TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2004
Meeting called to order at 11:20 a.m. Present: Recording Vice President Dennison, Financial Vice President Blumenthal, Executive Board members Gagliardi, Gale, Giannini, Landolfi, Schaffner, Shankin, Weiss and Assistant to the President Delia. President Lennon excused while on vacation. Blumenthal chaired the meeting.
Recording Vice President Dennison distributed the minutes of July 27, 2004.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve minutes as amended.
Board member Schaffner reported on a request from the AFM regarding a planned recording session in Local 802’s jurisdiction.
Jacob Heyman-Kantor appeared before the Board and was introduced by Blumenthal who informed the Board that Heyman-Kantor had been hired to serve as the concert rep at Local 802.
Financial Vice President Blumenthal reported on the status of retainer payments made to Local 802 counsel.
Schaffner excused at 1:00 p.m.
Blumenthal reported on the annual conference of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) held August 18-21, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ICSOM conference was attended by Local 802 President Lennon, Financial Vice President Blumenthal and representatives from the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet orchestra and the New York City Opera orchestra.
Blumenthal reported on the status of various freelance orchestra negotiations.
Dennison reported on the possible loss of SEIU Local 721 as a tenant on the 6th floor of Local 802’s headquarters.
Delia reported on preparations for Local 802’s participation in the Labor Day Rally sponsored by the NYC Central Labor Council. (See minutes of August 3, 2004.)
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2004
Meeting called to order at 11:05 a.m. Present: President Lennon, Recording Vice President Dennison, Executive Board members Babich, Gale, Gagliardi, Giannini, Landolfi, Shankin, Controller Bogert, and Jazz Advisory Committee Liaison Owens.
Recording Vice President Dennison distributed minutes of August 31, 2004.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the minutes as amended.
Lennon distributed to the board a resolution passed by the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians at their annual conference held August 18-21, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The resolution deplored the use of virtual orchestra machines and urged the AFM and its locals to take whatever steps are available to impede the spread of the use of these machines to replace musicians.
Lennon reported on his attendance at a conference of the Theatre Musicians Association, August 16 and 17, 2004 in St Louis, Missouri, and on their efforts to fight the use of the virtual orchestra machine.
Lennon distributed to the board a letter signed by Local 802 and The Shubert Organization settling disputed issues regarding the Broadway production of “Forever Tango.”
Lennon reported that a meeting of a Special Situation Committee had been postponed. The Committee was to review a request that the Broadway production of “All Shook Up” be considered a special situation under the terms of the Local 802 League of American Theatres and Producers collective bargaining agreement.
Lennon requested payment of $33,660 in strike benefits to ushers and ticket takers, members of the Local 306, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, in consideration of wages lost as a result of their support of the Broadway musicians strike in 2003. (See minutes of July 13, 2004)
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the request.
Board member Weiss present at 11:35 a.m.
Lennon reported on the status of NY Philharmonic negotiations.
Lennon requested payment of legal fees in the amount of $12,072.69 to the law firm Bredhoff and Kaiser for representation of members who were subject to age discrimination by an employer.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the payment in accordance with the provisions of the Members Legal Services Fund.
Lennon reported on the status of retainer payments to legal counsel.
Meeting recessed at 1:00 p.m.
Meeting resumed at 1:50 p.m. Present: Lennon, Dennison, Babich, Gale, Gagliardi, Giannini, Landolfi, Shankin, Weiss, Bogert and Owens.
Dennison distributed to the board proposed standardized language to be utilized in contracts in the Jazz field.
Senior Business Rep Donovan and Theatre Business Rep Bond appeared before the board and presented a contract between Local 802 and Peaceful Nights L.L.C. for the show titled “Two Cities” at the Rich Forum in Stamford, Connecticut.
Motion made and carried unanimously to approve the contract.
AFM International Representative Gene Tournour appeared before the board and reported on the efforts of Local 661-708, AFM in Atlantic City, N.J. to reach a contract renewal with Resorts Hotel Inc. It was noted that this contract has traditionally set the industry standard for the Atlantic City area.
Organizing Director Eisman and Organizer Cocuzzo present for the foregoing discussion.
Tournour thanked and excused.
Public Relations Director Beaudoin appeared before the board and presented a report on the work of the Public Relations Department in preparation for the board’s strategic analysis. (See minutes of March 30, 2004.)
Beaudoin, Eisman and Cocuzzo excused.
Discussion resumed on the status of retainer payments to legal counsel.
Gale excused at 4:30 p.m.
Meeting adjourned 4:55 p.m.