IBEW Local 1220

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Chicago, IL 60656


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SEASON’S GREETINGS

I hope you all had a productive and prosperous 2012. As you may know, the past year has been very busy for your local unions and the Broadcast Department at International Office. We started by negotiating and ratifying a new CBA. We want to thank everyone again for their support and help during this process. It definitely helped reach an agreement we are all proud of.

Last week in New York, IBEW and FOX Sports met for labor management meetings. Some issues were raised and dealt with during that meeting and below is a summary of those items.

Airport Parking
The new language in the CBA states that members will be reimbursed for the actual cost of long term parking while on assignment for FOX Sports. The company will reimburse airport parking costs with a valid receipt from a long term lot. It must be a long term lot, not a short term lot. Expenses that had been submitted and rejected because of the wrong lot will be given consideration, however moving forward, if it’s not long term, they won’t be paid.

Per Diem Allowances
As it has been in the past, per diem is meant to cover incidental expenses when travelling included maid and valet tips. Those items should not be expensed separately. We did speak about internet reimbursement when used for business purposes, and the company agreed to try to negotiate free internet into their hotel contracts moving forward.

Timesheets
It was brought to the union’s attention that some technical managers were asking techs to sign both in and out in the morning when they arrived. Both the company and union agree this is unacceptable and if happens, please let your business manager know.

The next scheduled FOX/IBEW labor management meeting will be held in late February or early March. If you have items that need to be addressed, contact your business managers or you can submit them via email at broadcast@ibew.org.

In October, the IBEW held a Broadcast leadership conference to draft a new Code of Excellence program. In the coming year, you will be hearing more about this program. International President Ed Hill has appointed a training committee to explore additional training for broadcasting members. This committee will work with vendors and manufacturers to develop local programs to help train members on new emerging technology. We would welcome any suggestions from the membership you feel can help this endeavor.

We have an addition to the IBEW Broadcast Department. International President Ed Hill has appointed Neil Ambrosio, a freelancer with over 18 years of network television experience, to be an International Representative beginning January 2013. Neil was a shop steward for Local 1200, involved in both CBS and Fox negotiations, and has been consultant to the IBEW since May. We are happy to now have him full-time. In addition, starting in 2013, the Broadcast Department will be holding weekly conference calls for members. The idea is to have representatives or stewards, from each Fox Sports remote crew, phone in for a short call with Neil to discuss any questions, problems, or safety concerns happening on the week’s remotes. This will be a great way to get issues dealt with in a timely manner. If you are interested in being a participant, please contact your business manager, or email the Broadcast Department at broadcast@ibew.org.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!!!


In Solidarity,


IBEW 1220
&
IBEW Broadcasting and Telecommunications Department





SEASON’S GREETINGS!!!

In late November, IBEW and CBS met for our labor management meetings. CBS expressed extreme praise for the work IBEW Technicians have performed over the past year, and specifically, everyone’s work during Super Storm Sandy. No airdates were missed, and network operations continued without interruption due to your efforts in all areas. Many thanks to all of you who worked through such difficult circumstances.

Below is a brief summary of issues that were raised and dealt with during the Halfly meetings.

Benefits
2 new benefits will be available to employees. An official announcement will be forthcoming from CBS in Mid-January. These programs are College Coach and Financial Engines. They are good programs that will greatly benefit employees. Full details explaining the programs will be available on the CBS & YOU website starting in late January. In addition, we will work to distribute information for programs that freelancers are eligible as well via email and our IBEW websites.

Sports Background Checks
Lengthy discussions were had about the security situation at the University of Florida effecting our College football crews. We feel the University is putting unreasonable screening procedures in place. Our views were understood by the company, and we are continuing to work together with CBS Corporate counsel, as well as the Sports Division, to resolve the issue in a manner acceptable to all parties involved.

Newspath
There are issues in the CBS Newspath area with Broadcast Associates editing material. The union is not in agreement with this practice and a meeting has been set for January 2013 in NY to deal with the issue with the effected parties.

Network Prosumer Camera Usage
A small meeting was held to discuss prosumer policies and CBS usage of that. Representatives were present from CBS NEWS, as well as network news technicians from NY and LA, as well as the IBEW International office. We were provided with reports about usage and discussed continuing implementation of these rules. We will continue to work with the news division to ensure the proper rules are being followed.

Trex
There is an ongoing problem with Trex and Java compatibility with both Windows and Mac Platforms. CBS is working with IBM to migrate Trex to a web based program which would solve the Java problem, however that is not scheduled for launch until late 2013. From now until February, the only version of Java that will work is 1.6 update 21. From February until July 2013 it will be 1.6 build 35. In July 2013, the entire TREX system will be migrated to IBM, at which time updates to JAVA will be in sync with the TREX application. Instructions on how to downgrade higher versions of JAVA on a PC and/or MAC, which will enable users to access TREX, are available on the TREX Help website, TREXHELP.CBS.COM, TREX SYSTEM INFO. Users can also contact the CBS IT Support Help Desk via email, helpdesk@cbs.com or via telephone at 212-975-7373. For users who cannot for some reason run version 1.6 update 21, CBS Shared Services Travel and Entertainment will accept manual expense reports until which time TREX is operational with the latest version of JAVA. You will need to contact the TREX team at TREXhelp@cbs.com and they will provide instructions on filing manually, via an excel spreadsheet that will be provided to you. Please be advised paper-based reimbursement will be slower than filing the electronic version.
The next scheduled CBS/IBEW labor management meeting will be held in May 2013. If you have items that need to be addressed, contact your business managers or you can submit them via email at broadcast@ibew.org.

A WORD ABOUT PAC-12 AND IATSE
Some of you may have heard in the news that IATSE was on strike against the PAC-12 Network on the west coast. To clarify, IATSE launched an informational picket line, a common tactic used by some unions as an organizing tool to force employer into negotiations when traditional methods of organizing have failed. The IBEW did not recognize this “informational picket” as a strike, since IATSE had no contract with Pac-12 and in fact is work that IBEW members have. Again, this was not a sanctioned strike and our members were not told to honor an informational picket. IATSE has chosen to email photos of our members working PAC-12. Trying to slander someone for working when there was no strike, is not a good way to operate. IBEW members work for the PAC-12 and others who televise PAC-12 games. Any help you can give us in organizing this work and any other broadcast work would be appreciated.

In October, the IBEW held a Broadcast leadership conference to draft a new Code of Excellence program. In the coming year, you will be hearing more about this program. International President Ed Hill has appointed a training committee to explore additional training for broadcasting members. This committee will work with vendors and manufacturers to develop local programs to help train members on new emerging technology. We would welcome any suggestions from the membership you feel can help this endeavor.

We have an addition to the IBEW Broadcast Department. International President Ed Hill has appointed Neil Ambrosio, a freelancer with over 18 years of network television experience, to be an International Representative beginning January 2013. Neil was a shop steward for Local 1200, involved in both CBS and Fox negotiations, and has been consultant to the IBEW since May. We are happy to now have him full-time. In addition, starting in 2013, the Broadcast Department will be holding weekly conference calls for members. The idea is to have representatives or stewards, from each CBS remote crew, phone in for a short call with Neil to discuss any questions, problems, or safety concerns happening on the week’s remotes. This will be a great way to get issues dealt with in a timely manner. If you are interested in being a participant, please contact your business manager, or email the Broadcast Department at broadcast@ibew.org.


We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!!!


In Solidarity,



IBEW 1220

&
IBEW Broadcasting and Telecommunications Department
 

  

 

 
   

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