B.O.G. Meeting Minutes February 25, 2015

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

February 25, 2015

Meeting Started 12:04 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

Clint Brass

Patty Figliola

Betty Jean Oladapo

Karma Ester

Cathi Jones

Libby Perl

Bryan Sinquefield

 

 

 

 

Officers

Valerie Grasso

Susan Thaul

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

Phillip Brogsdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

 Tyson Flagg

Jack Moteff

Claudia Guidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 LC Child Care Center: The LC Child Care Center is soliciting donations for this year – CREA has given $200 in previous years. Governor Brass moved that CREA donates $250 to Little Scholars; Governor Figliola seconded.  After discussion, Governor Perl amended the motion to $200 and Governor Figliola seconded. The Board voted unanimously to approve the amended motion.

Steward Elections: RSI has elected 2 stewards – Governor Figliola will e-mail VP Jefferson and Tyson the results. FDT will hold steward elections in the next few weeks, so that VP Jefferson can proceed with steward training.

Voting by E-mail: The Board discussed the recent trend of Board votes by e-mail. This has been done out of necessity because of low governor turnout to meetings and the need to conduct Board business. Some Board members expressed discomfort with this policy, stating that a Board member should be present at meetings. This will be put on a future agenda and discussed fully.

Meeting with Deputy Librarian: President Grasso and VP Jefferson attended a meeting with the new Deputy Librarian. President Grasso took the opportunity to encourage the Deputy Librarian to meet directly with employees.

Committee Updates: The Membership Committee has distributed recruitment folders to all divisions except for ALD and IMT. In addition, the Membership Committee is considering hosting monthly issues and ideas sessions, rotating among the divisions. The White Paper Committee is pursuing a few ideas and will bring a more concrete proposal to the Board in the future.

Updates: President Grasso and VP Jefferson are meeting with Labor Relations to discuss emergency dismissals procedures and the related negotiability appeal.  The ULP filed earlier this year is still ongoing; CREA reject the latest management settlement so the investigation will continue. The Knowledge Transfer Working Group had its first meeting.

Open Forum: CRS videotaping and Lync issues. Instead of discussing at a Board meeting, the President suggested hosting open forums with the membership to discuss any concerns.

Meeting adjourned at 12:57                        .

B.O.G. Meeting Minutes February 18, 2015

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

February 18, 2015

Meeting Started 12:01 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

Clint Brass

Michael Martin

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

Bonnie Mangan

 

 

 

 

Officers

Valerie Grasso

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

 Tyson Flagg

Jack Moteff

Claudia Guidi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CRS FY2016 Budget: Congressional hearing is on February 26th. CREA has not yet received a formal invitation to comment on budget, but expects to be afforded the opportunity. The Board discussed certain aspects of the budget that are of interest to CREA.

Update on FLRA filing on emergency procedures: The President informed the Board that management filed a Motion to Dismiss based on their view that policy was set by a 2012 HR directive.

Telework on Tuesday (snow day): A Board member, who teleworked while the Library was closed due to weather, mentioned some issues that were encountered during the day: unsure if Mercury was working; no indication of what divisions/people were working; and, lack of communication regarding the procedures for that day. It was stated that more clear policies need to be in place, especially for times when Congress is not in session.

Product review process: The Board discussed the review process, noting an increase in the time it takes a product to be reviewed. Since it was not clear if this was happening across divisions, it was recommended that CREA reach out to the bargaining unit to find out more.

FYI: The President announced that Janine D’Addario is retiring and there is a reception being held today at 1:30pm; the parking program moved to LM-58; Yellow Core door closure has been extended to March 23rd; and the pest problem (for which a contractor has been hired) has reoccurred.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

B.O.G. Meeting Minutes February 11, 2015

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2015

Meeting Started 12:01 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

 

Clint Brass

Carol Hardy-Vincent

Cathi Jones

Bonnie Mangan

Betty Jean Oladapo

Libby Perl

Brian Reeder

 

Officers

 

Phillip Brogsdale

Julius Jefferson

Alison Siskin

 

 

 

Others

 

Tyson Flagg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to Reaffiliate with the Metro Council: The motion which was voted on via email passed. The President of the Guild is happy about CREA’s decision.

Anniversary Proposals: The committee presented 3 different ideas

  1. Celebratory Happy Hour;
  2. Building on the current oral history project; and
  3. A Colloquium.

Discussion: The board discussed concerns about turn out and the pros/cons of having the event offsite. Discussed whether we want to pay for space and provide drinks/food, or have it at a commercial enterprise. The board discussed the cost of the event, how to have a special event and be fiscal responsibility. Discussed who should be invited.

Inclement Weather Policy:  An emergency closure has not been invoked during this winter. CREA filed a negotiability petition with the FLRA to determine whether CRS needs to negotiate the use of the new ad hoc emergency personnel designation. Notably, Article 25 of the new CBA gives permission to for off-site work (not telework) due to weather. For off-site work, the employee needs permission from their supervisor. The employee does not have to have their computer at work (can use home computer). Some persons invoked this during the recent weather event.

Unfair labor practice (ULP): CREA filed an ULP regarding the canceling of meeting between Mary and certain staff due to someone in the staff’s section filing a grievance.

FIN Relocation: CREA is in process of finalizing the MOU regarding the FIN relocation.

NMS: CREA is asking for clarification for how staff attending the New Member Seminar will be compensated for their time.

Pictures: CREA submitted a proposal for an opt-out policy. Management’s position is that they do not have to bargain the photo policy.

Personnel Changes LOC:  The Deputy Librarian has a new position. Robert Newland (formerly of CRS) is now the LOC Chief of Staff.

Meeting adjourned at 12:59.