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FEA HCR Newsletter, The Advocate, Now Available OnlineView the September 2016 issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, by clicking here.
NEA President Highlights FEAFEA and our incredible members were recently the subject of a blog post by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. Click here to read Lily's article. Do so only while off government time and property, using your own computer and personal e-mail and do not forward anything from the blog to another member's or government employee's work e-mail address.
FEA Area Director ElectionsDuring school year 2016-2017, FEA members will elect the following officers to represent them on the FEA Board of Directors:
- FEA Director for DDESS
- Pacific Area Director
- Europe Area Director
Any Active Member of FEA may nominate themselves or another Active Member, provided that member meets the qualifications for office.
To learn more and/or make a nomination, go to the FEA Election page.
Nominations must be received by October 14, 2016.
FEA Members With Military Spouses: Let Us Know if Your LQA Has Been ReducedIf you are an FEA bargaining unit member who is entitled to his/her own LQA, is married to a military member, and has had your LQA reduced because your spouse receives a housing allowance, please let FEA know by contacting us at email@example.com. Such a reduction is a violation of FEA's negotiated agreement with DODDS (Article 49, Section 2).
WRITE CONGRESS ABOUT UNFAIR HIKES IN LONG TERM CARE INSURANCEIMPORTANT -- Do not view, download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to or from any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail. If you choose to write to Congress, do so only while using your own (not government owned) computer, in your own home, while not on government time.
FEA members are encouraged to use our sample language to write your elected representatives, calling upon them to find a solution to the unreasonable hikes in LTC insurance recently announced. Click here for more info (but only do so while off duty, off government property, and not using a government computer)
Read the August FEA Journal in PDF format
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And, yes, we do know it has taken a LONG time to make this happen.
Stopovers in Conjunction with RAT Travelposted June 3, 2016
The Association learned that on May 25, 2016, DoDDS management sent guidance to the field concerning return agreement travel (RAT) stating that DoDDS administration was to "advise employees that ‘layovers' or ‘stops enroute' are no longer authorized in the JTR for RAT."
The Association contacted DoDEA headquarters with a request for management to abide by Article 48, Section 5 of the Negotiated Agreement, which allows DoDDS educators in the Association's bargaining unit the option of "circuitous route travel" when they arrange their own travel. The Association also reminded DoDDS that it is well-established law that, when there is a conflict between the Negotiated Agreement and an agency regulation (such as the JTR), the Negotiated Agreement prevails.
Management responded on June 3, 2016 and confirmed that it will continue to honor Article 48, Section 5 of the Negotiated Agreement regarding circuitous travel (stopovers) in conjunction with RAT for DoDDS educators in the Association's bargaining unit. Thus, if DoDDS educators in the Association bargaining unit eligible for RAT choose the option of circuitous route travel under Article 48, Section 5, they will be responsible for making their own arrangements and must pay for all additional expenses above the "constructive cost," if any.
The Association reminds DoDDS educators who plan to exercise this option and arrange their own travel that the Fly America Act requirement to use U.S. flag carriers still applies. With this issue now resolved, the Association hopes that all of our bargaining unit educators enjoy a restful and well-earned vacation this summer.
CALL ATTENTION TO PAY PROBLEMSIMPORTANT -- Do not download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
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.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
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