BOG Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2013

1. Minutes from previous meeting (December 4) accepted.

2. Donation to charities in lieu of having a Christmas party. Looked at donation amounts and recipients from past years. Jack noted that N-Street Village didn’t cash the donation check from last year; proposed that they be omitted from the list this year. Gov. Stouffer moved to distribute total of $1000 equally between Capitol Hill Ministry, Operation Homefront and Share Food Network. Motion seconded by Gov. Reeder and
passed unanimously.

3. Training needs for 2014. Vice President Grasso discussed a general vision for training in 2014 and asked that board members think about ideas to contribute on the subject. Specifically, she mentioned training on the role of governors on the board of a non-profit organization, for example their fiduciary responsibilities. She also mentioned the importance of launching a sustainable succession initiative to support the process of filling officer/governor positions in the future.

4. CBA Update. President Moteff updated the board on the CBA negotiation. The negotiating team met after last week’s BOG meeting and made the decision to reject management’s latest proposal. Jack noted that the Executive Director of the Federal Services Impasses Panel was scheduled to submit a recommendation to the panel later that day. The next step in the process will be determined by what has been proposed to the panel.

5. Email regarding Service to Congress during inclement weather/government closure. The board discussed the content of communication notices (emails/‘Announcements’) sent by management to CRS employees regarding employee work-related responsibilities during government closure due to inclement weather. Discussion centered around uncertainty about management’s expectations of employees in regard to taking requests during government closures.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm.

Attendees:
Jack Moteff
Julius Jefferson
Valerie Grasso
Chelsea Robertson
Bryan Sinquefield
Brian Reeder
Mallory Stouffer
Patty Figliola
Michael Martin
Libby Perl

BOG Meeting Minutes – December 4, 2013

1. Minutes. Minutes from the November 6 BOG meeting were not available for review.

2. Annual Meeting Recap. A couple ideas on how to get more people to come were put forward: a) schedule closer to the lunch period; b) better publicity; c) cut down on time spend on officer reports, perhaps by making reports available ahead of meeting; d) canvas membership on ideas

3. Steward elections. Try to accomplish by year’s end. Allow email voting. Juilus will provide governors with membership lists and duties of steward. CREA hopes to have more regular steward meetings.

4. CFC. Unions were given update on status of giving. Program delayed because of government shutdown. Processing of paper forms costs $15. Please consider online giving. CFC national organization will not provide ‘thermometers’ at the door this year.

4. Meeting with Mary questions. Will provide Mary with CREA’s ‘Lessons Learned from Shutdown,’ ask about final report on research assistant positions; use of Mercury statistics for resource allocation.

5. CBA update. Negotiating team narrowed CREA’s issues and provided FSIP with language. Management provided its list of ‘critical issues’ with accompanying language at FSIP. CREA asked to either a) drop 4 articles, focusing on Association’s Representational Activity and Flexible Work Schedules, or b) accept all of management’s language. CREA negotiating will meet to discuss options and how to proceed.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 pm

Attendees

Brian Reeder
Patty Figliola
Bonnie Mangan
Carol Hardy-Vincent
Libby Perl
Julius Jefferson
Chelsea Robertson
Jack Moteff
Michael Martin