Thursday, November 06, 2008

HELLO HAROLD SHUTZMAN,

JOE TIER INFORMED ME THAT I WAS ASSIGNED AS CBS POOL TD IN MIAMI. DAVE ZAP, A BEST BUDDY FROM THE BRONX LEARNED IN CBS/W RADIO THAT 1212 HAD GONE ON STRIKE OVER VIDEOGRAPH JURISDICTION. THE SAME STAN MITCHELL AWAITED AS THE ARRIVALS TROOPED INTO THE HOTEL. WITH PLACARDS AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR STRIKE DUTY. POOLSIDE DRINKS AND SUN TAN OIL WOULD HAVE TO WAIT! AFTER A COUPLEOF DAYS OF TRUDGING, BILL LEONARD HEAD OF NEWS DROVE BY, WAVED WITHOUT MALICE, AND INFORMED US THAT THESTRIKE HAD BEEN SETTLED. WE RECEIVED NO PAY DURING THE STRIKE PERIOD,
PERIOD! NO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANY SOURCE PERIOD. THE IRONY WAS THAT WHEN WOR/TV TECHS , LOCAL 1212 AT THE TIME, HAD GONE ON STRIKE IN THE 50'S WE CBS 1212ERS CONTRIBUTED 5%OF OUR PAY. MORE TECHS X BASE PLUS OVERTIME
X 5%=CLOSE TO THEIR REGULAR PAY CHECK. WITHIN A MONTH OF THEIR STRIKE SETTLEMENT, THE WOR 1212 BROTHERS VOTED TO BE REPRESENTED BY IATSE.
BUT I RENEWED SOME OLD FRIENDSHIPS (HERMAN LANGE, ED MALCOLM, TONY FILIPPI, JOE DIGIAVANNA). SOME NEW FRIENDS ABC TECHS TRYING TO GET
ONE CAR PER TECH, HAZARD PAY FOR BASKET CAMERAS UNLESS RIGGED FOR SAFETY LIKE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. I KID YOU NOT!!. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT I HAD WORKED WITH JOE AT CBS FOR MANY YEARS. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT A REASONABLE DEMAND WOULD BE MET WITH A REASONABLE.DIGIOVANNI SOLUTION E.G.
BASTA ! PASS THE PARMESAN CHEESE, PLEASE.
ALL IN ALL, A MOST CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE.
WALTER WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND, YOU HAL, I CONSIDER A GOOD FRIEND.
STAY WELL,

FRANK NOVACK