March 20, 2008: NABJ President Barbara Ciara suggested the
NABJ treasurer and executive board revisit the UNITY convention split model.
July 23-27, 2008: The UNITY convention is held in Chicago.
November 7, 2008: UNITY acknowledges receipt of NABJ
treasurer Greg Lee’s request for full accounting of expenses from the UNITY
October 2009: NAHJ member Rafael Olmeda steps down as UNITY
President, citing personal reasons; NABJ’s immediate past president Ciara
elected to fill the remainder of Olmeda’s term
October 24, 2010: The UNITY board elects NAHJ member Joanna
Hernandez as president.
December 3, 2010: Outgoing UNITY President Ciara submits
NABJ’s first convention split proposal to the UNITY Board.
December 12, 2010: UNITY Board of Directors holds conference
call to discuss NABJ revenue sharing proposal. The board tabled NABJ’s motion
to give a committee composed of the presidents (with input from their financial
officers) time to accept our proposal or submit an alternative by January 21.
The Unity board must act on that proposal by January 31. Both of
these deadlines were approved in a motion.
December 14, 2010: Ciara appoints
NABJ member and UNITY secretary Leisa Richardson as 2012 Convention Chair.
UNITY’s president later informed Richardson that she would be rescinding the
January 5, 2011: NABJ’s finance committee meets via
conference call; discusses impact of UNITY’s convention split
January 11, 2011: UNITY executive director submits response
to NABJ’s original proposal.
January 12, 2011: Alliance partner treasurers meet via
January 16, 2011: Negotiation session is held between UNITY’s
treasurer and NABJ’s treasurer
January 20, 2011: UNITY submits first counter proposal.
January 21, 2011: Alliance partner presidents hold
conference call. The board directs the NABJ treasurer and UNITY treasurer to
devise a compromise.
January 21, 2011:
NABJ treasurer submits second NABJ proposal to UNITY executive director.
January 28, 2011: UNITY president
and UNITY executive director meet with NABJ Board of Directors.
January 31, 2011: NABJ sends third and final proposal to
February 4, 2011: NABJ conducts web town hall meeting for
February 18: Alliance presidents meet via conference call. Presidents
did not support the latest NABJ proposal but agreed UNITY’s programming and
governance needed to be revisited. UNITY’s president agreed to appoint
committee to review issues and said funding for a strategic plan would be
included in the budget.
February 20, 2011 NABJ president Kathy Y. Times holds call
with NABJ chapter presidents; UNITY negotiations discussed
February 22, 2011: UNITY’s president visits NABJ’s president
in Jackson, MS
February 28, 2011: NABJ sends membership email update on
March 1, 2011: UNITY sends email message about negotiations
March 7, 2011: The UNITY president sets conference call to
vote on tabled NABJ proposals on March 12.
March 8, 2011: NABJ re-submits governance and revenue
sharing plan motion to UNITY Board of Directors.
March 12, 2011: NAHJ submits proposal to UNITY board hours
before vote on NABJ motions.
March 12, 2011: UNITY rejects both of NABJ’s motions by a
vote of 12-4 each; then the UNITY board passes NAHJ revenue sharing plan in
which it keeps the original formula intact and caps UNITY’s revenue at
$750,000. It also approved a task force to work on a strategic plan. NABJ’s four UNITY representatives did not vote
for either motion.
March 13, 2011: NABJ sends membership an update on the
association’s rejected motions.
March 14, 2011: UNITY releases statement on passing of new
revenue sharing plan.
March 20, 2011: NABJ President holds conference call with
Founders, Former Presidents and Chapter Presidents.
March 22, 2011: NABJ conducts national web town hall meeting
March 25-27, 2011: UNITY board meets in McLean, Virginia.
UNITY retains services of a consultant to discuss issues among the groups.
UNITY votes to select Leisa Richardson as 2012 Convention Chair. "A
committee composed of a member from each alliance partner will draft a
strategic plan to chart the direction of UNITY, including fundraising, for
the next several years, to be finalized by June 1st.
"The governance committee composed of the alliance
presidents will review the process to ensure equal and fair voice for each of
the UNITY alliance partners. The board will consider the committee’s
recommendations by April 30th. The board of directors of UNITY is
moving forward with instituting better communications strategies and oversight
to ensure that UNITY in all years and the upcoming 2012 convention is
a success. UNITY has not passed FY2011 budget.
March 29, 2011: NABJ President updates membership on latest
March 30, 2011: NABJ receives 2008 UNITY Convention expense
April 10, 2011: NABJ’s board votes to withdraw from UNITY:
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