August 2010

June International Executive Council Meeting
Minutes and Report of the International Executive Council's Regular Meeting
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The regular meeting of the International Executive Council was called to order at 7:30 a.m., by Secretary Lavin, on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Weehawken, New Jersey. Other members of the Council in attendance were, Riley, Calvey, Clarke, Calabro, and Lucero. Chairman Pierson was excused as he was attending to personal business. Fifth District Executive Council Member Schoemehl was excused as he was attending to other business of the Brotherhood.

Moment of Silence for Rick Dowling and Clyde Bowden

The meeting began with a moment of silence for Eighth District Executive Council Member Rick Dowling, who passed away May 31, 2010, and for former council Chairman Clyde Bowden, who passed away on April 26, 2010.

International President Hill

International President Edwin D. Hill met with the members of the International Executive Council a number of times to discuss a variety of matters affecting all branches of the Brotherhood.

International Secretary-Treasurer Lee

International Secretary-Treasurer Lindell Lee presented financial reports covering the IBEW Pension Fund and the Investment Portfolio of the Brotherhood both in Canada and in the United States.

Legal Defense

Payments for legal defense, made from the General Fund, were examined and approved in accordance with the requirements of Article X, Section 1, of the IBEW Constitution.

Financial Reports

The International Secretary-Treasurer’s reports for the various funds of the Brotherhood were presented to the members of the International Executive Council, examined and filed.

Investment Strategy

International Secretary-Treasurer Lee discussed, with the council members, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ investment strategy and the impact the economy has had on the general fund. Rebalancing and diversification were discussed as recommended by fund consultants.

Local Union Under International Office Supervision

International President Hill advised the Council members that there are no local unions, as of this meeting, under the supervision of the International Office.

Retirement of the Special Assistant to the International President For Membership Development

Cecil "Buddy" H. Satterfield Membership Development—
Effective May 1, 2010

Retirement of International Representatives

Lawrence E. Liles, International Representative Research Department—Effective April 1, 2010

Gregory G. Shafranski, International Representative Sixth District—
Effective April 1, 2010

Herbert L. Prestidge, International Representative Fifth District—
Effective July 1, 2010

Retirement of Office Employee

Dorothy Everstine, Accountant III, Grade 7 Accounting Department—Effective March 24, 2010

Charges Filed with the International Executive Council Against Samuel W. Oaks, Jr., Retired Member of Local Union 306, IBEW

On June 5, 2009, charges were filed with the International Executive Council against Samuel W. Oaks, Jr., Card Number C18668, retired member of Local Union 306, IBEW, Akron, Ohio, by Stephen A. Stock, Organizer, also a member of IBEW Local Union 306.

Brother Stock had charged retiree Oaks with violation of Article XI, Section 6 (d), and Article XXV, Sections 1(e) and (f).

After a thorough review of the facts presented, it is the council members’ determination that Brother Oaks is guilty as charged and as a result, Secretary-Treasurer Lee has been instructed to cease Brother Oaks’ pension payments.

Resolution Regarding Pension Coverage for IBEW Office Employees

The International Executive Council took action to ensure that pension benefits, provided in the Constitution for employees of the International Office, will be paid consistent with tax law requirements.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The International Executive Council adopted the Conflict of Interest Policy as presented.

Article XX and XXI Cases

The IBEW was not involved in any disputes arising under Article XX of the AFL-CIO Constitution, during the first quarter of 2010. We were; however, involved in one matter involving organizing responsibilities under Article XXI, as follows:

Article XXI ORP 09-1—Cingular Wireless (AT&T Mobility)

This is the latest chapter in a dispute to which we had previously reported, which stemmed from CWA’s organizing campaign at AT&T Mobility, registered under the AFL-CIO’s Strategic Campaign Registration Program (SCRP). IBEW Local Union 1547, which represents a unit of Dobson Communications technician and sales representatives in northern Alaska, was actively organizing a second Dobson unit when the company merged and became part of AT&T Mobility. The local subsequently filed an election petition for that unit, and CWA charged the IBEW with violating its SCRP. The AFL-CIO Executive Council’s Compliance Subcommittee agreed, and as a result, Local 1547 withdrew its petition and ceased its organizing activities.

The Next Regular International Council Meeting

This regularly scheduled meeting was adjourned, on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. The next regular meeting of the International Executive Council will commence at 8:30 a.m., on September 10, 2010, in Los Angeles, California.

For the International Executive Council

Patrick Lavin,
Secretary June 2010

The IEC acted on numerous applications under the IBEW Pension Benefit Fund. For a complete listing, click here.