BOG Meeting Minutes — July 27, 2011

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1. Minutes.The minutes of July 20, 2011, were accepted with edits.

2. Grievance. VP Jefferson presented a CREA grievance brought in April relating to so-called Smart Goals; the grievance has been denied at step 1 and step 2. The grievance committee recommends not pursuing the grievance to arbitration. Governor Jones moved, Governor Crocker seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that we accept the committee recommendation and not proceed to arbitration.

3. Affiliation with AFL-CIO Metropolitan Council. Governor Jones moved, Governor Reeder seconded, and the motion passed that we affiliate with the Washington Metropolitan Council of the AFL-CIO for a period not to exceed one year, at the end of which an assessment will be made of whether to continue. The annual cost of affiliation is expected to be about $1,800.

4. Updates. President R. reported on several items.
a) Senior level performance. The same system will be used as for other staff. CREA believes it has bargaining rights on this implementation.

b) Meeting with the Acting Director. President R. reported on his meeting. The budget is still difficult and uncertain; VERA/VSIP (buyout and early out) authority has been requested and a plan sent to Congress. The sense is that buyouts will be offered to CRS; details are not available yet.

c) EEOC/OIC head departs. The current head of the office is leaving today; this creates some concern for current EEOC cases and the future.

5. Other / Questions.
a) Cafeteria; can we have a separate staff area? (Probably not.)

b) Windows 7; is the new operating system more locked down? (Yes.)

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

Royce Crocker
Ryan Granger
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Jasmina Miric
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes — July 20, 2011

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1. Minutes.The minutes of July 13, 2011, were accepted with an addition.

2. Presentation by Kathleen McKirchy. Ms McKirchy, from the AFL-CIO Metropolitan Washington Council, gave an overview presentation of the Council’s activities and distributed information packets. At a future meeting the Board will consider joining the Council.

3. CRS Director. The position of CRS Director will be posted.

4. CREA Cafe. Budget review suggests we are spending about 50% more than we had budgeted. Also the Cafe has evolved somewhat differently than what was expected at the outset. Consensus is to suspend the Cafe for the summer and develop a monthly alternative.

5. Cafeteria Renovation.On or about August first, the Adams cafe will reopen and the 6th floor Madison cafeteria will close until the end of the year; “grab and go” food will be available in the Montpelier Room; also the ground floor cafe will continue to be available.

6. Rooms for Nursing Mothers. VP Jefferson reported that a proposal to add a nursing mother lounge in LM 312 (ready in December) and one in the Adams building (ready in October) has been made. Thanks to VP Jefferson for getting the LC moving on this.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Royce Crocker
Ryan Granger
Valerie Grasso
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Mallary Stouffer

Guest:

Kathleen McKirchy , Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO

BOG Meeting Minutes — July 13, 2011

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1. Minutes.The minutes of June 29, 2011, were accepted.

2. FMLA. An agreement between the unions and LC has been reached on the Family and Medical Leave Act. An MOU (or MOA) will be signed soon.

3. Bargaining. Contract negotiations are proceeding somewhat slowly.

4. Early Outs/Buyouts. One option has been outlined involving a VERA/VSIP and a furlough to add up, along with some other measures, to a $7 million reduction.

5. Windows 7. President R. reports some feedback on issues has come in from the divisions who have been changed over thus far. CREA is monitoring the situation.

6. Blackberry Distribution. 100+new Blackberries are to be distributed … CREA is interested in criteria for distribution.

7. CREA Cafe. VP Moteff reported on and distributed results from the questionnaire.

8. Metropolitan Council.Should CREA join the AFL/CIO DC Metropolitan Council? A representative will come to the July 20 BOG meeting and give a presentation.

9. Should CREA Leave the LC Survey Response Committee?Over one year has passed. President R. recommends withdrawing from what appears to be a desultory effort. The Board concurred.

10. Ice Cream Social. We will have an event lateish in August in the CWC. Details to follow; thank you Governor Reeder.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

Phillip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Royce Crocker
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Jim McCarthy
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Abby Rudman
Mallary Stouffer