TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2006
Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Landolfi, Rohdin, Schaffner and Shankin.
Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of August 1, 2006. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the minutes as amended. Board member Giannini present at 11:15 a.m.
President Lennon reported that the Broadway production of “Mary Poppins” had been granted special situations status by the neutrals panel under the terms of the Local 802/League of American Theatres and Producers collective bargaining agreement. Board member Weiss present at 11:25 a.m. during previous report. Discussion held. Board member Schaffner excused at 12:30 p.m.
Lennon reported on actions taken by Local 802 to support a strike by members of Actors Equity at the American Girl Place Theatre.
Lennon reported on efforts to settle a dispute with the producers of Broadway Under the Stars, following refusal of the Music Performance Fund to participate in co-funding the event. Discussion held.
Lennon requested advance payment of $65 per-diem for the 11 day period that he will be traveling and participating in upcoming AFM Player Conferences. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request.
Lennon requested lodging expenses for Board member Gagliardi’s participation in the upcoming Theatre Musicians Association conference to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request. Gagliardi recused.
Lennon reported that he had appointed Board member Rohdin to the position of Assistant to the President. Rohdin reported that he would be resigning his position as a member of the Executive Board effective August 9, 2006.
Meeting recessed at 1:10 p.m. Meeting resumed at 2:10 p.m. Present: Lennon, Blumenthal, Dennison, Gagliardi, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss.
Lennon requested that Local 802 contribute $1,750 to the Council for Living Music from the Public Relations budget. Motion made and passed unanimously to approve the request.
Motion made and passed unanimously to appoint Andrew Schwartz to the Executive Board effective August 9, 2006.
Lennon requested payment of an invoice from Attorney Neil Lipton in the amount of $8,787.50 from the Members Legal Services Fund for legal services regarding the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff negotiations.
Financial Vice President Blumenthal presented two invoices in the amount of $10,000 and $15,000 from the accounting firm Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp for work on reviewing Local 802 officer credit card expenses, amending the union’s 2004 LM2 reports, restating the union’s 2004 financial statement and for preparing an accounting of President Lennon’s personal credit card charges and repayments.
Blumenthal was asked to provide additional information regarding the invoices.
Blumenthal presented an invoice in the amount of $8,546.70 from Attorney Paul Shechtman for legal services regarding the current Department of Labor inquiry. (See minutes of May 16, 2006.) Motion made and carried unanimously to approve payment of the invoice.
Blumenthal distributed information regarding the courses completed by a member of the computer department staff. Board member Schaffner present at 2:40 p.m.
Controller Goldman appeared before the board to report on the work of the Controller’s office and to present a proposed 2006 Local 802 budget. Discussion held. Board member Shankin excused at 4:30 p.m.
Motion made and carried unanimously to adopt the budget as presented with the understanding that no current open positions would be filled without Board approval and that following the conclusion of the audit of the January to June 2006 finances controller Goldman was directed to begin work on the 2007 budget.
Blumenthal reported that former controller Bogert would be coming to New York during the week of August 14 to August 18 to work with both Controller Goldman and accountant Kobrick on financial matters including revising the union’s 2005 LM 2 report.
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2006
Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Schaffner, Schwartz, Shankin, Weiss and Assistant to the President Rohdin. President Lennon excused on union business.
Newly appointed Board member Schwartz informed the Board that he had submitted his resignation from the Trial Board and the Coordinating Advisory Committee.
Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of August 8, 2006. Motion made and carried to approve the minutes as amended. Schaffner opposed.
Financial Vice President Blumenthal presented additional information regarding invoices totaling $25,000 received from the accounting firm Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp. (See minutes of August 8, 2006.) Motion made and carried unanimously to approve payment of the invoices.
In response to a request from members, Blumenthal recommended that Local 802 request annual reports as well as actuarial advisory reports from the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund (AFM & EPF) and that such reports be kept at Local 802 and made available to members. Discussion held. Blumenthal was directed to obtain additional information about obtaining the AFM & EPF documents and report back to the Board.
Jazz representative Hayes appeared before the board and presented an agreement with Hip-Bone Music (Michael Davis). Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the agreement as modified.
Contract Administration supervisor Hannen and Music Education representative Friedman appeared before the Board to discuss a potential organizing target. Discussion held.
Dennison requested approval of Local 802 participation in the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education at a cost of $960. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request.
Dennison reported on the successful installation of a new phone system at Local 802 and requested the additional expenditure of $1,887 for desktop faxing capability. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request.
Assistant to the President Rohdin presented a request from the Managing Director of the Theatre Development Fund to allow use of B-roll footage from Broadway shows for display on two plasma screens outside the TKTS booth at the Marriott Hotel. Discussion held.
Discussion held on Local 802 participation in the annual Labor Day Parade on September 9, 2006.
Meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.