BOG Meeting Minutes — December 13, 2011

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1. Minutes of November 30. The minutes of November 30, 2011, were accepted.

2. Recipients for Christmas Donation. Governor Ester provided a list of local charities and after discussion a decision was made to donate $250 each to the following four groups:
Capitol Hill Group Ministries
N Street Village
Operation Homefront (D.C. Metro)
Share Food Network (D.C., Maryland, Virginia)

Thanks to Governor Ester and other board members who contributed ideas.

3. LC Union Drive for Martha’s Table. A box will be available outside the office to collect appropriate items for the drive. Personal care items (soap, razors, toothpaste, etc) and children’s books are requested.

4. Meeting with the Director. President R. reported on his first meeting with the new director now that she has been appointed permanently; it went well. Congratulations to Ms. Mazanec; we will invite her and her team to a coffee with the Officers, Board, and Stewards in the new year.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Attendees:

Karma Ester
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — November 30, 2011

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1. Minutes. The minutes of November 16, 2011, were accepted.

2. Governor Slots Vacant. ALD, G&F, and RSI still need Governors.

3. Holiday Party or Alternative. Given the ongoing environment, Governor Perl moved, Governor Martinez seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that we take the $1,000 that we might spend for a holiday party and donate it to a few worthy causes instead. A decision on the donations will be made at the next meeting.

4. Steward Elections. VP Jefferson reported that steward election materials will be distributed soon and elections should be completed by January 17.

5. Master Contract. President R. reported that the representational activity article has been tabled. The consultative management article has been agreed on. Next is alternative work schedules, followed by performance.

6. Website/ Communications Team. VP Moteff is interested in relinquishing the lead on the team.

7. Other.
a. Governor Grasso mentioned that $2,005.60 was raised by the CFC bake sale. Congratulations to all concerned.
b. Governor Martinez solicited input on the cafeteria; President R. suggested Governor Martinez might attend the Food Services meetings.

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

Attendees:
D. Andrew Austin
Phillip Brogsdale
Karma Ester
Val Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Martinez Majors
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — November 16, 2011

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1. Minutes. The minutes of October 26, 2011, were accepted.

2. FMLA Regulation. The new regulation on Family and Medical Leave is nearly ready.

3. FECA Regulation. The new Workers’ Compensation (Federal Employees’ Compensation) regulation has been issued.

4. Travel LCR. A modified travel regulation has been given to the unions.

5. ADA Regulation. The unions are close to giving an updated regulation to management.

6. Contract Bargaining. VP Moteff reported on progress. Association Representational Activity is the current article; Consultative Management is next and Space Moves and Employee Relocation comes after that.

7. Post VERA/VSIP. Twenty-two CRS staff have taken the offer. Nineteen were in the bargaining unit (eight CREA members).

8. President’s Meeting with Acting Director. President R. reported on meeting. Apparently we (CRS) are OK through FY2012 (RIFs and furloughs unlikely).

9. SmartBenefits. President R. reported on changes to SmarTrip cards. A separate account will be created for your SmartBenefits. Also, monthly benefit amounts may drop substantially next year. Details will be
forthcoming.

10. CREA Coffee. Coffee event was big success! Thanks to Governors Perl and Rudman. We will hold another one in a couple of months.

11. Other.
a. Mr. Carron (head of labor relations) is retiring to become an administrative law judge in the District.
b. Baked goods for the CFC bake sale are called for by Governor Grasso.

Meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.

Attendees:

D. Andrew Austin
Karma Ester
Val Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — October 26, 2011

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1. Minutes. The minutes of October 19, 2011, were accepted.

2. New Governor for KSG. Karma Ester has volunteered to join the board . Governor Rudman moved, Governor Grasso seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that Ms. Ester join the board. Thanks to new Governor Ester!

3. CREA Event. Governors Rudman and Perl described a possible coffee and donut event to be held Wednesday morning, November 9 (9:00-10:30). It sounds like a great idea. Thanks to Governors Rudman and Perl.

4. Emerging Concerns. President R and VP Jefferson mentioned the staffing and hours of the reference centers, along with the concept of ‘repurposing’ the centers. Other concerns include the ‘doing more with less’ that is likely necessary in the current environment.

5. Contract Bargaining. Employee rights article is coming along; sticking points remain. Next up are association representational activity and consultative management.

6. LCR2010-3.1 Revision. The regulation governing the processing of EEO complaints is out of date. CREA has submitted a proposal to update the reg.

7. Exit Interviews. The Director and CRS Workforce will each conduct an exit interview.

8. Successful Desk Audit. CREA requested a desk audit that resulted in an upgrade recommendation.

9. Other. Governor Grasso mentioned the CFC bake sale will be November 22.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Karma Ester
Val Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Libby Perl
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — October 19, 2011

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1. Minutes. The minutes of October 5, 2011, were accepted.

2. Introduction of New Board and Officers. President Roth swore in the remaining Board members and everyone was introduced. Welcome to the new officers and Board members.

3. CREA FY2012 Budget. Treasurer Austin presented a refined budget. Agreement was to add in the annual amount for the Metropolitan Washington Council (which we joined this year). Governor Grasso moved, Governor Jones seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that $1,000 be added for professional meetings and training. Governor Jones moved, Governor Reeder seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that the budget be accepted as amended. Thanks to Treasurer Austin!

4. Board Vacancies. We have only nine governors (and nine vacancies)! Bryan Sinquefield has volunteered to serve. Governor Rudman moved, Governor Grasso seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that Bryan Sinquefield be added to the Board. Congratulations and thanks to new Governor Sinquefield.

5. Steward Elections. Annual elections are coming up; VP Jefferson will be contacting everyone with necessary information.

6. CREA Activity Update. President R. gave updates.
a) Master contract bargaining—underway for the past year.
b) Various LC regulations are also being updated and negotiated (along with the other LC unions).
c) Several cases are in dispute resolution.
d) Several discrimination cases are underway.
e) A couple of issues may lead to ULPs being filed (senior level staff performance assessment and issues regarding the Blackberries).

7. Madison Lounges. LC is refurbishing the lounges; CREA is entitled to a representative. Can we get some of these lounges turned into shower/locker rooms? Governor Jones volunteered to be the representative. Thanks to Governor Jones.

8. Graduate Recruits. President R. suggested we run an event: invite them and see how things are going for them. VP Moteff will organize it; thanks to VP Moteff.

9. President’s Meeting with Acting Director. President R. reported on meeting. It was mostly focused on the budget; situation is serious, but perhaps not dire (neither RIFs nor furloughs imminent).

10. Other. New food vendor and situation of downstairs coffee bar once again mentioned; concern has been brought to LC and received favorably.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

D. Andrew Austin
David Bradley
Phillip Brogsdale
Val Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Martinez Majors
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer