TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:27 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 Director Lennon.
Minutes of Dec. 10 unanimously approved as amended.
Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens present at 11:35 a.m.
President Moriarity distributed a document that outlined procedures for processing member vs. member complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation. This document had been updated to conform with current law and practice. Moriarity noted the changes from the previous version for the board’s information.
Assistant Recording Supervisor Schaffner appeared before the board to present the recently negotiated National Public Television Agreement. He outlined the changes and gave an overview of the negotiating meeting. Representatives from Public TV stations around the U.S.A. attended along with AFM President Lee, AFM Secretary-Treasurer Nelson, AFM Electronic Media Department, Schaffner and Recording Vice-President Price.
Schaffner also reported on his attendance at a negotiation meeting between Local 1212 IBEW engineers and New York Public TV station WNET. A number of entertainment unions had attended to show support for Local 1212. Schaffner was thanked and excused.
Moriarity distributed a demographic list of membership prepared by Manager of Information Systems Cardillo in the categories of active, honor and suspended members by age and gender. A discussion followed that addressed the board’s concern to increase membership of younger musicians.
Moriarity reported that he, along with other officers and staff, had visited all the Broadway orchestras in their theatres to discuss the impending theatre negotiations. He also reported that meetings with entertainment and other allied unions were ongoing. The negotiations with the League of American Theatres and Producers are scheduled to begin in January.
Moriarity noted that he had met with a staff writer of the New York Times to discuss general background, the union position and other music activity relating to the theatre.
Moriarity reported that Local 802 was paying an invoice for $2687.50 to Bredhoff & Kaiser for various legal services including a lengthy meeting in Washington D.C. with AFM legal counsel George Cohen to discuss strategies for the upcoming Broadway negotiations.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the November 2002 vouchers.
Controller Bogert reported on the auto leasing and usage for Local 802. He recommended that new autos be leased and usage be continued as previously structured.
Discussion held in answer to a question posed regarding lack of benefits paid to musicians performing jazz concerts at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., under the jurisdiction of Local 161-710. Moriarity indicated he would seek information about the Kennedy Center contract provisions regarding any benefit payments.
It was reported that the New York City Ballet orchestra had voted down management’s Education Proposal (see minutes of Dec. 10).
Moriarity reported that a meeting to be attended by AFM leadership, local officials, ICSOM and orchestra representatives would be held in Chicago on Jan. 13, to discuss symphonic recording.
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.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2002
Meeting called to order at 11:27 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Blumenthal, Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin and Shankin, Assistant to the President Dennison.
President Moriarity reported on the production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that opened in Washington D.C. and was performed to a recording. It had been determined that the New York cast recording was not being used but instead a new recording had been made specifically for that purpose with D.C. musicians.
Moriarity distributed correspondence that related to the special situation request for the upcoming Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. Included in the letters was Moriarity’s response to the original request and to the composer’s letter of support for the producer. A second letter from the composer was also in the packet. Discussion held.
Moriarity distributed correspondence relating to a special situation request for the upcoming Broadway show entitled Urban Cowboy. Letters were included from the composer Jason Robert Brown and general manager Leonard Soloway. Discussion held after which Moriarity suggested that he would seek information from AFM Vice-President Harold Bradley, president of Local 257 (Nashville), and IEB member Bob Mc Grew, secretary of Local 65-699 (Houston), regarding the claim made as to the authenticity of the Nashville/Texas type genre of music proposed to be used in the show as it relates to the number of musicians and the instrumentation of the score.
Moriarity requested payment of expenses up to $600 for New York Philharmonic Committee Chair Fiona Simon to attend the ICSOM-AFM meeting in Chicago that will deal with symphonic recording. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Senior Organizer Smith appeared before the board with an agreement with Music Outreach. Smith reviewed the agreement and indicated the changes. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. Smith excused.
Assistant Director Lennon present at 12:10 p.m.
Moriarity reported that he had held discussions with several Broadway theatrical producers who had indicated that they intend to file a unit clarification petition with the National Labor Relations Board regarding music preparation personnel. Moriarity requested that the union engage the legal firm of Bredhoff and Kaiser to handle the legal response to this possible threat. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to engage Bredhoff and Kaiser.
Vice-President Hafemeister reported that, with the settlement of music preparation issues, tentative agreement had been reached with four not-for-profit Off Broadway theatres for productions in theatres of 100 to 499 seats. (See minutes of Dec. 10.) Discussion held.
Public Relations Director Beaudoin appeared before the board to report that the Long Island Philharmonic will receive a grant of $42,000 from the Consortium for Worker Education to compensate the orchestra for losses in income related to the 9/11 disaster. This grant will be used to pay wages and benefits for orchestra personnel for scheduled performances.
Beaudoin also distributed a draft of January and February 2003 budget for WINS radio spot announcements, a Playbill ad in color and for a web site, www.savelivebroadway.com, relating to live music on Broadway. Beaudoin also discussed the purpose of the web site and the material to be used on it. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the budget of $49,863 as submitted.
Beaudoin requested payment of expenses of $245 to attend an AFL-CIO COPE Political Retreat with Message Consultant Michael Shehan in Saratoga Springs, on Jan. 21 to discuss and strategize labor’s message and plans for the 2003 New York State budget. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Assistant Director Lennon submitted a contract with the Cathedral of St. Patrick. Lennon reviewed the agreement for the board. Motion made and carried unanimously to affirm the telephone poll of the board that approved this agreement.
Moriarity distributed “A Study of Broadway Theatregoers’ Interest in Live Music” which had been commissioned by Local 802 in August 2002.
Minutes of Dec. 12 unanimously approved as amended.
Report made on the upcoming election at Local 8 (Milwaukee).
Price distributed to the board a list of Broadway musicians for whom he had granted leaves of absence.
Meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2003
Meeting called to order at 11:25 a.m. Present: President Moriarity, Recording Vice-President Price, Financial Vice-President Hafemeister, Executive Board members Crow, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Reynolds, Rohdin, Shankin and Weiss, Controller Bogert, Assistant to the President Dennison, Assistant Director Lennon.
Public Relations Director Beaudoin appeared at the board to report that Patty Duke, who is performing in Oklahoma! on Broadway, had made a radio announcement for Local 802 boosting live music. It was noted that several celebrity personalities had been contacted for additional radio spots.
Minutes of Dec. 30 unanimously approved as amended.
Beaudoin played the Patty Duke spot announcement which was favorably received by the board. Beaudoin excused.
President Moriarity reported that Duncan Patton will be a representative from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to attend the AFM-ICSOM meeting in Chicago on symphonic recording and requested expenses for that delegate of up to $600 for travel, hotel and meals. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Moriarity reported that the instrumentation and music genre information that had been submitted by the producers of the upcoming musical Urban Cowboy had been verified as accurate by Harold Bradley, AFM vice-president and president of Local 257 (Nashville) and by Bob McGrew, IEB member and secretary of Local 65-699 (Houston). Discussion held to consider the special situation request for Urban Cowboy. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Discussion held on the special situation request for Little Shop of Horrors.
Moriarity distributed a letter from 101 Productions, Ltd. detailing the possible re-opening of the production of the show A Year with Frog and Toad at the Cort Theatre. The producers of this family show had asked Local 802 for waiver of the payment of wage premiums that would be necessary if the proposed schedule of shows were to be implemented to include three shows on Saturdays and two shows on Sundays. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to deny the request in accordance with Local 802 bylaws. Board member Crow recused himself from voting since he was a member of the orchestra that played this show when it ran at the New Victory Theatre.
Discussion held on the “Study of Broadway Theatregoers’ Interest in Live Music.”
Assistant Supervisor of Recording Schaffner appeared at the board to discuss the Local 802 agreements for Limited Pressing Sound Recording and Demonstration Sound Recording and to submit recommendations for proposed changes in these agreements. His recommendations included maintaining the wage and benefit payments without changes. Changes to the agreements included overtime payments, late payment penalties, music preparation benefits, contractor for 12 or more musicians, and location recording in accordance with AFM rules for live performance and amount of music recorded under location recording rules. Discussion held. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve. The wages and benefits and recommended changes would be published in detail in an upcoming Allegro. Schaffner excused.
Moriarity reported that he had held a meeting with orchestrators and music directors to discuss upcoming Broadway negotiations.
Discussion held on a realignment of various staff positions. Personnel director would be Fran McDonald, HBP administrator would be Gloria McCormick, building manager would be Major Little and purchasing agent would be Diane Tarbell.
Board Member Blumenthal present at 12:35 p.m.
International Recording Musicians Association (RMA) President Phil Ayling and RMA Pension Specialist Phil Yao, both from Local 47 (Los Angeles), joined the board meeting. They had been in New York to attend meetings at the AFM-EP Fund. Moriarity invited Ayling to give an overview of current musical activity in Los Angeles. Ayling responded with a very lucid, comprehensive account of the activity that was mostly concerned with film recording. After some discussion Ayling and Yao were thanked and excused.
Controller Bogert distributed financial reports for November 2002 and January through November 2002. He reviewed the reports in detail for the board’s information.
Bogert submitted salary adjustments of 3 percent for certain non-bargaining unit staff and supervisors. He also reported that the officers would receive a 3 percent salary adjustment as per the bylaws with reference to the New York cost of living index. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Discussion held on the financial deficits for 2002 and the means to address that concern. Price was directed to schedule a meeting for discussion on financial matters.
Moriarity excused to attend a meeting at the Metropolitan Opera.
Assistant Director Lennon distributed a contract with New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Lennon reviewed the details of the contract. Motion made and carried unanimously to approve.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.