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FEA Urges Members to Hold Off on Summer Travel Purchasesposted April 20, 2017
FROM: H.T. Nguyen, FEA Executive Director/General Counsel
DoDEA recently announced that educators/employees who purchase their airlines tickets before they received their RAT orders would not be reimbursed when they subsequently submit their vouchers for payments. DoDEA claimed that, until the Federal budget process is finalized or the Continuing Resolution (CR) adopted, it had no authority to issue RAT orders for travel subsequent to April 28, 2017. FEA disagrees with DoDEA's position/interpretation of applicable laws/regulations and has asked DoDEA to reconsider its position. FEA has yet to receive a response to its request for reconsideration.
In light of DoDEA's position and to prevent unnecessary complications/problems with reimbursements, if you have not purchased your airlines tickets for RAT use this summer, FEA urges you to WAIT until you actually receive your RAT orders before buying your tickets. FEA realizes that the further the delay, the harder it would be for educators to obtain seats on preferred flights at discounted rates. We hope that Congress will pass the CR soon so that RAT orders can be issued without further delays.
For those of you who have already purchased your airlines tickets (before RAT orders are issued) to obtain reasonable fares and save costs to the Government, FEA is filing an Association Grievance on behalf of ALL FEA Bargaining unit employees to seek RAT reimbursements for all educators if and when reimbursements are denied. FEA will provide additional information/guidance regarding this Association Grievance in the near future.
Thinking About Retiring from DDESS?FEA's Stateside Region urges DDESS members contemplating retirement to request their retirement estimates now.
FEA ELECTION RESULTSThe winners of FEA's Area Director elections are:
Europe Area Director -- Terry McClain
Pacific Area Director -- Melanie Horton
FEA Director for DDESS -- Jane Loggins
The full election tally report is available here. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who ran and especially to all those who voted.
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Teacher Appreciation WeekNational Teacher Appreciation Week will take place April 30-May 6. FEA has posted a sample story/news release local associations can download. Customize it and send it to your local media to call attention to your events celebrating the week,
FEA and NEA Summer MeetingsGet details about this summer's FEA Annual Membership Meeting and NEA Representative Assembly in Boston. Click here
SY 17-18 CALENDARThe school year 2017-2018 calendar for DODDS Europe and Pacific has been finalized. View it here
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Under guidance from the FEA Board of Directors, FEA Europe General Counsel/UniServ Bill Freeman has developed a letter writing campaign, aimed at bringing the numerous pay and collection issues DoDEA employees face to the attention of Congress and Pentagon leaders. Please use the link below to access information from Bill Freeman and share your stories/concerns with the decision makers suggested by Bill. Please avoid doing so, however, while on government property, while using government owned computer equipment, or while on government time.
Click here to learn more about writing decision makers in an effort to raise awareness of pay problems
Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
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