BOG Meeting Minutes — February 16, 2011

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1. Minutes.The minutes of February 9, 2011, were accepted.

2. Credit Union. Library of Congress Federal Credit Union (LCFCU) representative Adrienne Bigelow gave a brief presentation. LCFCU was commended by several Board members and officers. Thanks to Ms. Bigelow.

3. Federal Caucus/Legislative Work Week. Coming up in April. CREA representatives can attend on training time (if person is eligible, e.g., a steward or officer).

4. Federal Caucus Proposal from IFPTE. President R. asked for input on proposal to formalize the caucus and create a “Federal Caucus Chair.” Discussion will continue at a future meeting.

5. Congressional Meetings.A number of meetings are being undertaken

6. Security Issue Session with Lisa Hoppis. CREA has been offered a meeting with Lisa Hoppis next Thursday at 1 p.m.

7. Meeting with Director and Deputy.President R. reported on meeting. Apparently the 2011 budget although tight, does not include severe cuts. 2012 is more unknown. Budget exercises are being undertaken. Unscheduled telework was also mentioned.

8. Open Time.
Various possible budget challenges were mentioned.
A plug was put in for the scholarship and loan program open season by Sec’y Stouffer.
A plug was put in for new employee outreach by VP Moteff, including a request for orientation topics.
President R. and Governor Smole reported on the financial review; all went well. Thanks to Governor Smole

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

D. Andrew Austin
Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer

Visitor:Adrienne Bigelow

BOG Meeting Minutes — February 9, 2011

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1. Minutes.The minutes of February 2, 2011, were accepted.

2. Telework Poll. The poll thus far: 60 in favor of following the OPM policy guidance on allowing “unscheduled telework,” 11 against.

3. ULP (Unfair Labor Practice). President R. reported on an inappropriate comment made by the Director at one of the annual divisional director’s address follow-up meetings. A ULP is to be filed.

4. Director’s Meetings. The Director and Deputy Director will continue conducting the follow-up meetings.

5. African-American Heritage Month Film Sponsorship. VPJefferson reported that CREA will join the other LOC unions in sponsoring the documentary film “Brother Outsider” to be shown as part of the month’s activities.

6. Computer Issues.Governor Reeder reported on concerns relating to proxy rights; also, the information in the TMU about increased security measures for remote e-mail was raised. Steward Tilson mentioned problems with outdated software programs. A briefing will be requested on computer access and security.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer
Sibyl Tilson

BOG Meeting Minutes — February 2, 2011

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1. Introduction of New Governor Chris Lewis (PUB). Governor Harlan introduced Chris Lewis, who has volunteered to take her place on the board. Welcome Chris!

2. Minutes.The minutes of January 5, 2011, were accepted.

3. Master Contract.President R. gave an update on bargaining.

4. Updates.

a) FMLA. President R. reports a rewrite of the regulation is underway because of a change in legislation to include certain situations regarding military personnel. The hope is to also improve and streamline the forms needed.

b) Telework. Question about what staff will think of the library following OPM policy for unscheduled telework. The communications team will send out an e-mail.

c) Arbitration. A denied grievance is being considered for arbitration.

d) Congressional Relations. President R. reports that meetings are being scheduled with committee staff. Any contacts are requested.

5. Scholarship and Loan Grant Program/Guidelines. Secretary Stouffer reports that a new round will be started. A minor alteration/clarification to the guidelines was requested by the committee. Governor Crocker moved, Governor McCarthy seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that the alteration be approved.

6. Library of Congress Credit Union (LCFCU).LCFCU would like to visit a board meeting and give a pitch on Credit Union benefits; a visit was approved.

7. Graduate Recruit Bargaining.President R. reported that bargaining is underway.

8. Retention Survey.Discussion deferred to a future meeting.

9. IFPTE Legislative Week.Is there board interest in attending?

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

D. Andrew Austin
Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Bryan Sinquefield
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer