1. Introduction of New CREA Employee. After a brief round of introductions, the Board welcomed Mary Rose Amidjaya as CREA’s new administrative assistant.
2. Minutes. The minutes of July 8, 2009, were approved as amended.
3. Authoring and Publishing (A&P) System. President Roth updated the Board on the status of the A&P grievance over management’s refusal of CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential adverse impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Selection of arbitrators is to be delayed pending the outcome of discussions between the Library and CRS management. Discussion turned to a draft survey designed by Governor Crocker to assess the views of staff who use the A&P system. Governor Crocker fielded Board questions and comments on the survey’s methodology, how best to ensure reliability of results, and the proper means of distribution to staff, whether by e-mail attachment alone or in conjunction with a temporary posting on the CREA website. The Board agreed to review the draft and send him comments before the next meeting.
4. CREA Telework Committee Status. Vice President Moteff summarized steps taken to date, noting that the committee’s membership consisted of staff from across CRS. Governor Moscatiello agreed to look into whether a member of the Inquiry Section would be interested in participating. In the coming weeks, the committee will study proposed bill language, the Library’s regulations on telework, ASCME’s and CREA’s contract language on telework policy, GAO’s telework policy, and relevant CRS reports on the background and definition of telework. The committee will develop a set of issues and options to bring to the Board, including recommendations on technology needs such as hardware, software, and access to databases required to implement a telework program at CRS. Eventually, a negotiation team will emerge from the work of the committee, which intends to stay informed of developments in management’s telework and workplace flexibility committees. Discussion turned to the laptop pilot program and offsite access to CRS network drives and firewall-protected websites. President Roth reported that he had been meeting with the appropriations and authorizing committees regarding telework.
5. New Library Food Service Contract. President Roth distributed meal menus by FAME Food Management. Under the new contract, the price of weighed food items will increase by four cents per ounce. During discussion, questions were raised over public cafeteria hours and whether the new prices reflect the Library employee discount.
6. IFPTE Dues Increase and Proposed Resolutions. During discussion of matters that President Roth should raise at the 2009 IFPTE conference, the Board expressed a sense that he should lobby for the International to produce a set of training DVDs and ask the International to settle CREA’s outstanding hotel bill in conjunction with its proposed dues increase. President Roth said he would seek additional information on a proposed resolution related to the IFPTE official seal, and asked the Board to review IFPTE’s other proposed resolutions ahead of discussion at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.
Mary Rose Amidjaya