Members Meeting 3-4-19
Zattier Marvin called the meeting to order at 1310. The meeting was held in the auditorium of the Charlotte airport. There were 88 members present plus the 9 ebd members for a total of 97 members as well as our staff rep Vonda Hardy
Zattier read the minutes of the last meeting including the passed motion that our CPA Richard Pope would do an audit for the year end 2018. We are going to re-evaluate after the audit to see if it’s cost effective to continue doing the audit every year. We discussed that we added Tammy Kerrigan to the Finance Committee since Kathy Flanagan resigned.
A motion was made to accept the minutes of the last meeting:
Motion: Ernest Marvin
Seconded: Cheryl Lawson
Zattier brought up adding Andrea Jones-Carleton to the Election Committee. A motion was made to add her:
Motion: Ernest Marvin
Seconded: Gay Allison
Zattier brought up that the E-bd voted to remove Ron Wright from the finance committee at an Executive Board mtg and that is was passed unanimously be the E-bd. There was some discussion back and forth between the members about his removal. Donna Allen asked if the members could vote to overturn the E-bds decision. There were some questions about the E-bd not seeing the Finance report and some uncertainties about when the email was sent from the finance committee to the president after the finance committee had finished their report. Zattier stated that the Finance committee met on Dec 11th and 12th to review the books. She also stated that on January 16th during our ebd meeting the E-bd members started receiving text messages, around lunch time, from members at the CLT airport stating that Ron Wright was at the airport spreading rumors about embezzlement. Zattier went to the CLT airport on January 17th to attempt to clarify some of the rumors going on at the airport and read the Finance committees report to the members. She explained that there was no embezzlement or misappropriation of funds, only discrepancies like are issued to employees by the company. She also clarified that there were no padlocked doors. Allison Boyd asked to hear the report that the Finance committee had submitted to the president before they voted. Zattier read the report to the members. There was more discussion about whether Ron should have released info before the CPA audit was complete, how long he had been on the committee and if this information should be confidential. It was also asked whether this was a snap decision to remove Ron from the committee, to which Sadia explained there had been 2 meetings to discuss it first. Frances Geter stated that 3 members of the Finance committee (Frances, Tammy and Ron) had completed their findings on Jan 8th and emailed them to the president on January 10th. Angie Karpeh mentioned that any member can walk into the local and ask about the finances of the local. Ruth commented that the Finance committee report was not signed off on by the Chair which is the secretary/treasurer. Zattier explained that the DOL has our books and are currently reviewing them. A motion was made to vote on putting Ron Wright back on the Finance committee.
Motion: Robert Windley
Seconded: Gay Allison
Passed: By majority (some opposed)
There was some talk about division in the local and that the company knows when we are divided. The Executive Board suggested taking an additional delegate to conventions. The E-bd previously voted unanimously to take an additional delegate. Zattier explained that this person would be able to vote with her, Ruth and myself. There was discussion of the cost of taking an additional delegate. A motion was made to take an additional delegate:
Motion: Frederick Beal
Seconded: Kyla Clavelle
Motion was not passed by a majority of votes.
The presidents pay increase was brought up. The finance committee determined when they met, that the president was being underpaid by $.54 and hour for 2018. The finance committee wanted that corrected and backpay to be paid to the president in the amount of $1,146. There was discussion as to how the SOP reads and how it is interpreted by the E-bd and the finance committee. We are still waiting on the final ruling from the DOL on the interpretation. There is a coma in the language that seems to be causing the difference in the meaning and a motion was made to remove the coma in the SOP.
Motion: Emma Wilson
Seconded: Lorice Craig
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting:
Motion: Sadia Azad
Seconded: Randy Points
The meeting was adjourned at 1630