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1. Minutes.The minutes of March 16, 2011, were accepted.
2. Master Contract Bargaining. President R. gave an update; another article has been tabled.
3. Shutdown Proposal. President R. reported that the Library will be responding to the unions’ proposal. A list of excepted employees is apparently available in the CRS divisions. Governor Jones moved, Governor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried that CREA approach CRS and ask that information on status during a shutdown (excepted or non-excepted) be released to employees by management.
4. Bring the Kids to the Office Day. President R. mentioned the organizers of the LOC day would like the unions to sponsor lunch for the kids (as has been done in the past). Governor Crocker moved, Governor Reeder seconded, and the motion passed unanimously that we give $200 toward the lunch.
5. Budget Testimony.We will testify April 14; President R. requests topics for the testimony. Several were mentioned:Technology (in a time of pinched budgets)
Flexible workplace initiatives (good)
Administrative cost growth vs. direct service to Congress costs
Other ideas are solicited.
6. New Director.Governor Crocker moved, Governor Reeder seconded, to untable and modify the prior motion thus:
That language be included in the upcoming budget testimony* outlining some things CREA would like to see in a new CRS Director (* or a letter to go to appropriate congressional offices)
The motion passed unanimously.
7. Peer Review.Peer review may be being used inappropriately in performance evaluations; an unfair labor practice (ULP) could be the suitable method to address this.
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
D. Andrew Austin