Employee of the Month: Jeff Rathner

Jeff Rathner
Jeff Rathner

Jeff was born and bred in D.C. Graduate of University of Maryland. Been a member of Local 1200 for 38 years. Started as a news photographer shooting film, at WTVR in Richmond. Also worked in Memphis, WBAL, Channel 5 in New York, Channel 9 in DC, and at WETA since 1983.

Been married to Jan for 38 years. Two boys; Zack 32, and Jesse 29.

Career highlights:

  • Exclusive film of police officers murder in 1978. Subpoena’d for the trial.
  • Smoked a cigar with Fidel and Raul Castro at a private party thrown for our crew in Havana in 1985.
  • Bill Clinton lied to our crew FIRST about his affair.
  • 2nd shooter on the scene at the Pentagon on 9/11.
  • Getting thrown off the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion by Gregg Allman in 2012.
  • Two-time EMMY and CINE GOLDEN EAGLE award winner for individual achievement.
  • Been dancing since he was 17.
  • Danced on-stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Like so many of us, have done countless shoots with Presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities. One that stands out for him personally was spending the day in New York shooting a feature on Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The best part about the video is that just before I went on, I was told I was being laid-off. “Now go out there and give us a good show!” Want to know why I’m not smiling?

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Business Manager’s Update

Insubordination vs Refusal –  Is it the same thing?

At the Seattle conference , audience members asked three questions following a lecture on insubordination. The speaker is a prominent labor arbitrator who was once a labor-side attorney.

Question: The order is: “sort through 4 pallets and then, you can leave.” The next morning, the supervisor finds that only 2 of the 4 pallets were completed. Is that insubordination?

Answer: It’s like half-insubordination. If overtime wasn’t sought or sought & not granted, then the first question is: Was it a reasonable order? Would the employee have been able to comply with the order in the time available? If the four pallets were easy to sort through and they had just slow-rolled it, and then, the employee came back the next morning and ignored it, that is insubordination and subject to discipline. Continue reading

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Union Meeting

The Union Meeting is the first Wednesday of the month at 8pm. It is at the Courtyard Marriott Fort Meade/BWI (2700 Hercules Rd, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701), in the McHenry Board Room.


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