, MCI World Com. They outlined the services available and made several cost comparisons of the services. Discussion held during which the AT&T representatives answered the board’s questions. The AT&T team was thanked and excused.
Board members Gale and Giannini present during the previous presentation.
Bogert reviewed his earlier presentation regarding the NYC initiative with LMDA regarding the nonprofits. Discussion held during which it was recommended that Brian Weld, Local 802 real estate consultant, be invited to appear with information regarding this project and the financial operation of our building.
Financial Vice-President Hafemeister reported on a conversation with a member of the staff of Cornell ILR in view of the current situation prevailing at the school.
Meeting adjourned at 1:35 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2003
Meeting called to order at 11:40 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
Minutes of Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 unanimously approved as amended.
President Moriarity reported on the press coverage of the upcoming Broadway theatre negotiations. He made a report of the meeting with the Actors’ Equity Council and the Broadway deputies (shop stewards) who attended. Discussion held after which Moriarity talked about a negotiating strategy for the Broadway theatre negotiations.
Moriarity reviewed a recent NYC Ballet arbitration hearing regarding the dismissal procedure for a musician.
Philip Ipsan of Granite Telecommunications, a wholesaler of Verizon telephone services, appeared before the board to make a presentation of the telephone services available to Local 802 from Granite. He also made some specific cost comparisons with our current supplier, Worldcom. Ipsan was thanked and excused.
After the presentation it was recommended that Price call several of Granite’s clients or customers to obtain references to ascertain the quality of the service and the pricing structure to validate the possible savings in the cost of telephone service. He was asked to report back to the board with a recommendation.
Assistant to the President Dennison present during the previous presentation at 12:45 p.m.
Dennison distributed an agreement with City Center for the production of Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert at City Center. Discussion held on the terms of the agreement. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Controller Bogert distributed the vouchers of Dec. 31, 2002.
Gale excused at 1:20 p.m.
Senior Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board with an agreement with the York Theatre Company located at The Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church for all productions appearing at that venue. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Donovan distributed an agreement with the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, N.Y. A side letter was attached to the current agreement which extended the terms for one year with exceptions as noted. Donovan discussed the terms. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Donovan distributed an agreement with the Classic Stage Company for all productions of the company. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Motion made and carried unanimously to purchase two tickets at $200 each, for a total of $400, to the Central Labor Council dinner dance on March 8.
Price distributed to the board a list of Broadway musicians for whom he had granted leaves of absence.
Meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2003
Meeting called to order at 2:35 p.m. Present: Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon, Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens. President Moriarity excused to attend to union business. Hafemeister chaired the meeting.
Assistant to the President Dennison advised the board that ratification eligibility guidelines should be discussed and set for the Encore! series at City Center before the bargaining unit vote on the contract. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the following voting eligibility guidelines for the Encore! series as follows: Performance of at least two series of productions, rehearsals and performances, in the last four years during the previous contract.
Senior Business Rep Donovan appeared before the board to submit an agreement with Showtune Productions, L.L.C., Peter Bogyo, General Manager, located at the Sprecher Organization for an Off Broadway production of the Jerry Herman review, Showtune, being produced at the Theatre at St. Peter’s Church. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. Donovan excused.
Senior Business Rep Jackson appeared before the board to submit an agreement with Sixteen As One Music, Inc. a.k.a. the Vanguard Orchestra. Discussion held during which it was decided to seek clarification of the wage structure and AFM pension payments as outlined in the agreement. Jackson was instructed to have further negotiations to resolve these issues and report back to the board. Gale excused during the previous discussion. Jackson excused. Crow excused.
On behalf of Public Relations Director Beaudoin, Executive Board and Public Relations Committee member Giannini made a presentation to purchase 311/42 x 2 inch cards with a printed message to visit the web site www.savelivebroadway.com and to sign the petition on behalf of live music on Broadway. These cards to be distributed on behalf of the union by the Broadway musicians to audiences before and after performances at the theatres where musicals are playing. Discussion held during which it was recommended that the petition in favor of live music should also be signed by other interested people who are supportive of live music. Motion made and carried unanimously to purchase 30,000 cards at a cost not to exceed $1,000.
Minutes of Jan. 28. unanimously approved as amended.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the vouchers of Dec. 31, 2002.
Price distributed to the board a list of Broadway musicians for whom he had granted leaves of absence.
Meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.