Thursday, December 18, 2014

Celeste Rufo, Emmy Award winning Camera Operator, Passed Away on Sunday, December 14, 2014


Celeste Rufo, beloved Emmy award winning camera operator worked with a wide variety of artists and musical genres including Rock, Hip Hop, Blues, Country, Classical, Light Opera: Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Beyonce, Rolling Stones, Clint Black, Eminem, Metallica, Dylan, NJ Philharmonic, Stevie Wonder, Pretenders, Grateful Dead, many more. 

Celeste served as a camera operator at five Olympics, starting with the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

1996 Atlanta Olympics Aquatics venue
 

Celeste's soap opera and talk show experience included Totally Biased w/W. Kamau Bell, That Metal Show, The Marriage Ref, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Iron Chef, Bill Moyers' Journal, Tyra Banks, All My Children, One Life to Live, Ricki Lake, and  Another World. 

Celeste was on the camera crew for more than two hundred tapings of theatrical productions. She regularly shot Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for NYPL at Lincoln Center. Recent shows included Rocky, Once, The Book of Mormons, Nice Work If You Can Get It, House of Blue Leaves, Born Yesterday, Jerusalem

But Celeste was more than just a world class camera operator, she was an extraordinary woman, whose smile could light up the darkest TV studio. Her joyful exuberance was contagious and made any crew she was on better. A consummate professional, a good friend, and a great human being. Celeste was the best of us, We will miss her laugh and remember her smile, her work speaks for itself.


Celeste Rufo

Celeste Rufo, 62, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Celeste is predeceased by her father, Stelio (Steve) Rufo and brother Lawrence Rufo. Celeste is survived by her mother, Viola Rufo and sister Ceceil Rufo-Fried both of Thornton, Colorado; sister, Carol Thor of Brick, New Jersey; niece, Shannon Rufo; nephews, Stephen & Daniel Rufo of Texas; godchild, Caitlin Sanders of New York and other relatives. Memorial service Sunday at the Hunt Stellato Funeral Home, 1601 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee. Private cremation. Friends will be received Sunday 11AM-2PM. - See more at: http://www.stellatofuneralhomes.com/obituary/Celeste-Rufo/Fort-Lee-NJ/1461555#sthash.auJ5j0Xj.dpuf


The wake will be at the Hunt Stellato Funeral Home on Sunday, December 21,
 from 11am - 2pm.

The Hunt Stellato Funeral Home1601 Palisade Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone: 201-944-1202


Partial list of Celeste's credits:





That Metal Show

VH-1



Howard Stern Birthday Bash

Line by Line



Marriage Boot Camp

Marriage Boot Camp



Crowd Rules

CNBC
 
NYC Camera Operator. Reality Competition series.



Left Right

Camera Operator



The Rolling Stones' Grrrr! Tour 2012

PRGNocturne
 
Long Lens/The Rolling Stones' Grrrr! Tour 2012



The Job

CBS Television Distribution

Reality Competition Series



Kitchen Boss

High Noon Entertainment

Ped Camera



Born To Shine

TWC

Celebrity Interview and Performance Series.



65th Annual Tony Awards

Tony Awards

HH Camera live 3 hour broadcast



Passion

Live from Lincoln Center
Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Program



Ricki Lake Show Sony


Staff Camera



Candide

Great Performances
Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Program




Sydney 2000 Olympics


White Water, Mountain Biking venues



ABC

The Walt Disney Company

VR Camera Department for all shows including: All My Children, One Live To Live,The View, GMA, 20/20



Atlanta 1996 Olympics


Swimming, Diving venues



Inside Edition

Inside Edition
 
Series Camera Operator



MTV

MTV Networks

Staff Camera Operator. Then freelance Stage Manager, TD, AD.

Celeste Rufo
Hunt-Stellato Funeral Home
1601 Palisade Ave.
Fort Lee, NJ US 07024
- See more at: http://www.stellatofuneralhomes.com/obituary/Celeste-Rufo/Fort-Lee-NJ/1461555#sthash.auJ5j0Xj.dpuf


Celeste Rufo, February 14, 1952 - December 17, 2014
Rest In Peace Celeste, you will be missed.



Hunt-Stellato Funeral Home
1601 Palisade Ave.
Fort Lee, NJ US 07024
- See more at: http://www.stellatofuneralhomes.com/obituary/Celeste-Rufo/Fort-Lee-NJ/1461555#sthash.auJ5j0Xj.dpuf

Monday, December 15, 2014

Average CEO vs Worker Pay

Average CEO vs Worker Pay

CEO to worker pay ration now is about 295 times. http://www.epi.org/publication/ceo-pay-continues-to-rise/
 
 

CEO Pay Continues to Rise as Typical Workers Are Paid Less

 
Trends in CEO compensation last year:
  • Average CEO compensation was $15.2 million in 2013, using a comprehensive measure of CEO pay that covers CEOs of the top 350 U.S. firms and includes the value of stock options exercised in a given year, up 2.8 percent since 2012 and 21.7 percent since 2010.
Longer-term trends in CEO compensation:
  • From 1978 to 2013, CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, increased 937 percent, a rise more than double stock market growth and substantially greater than the painfully slow 10.2 percent growth in a typical worker’s compensation over the same period.
  • The CEO-to-worker compensation ratio was 20-to-1 in 1965 and 29.9-to-1 in 1978, grew to 122.6-to-1 in 1995, peaked at 383.4-to-1 in 2000, and was 295.9-to-1 in 2013, far higher than it was in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s.
  • If Facebook, which we exclude from our data due to its outlier high compensation numbers, were included in the sample, average CEO pay was $24.8 million in 2013, and the CEO-to-worker compensation ratio was 510.7-to-1.

Friday, December 12, 2014

NLRB Issues New Union Election Rules

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NLRB Representation Case-Procedures Fact Sheet



Final Rule:  Representation-Case Procedures

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Final Rule governing representation-case procedures is designed to remove unnecessary barriers to the fair and expeditious resolution of representation questions.  The Final Rule will streamline Board procedures, increase transparency and uniformity across regions, eliminate or reduce unnecessary litigation, duplication and delay, and update the Board’s rules on documents and communications in light of modern communications technology.  The amendments provide targeted solutions to discrete, specifically identified problems to enable the Board to better fulfill its duty to protect employees’ rights by fairly, accurately and expeditiously resolving questions of representation. 

Background on Representation-Case Procedures

Representation petitions are filed by employees, unions and employers seeking to have the NLRB conduct an election to determine if employees wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining with their employer.  The Board will investigate these petitions to determine if an election should be conducted and will direct an election, if appropriate. 


In most instances, parties agree on the voting unit and other issues.  If parties do not agree, the NLRB’s regional office holds a pre-election hearing to determine whether an election should be conducted.  The NLRB’s regional office conducts the election and, if necessary, holds a post-election hearing to resolve challenges to voters’ eligibility and objections to the conduct of the election or conduct affecting the results of the election.  Parties can seek Board review of regional determinations made before and after the election.  

Modernizing Board Procedures

Electronic Filing/Communications – Parties may file documents, such as petitions, electronically, rather than by fax or mail.  Parties and the NLRB’s regional offices can transmit documents electronically, rather than using slower or more expensive forms of communications, such as mail or express delivery services. 
   

Election Voter List – The employer must include available personal email addresses and phone numbers of voters on the voter list in order to permit non-employer parties to communicate with prospective voters about the upcoming election using modern forms of communication.

Streamlining Board Procedure and Reducing Unnecessary Litigation

Identifying Disputed Issues – The non-petitioning parties will be required to respond to the petition and state their positions generally the day before the pre-election  hearing opens.  The petitioner will be required to respond to the issues raised by the non-petitioning parties at the opening of the hearing.  Litigation inconsistent with the positions taken by the parties will generally not be allowed.   

Litigation of Eligibility and Inclusion Issues – Generally, only issues necessary to determine whether an election should be conducted will be litigated in a pre-election hearing.  A regional director may defer litigation of eligibility and inclusion issues affecting a small percentage of the appropriate voting unit to the post-election stage if those issues do not have to be resolved in order to determine if an election should be held.  In many cases, those issues will not need to be litigated because they have no impact on the results of the election.

Post Hearing Oral Argument and Briefs – All parties will be provided with an opportunity for oral argument before the close of the hearing.  Written briefs will be allowed only if the regional director determines they are necessary. 
     
Review of Regional Director Rulings – The parties may seek review of all regional representation-case rulings through a single post-election request, if the election results have not made those rulings moot.  The election will no longer be stayed after the regional director issues a decision and direction of election, in the absence of an order from the Board.

Review Standard for Post-election Issues – The Board will have the discretion to deny review of regional director post-election rulings, under the same standard that has governed Board review of regional director pre-election rulings for many years.

Increasing Transparency and Standardizing Board Process

Earlier and more complete information to the parties – When the petitioner files its petition, it will be required to simultaneously serve a copy of the petition, along with a more detailed Agency description of representation case procedures and an Agency Statement of Position form, on all parties identified in its petition in order to provide them with the earliest possible notice of the filing of the petition and Board procedures for processing those petitions.  NLRB regional offices will serve a Notice of Hearing and a Notice of Petition for Election (along with a copy of the petition, description of representation case procedures and the Statement of Position form) on all parties.   

The non-petitioning parties will be required to respond to the petition (generally the day before the hearing opens) by filing with the regional director and serving on the other parties a Statement of Position identifying the issues they have with the petition.  As part of its Statement of Position, the employer will be required to provide all other parties with a list of prospective voters, their job classifications, shifts and work locations.  
      
Earlier and more complete information to employees - The employer is required to post a Notice of Petition for Election containing more detailed information on the filing of the petition and employee rights within two business days of the region’s service of the petition.  The Notice of Election will provide prospective voters with more detailed information about the election and the voting process.

Scheduling of Hearings – Except in cases presenting unusually complex issues, pre-election hearings will generally be set to open 8 days after a hearing notice is served on the parties.  Post-election hearings will generally open 14 days after objections are filed.        

Comparison of Current/New Procedures

The following table provides a side-by-side comparison of current and New procedures:
Current procedures New procedures
Parties cannot electronically file election petitions.  Parties and NLRB regional offices do not electronically transmit certain representation case documents. Election petitions, election notices and voter lists can be transmitted electronically.  NLRB regional offices can deliver notices and documents electronically, rather than by mail. 
The parties and prospective voters receive limited information.  Parties will receive a more detailed description of the Agency’s representation case procedures, as well as a Statement of Position form, when served with the petition.  The Statement of Position will help parties identify the issues they may want to raise at the pre-election hearing.  A Notice of Petition for Election, which will be served with the Notice of Hearing, will provide employees and the employer with information about the petition and their rights and obligations.  The Notice of Election will provide prospective voters with more detailed information about the voting process. 
The parties cannot predict when a pre- or post-election hearing will be held because practices vary by Region. The Regional Director will generally set a pre-election hearing to begin 8 days after a hearing notice is served and a post-election hearing 14 days after the filing of objections. 
There is no mechanism for requiring parties to identify issues in dispute. Non petitioning parties are required to identify any issues they have with the petition, in their Statements of Positions, generally one business day before the pre-election hearing opens.  The petitioner will be required to respond to any issue raised by the non petitioning parties in their Statements of Positions at the beginning of the hearing.  Litigation inconsistent with these positions will generally not be allowed.  
The employer is not required to share a list of prospective voters with the NLRB’s regional office or the other parties until after the regional director directs an election or approves an election agreement.       As part of its Statement of Position, the employer must provide a list of prospective voters with their job classifications, shifts and work locations, to the NLRB’s regional office and the other parties, generally one business day before the pre-election hearing opens. This will help the parties narrow the issues in dispute at the hearing or enter into an election agreement.
Parties may insist on litigating voter eligibility and inclusion issues that do not have to be resolved in order to determine whether an election should be held. The purpose of the pre-election hearing is clearly defined and parties will generally litigate only those issues that are necessary to determine whether it is appropriate to conduct an election.  Litigation of a small number of eligibility and inclusion issues that do not have to be decided before the election may be deferred to the post-election stage.  Those issues will often be mooted by the election results.   
 Parties may file a brief within 7 days of the closing of the pre-election hearing, with permissive extensions of 14 days or more.  Parties will be provided with an opportunity to argue orally before the close of the hearing and written briefs will be allowed only if the regional director determines they are necessary. 
Parties waive their right to challenge the regional director’s pre-election decision if they do not file a request for review before the election.  This requires parties to appeal issues that may be rendered moot by the election results. Parties may wait to see whether the election results have made the need to file a request for review of the regional director’s pre-election decision unnecessary and they do not waive their right to seek review of that decision if they decide to file their request after the election.  
Elections are delayed 25-30 days to allow the Board to consider any request for review of the regional director’s decision that may be filed.  This is so even though such requests are rarely filed, even more rarely granted and almost never result in a stay of the election. There will be no automatic stay of an election.
The Board is required to review every aspect of most post-election disputes, regardless of whether any party has objected to it. The Board is not required to review aspects of post-election regional decisions as to which no party has raised an issue, and may deny review consistent with the discretion it has long exercised in reviewing pre-election rulings. 
 The voter list provided to non-employer parties to enable them to communicate with voters about the election includes only names and home addresses. The employer must submit the list within 7 days of the approval of an election agreement or the regional director’s decision directing an election. The voter list will also include personal phone numbers and email addresses (if available to the employer).  The employer must submit the list within 2 business days of the regional director’s approval of an election agreement or decision directing an election. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NLRB Reverses Precedent In Employer E-Mail Case


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

BREAKING NEWS:  


NLRB Reverses Precedent In Employer E-Mail Case
 

A divided National Labor Relations Board held Thursday that workers have a right to use their employers' e-mail systems for non-business purposes including communicating about union organizing, overruling the labor board's 2007 Register Guard ruling and calling it "clearly incorrect."





Law360, New York (December 11, 2014, 11:43 AM ET) -- A divided National Labor Relations Board held Thursday that workers have a right to use their employers' email systems for non-business purposes, including communicating about union organizing, overruling the labor board's 2007 Register Guard ruling and calling it "clearly incorrect."  

Ruling in a closely watched case challenging an electronic communication policy maintained by sign language interpretation services provider Purple Communications Inc., NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce, along with board members Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer, overruled the Register Guard's holding that employees had no statutory right to use employer email for activities covered by section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. 


“Consistent with the purposes and policies of the act and our obligation to accommodate the competing rights of employers and employees, we decide today that employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must presumptively be permitted by employers who have chosen to give employees access to their email systems," Thursday's decision said.


The majority called its decision “carefully limited,” noting that it applied only to workers who have already been granted access to their employer's email system, and that businesses may justify a complete ban on non-work use of email if it can point to special circumstances that make such a prohibition necessary.


The Register Guard ruling — also a divided decision — gave short shrift to employees' right to communicate in the workplace about the terms and conditions of their employment and put too much weight on employer property rights, the NLRB said Thursday.


The majority in Register Guard also “inexplicably failed to perceive” email's importance as a way to for employees to engage in labor law-protected communications, the majority in Purple Communications said, adding that that importance had increased dramatically during the 7 years since Register Guard was issued.


Thursday's decision stopped short of finding Purple Communications' policy unlawful, remanding the question of whether the company violated the NLRA by maintaining that policy back to the administrative law judge who previously found it to be lawful.
The CWA is represented by David A. Rosenfeld and Lisl R. Duncan of Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld APC.


The NLRB general counsel is represented by Kayce R. Compton.


Purple Communications is represented by Robert J. Kane of Stuart Kane LLP.
The case is Purple Communications Inc. and Communications Workers of AmericaAFL-CIO; case numbers 21-CA-095151, 21-RC-091531 and 21-RC-091584; at the National Labor Relations Board.

--Editing by Rebecca Flanagan.

Monday, December 1, 2014

NLRB Finds El Diario and ImpreMedia Guilty of Union Busting


Unit Chair Oscar Hernandez addressed current and laid-off  El Diario employees
Unit Chair Oscar Hernandez addressed current and laid-off employees, as well as community and labor supporters, at a rally outside the paper's offices in June, protesting the ImpreMedia's union busting actions. - See more at: http://www.nyguild.org/el-diario-news-details/items/release-nlrb-finds-el-diario-and-impremedia-guilty-of-union-busting.html#sthash.6bIsPube.dpuf

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Raymond Rodriguez, 646-200-5309, raymond@berlinrosen.com

NLRB: EL DIARIO IS GUILTY OF UNION BUSTING
 
Says Complaint Coming if No Settlement Reached; Considers Injunction

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 – A Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has found merit in a sweeping charge the Newspaper Guild of New York filed in June against ImpreMedia, the parent of El Diario La Prensa, after the company fired several veteran employees. The charge included a claim that four Guild-represented employees were fired for union activity. The firings of veteran journalists were part of a series of union-busting activities that have jeopardized the future of El Diario La Prensa, the nation’s largest and oldest Spanish-language daily paper.

The NLRB told the Guild and the company that it has authorized a complaint, similar to an indictment, on nearly all parts of the charge. It affirms the Guild’s claim that the company engaged in illegal union-busting activities, including hiring non-union employees to take the place of unlawfully fired Guild members and ignoring the Guild contract. Impremedia has until mid-December to reach a settlement with the Guild. If there is no settlement, the NLRB will seek an administrative trial date in early 2015 to pursue the charges.

NLRB found merit in the following charges:

 ImpreMedia illegally discharged Guild-represented employees, including veteran journalists. Four of those fired were targeted for union activity.

 ImpreMedia violated the union contract concerning layoff procedure and payment of severance.

 ImpreMedia unilaterally altered the Guild’s jurisdiction and refused new union representation.

In light of these charges, the Regional Director is also considering whether ImpreMedia defaulted on an earlier settlement in which the company committed not to threaten employees with discharge for supporting the union.

“The NLRB’s findings are a significant victory for the employees who were illegally fired for their involvement with the Guild. It is also a clear indication that the paper is trying to undermine high-quality journalism. We will work to reach a settlement and seek an immediate reinstatement of the journalists,” said Guild President Bill O’Meara.
 
“We are proud of this victory for Spanish-speaking New Yorkers who value quality journalism and rely on El Diario to shed light on the issues facing our communities. We hope ImpreMedia will reach a settlement with the Guild and we will continue to fight until our colleagues have been reinstated,” said Oscar Hernandez, the Guild’s El Diario Unit Chair.

On June 13, ImpreMedia illegally fired seven Guild-represented El Diario employees. The firings, which violated the paper’s contract with the Guild, were just one of a series of steps the company took to replace veteran journalists with decades of experience serving the Hispanic communities of New York. At the same time, the company hired several nonunion journalists to replace those who were let go, and threatened current employees who speak up. 

The Guild also asked the NLRB to seek a court order to restore the fired workers while the dispute is being litigated. The NLRB said that request is under consideration. El Diario reporters and the Guild are fighting to save the jobs of their fired colleagues and to preserve high-quality journalism at El Diario.

The Newspaper Guild of New York, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America, represents 2800 journalists and other employees at New York area-based news organizations and other companies, including The New York Times, Thomson Reuters and Time Inc.
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Unit Chair Oscar Hernandez addressed current and laid-off employees, as well as community and labor supporters, at a rally outside the paper's offices in June, protesting the ImpreMedia's union busting actions. - See more at: http://www.nyguild.org/el-diario-news-details/items/release-nlrb-finds-el-diario-and-impremedia-guilty-of-union-busting.html#sthash.6bIsPube.dpuf

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Newspaper Guild and Allies Call on ImpreMedia to Halt Threats Against Unionized Employees



Stop the Illegal Firings!
Newspaper Guild and Allies Call on ImpreMedia to Halt Threats against Unionized Employees

Illegally fired El Diario employees Annette Santiago (l) and Rosa Murphy (r)

Illegally fired El Diario employees Annette Santiago (l) and Rosa Murphy (r)

were among those speaking to the press from the steps of City Hall

with the support of New York’s labor and Latino communities.

New York-- El Diario employees, the Newspaper Guild of New York officials and supporters from the NYC Central Labor Council, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Newspaper Deliverers Union, the NYS AFL-CIO, the South Bronx Community Congress and community members gathered today on the steps of City Hall to demand an end to the illegal firings and threats against union-represented workers at the media company, and called for the reinstatement of eight illegally fired workers.

Following the press conference, the illegally fired employees and their Guild representatives had several positive and productive meetings with elected officials who expressed their support and pledged to do more on this issue. The Guild has scheduled several follow up meetings with local and state elected officials to discuss the ongoing labor violations at El Diario.

ImpreMedia, El Diario’s parent company, has pursued a pattern of intimidation and retaliation against its newsroom staff that threatens to erode the quality of journalism at the nation’s oldest Spanish language newspaper.

“We will continue to fight against El Diario’s union-busting moves until these journalists have been reinstated. The Newspaper Guild is doing everything it can to save the jobs of its members and support high-quality journalism for a Spanish-speaking audience,” said Guild President Bill O’Meara.

“ImpreMedia, as many commentators have noted, appears to have made a business decision to abandon its longtime core readers in New York. The decision to fire veteran journalists who covered the courts, the police and the city’s Hispanic communities is consistent with that business decision. Union employees are without jobs, the Guild is under attack and readers are getting shortchanged. This management is shafting everyone,” said Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely.
NY Newspaper Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely
NY Newspaper Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely
“We will not sit back and stay quiet while ImpreMedia tries to get rid of the veteran journalists who know our neighborhoods and the issues facing our communities,” said Oscar Hernandez, the Guild’s El Diario Unit Chair. “Spanish-speaking New Yorkers deserve better and that is why we are fighting to bring back our newsroom colleagues.”

On June 13, ImpreMedia illegally fired eight El Diario employees, claiming they were economic layoffs. The firings, which violate the company’s contract with the Guild, were the latest in a series of anti-union actions by management to replace the veteran journalists who have long covered the Hispanic communities of New York. The company has since hired several nonunion employees and continues to threaten current workers who speak up. The Guild is seeking a court order to require ImpreMedia to reinstate the eight employees while the dispute is being litigated. 

NY Guild rally for El Diario workers

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