BOG Meeting Minutes — August 25, 2010

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1. Treasurer (Appointment of Sibyl Tilson). Governor Crocker moved, Governor Reeder seconded, and the motion passed unanimously, that Sibyl Tilson will replace Pat Purcell as Treasurer. Thanks to new Treasurer Tilson.

2. Law Recruit Program. President R. and VP Jefferson met with T.J. Halstead and Kevin Greely; it is time to extend the program and management wants to recruit law clerks. VP Jefferson reported that the program looks good (frequency is dependent on funding in any given year). Governor Smole moved, Governor Crocker seconded, and the motion passed unanimously, that the program be extended for a year with the additional recruiting category of law clerks.

3. IFPTE Per Capita Increase.IFPTE is requesting a per capita increase of 15 cents (per member per month); this is to enable a buyout of IFPTE pension obligations from what is now a rapidly collapsinginvestment vehicle. Governor Crocker moved and Governor Harlan seconded that we vote no on the increase. After discussion, Governor Crocker moved to table the vote while Treasurer Tilson inquires about the plans for the pension obligation once it is bought out. The motion to table passed unanimously.

4. Bargaining Update. Bargaining team has met and is discussing ground rules. Negotiating training will be Friday, September 10, with four slots available beyond the team members.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Jasmina Miric
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer
Sibyl Tilson

CREA BOG Meeting Minutes — August 18, 2010

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1. Minutes from Aug. 11 meeting accepted.

2. Meetings with House Appropriation Committee and House Administration Committee staff: President Roth mentioned topics of discussion were contract reopening and employee surveys.

3. Contract Negotiations: President Roth to meet with Doug Warshof to discuss official time for developing ground rules.

4. Meeting with Library’s Performance Management Staff: Discussed Library’s expectations in Performance Management. The Library’s staff offered training to CREA officers, stewards, and governors.

5. Raise for Mary Rose: End of Mary Rose first year. Governor Crocker moved to provide Mary Rose with raise, comparable to federal employee raises, and made retroactive to her anniversary date. Governor Granger seconded. Approved unanimously.

6. ALD’s Law Recruit Program: CRS management has asked to modify the program to allow CRS to include law clerks in the recruitment pool. The Law Recruit Program has as part of its mission the recruitment of minority candidates. Management provided some demographic information from the National Association of Law Clerks. There was some uncertainty on how to interpret the information to see if it represented a strong pool from which to recruit minorities. Governor Crocker moved to gather more information regarding other available places to recruit before accepting management proposal. Governor Campbell seconded. Governor McCarthy offered a friendly amendment to also ask for ALD’s annual reports on the Recruit Program. The motion, with the friendly amendment, was unanimously accepted.

7. IFPTE Per Capita Increase: IFPTE has proposed the increase to buy-out IFPTE’s participation in a group defined pension fund. Some of the members of the fund are private sector employers that have suffered financially during the current recession and have dropped out of the fund. This increases the liability of the remaining participants. IFPTE would like to also drop out in anticipation of continued departures of other participants. The per capita increase would be $0.15 per member per month for the next 20 years. A number of questions were asked, including what actions were required by CREA, and what happens if CREA takes no action. It was decided to table this issue to gather more information.

8. Meeting with Director: A couple ideas were put forth for President Roth to bring up in his next is meeting with the Director—status of LMI study’s next steps, and plans for meeting with the new Deputy Director.

9. Official Time: President Roth informed the Board that the officers’ agreement with the Library re: reporting of official time has now been met.

Attendees:

Jack Moteff
Dennis Roth
Royce Crocker
David Smole
Valerie Grasso
Sibyl Tilson
Abigail Rudman
Beverly Campbell
Phillip Brogsdale
Shelley Harlen
Jim McCarthy
Ryan Granger
Bryan Sinquefield

BOG Meeting Minutes — August 11, 2010

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1. Minutes from July 28, 2010, approved.

2. Continued previous week’s discussion regarding reopening of contract. President Roth handed out copies of e-mails received from the bargaining unit in response to CREA’s email and web post which highlighted issues that are likely to be put on the negotiating table. Attendees added any personal conversations they had with bargaining unit employees. A spirited discussion focused on issues raised by management, namely up or out promotion policy and later start times, the relative value of the items CREA would put on the table, and the pros and cons of moving forward with reopening the contract.

Governor Harlan put forward a motion to reconsider Board’s prior vote to reopen the contract and to not reopen the contract at this time. Governor Perl seconded the motion.

The motion failed (3 ayes, 7 nays).

3. A brief discussion regarding the LMI study ended the meeting. The ad hoc committee looking at the study will continue to assess the study and determine whether CREA should make a formal response, and whether it should be proactive or reactive to any actions CRS management might take.

Quorum present.

Attendees:

Dennis Roth
Brian Reeder
Jack Moteff
Ian Fergussen
Nicolas Cook
Julius Jefferson
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Sibyl Tilson
David Smole
Libby Perl
Abigail Rudman
Jim McCarthy
Phillip Brogsdale
Cathi Jones
Jasmina Miric
Beverly Campbell
Shelley Harlan
Bryan Sinquefield