October 17 2014 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

17 October 2014

NEA Member Benefits
Retirement News
NEA Resources
Focus on the Contract
No Child Left Behind
Fun Fact for the Day

Member Benefits: Michael Gavin, from NEA Member Benefits is here in the Isles this week. Checked with your FRS for dates/times he will be in your area.

Retirement News: Below are links to several retirement articles I thought you might find interesting. All of this information may be accessed at the following website:
TSP Returns/October 2,2014
Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Premiums to Increase in 2015
Comparing a Phased Annuitant and a Reemployed Annuitant Part I: CSRS
Changes to Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) in 2015 Announced
An Update to Federal Retirement and Insurance Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

NEA Resources: Many of us forget that one huge benefit to FEA membership is our access to numerous NEA resources. Below are several links to some excellent resources. Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA, for providing this information.

NEA® Complimentary Life Insurance Automatic coverage provided at no extra cost You must be signed in to enroll.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Our FREE materials are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. You now can access our K-12 curriculum in two ways. Helping Kids Connect Smartly & Safely

Focus on the Contract: Article 7: Changes in Working Conditions: Article 7 addresses proposed changes in working conditions of our Bargaining Unit Members. Article 7, Section 3, addresses changes at the local or school level. The Parties (Management and the Association) agree that at the school level, matters appropriate for discussion (personnel policy or practices or other general conditions of employment) are best resolved on an informal basis…The parties agree that the Employer and the FRS, upon request, shall meet to consult on such matters at reasonable times as may be necessary.

Article 7, Section 4: Proposed Management changes at any level which fall within the scope of bargaining shall not be implemented until agreement is reached with the Association unless the Employer is allowed to do so by applicable law, FLRA case decisions, or rules and regulation of appropriate authorities. Required implementation shall NOT waive the right of the Association to negotiate over the impact and implementation of such required changes.

For the complete listing of Article 7, or more information on how our organization works, please refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which may be found in its entirety at You will need your membership number to log in.

No Child Left Behind: According to No Child Left Behind's goal, 2014 is the year that all children are supposed to be proficient. What happened to this impossible, unrealistic dream? Check out the NPR update.

It's 2014. All Children Are Supposed To Be Proficient. What Happened? by Anya Kamenetz, NPR - October 11, 2014. (Thank you to Terese Sarno for sharing.

Fun Fact: On average, a person laughs 15 times per day.

"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." Victor H. Krulak, U.S. Military Officer

Have a great weekend and enjoy a laugh!

Lisa Ali
FEA Area Director
Isles, Kaiserslautern II, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba