EDITORIAL: Balancing the Books
BY JOHN DORAN
FALLON (24 Feb.
2006) The Feb. 10 Fallon Star-Press published a front page story
entitled "CC Communications, union fighting public relations battle."
It was 1,228 words long. The most generous reading shows that the paper
allowed just 274 words, less than one in four, explaining the workers'
point of view. The remaining 954 words presented the company's position
and several outright inaccuracies.
Your article noted that KVLV radio station manager Mike McGinness "refused
to run (union) ads because they contained personal attacks on Churchill
County Commissioner Lynn Pearce, who is also a co-owner of KVLV and its
State Sen. McGinness, R-Fallon, added that "If the ads were more
to the issues and less personal, we may have run them."
LISTEN FOR YOURSELF
down to listen to each 60-second spot.
The facts are
otherwise and were easily accessible. Both of the radio spots have been
posted at NevadaLabor.com
since Jan. 25. Your reporter was informed but the story failed to tell
your readers of that availability.
Two minutes of
listening would reveal that neither announcement makes any kind of personal
attack on Commissioner Pearce. Each merely requests that taxpayers ask
him to inquire into the credit card charges of CC Communications executives.
As one of his official duties, Mr. Pearce chairs the public body which
oversees CC Communications for the county.
KHWG general manager Dee Gregory's allegations were news to us. He gave
our representative a single excuse for turning the workers away: CC Communications
is a big advertiser.
CC Communications continues its refusal to reveal the purposes for which
the credit card charges were incurred. Like Churchill County and the Internal
Revenue Service, the company's policy clearly requires
full documentation: "When approving the bill, attach your receipts
to it with the purpose and guests appropriately noted on the back of the
receipt," their own rules state.
CC Comm attorney Mark Feest called our efforts "a smear." That
comes far closer to a personal attack than anything the workers or their
union have done.
The bottom line is respect for an honest day's work. In return for their
hard and sometimes dangerous labor, CC Comm offered its employees a pay
cut. Inflation has been tracking at an annual rate of about five percent.
CC Comm offered only 2.5 percent. That's below the cost of living and,
by any measure, a pay cut.
The employees turned down the company offer and have worked without a
contract since last June.
does not end with paychecks. Last year at a meeting attended by CC Comm
workers and Churchill County employees, a top executive forced some participants
to wear dunce caps with floppy ears.
Because our members raised questions about credit card expenditures, we
requested documentation. CC Comm is owned by the taxpayers. This is public
The company has
explained just two or three of hundreds of transactions, and only in press
have not acted on two requests to provide a full accounting of what the
charges were for.
Perhaps if the
Fallon Star-Press asked for the information, you would be more successful.
John Doran is a staff representative for the Communications Workers
partial list of vendors patronized with CC Communications credit
Harmony, Brooklyn New York
Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company,
The Fontainebleau, Miami
Business Objects Crystal
Plumpjack Hotel Squaw Valley
Art Today, Inc.
Oriental Trading Company
Late charge (oops)
Stratosphere Las Vegas
Howlin Good Barbecue
Overlimit fee (oops again)
Baldini's Sports Casino
Mirage, Palms and Hard Rock Hotel,
Port of Subs
Round Table Pizza
Leilani's on the Beach, Maui
Total Fitness Athletic Center, Fallon
provided by the company at union request.
2.36.040 County Credit Cards:
county employee who is issued a county card may only use
the credit card to purchase goods or services for the county.
An accurate record of expenses to include duplicate receipts
of all transactions must be submitted to the comptroller's
office for payment. No personal transactions are allowed.
Any transactions not in compliance with this section shall
subject the employee to disciplinary procedures as outlined
in chapter 3.52 of this code and cause forfeiture of said
credit card upon an order by the board of commissioners.
(Bill 2002-G, 2002)
Effective Date: February 15, 1992
Revision Date: March 17, 1997
Subject: Credit Card
File Under: Administration
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CREDIT CARD POLICY
The use of a company credit card
(Mastercard) for travel and business expenses is encouraged
for all management, supervisory and staff employees.
The use of this card allows for
the reduction and amount of cash advances. It allows for
better record keeping.
Occasional purchases made for the
company can save considerable time and effort rather than
obtaining a cash advance or using your own credit card or
check. These types of purchases should be kept to a minimum.
Do not physically loan your card
to any other employee.
Receipts for charges should be kept
until you receive the Mastercard bill from Accounting. When
approving the bill attach your receipts to it with the purpose
and guests appropriately noted on the back of the receipt.
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