B.O.G. Meeting October 5, 2016

CREA Board Meeting Minutes

October 5, 2016

In attendance:



David Bradley

Karma Ester

Joel Greene

Carol Hardy Vincent

Betty Jean Oladapo

Angeles Villarreal



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.