B.O.G. Meeting November 30, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Carol Hardy Vincent

Elayne Heisler

Betty Jean Oladapo

Angeles Villarreal

Officers

 

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

Stewards and Others

 

Bill Canis

Keisha Johnson

Bill Krouse

Libby Perl

Suzanne Salgado

 

 

 

 

Federal Viewpoint Survey:  In discussions with CRS to get access to the data.

 

Mercury Confidentiality: Filed an ULP and spoke to the FLRA attorney.

 

Diversity: Management emailed CREA about the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. The TMU invited staff to participate and management is reserving a spot for a CREA representative.

 

IP Pilot: VP Martin provided an update. CREA asked to speak as a stakeholder to the people writing the evaluation. Management required that the comments be submitted in writing.

 

Skype:  CREA conveyed to management the bargaining unit’s comments on the expansion. Management contents that the Skype expansion policy is not subject to bargaining. Management is selecting beta testers.

 

Capstone Email: There are concerns about the destruction of emails. There is a lot of confusion/miscommunication about what a record is and what staff is required to keep.

B.O.G. Meeting November 2, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

November 2, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Elayne Heisler

Martinez Majors Sr.

Betty Jean Oladapo

Angeles Villarreal

Officers

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Susan Thaul

Stewards and Others

Keisha Johnson

 

 

IP Pilot: CREA will be meeting with CRS managers to discuss the IP Pilot and the 6 month review.
Office Space Allocation Agreements: CREA is still missing copies of the agreements from ALD, FIN, COU, CIP, and DSP.

New CREA Initiative on Promotions:  VP Martin is seeking volunteers provide information regarding CRS promotion policy. Initiative aims to help bargaining unit members as they try to navigate the promotion system since there isn’t good information from CRS.

Investment Strategy: Will be discussed next week.

 

Capstone Email: Emails that are more than 7 years old will be deleted effective December 23rd.  President Thaul has asked for a briefing on this issue since there are concerns about the destruction of emails, especially those that are research materials.

 

Mercury Confidentiality: CREA asked to bargain this new policy. VP Brass is working on this.

Skype:  CREA considers the expansion a change in working conditions and has asked to bargain.

Minutes recorded by Phillip Brogsdale and transcribed by Alison Siskin.

B.O.G. Meeting October 26, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Carol Hardy Vincent

Elayne Heisler

Martinez Majors

Betty Jean Oladapo

Mallary Stouffer

Angeles Villarreal

Officers

 

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

Stewards and Others

 

Andrew Austin

Bill Canis

Nick Cook

Keisha Johnson

Libby Perl

Suzanne Salgado

Randy Schnepf

 

 

 

Minutes: Oct 12th minutes Approved.

 

Telework: Had the first session for the telework negotiations to discuss the ground rules agreement.

 

IP Pilot: The Technical Information Specialists (TIS) in the IP Pilot will be meeting today with CRS management. It is unclear whether the meeting will discuss adjustments to the IP Pilot Program.

 

Mercury Confidentiality: CREA sought to bargain the new policy. Management does not intend to bargain. CREA is looking at next steps such as possibly filing an ULP.

 

Federal Viewpoint Survey:  Under the CBA, CREA is entitled to the raw survey responses and wants access to the data.

 

Update on issues that all the LOC unions are discussing with the LOC: The topics are the possible shutdown/furlough, Safetrack, and phased retirement.

 

Capstone Email: The LOC is implementing a new email management system where the emails will be archived for 7 years and then deleted. The reason for the change given by the LOC is that the servers are full (storage capacity) and official records management. However, CREA is concerned because CRS employees (especially IPs, analysts, and attorneys) have emails that are intellectual products and contain research materials.

 

Diversity: Diversity was included as part of the LOC strategic plan, and there was energy at the annual meeting around this issue. Tiaji has volunteered to lead a CREA diversity group. Someone from the BOG should be a liaison.  Gov. Majors volunteered.

 

Gov Exec Article: The Government Exec article about OTA said some disparaging things about CRS. Management has not responded. Should CREA respond? Steward Cook drafted a possible response. If we are going to do something, it needs to be done soon.

 

CREA Investment Strategy: The CREA Finance Committee looked into investing CREA’s savings and developed a recommendation. The recommendation was to invest about $200,000 in CDs under a laddering program (i.e., staggered terms of maturation). This would bring in income of approximate $3,000 a year. The remaining funds would be in a money market account and a checking account.

 

Office Space Allocation: CREA is looking into how office space is allocated throughout the Service.

B.O.G. Meeting October 12, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Carol Hardy Vincent

Betty Jean Oladapo

Mallary Stouffer

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

 

Stewards and Others

 

Bill Canis

Keisha Johnson

Libby Perl

Suzanne Salgado

 

 

 

 

Minutes: Approved all outstanding minutes from August, September, and October.

 

Update on Ongoing Issues: Discussed where negotiations/discussions were on telework, Safetrack, and the Skype expansion.

 

Stewards: Tomorrow there will be a meeting of the stewards

 

All Hands Meetings: There were difficulties with staff participating in the meeting by Skype. During the meeting communication issues were discussed. The Director mentioned the morale issue but thinks it is linked to the budget austerity. Many staff do not think that the morale issue is related to the budget but to other factors within the agency (e.g., poor management, lack of input on policies). Also, the Director said that there were no differences in the Employee Viewpoint Survey between divisions; this is surprising to many staff.

 

Annual Meeting: Discussed the program and food for the annual meeting which is next Wednesday.

B.O.G. Meeting October 5, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

October 5, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Carol Hardy Vincent

Betty Jean Oladapo

Angeles Villarreal

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

 

Stewards and Others

 

Keisha Johnson

Libby Perl

Suzanne Salgado

Randy Schnepf

 

 

 

 

Minutes: Next week we will vote on all outstanding minutes.

 

All Hands Meetings: Tomorrow the Director will hold 2 all hands meetings to talk about the Gallup Survey, the Employee Viewpoint Survey, the IMT 360, and other things. The question was raised about why the meetings were held in the same day. For example, if someone was sick they might not get to attend.

 

Skype: CREA has notified CRS that it views the linkage of Skype with the House and the Senate as a change in employment. Management disagrees but will provide CREA with an information session. CREA has raised questions with management about if there are plans to engage bargaining members in discussions about the implantation (e.g., what will the expectation be if a staffer IMs an analyst/attorney/informational professional?)

 

Voter Registration Drive: The Guild and Local 2477 are running a voter registration drive at the LOC, and asked CREA to participate. Given concerns about the perception of political impartiality and the short period of time to make a decision, the CREA officers decided not to participate. Nonetheless, CRES thinks that registering voters is very important.

 

Ethics Course: There is a new, mandatory on-line ethics course for all LOC staff that must be completed by the end of January.

 

Dr. Hayden: Invited the 3 LOC unions to meet with her.

 

Stewards: The board discussed the role of stewards in the union. In brief, stewards interact with people and deal with problems. Some of the issues the stewards handle are related to the situation of a specific individual while others are issues concerning an office or division.