B.O.G. Meeting June 29, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

June 29, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Green

Carol Hardy Vincent

Betty-Jean Oladapo

Brian Reeder

Mallary Stouffer

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Susan Thaul

 

Stewards and Others

 

Claudia Guidi

Suzanne Salgado

Randy Schnepf

 

 

Office Administration: Keisha Johnson, CREA’s new office administrator, is on jury duty today.

 

IP Pilot Program: Chief Steward Martin is planning meetings with bargaining unit (BU) staff regarding the information professionals (IP) pilot.

Management Changes: The Board of Governors (BOG) discussed recent and upcoming changes in CRS management.

Scholarship/Loan Repayment: Governor Stouffer reviewed the status of applications to the Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program. She moved that $4,000 be allocated from reserves to the program to accommodate qualified applicants. Governor Bradley seconded the motion. Six Governors voted in favor and one abstained, and the motion was approved.

Official Time: The BOG discussed the topic of official time reporting in the wake of conversations between CREA and Library management.

Telework Agreement: CREA submitted a proposal to reopen the telework side agreement on May 23, 2016, and put forward a four-member bargaining team. CREA will pursue the issue of Metro disruptions separately from the side agreement.

Metro SafeTrack:  The BOG discussed the current status of bargaining between the Library’s unions and the Library regarding Metro disruptions.

B.O.G. Meeting June 22, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

June 22, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

Karma Ester

Elayne Heisler

Carol Hardy Vincent

VC Jones

Mallary Stouffer

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

 

Stewards and Others

 

Bill Canis

Suzanne Salgado

Randy Schnepf

 

 

Current Cases: Nothing to report

Telework Agreement: Waiting for follow up to our proposal from CRS management.

Office Administration: Keisha will be in tomorrow and at the meeting next week.

IP Pilot Program: Nothing new. Lillian Gassie held an open forum in the IP pilot. There were several questions pertaining to performance and promotion evaluations. CREA is in the process of scheduling the next CREA/management meeting on the pilot.

Senior Level Employees: VP Brass reported on this issue.

Unions meeting with Acting Librarian: Acting Librarian holds quarterly meeting with the union presidents. There was one last week with David Mao. Discussed several issues including the briefing Mr. Mao is preparing for the ALA Conference; the Guild’s 40th anniversary; hiring from within the LOC or training current staff; telework; and the Senate report language about telework.

Metro SafeTrack: The LOC and Unions both presented proposals. The LOC only took one sentence from the unions’ proposal. The LOC proposal concluded existing policies were sufficient. Several units within the LOC offered increased flexibility but where told by LOC Workforce that the increased flexibilities were premature because the LOC was “bargaining with the unions.”

Promotion Policy: There seems to be no clarity about what the policies are even among management. There is no place where the information is available.

B.O.G. Meeting June 8, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Joel Green

Elayne Heisler

Betty-Jean Oladapo

Mallary Stouffer

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Susan Thaul

 

Stewards and Others

 

Bill Canis

Bill Krouse

Libby Perl

Suzanne Salgado

Randy Schnepf

 

 

Office Administration: CREA received many applications for the CREA office administrator position. We have made an offer, and more information will be forthcoming.

 

Telework Agreement: CREA submitted a proposal to reopen the telework side agreement on May 23, 2016, and put forward a four-member bargaining team. CREA will pursue the issue of Metro disruptions separately from the side agreement.

Formal Discussions: The Board discussed CRS’s track record in notifying CREA of formal discussions, in light of CREA’s grievance on the subject.

Senior Level Employees: CREA is working on a variety of issues related to pay and performance for senior level (SL) bargaining unit staff. CREA will consult with its attorneys on retainer to evaluate options, in coordination with CRS’s bargaining unit SL colleagues.

Metro SafeTrack: CREA and the Library’s other two unions have asked the Library and CRS about their plans regarding impending disruptions to Metro. The plans still are forthcoming.

IP Pilot Program: CREA has held meetings with many staff affected by the CRS information professionals (IP) pilot. CREA’s officers will meet with CRS management to discuss problems and issues.

B.O.G. Meeting June 1, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

June 1, 2016

In attendance:

Governors

 

David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Elayne Heisler

Betty Jean Oladapo

Mallary Stouffer

Officers

 

Clint Brass

Phillip Brogsdale

Mike Martin

Alison Siskin

Susan Thaul

 

Stewards and Others

 

Bill Canis

Randy Schnepf

 

 

Message in TMA: Discussed the message on collegiality in the TMU.

Office Administration: Made an offer to a person, Keisha, and she accepted the office. In order to be able to be trained by John Mickey, both John and Keisha have been coming in for training from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Should we pay them time and a half since training has to occur so late because John has started his new job? Gov. Stouffer moved that CREA temporarily pay the staff (for 9 hours) at a rate of time and a half.   Gov. Oladapo seconded.

Does CREA want to give John Mickey a cash bonus for his work? Gov. Oladapo moved that CREA give John Mickey a $250 cash/check/gift card/money order. Gov. Ester seconded it.

Senior Level Employees: VP Brass reported on this issue.

Metro SafeTrack: The LOC unions are meeting to discuss the issues regarding the metro repairs. The LOC unions want to discuss the issues and ideas for solutions with Library management. CREA’s position is that it is an issue where we can work together with management to try to alleviate a problem caused by something external to the LOC. Congressional clients cannot be served by people stuck in tunnels. The question is: how best do we serve the clients?

IP Pilot Program: Discussed the latest on the pilot.

Official Time: Discussed an issue related to official time.

Outreach to Congressional Staff: President Thaul is planning on doing this.

Open Forum: Discussed the Mo Davis case and the NPR report.