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

March 25, 2015

Meeting Started 12:04 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

David Bradley

Clint Brass

Karma Ester

Patty Figliola

Carol Hardy-Vincent

Cathy Jones

Bonnie Mangan

Michael Martin

Betty Jean Oladapo

Libby Perl

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

 

 

Officers

Phillip Brogsdale

Val Grasso

Julius Jefferson

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewards and Others

Bill Canis

Ian Fergusson

Tyson Flagg

Claudia Guidi

Elaine Heisler

Jack Moteff

Randy Schnepf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes: Accepted March 11th minutes with minor edits. March 18th minutes accepted as amended.

New Members: People have been working hard and CREA has several new members. The Membership Committee meets with all new CRS hires. The President suggested a “meet and greet” to thank the stewards, governors, new members, and old members for making CREA stronger. Gov. Mangan moved to have a meet and greet as proposed by the President and to budget $100. Gov. Perl seconded the motion. Gov. Oladapo volunteered to chair the event. The BOG said they would contribute items to the event. The Board unanimously passed the motion. The event will be held on April 16th.

Unfair labor practice (ULP):  Filed a ULP related to emergency designation of employees. CREA is just asking the Library to bargain the changes.

Telework Agreement: Has been extended. Have to inform the Library that on plans to reopen 60 days before the March 26th agreement date.

Steward Elections: All the new stewards have been elected except for those from FDT. There will be several lunchtime steward trainings and the stewards will get copies of the CBA.

OPM Employee Viewpoint Survey: CREA might consider financing a survey of CRS employees. The idea came out of the ULP regarding the canceled meeting with the Director. For a fee, OPM will conduct the survey for any federal agency and employee labor organizations.  The LOC participated 5 years ago but did not disaggregate the data to the level of service units. The sense of the Board was that we should invite OPM to discuss the survey.

Meet and Greet with Deputy Librarian and Chief of Staff: April 8th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Library Unions meeting with Workforce Management: IG released a report on telework, and there will be a new form imposed by the IG related to safety. The unions have asked that the IG hold an information session. The unions will all also have to enter formal bargaining because this is a change in working conditions.

Merit Selection Plan: There are questions about how the panel for the new RSI DAD was chosen, since the panel lacks any diversity. According to management, reasonable efforts were made to identify a diverse panel.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

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

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2015

Meeting Started 12:02 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

Clint Brass

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

Bonnie Mangan

Libby Perl

David Bradley

Betty-Jean Oladapo

Karma Ester

Carol Hardy-Vincent

Patty Figliola

Bryan Sinquefield

Cathi Jones

Officers

Valerie Grasso

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

Susan Thaul

Phillip Brogsdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

Tyson Flagg

Bill Canis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metro 26 Council Meeting, 3/16: President Grasso and VP Thaul attended this meeting and shared what was discussed.  Of particular interest, was an OPM representative discussing a recent 60 Minutes piece that portrayed federal workers in a negative light.  The OPM representative discussed how this view fails to take into consideration how understaffed some federal agencies are, and the effect this has on Congress.  VP Thaul also shared some of the activities for Metro 26.

ULP on Emergency Closure: Officers are preparing a response to submit to the FLRA by 3/24.

Episodic Offsite Work: The negotiation team met earlier this week to discuss the form that must be submitted for episodic offsite work.  The form was not bargained during negotiations and the CREA negotiating team feels that it needs improvement.  Since management has expressed a need for a form, and is open to feedback on the form, CREA is trying to rewrite/revise the form.

Take Our Children to Work Day: The Take Our Children to Work Committee has asked for a donation of at least $200. Governor Stouffer made a motion for a $250 donation; Governor Brass seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

CREA Anniversary Date: After consulting with previous President Roth, it was determined that August 1 is the most appropriate date for marking CREA’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Staff Photography Project: The staff photo project is moving forward. A number of questions have been raised by members and the Officers are planning how best to respond.

Meeting adjourned at 12:59.

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

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2015

Meeting Started 12:01 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

Clint Brass

Patty Figliola

Carol Hardy-Vincent

Bonnie Mangan

Michael Martin

Betty Jean Oladapo

Libby Perl

Brian Reeder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

Val Grasso

Julius Jefferson

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

Christina Bailey

Bill Canis

Tyson Flagg

Claudia Guidi

Randy Schnepf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBA: Copies will be coming out soon.

40th Anniversary: The committee formed 2 teams to figure out celebration:

  1. having it at a restaurant;
  2. renting a space, hiring caterers

Discussion: When should it happen?

Article: Would like to get an article in the gazette in honor of the anniversary.

Cake: On the actual anniversary day will have a cake and invite membership.

DCLA Sponsorship:  The D.C. Library Association President (and CREA member) Christina Bailey presented to the BOG. DCLA is planning an event for National Library Worker Day on April 14th. They are hosting a panel between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. that day and the other unions are co-sponsoring the event. There is no cost to sponsor. Gov. Mangan motioned that CREA sponsor the DCLA seminar. Gov. Reeder seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Telework Agreement: It is coming up for renewal on March 26th. People would like to be able to telework 2 days a week but if reopen, everything is on the table. Others would like more flexibility to move telework days. We will canvas members to see if there are any other issues.

Unfair labor practices (ULP):  Waiting to hear on one regarding ALD. Filed another one related to emergency designation of employees.

Negotiating team: Is meeting to discuss episodic off-site work and telework.

Episodic Off-site work (when the government is closed): There are questions about who is available. PUB? Review office? How do employees know who is working?

C St: Scheduled to reopen March 28th.

Review process:  Is there a way to make the review process better?

Staff Photos: CREA asked for an opt-out option. Management said no.

Meeting adjourned at 12:59.

B.O.G. Meeting Minutes March 4, 2015

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2015

Meeting Started 12:03 p.m.

In attendance:

Governors

Clint Brass

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

Bonnie Mangan

Libby Perl

David Bradley

Betty-Jean Oladapo

Karma Ester

Carol Hardy-Vincent

 

Officers

Valerie Grasso

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

Susan Thaul

Phillip Brogsdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

Tyson Flagg

Jack Moteff

Claudia Guidi

Bill Canis

Randy Schnepf

 

 

 

 

 

ULP on Emergency Closure Policy: This was filed with the FLRA on March 2nd. The President gave an overview of the issue, including the Union’s position that management has a duty to bargain. The President will keep the Board advised of profess as the ULP makes its way through the system.

General Discussion re Emergency Closure Policy: Given the expected bad weather, the President urged everyone to follow the policy for now and if any issues arose it can be grieved later. The President reminded the Board that episodic off-site work can be requested during poor weather conditions and that those who telework on a bad weather day are required to work. Also, if any member chooses to self-designate as emergency personnel, they will be obligated to report if called upon.

FMCS Arbitration Symposium: President Grasso and VP Jefferson would like to attend this event on May 7-8. The funds will come from the ‘Training’ line in the budget.

Voting by email: The Board continued last week’s discussion on this issue. It was decided that e-mail votes should only be solicited when the Board must act immediately on an issue and a quorum is not present. To help minimize the frequency of e-mail votes, the President will communicate when a quorum is needed and what it is needed for. Governors were also asked to better communicate absences.

Legislative Branch Appropriation Subcommittee Hearing: The Librarian is asking for a 5.6% budget increase, which includes 6 new positions in CRS (all in healthcare).  

Open Discussion: President Grasso asked the Board to submit any questions/issues she should raise with the Director or Monica Woods to her via e-mail.

Meeting adjourned at 12:50.