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1. Minutes.The minutes of July 20, 2011, were accepted with edits.
2. Grievance. VP Jefferson presented a CREA grievance brought in April relating to so-called Smart Goals; the grievance has been denied at step 1 and step 2. The grievance committee recommends not pursuing the grievance to arbitration. Governor Jones moved, Governor Crocker seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that we accept the committee recommendation and not proceed to arbitration.
3. Affiliation with AFL-CIO Metropolitan Council. Governor Jones moved, Governor Reeder seconded, and the motion passed that we affiliate with the Washington Metropolitan Council of the AFL-CIO for a period not to exceed one year, at the end of which an assessment will be made of whether to continue. The annual cost of affiliation is expected to be about $1,800.
4. Updates. President R. reported on several items.
a) Senior level performance. The same system will be used as for other staff. CREA believes it has bargaining rights on this implementation.
b) Meeting with the Acting Director. President R. reported on his meeting. The budget is still difficult and uncertain; VERA/VSIP (buyout and early out) authority has been requested and a plan sent to Congress. The sense is that buyouts will be offered to CRS; details are not available yet.
c) EEOC/OIC head departs. The current head of the office is leaving today; this creates some concern for current EEOC cases and the future.
5. Other / Questions.
a) Cafeteria; can we have a separate staff area? (Probably not.)
b) Windows 7; is the new operating system more locked down? (Yes.)
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.