BOG Meeting Minutes — August 19, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of August 5, 2009, were accepted.

2. IFPTE Convention Report. President Roth briefed the Board, noting that the International and the Federal Sector Caucus had each agreed to pay half of CREA’s remaining hotel bill from the 2007 convention. President Roth said he had attended a speech given by Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, and asked whether CREA would be interested in inviting Ms. Bernard to speak at the Library.

3. Response to Request for Briefing on Management Initiatives. President Roth said management had agreed to meet with the CREA membership to discuss the work of the recently formed Business Requirements Team. After discussion, Governor McCarthy moved that the Board accept management’s offer and that an e-mail announcement be sent to the membership. Governor Stouffer seconded. The motion carried.

4. CREA Coffee Klatches. Governor Moscatiello and Vice President Moteff summarized a meeting held with the Stewards to discuss a proposal for CREA to host periodic events with coffee and snacks. Discussion ensued. The Board agreed that the gatherings should be weekly rather than monthly, and should be scheduled at a time and place convenient for staff to stop by during morning break. Planning will continue in the weeks ahead.

5. Elections. The annual CREA elections will be held on September 30. All officers and governors are up for reelection, and the members will vote on proposed constitutional changes agreed to by the Board on July 8. The proposed changes are to reduce the membership of the Financial Committee from three positions to one, and to give the Board the right to establish and modify investment policies and operational guidance. Accompanying the proposed changes will be a statement to the membership about CREA’s longstanding strategy of investing in safe, government-backed securities, and an assurance that the strategy will continue under the new provisions. There will be a meeting to inform the constituency about these changes before the election.

6. “Core Competencies.” The union presidents have been invited to a meeting to learn about the Library’s development of a set of core competencies for staff. President Roth will forward to the Board the draft document received by the presidents.

7. Recruitment Video. GAO’s union, with the help of IFPTE, has filmed a recruitment video. Its representatives are willing to come and talk to the Board about it.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.


Vanessa Burrows
Royce Crocker
Valerie Grasso
Shelley Harlan
Jim McCarthy
Lisa Moscatiello
Jack Moteff
Brian Reeder
Dennis Roth
Bryan Sinquefield
Pauline Smale
David Smole
Mallary Stouffer
Sibyl Tilson