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

  • WETA quarterly meeting
  • 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 Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium for the Chargers vs Ravens wildcard playoff game.
  • 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.”

    Louisiana
    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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 2019 Minutes

  • There is a WETA shop meeting on 2-20-2019
  • LU 1200 is “entertaining” the possibility of Skyping some of the meetings for those who are not able to attend- but we encourage people to come out when they can. We will not discuss financial aspects and having members to come out twice a month is…………….problematic.
  • Negotiating talks continue with IBEW/TEGNA – Shop Stewards of WUSA will schedule a meeting with members to discuss progress and management’s behavior.
  • LU 1200 is looking into having a picnic at Smokey Glenn Farms and/or an outing at Fun Fit in Maryland
  • “In our Hearts” for Mark Finney’s brother and Lenny Rice
  • We are still looking for contributors for our “My 2 Cents” for the website https://ibew1200.org/my-two-cents/
  • We are trying to get “designer” pins in time for IBEW1200’s anniversary.  Maybe we can have a contest on who can create the best  design.
  • A clarification was given for “working dues”  vs “un-employment dues”

January 2019 Minutes

  • Negotiation talks with WUSA/Tegna are continuing.
  • Any IBEW 1200 member going through tough times can contact the union. We have established a go fund me page in the  past for members in need.
  • Please contact us if you would like to contribute to “In our thoughts” section of our website.
  • IBEW 1200 members are interested in training on new equipment. There will be a point person at a station responsible at determining what equipment the members wish to be trained on.
  • Monthly progress reports  will  start in April.  This is an opportunity to keep track of issues at each company.  The shop steward should submit a report.  Communication is key and  Ken is trying to keep  the lines of communication open  with each company.
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