BOG Meeting Minutes — March 31, 2010

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1. Minutes. The minutes of March 24, 2010, were accepted as presented.

2. Federal Caucus Reimbursement. We have received partial reimbursement for the money we expended when we hosted the Federal Caucus, and Treasurer P. expects that we will receive the balance. It will be a topic at this year’s Caucus.

3. Speaker on Intellectual Freedom. CREA will sponsor a talk by Barbara Jones, the Director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom, at the Pickford Theater on April 19. Thanks to Vice President J. who arranged the talk.

4. Telework Update. CREA and CRS have reached an agreement on telework. A copy of the agreement will be placed on the website. CIO Lisa Hoppis says that the rollout will replace the 10-laptops-per-division rollout. TEC thinks it can prepare 20-25 laptops per week. The form is still being drafted and will be approved by CREA. We will host two explanatory meetings for staff, time and place to be determined. At President R.’s meeting with the Director on Tuesday, he asked for a one-year pilot on relaxing the restrictions on episodic telework. COOP procedures will be negotiated separately.

5. Recruitment of New Members. We should make a push for new members, using the new telework agreement as a recruitment tool.

6. Change in LCRs. The Library would like to change two LCRs. A bargaining team needs to be formed. Governors Reeder and Grasso volunteered. Stewards will also be asked.

7. Meeting with the Director. In addition to discussion on the episodic telework pilot, President R. and the Director talked about the budget (lean year, but there will be no furloughs), the Library’s strategic plan, and the upcoming CRS Congressional-satisfaction survey. President R. has the survey questions.

8. Appreciation for Jamie Hutchinson. An accolade for Jamie Hutchinson, who provided the graphics for the CREA logo contest, was presented to the Board. Governor Crocker moved, and Governor Reeder seconded, that we present the accolade to Ms. Hutchinson with a check. Slight alterations to the text of the accolade were accepted. Passed unanimously by voice vote.

9. Federal Caucus. Caucus dates are April 12-16. Is anyone interested in attending? Contact President R.

10. Minimally Successfuls. In one division, there seem to be a lot of minimally successful performance ratings. Is this true CRS-wide? Further discussion at future meetings.

11. Tables in A&P. Many people have complained about tables not working in A&P. President R. would like to bring this to the Director’s attention, noting that employees can’t be held to deadlines or optimal presentation due to struggles with the software.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Jasmina Miric
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Pat Purcell
Abby Rudman
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield

BOG Meeting Minutes — March 24, 2010

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1. Deploying New Logo. We should redo our letterhead and the membership cards with our new logo. Some mockups were distributed. The CRS Graphics Team will be consulted. Use of color was discussed.

2. Telework Update. There was a meeting last Thursday, and one tomorrow. There are two major issues left to negotiate. The Director’s testimony before the Appropriations Committee, originally scheduled for today, was postponed.

3. Laptop Computer Rollout. CREA has requested bargaining.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Royce Crocker
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Jasmina Miric
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield

BOG Meeting Minutes — March 17, 2010

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1. Minutes. The minutes of March 3, 2010 were accepted.

2. Telework Negotiation Update. VP Jefferson gave an update. Several important issues remain.

3. IFPTE Federal Caucus/Lobby Week. April 10-16 will be the week; all are invited to consider attending. Official time is available for stewards and officers.

4. Reopening the CBA? VP Jefferson gave an update on the provisions being considered by the committee. Input is sought on issues.

5. OPM Employee Survey. VP Jefferson distributed a copy of the new (2010) survey, which will be conducted soon. A Service Unit question is now included

6. LC Employee Guide. LC will be issuing an updated guide soon.

7. New Governor for KSG. Abby Rudman has stepped forward to fill the vacancy left by Cheryl Beaver’s departure from the Board. Governor McCarthy moved, Governor Crocker seconded, and the motion passed unanimously, that Ms. Rudman serve the remainder of Ms. Beaver’s term. Thanks and congratulations to Ms. Rudman.

8. Sponsoring a Speaker or Speakers? Might CREA want to sponsor a speaker from ALA? Information distributed for Board consideration.

9. Thank You Gift. Governor Harlan suggested CREA give a thank you gift of $100 to the staff member who developed our new logo. Governor Harlan moved, Governor McCarthy seconded, and the motion passed unanimously, that CREA give a thank you gift of $100 to Jamie Hutchinson.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Royce Crocker
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Jim McCarthy
Libby Perl
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — March 3, 2010

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1. Minutes.The minutes of February 17, 2010, were accepted.

2. Scholarship and Loan Committee. Secretary S. reported that the committee had completed its deliberations and that four loan grants and two scholarships were to be awarded. Announcements will go out this week. Congratulations to all.

3. FLRA Training Report. Governor Perl reported on the FLRA statutory training she had attended and recommended it highly.

4. CREA Cafe. VP Jefferson caught the Board up on divisional rotation. Thanks to all volunteers.

5. Grievance Mediation. VP Moteff reported on a grievance. Mediation is being pursued before going to arbitration.

6. Response to Director on Enhancing CRS Products. Governor Crocker distributed a draft of some suggestions. A follow-up meeting will be held, with all CREA members invited to attend and offer suggestions.

7. CREA Meetings with Congressional Staff. VPs Jefferson and Moteff reported on productive meetings with Leg Branch subcommittee staff and House Administration staff.

8. LMI CRS User Study. VP Moteff mentioned that CREA input would be sought.

9. Financial Review Complete. Treasurer Purcell distributed copies of the review conducted by CPA Judith Ann Kellogg in accordance with our financial guidelines. The local is in good shape; thanks to Treasurer Purcell, Governor Smole, and the Investment Committee.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Jasmina Miric
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Pat Purcell
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer