BOG Meeting Minutes — June 24, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of June 17, 2009, were accepted.

2. Resignation of Governor Stine. Governor Stine announced her resignation and said she had accepted a position with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The Board congratulated Ms. Stine and thanked her for her service.

3. Grievances. Vice President Moteff summarized the basis of a committee recommendation to take the A&P grievance to arbitration, noting that the grievance is specifically over management’s refusal of CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential adverse impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Governor Jefferson moved that CREA take the grievance to arbitration. Governor Harlan seconded. Discussion turned to potential arbitration costs. President Roth outlined CREA’s proposal for the selective removal of author contact information from individual products deemed to be especially sensitive, likely to provoke harassment, or the documented cause of harassment. After more discussion, the motion carried.

4. Investment Committee Report on Proposed Constitutional Changes. Governor Tilson presented an Investment Committee proposal, to be voted on by the Board and presented as a referendum during annual elections, to change the makeup of the Financial Committee from three members to one, and to give the Board the right to establish and modify investment policies and operational guidance. Accompanying the proposed constitutional changes will be a statement to the membership about CREA’s longstanding strategy of investing in safe, government-backed securities, and an assurance that the strategy will continue under the new provisions. Discussion ensued. Governor Stine moved that the Board approve the committee’s proposal and that the committee return in two weeks with a draft statement. Governor Moscatiello seconded. After further discussion, Governor Stine agreed that the motion could be tabled until the proposal and statement are presented as a package.

5. Purchase of Laptop. Governor Harlan briefed the Board on products under consideration and said a formal recommendation would be made in a few weeks.

6. CRS Response to 2008 LC Survey. Questions continued from the previous meeting over the structure, timetable, and implementation of the Service’s Action Plan in response to the findings of the Library employee survey. A consensus emerged that the Service’s Office Heads would provide needed perspective as the Action Plan committees undertake their work.

7. Library Tech and Career Opportunity Positions. President Roth reported that KSG staff in Library tech positions had been placed on a promotion ladder from GS-5 to GS-8, and that training opportunities under the Career Opportunity Program had been made available.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Vanessa Burrows

Beverly Campbell

Valerie Grasso

Shelley Harlan

Julius Jefferson

Jim McCarthy

Lisa Moscatiello

Jack Moteff

M-J Oboroceanu

Brian Reeder

Dennis Roth

Maxim Shvedov

David Smole

Bryan Sinquefield

Katherine Smitherman

Debbie Stine

Mallary Stouffer

Sibyl Tilson

BOG Meeting Minutes — June 17, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of June 3, 2009, were accepted.
2. Grievances. Vice President Moteff said a meeting would be held on June 18 to come up with a recommendation for the Board on whether to proceed with the A&P grievance over management’s refusal of CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Separately, he reported that discussion of a policy for KSG-written products is still under way, and that CREA had not yet heard back from the Library on its reevaluation of whether the eighth administrative support assistant should be in the bargaining unit.
3. Tuesday Morning Update Announcement on CRS Response to 2008 LC Survey. Wide-ranging discussion ensued over the structure and elements of the Service’s Action Plan for the LC employee survey findings. The Board agreed that CREA should assist in the orientation of new staff through Steward outreach and assistance, especially for recently hired employees who missed part of the full Library and CRS orientation. As the Service examines policies designed to promote greater workplace flexibility, including the possibility of telework, CREA should ensure that management negotiates any new terms with CREA rather than with individual members or groups of the bargaining unit. A question was raised about whether management intends to evaluate or revise the Service’s policy on part-time work. In future meetings the Board will continue discussion and analysis of management’s Action Plan and initiatives.
4. Scholarship Committee. After summarizing the CREA Scholarship Program’s funding, its mission to promote career development, and the Scholarship Committee’s work to date, Governor Stouffer said she would work with a Steward and another CREA member to draft a set of recommendations to bring back to the Board.
5. Questions for the Director. The Board agreed that President Roth should ask the Director for additional information about management’s reasoning and timetable for examining workplace flexibility policies, staffing capacities and configuration, and allocation of personnel and non-personal resources for FY2010 and FY2011. Discussion briefly turned to the question of when the Library plans to conduct an employee survey broken out by service unit.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:
Beverly Campbell
Ryan Granger
Shelley Harlan
Cathi Jones
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Bryan Sinquefield
Debbie Stine
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — June 3, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of May 20, 2009, were accepted.

2. Interim Treasurer. President Roth reported that Pat Purcell had agreed to fill in for Treasurer Siskin until annual elections.

3. KSG – Written Products. President Roth said an understanding had been reached between KSG management and the Office of Research, and that guidelines for written products were being developed. A meeting to discuss the matter was to be scheduled, he said, possibly for the following week.

4. IFPTE Convention. After discussion, Governor Stine moved that the Board vote not to purchase an advertisement in the Convention book. Governor Crocker seconded. The motion carried. Discussion turned to IFPTE’s proposed 75-cent increase in the base per capita tax, to be phased in from FY2011 through FY2013. A general consensus emerged that the International should increase training opportunities for the Locals. Governor Stine agreed to draft an amendment for President Roth to propose as a resolution out of the Convention’s Federal Sector Committee that would dedicate part or all of the base rate increase to the training of Locals. Separately, President Roth asked for the names of (1) any CREA members who had died since the date of the last Convention for recognition in a moment of silence during Convention proceedings, and (2) CREA members who should be nominated for the Convention’s Len Cornwall Leadership Award.

5. Administrative Support Assistants (ASAs). President Roth said management had agreed that seven of eight ASAs originally placed outside the bargaining unit should, in fact, be in the bargaining unit, and that CREA had requested a reevaluation of the eighth ASA’s eligibility. An e-mail announcing CREA’s successful petition would be sent out.

6. Grievances. President Roth said the A&P grievance over management’s refusal of CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers had been filed at step 2 on May 29. The grievance over in-lieu-of days for compflex/compressed work weeks was on hold pending a review by LC’s Office of General Counsel.

7. Food Services Contract. President Roth said a decision on a Library food contractor had been delayed from July 1 to August 1.

8. Continuity of Operations (COOP). After President Roth had summarized a recent discussion with management about CRS’s position on COOP preparedness and response, the Board agreed that he should seek more information from management on what staff should expect—and what will be expected of staff—in a COOP event.

9. Senate Consideration of H.R. 1256. President Roth distributed an IFPTE press release to Senators expressing its support of two provisions in H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: credit for unused sick leave for federal workers under FERS and automatic enrollment of newly hired federal employees in the G Fund of the TSP, unless the employee voluntarily opts out.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:
Cheryl Beaver
Royce Crocker
Ryan Granger
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Debbie Stine
Sibyl Tilson