B.O.G. Meeting Minutes April 30, 2014

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2014

Meeting Started 12:04 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Clint Brass

Patty Figliola

Anne Leland

Will Mallett

Bonnie Mangan

Michael Martin

Libby Perl

Bryan Sinqufield

Mallary Stouffer

Carol Hardy Vincent

 

Officers

 

Valerie Grasso

Jack Moteff

Alison Siskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes: Accepted as read.

Raise for Chelsea: Board discussed giving Chelsea a raise. The board has been impressed with her work. Gov. Mangan motioned to give her a $5/hr raise, and Gov. Bradley seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

CREA Centennial Event Discussion: A CREA member talked to the board about whether CREA would be interested in hosting a centennial event that could include past and present employees. There is a feeling among some in CRS that former-CRS employees have not been truly included in the centennial events. The member noted that a person who has worked at CRS for 2 years will be invited to the “gala” while someone who retired after 35 years will not be. Next step: discussion at the next meeting if this is something the board wants to do.

CBA: Had a 3 day session with the fact finder. Negotiated changes to rights to reopen; grievances; promotion; performance/WIG denials; flexible work schedules; offsite work. Another day will have to be scheduled to finish the last remaining issue, official time.  Nothing has been finalized yet. Still have a few things to work out and then bargaining unit has to vote.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10.

B.O.G. Meeting Minutes – April 16, 2014

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2014

Meeting Started 12:04 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Patty Figliola

Bonnie Mangan

Michael Martin

Betty Jean Oladapo

Libby Perl

Brian Reeder

Bryan Sinqufield

Mallary Stouffer

Carol Hardy Vincent

 

Officers 

Phillip Brogsdale

Valerie Grasso

Julius Jefferson

Jack Moteff

Alison Siskin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others 

Chelsea Robertson

 

 

 

Minutes: Approved with some edits.

Request from Blacks in Government: Request to financially support the 6th Annual Youth Oratorical Competition. Gov. Stouffer moved that CREA donate $150 for the competition. Gov. Reeder seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.

Steward Training: Scheduled for April 22, 12:30-4:00. Of 11 stewards, 8 have RSVPed. Will have lunch and governors may attend but will have to use their own leave.

Meeting with Bargaining Unit Regarding LOC Closure Guidelines: Had a meeting with staff regarding the proposal. There were concerns about being called into the Library when the Library is closed. Should CRS provide transportation for emergency employees under this circumstance? The working group will convene to draft some comments regarding the proposal, and CREA reserves the right to bargain this.

Digitization: Board got an update. Chelsea is writing a manual to: give directions on scanning and using the software; explain what is in the files; and discuss how decisions were made in what to keep. Working on expanding the index. Plan on purchasing an external hard drive, and may need a volunteer(s) to shred documents.

Open mic:

  • CREA is ahead of CRS on digitizing and document preservation.
  • Centennial: Some have expressed an idea that there should be a “peoples” Centennial because of a couple issues including concerns about inclusion of past staff.  A member of the bargaining unit would like to discuss this with the board. Will invite the person to a future meeting.

 

No meeting next week because of contract negotiations.

Meeting adjourned at 1:03.

B.O.G. Meeting Minutes – April 9, 2014

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2014

Meeting Started 12:04 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors 

Clint Brass

V. Cathy Jones

Bonnie Mangan

Libby Perl

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

Carol Hardy Vincent

 

Officers 

Phillip Brogsdale

Jack Moteff

Alison Siskin

 

 

 

 

Others 

Chelsea Robertson

 

 

 

Minutes: March 19th minutes accepted with minor edits. March 26th minutes accepted with a date change.

Contract Negotiations/Impasse Panel:  Had two conference calls. The first asked for information on each party’s best/last offer. The second call was about how the impasse panel process works. The 3 day fact-finding mediation is set for April 23rd through 25th. There will be no paper proposals used. The idea is to work on language electronically either together or separately. The parties need to agree on a note-taker. It may be Karen Wirt. The parties have been asked to justify why they want the changes to the contract.

Draft Emergency Guidelines on Early Dismissal/Closures: CREA received a draft of the proposed guidelines, but they are not for dissemination. The proposal does not designate everyone as emergency personnel. There will be some personnel permanently designated as emergency and others who will be designated on an ad hoc basis depending on Congressional needs. Emergency personal may be required to work on-site or remotely. CREA has a chance to comment on the proposal and will hold a meeting with the bargaining unit on Tuesday April 15 to discuss concerns. Jack will draft an email with bullets highlighting what is in the draft. Bonnie and Clint volunteered to help analyze the proposal and craft CREA’s response.

White Paper Committee: Clint drafted a proposal that incorporated the ideas that he and Julius had been discussing. The idea was that the white papers could serve both short-term and longer-term purposes such as: influencing how CRS operated; demonstrating CREA’s value to bargaining unit members; reducing workload of stewards and officers by covering often asked about topics. A possible process for the white papers would be creating a committee that would coordinate the papers but not necessarily write them. There were numerous questions about the proposal. Bonnie asked for clarity on the purpose of the white papers and noted that we don’t want to make the papers too dry. Jack noted that they could have two purposes information and influence. Mallary asked if the papers are meant to cover immediate issues or longer-term concerns. Clint responded that he sees these as both proactive and reactive.

The proposal is just a first-step, guiding document. The committee would have to discuss some of these issues. The white paper committee could work together with other committees (e.g., membership committee, grievance committee). Would need to discuss who would be eligible to author these papers (e.g., all bargaining unit members, just CREA members) and who the intended audience is.

Next steps: Clint will incorporate the BOG’s comments.

Open mic:

  • Colleen has mandated that certain analysts in G&F need to tape their seminars. This has raised some concerns both in the manner in which sprung upon the analysts, and if it would change the tenor of the seminars. There are also concerns about whether CRS has the technology and staff to support such an undertaking.