BOG Meeting Minutes — April 22, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of April 15, 2009, were accepted.

2. Training. After a description by Governor Grasso of a two-day strategic planning seminar offered by Joe Swerdzewski, discussion ensued over whether training sessions should be staged as daylong events or broken into a series of short teleconferences. Discussion turned briefly to the development of a basic curriculum for core training on federal sector unions and bargaining units. Agreement emerged that there is a need for individuals who are willing to learn and take on specific roles in CREA’s leadership succession. Discussion is to continue at a later meeting.

3. Sponsorship of Non-CREA Events. After brief discussion, Governor Harlan moved that the Board vote to accept a set of guidelines drafted by Governor Stouffer. Governor Stine seconded. The motion carried. Governor McCarthy moved that the Board vote to dissolve the committee formed to come up with the guidelines. Governor Stine seconded. The motion carried.

4. CREA Office Support. The Board considered the steps to take in the recruitment and hiring of an office assistant, including the creation of a position description, determination of pay, advertising of the position, interviewing of candidates, and final selection. Governor Stouffer agreed to work with Steward Beaver on a draft proposal of decisions to be made and report back to the Board in two weeks.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Debbie Stine
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — April 15, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of April 8, 2009, were accepted.

2. Grievance. President Roth updated the Board on the status of the grievance, noting its focus on management’s refusal to acknowledge CREA’s right to bargain the potential impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Governor Harlan made a motion that CREA move ahead with it. Governors Burrows and Crocker seconded. The motion carried.

3. Treasurer’s Quarterly Report. Following Treasurer Siskin’s presentation, discussion ensued. Governor Grocker moved to increase funding for CREA events by $1,000. Governor McCarthy seconded. The motion carried. Treasurer Siskin asked that receipts from recruitment events be brought to her for accounting and reimbursement. Governor Crocker then moved that the publications fund be increased by $75. Governor McCarthy seconded. Governor Crocker amended his motion to include a $25 increase in the petty cash fund. Governor Burrows seconded. After discussion, Governor McCarthy made a friendly amendment to increase the publications fund by $175. The motion carried. Treasurer Siskin asked for suggested candidates for a financial audit of CREA’s records.

4. Willie Price. Vice President Moteff briefed the Board on Ms. Price’s situation and actions taken to date. Discussion followed. Vice President Moteff said he would check whether the Library Guild had made a monetary contribution. Discussion turned to Governor McCarthy’s motion from the previous meeting that CREA make a donation to Ms. Price. Governor McCarthy then moved that $100 be donated and the membership contacted about making a contribution. Governor Crocker seconded. The motion carried.

5. Funding of Non-CREA-Sponsored Events. The Board continued the previous meeting’s discussion of whether CREA should allocate money for events not sponsored by the union. Governor McCarthy moved that a committee be formed to come up with recommendations on a policy. Governor Crocker seconded. The motion carried. Governor Stouffer volunteered to chair, and Vice President Reeder and Governor McCarthy volunteered to serve. Governor Stouffer agreed to draft a set of guidelines and asked the Board to forward suggestions.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:
Vanessa Burrows
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Jim McCarthy
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — April 8, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of April 1, 2009, were accepted.

2. New BOG Meeting Facilitator. Governor Jefferson volunteered to served as BOG meeting agenda facilitator, and Governor Stine volunteered to serve as Governor Jefferson’s backup.

3. Posting of Staff Photos on CRS.gov. After a presentation by Ms. Stevens and extensive discussion, Governor Stine moved that a committee be formed to consider CREA’s options before coming to the Board with recommendations. Governors Grasso and McCarthy seconded. The motion carried. Vice President Reeder and Governors Grasso, Jones, Stine, Pierce, and Burrows volunteered to serve on the committee.

4. Funding of Non-CREA-Sponsored Events. The Board considered the proposition that CREA allocate budget money for events not sponsored by the union. Governor McCarthy moved that CREA make a financial contribution to Willie Price and that the membership be contacted about making a contribution. Governor Stine seconded. Discussion ensued. Governor McCarthy made an amendment to continue discussion after the governors had sent Vice President Moteff questions about the situation. Governors Smale, Grasso, and Crocker seconded. The motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Vanessa Burrows
Beverly Campbell
Nicolas Cook
Royce Crocker
Karma Ester
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Shelley Harlan
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Steve Pierce
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Gina Stevens
Debbie Stine
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — April 1, 2009

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1. Recognition of Rita. After brief discussion, Governor Smale moved that the Board award Rita $300 in recognition of her years of service to CREA. Governor Campbell seconded. The motion carried.

2. Additional Training Expenses. The Board discussed how to cover a remaining expense of about $64 for coffee and doughnuts provided during the recent training session with GAO. Governor Smale moved that the amount be fully funded from the CREA budget after receipts were collected and the total amount determined. Governors McCarthy, Ester, and Grasso seconded. The motion carried.

3. Union Training and Board Development Strategies. After a presentation of training and development opportunities by Governor Grasso, discussion ensued. Governor Smale moved that CREA, as a first step prior to possible attendance at a June 17 workshop, participate in a free April 29 teleclinic on leadership succession and executive transition. Governor Stine seconded. The motion carried. The Board agreed to continue discussion of another training opportunity, a Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) seminar on union organization and strategic planning, after learning more about it.

4. Joint CREA/CRS Relationship Training. Following a short overview, President Roth agreed to make inquiries and report back to the Board on how long the training would run, its cost, and whether CREA attendees could receive official time.

5. A&P Author Contact Information. Vice President Moteff asked that comments on a draft proposal be forwarded to him by April 3.

6. Staff Photos on the New CRS Website. A sense of the Board emerged that CREA should request an information session on the publishing of staff photos. The Board also expressed the sense that it should request to bargain. Team volunteers are needed.

7. Mercury System. An information session on the system’s possible impact on working conditions has been requested. Governors Smale, Harlan, Crocker, and Jefferson agreed to serve on the bargaining team.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Vanessa Burrows
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Karma Ester
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Shelley Harlan
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
M-J Oboroceanu
Steve Pierce
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Alison Siskin
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Debbie Stine