BOG Meeting Minutes — May 20, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of May 13, 2009, were accepted.

2. Treasurer Announcement. Treasurer Siskin announced that she will step down at the end of June and asked the Board to seek candidates for the position. After brief discussion, she agreed that a new Treasurer could assume the role in June rather than July. She will provide training and mentoring in the weeks that follow. An e-mail announcement and call for candidates will go to the membership.

3. Meeting with the Director. Extensive discussion ensued over how President Roth should frame the topic of descriptive reports and the role of KSG. Separately, President Roth said he would ask whether the Director intends to fill the Deputy Director’s position after her retirement; how CRS management plans to use staff survey information in the months ahead; and whether there is a plan to fill open Senior Specialist positions.

4. Paper vs. Electronic Earnings and Leave Statements. President Roth summarized the results of a bargaining unit survey in which about 300 respondents were evenly split on a Library proposal to transfer pay and leave statements from paper to electronic media. As a next step, he will discuss the matter with the other Library unions to determine if CREA’s concerns are similar. After he reports back, the Board will decide whether to bargain independently.

5. A&P Grievance. President Roth said that CRS management had denied CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. The union will begin step two of the process by taking the grievance to Library management.

6. Office Support. President Roth suggested that each applicant be interviewed by a panel rather than by him alone. Governor Crocker moved that Steward Beaver, Vice President Moteff, and President Roth serve. Governor Smale seconded. The motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:
Royce Crocker
Julius Jefferson
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Alison Siskin
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — May 13, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of April 22, 2009, were accepted with a correction.

2. CREA Office Support. Governor Stouffer summarized the components of a draft position description (see text of the job announcement below). Discussion of pay, a possible stipend, and potential tax implications ensued. Steward Beaver and Governor Stouffer agreed to work with Governor Harlan to research the position’s equipment requirements and report back in a few weeks. Governor McCarthy moved that the Board approve the position description and authorize President Roth to interview candidates. Governor Crocker seconded. Governor Grasso made a friendly amendment to increase the budget outlay for the position from $7,000 to $14,000. Governor Jones made a friendly amendment to raise the outlay by up to $14,000. The motion carried. After further discussion, President Roth agreed to send the Governors an e-mail with the language of the motion and position description for an online vote.

3. New Governor from KSG. After a short round of introductions, Governor Stouffer moved that the Board acknowledge former Governor Ester’s work on behalf of CREA and elect Ryan Granger as a new Governor from KSG. Governor Crocker seconded. The motion carried. The Board welcomed Mr. Granger.

4. CREA Investment Change. Steward Shvedov outlined a proposal to sell a Treasury bond and deposit the funds in a six-month CD with the Library Credit Union. The Board expressed general consent. Discussion turned to the CREA Constitution. Governor Stouffer agreed to report back in a few weeks on the technical requirements of changing the Constitution to allow the Investment Committee to make decisions without having to come before the Board. President Roth asked the Board to look over the Constitution ahead of annual elections so that other areas can be considered for revision with a membership vote.

5. Teleconference. Governor Grasso gave an overview of the April 29 leadership and succession planning teleconference. The Board agreed to set aside 20 to 30 minutes of a future meeting to discuss CREA’s succession plan and leadership model in years ahead.

6. Grievances. President Roth updated the Board on grievances stemming from issues related to A&P, website photos, and changes in scheduling for staff with compressed work weeks whose regular day off falls on a holiday observance. Discussion ensued. President Roth distributed a list of ongoing and future issues for Board consideration.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:
Cheryl Beaver
Vanessa Burrows
Royce Crocker
Ryan Granger
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Maxim Shvedov
Bryan Sinquefield
Debbie Stine
Mallary Stouffer
Sibyl Tilson

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Part-Time Union Local Membership Development and Office and Basic Technology Support
Congressional Research Employees Association (Library of Congress)

This is a great entry-level position which will expose the successful candidate to a wide range of activities in a nonprofit organization. The person will provide support to a small and friendly Capitol-Hill-based union office at the Library of Congress (the Congressional Research Employees Association, representing 400 library staff members). Responsibilities include: helping to create and maintain a membership database; generating reports; supporting membership expansion efforts; accompanying officers to meetings and maintaining notes of meetings; general office administration and scheduling; as well as helping to maintain the union’s website built on a WordPress. The position will provide opportunities to make recommendations and carry out projects related to storing information in digital formats, organizing union information more effectively, and streamlining office functions.

The successful candidate must have some database experience, working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and a strong interest and basic dexterity with digital information, software, and technology related to Web 2.0. The candidate must have the desire to learn to administer and maintain a WordPress site and perform basic operations in the BlueHost server. Some training will be provided by a professional librarian. An interest in nonprofits and unions is a plus.

Position may be appropriate for a graduate student in library or information studies. In addition to a competitive salary, the right person will gain valuable real-world learning experience and recommendations for future professional positions. Scheduling is flexible.

Check the CREA website at creaunion.org for more on the association.

Send resumes via email to CREA@crs.loc.gov