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

Business Manager’s  Highlights for the Month

  • Negotiated WETA contract – obtained tentative agreement
  • Continued negioations with WUSA/TEGNA
  • Preparation for Superbowl LIII  coverage – Site  visit to Atlanta
  • New York City Conference – Discussion on recreational marijuana and the employer’s interest in efficiency and productivity
  • Government shutdown and how it affects  our families
  • Site visit to CBS  DC bureau –  Discuss  Mental Health Awareness
  • Here are some state legislative highlights for the week.   Local 1200 represents 650 men and women from Maryland to Louisiana:
  • National
    Public Service Workers
    The National Institute on Retirement Security released a report this week called “Teacher Pensions vs. 401(k)s in Six States: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas.” The report “finds that teacher pension plans play a critical role in retaining educators while also providing greater retirement security than 401 (k)-style retirement accounts.”

    Equal Pay
    This week, Gov. Edwards indicated that he will, again, work this session to advance legislation “to eliminate pay secrecy by prohibiting employers from taking action against employees for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their wages or another employee’s wages.”

To Learn about Trump’s fight with Federal Unions – Click here 

Women’s Conference in San Diego:  Please let Ken know if you are interested




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Union Meeting

The Local 1200 Union’s Officers’ Nomination Meeting which was supposed to be held in conjunction with the Monthly General Membership Meeting on May 1, 2019, HAS BEEN CHANGED until May 16, 2019.

The Nomination Meeting will now be held in combination with the scheduled Candidates Meeting which is to take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The Nomination Meeting will take place at 8:30 p.m. The Candidates Meeting will take place at 9 p.m. The meetings will take place at the the Union Office located at 201 International Circle, Suite 230, Hunt Valley, MD 21030.


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