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.
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?
Currently has 141 co-sponsors in the House and 40 co-sponsors in the Senate; all Democrats.
We hope the House will bring it to the floor for a vote this Congress. We do not want a repeat of 2009 when the House failed to consider the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). • Please voice the IBEW’s support for the PRO Act and ask for co-sponsorship and support going forward. 4. Infrastructure The IBEW’s biggest legislative priority is a comprehensive bill to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, from airports and public transit to the electric grid and water delivery systems.
We have been told it is a major priority for both parties. A recent meeting between Trump and congressional Democrats ended in failure recently. We continue to call on the White House and Congress to pursue comprehensive infrastructure legislation.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a bill two weeks ago. Called the LIFT America Act, it would provide billions to modernize the electric grid, build electric vehicle recharging stations, deploy rural broadband service and modernize drinking water systems. o The IBEW and building trades met with committee staff to discuss improvements and ensure every program in the bill includes David Bacon prevailing wage protections.
The IBEW is also working with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which is expected to introduce a comprehensive bill before the end of July.
We have been told Senate Republicans are planning to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund, set to expire next year, and use that as a vehicle for a broader infrastructure bill. POTENTIAL UPCOMING ISSUES OF CONCERN 1. DOL Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs – Trump DOL is focused on industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. They may expand employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs, which are not certified apprenticeship programs but will be treated as such. We may need to persuade DOL to back off this rulemaking. The DOL is expected to release a proposal in mid-June. There are rumors right now and the labor department told us construction programs will be exempt. However, we are concerned that the Labor Department will go against their word and include construction in their IRAP proposal. 2. Deregulation – Deregulation issues may be coming up in Virginia and Colorado. There is a round of proposed deregulation driven by independent power producers. A deregulated market can be detrimental to labor.
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:
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.”
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
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.
May 2019 Minutes (click to view)
The MAY 2019 General Membership meeting of Local Union 1200 was called to order at 8:01 pm on WED, May 1, at Annapolis Junction, Md. The meeting was called to order by President Danielle Flanagan.
A roll-call of the Officers and Members was made and the following were in attendance:
Click here to download the complete document for the May Minutes.
April 2019 Minutes (click to view)
TREASURER. A general report of deposits and expenses was given
A motion was made by Sean Smith and seconded by Fred Slade to accept the treasurer’s report the motion passed
BUSINESS MANAGER/FINANCIAL SECRETARY REPORT: Business Manager Ken Brown provided hisreport to the board: (There is no approval of this report).
ACCIDENT/SICKNESS: The members would like to extend its condolences to the family of Toni Hoover her mother passed
A statement was read from VP Neil Grasso and E-board member Greg Shaffir regarding Member Adrian Kill – Action: pending
A motion was made by Ted Spiegler and seconded by Sean Smith to withdrew funds for a 12 month CD – Action: passed
Additional members were signed up for the technical committee created 2 months ago. – Action: passed
Discussion was held on ideas for a lapel pin design – Action: none
Other private matters – Action: pending
March 2019 Minutes (click to view)
We will form a technical committee to keel LU1200 abreast of advancements in our industry
Sending a representative to NAB
New pins for local’s anniversary
Since the bills are now being paid on time – the local’s accounts are moving in the right direction
Negative information/false does not have a place in our union if it does not serve a purpose
Contracts up for evaluation
February 2019 Minutes (click to view)
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 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 (click to view)
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.