BOG Meeting Minutes – August 28, 2013

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1. Minutes. Minutes of August 14 accepted pending confirmation of House and Senate FY2014 budget recommendations for CRS.

2. Elections. Election of Officers and Governors to be held on Wednesday, October 2. Final details of election notification letter and petitions of nomination discussed; will be distributed to membership tomorrow. Signed petitions due by September 11. Still hoping to recruit some candidates from G&F and ALD. Need a volunteer who isn’t running for any office to run election.

3. Update on Arbitration. Went before the arbitrator about the case where management did not follow their own special announcement about going to OIC and holding managers who don’t accountable. Management claimed they didn’t go to OIC about conflict between employee and supervisor in which employee reported discriminatory language because employee and CREA already had. Also claimed the special announcement wasn’t binding and conferred no rights to employees. Arbitrator agreed with management that not going to OIC after employee and CREA already had wasn’t a problem, but also agreed with CREA that special announcement is policy and needs to be followed. Split decision; costs of arbitration will be split.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Karma Ester
Valerie Grasso
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Julius Jefferson
Chris Lewis
Jack Moteff
Libby Perl
Bryan Reeder
Chelsea Robertson
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer

BOG Meeting Minutes – August 14, 2013

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1. FY2014 CRS Budget Update from Ed Jablonski. FY2014 situation is still unknown, only speculation at this point. One likely scenario is CR, which would keep us at or near last year’s levels. Figures of $101.4 million and $108.8 million have been mentioned in House and Senate committee meetings, respectively, but not much reason to expect anything different than last year. Program increases unlikely in this budget environment. If CRS stays at level funding, costs like WIGs and a possible federal raise still have to be absorbed, but attrition will offset some of this. Non-payroll cuts will be considered first; after that, look at what to do with contracts, how much to do with FTEs. Probably won’t need hiring freeze with flat budget. Recent hiring has essentially been to keep up with attrition. Expected to have 593-600 FTEs in FY2014. Hiring will be top priority if there is extra money after costs like WIGs, not furloughing, etc., are accounted for. No way to know about furlough yet; it’s a Library decision. Probably won’t be necessary with flat budget.

2. Health Violations in Madison Cafeteria. Not as many violations occurred as were reported due to double-counting between different inspectors. Vermin report was due to crack in ceiling, not an actual sighting or evidence of vermin. Library is hiring in-house inspector. All violations have been addressed, and ILC will submit a report to the Library about how they’ve fixed the problems and how they will prevent future issues.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Attendees:

David Bradley
Philip Brogsdale
Beverly Campbell
Valerie Grasso
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Julius Jefferson
Cathi Jones
Chris Lewis
Bonnie Mangan
Jack Moteff
Linda Jo Schierow
Bryan Sinquefield
Mallary Stouffer
Nancy Canales
Thomas Nicola
Will Mallet