1. Minutes. Minutes of August 28 were accepted.
2. Temporary Promotions. Monica Woods has put together an MOU about waiving contract language regarding temporary promotions. Not asking for blanket waivers, but ability for waivers to be requested. Contract currently allows temporary, noncompetitive promotion for two months; MOU asking for a potential total of six months (original two months, plus chance for two two-month extensions). This would benefit employees by giving them pay and experience at higher levels; but also has potential for abuse in various ways (e.g., used as alternative to not filling important positions permanently, used to show favoritism to certain employees).
3. CBA Update. No response from management to CREA counteroffer package yet. They claim they’ll respond by the end of the month, though they have already had ample time. CREA’s choice is to wait, or to go to impasse now. Six articles remain on the table; negotiations are close on four, but official time and flexible work schedules remain sticking points. If we go to impasse, all six articles would be open to rulings.
4. Annual Meeting. Senator Cardin’s office has expressed potential interest, invitations are out to others. Refreshments still need to be coordinated. Anyone available to help Chelsea with various arrangements?
5. CREA Digitization Project. Chelsea has been researching options for digitizing and archiving CREA’s file system.
6. Voting Location for Annual Election. Based on member requests for voting location with better lighting, vote will be held on the ground floor outside the snack bar.
Meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.