BOG Meeting Minutes – February 27, 2013

1. Minutes. The minutes of February 20, 2013, were accepted unanimously.

2. New Board Member. Gov. Rudman is stepping down. Former Gov. Bonnie Mangan from KSG agreed to take her place through the end of the term in October. Gov. Stouffer moved to elect Ms. Mangan, Gov. Bradley seconded, the motion passed unanimously. Congratulations and thanks to Ms. Mangan.

3. Library Testimony Before Leg. Branch Subcomm. Dir. Mazanec drew a correlation between reduction of CRS staff and a reduction in the amount of personal contact with Members/staffers. She responded somewhat positively about telework when asked by Rep. Wasserman-Shultz. Rep. Wasserman-Shultz suggested she may want more feedback from unions and employees. Dr. Billington laid out various plans for sequester cuts and noted there may still be tweaking to the Library furlough plan.

4. CREA Office Support. Gov. Rudman will ask/work with Cheryl Beaver (who spearheaded recruitment efforts last time) to jump start the process. Last time, we had a committee to write the announcement, determine the best places to post, and post.

5. Open Time. Vote about the donation to the Little Scholars auction to be put on the agenda soon.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Beverly Campbell
Phillip Brogsdale
Valerie Grasso
Chris Lewis
Julius Jefferson
Bonnie Mangan
Jack Moteff
Abby Rudman
Linda-Jo Schierow
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes – February 20, 2013

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1. Minutes. The minutes of February 6, 2013, were accepted unanimously.

2. Meeting with Bob Dizard, Deputy Librarian. Dizard has requested a meeting with all Library unions but no real indication of topic(s) was given. The assumption is the Library’s response to sequestration.

3. Monthly Meeting with the Director. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Send questions/issues to Pres. Moteff.

4. House Appropriations Leg. Branch Subcomm. Hearings and Meeting. The Library will testify on Wednesday, Feb. 27; still no official invite for CREA testimony yet. Meeting with the Leg. Branch Subcomm. went well. No lingering concerns about the Hungerford report. They said we know as much as they do about how sequestration will affect the Library; we shared our concerns (e.g., when will we know? how will the cuts be distributed among Library units?). They hadn’t heard about the Library’s proposal to change EEO procedures. We stated that we have no issue with the Librarian removing himself from the process, but that the Library should still be responsible for conducting investigations.

5. Scholarship Update. Applications have come in, more are expected as the deadline (March 1) approaches.

6. Open Time. (1) Attendees of recent retirement trainings have been told new LCRs will be out this summer addressing phased retirement; unions were told no new LCRs until OPM and other agencies work out their plans. There are negotiable items, CREA wants to be sure we have input. (2) Donation to auction for Library’s Little Scholars program? Could be items or cash. Auction is May 10, the Board will discuss. (3) G&F launching a design review process for all new reports as FDT does. G&F version expected to be significantly different. Will all divisions eventually adopt design review? (4) New G&F emergency coordinator expressed concerns about shelter in place process, including employees moving to different floors and lack of individual unit numbering within offices.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Beverly Campbell
Phillip Brogsdale
Valerie Grasso
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Julius Jefferson
Jack Moteff
Linda-Jo Schierow
Mallary Stouffer
Hassan Hussein

BOG Meeting Minutes – February 6, 2013

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1. Minutes. The minutes of January 30, 2013, are to be submitted for approval after amendment.

2. Scholarship Program Update. The scholarship pool is $8,000 this year: $2,500 for scholarships, $2,500 for loan reimbursement, $3,000 for either use. Minor changes were made to the wording of criteria for awarding scholarships and other program information, including specifying that funds may not be used for travel expenses. Gov. Schierow moved that the changes be approved, Gov. Reeder seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

3. Upcoming Meetings. Meeting with Dennis Hanratty, Library HR, may reveal more of the Library’s plans for sequestration. Meeting House Administration Subcommittee staffer to cover (1) sequestration, (2) concerns about potential changes in EEO procedure, (3) CRS reports—any more discussion of Hungerford report? Any concerns about CRS’s handling of coal ash report?

4. Restarting Mediation. Both sides met with the mediator this week and were asked to discuss areas where they’re flexible. Next meeting scheduled for February 22.

5. Website Problem. We were alerted by a Member office that ads are popping up on google when “creaunion” is searched. Called our host, they said people are piggybacking on our site. They have removed the problem files, but are not sure how it happened; may be happening through comments section. Considerations include changing hosts, finding an experienced webmaster, and refreshing website—which had been recommended anyway.

6. Initiating CREA 101 Brown Bags. Pres. Moteff hopes to launch lunch meetings presenting a range of union/labor issues (e.g., what is a grievance? what is the mediation process?) in the near future. One of the goals is to get members interested and involved in our processes to build CREA leadership and committees for the future.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Phillip Brogsdale
Valerie Grasso
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Julius Jefferson
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Bryan Reeder
Linda-Jo Schierow
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer