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February 15, 2018, FEA President's Report

TO: FEA Members and Leaders Worldwide
FROM: Chuck McCarter, FEA President
RE: FEA President's Report
DATE: February 15, 2018


EXCESS AND VACANCIES

Three additional excessed educators have been placed since the transfer round closed, leaving 11 more still to be placed. Excessed educators who have requested reconsideration are also being considered for any new vacancies that are reported.

All new vacancies must be reported to DoDEA headquarters so they can be used to assist excessed educators. FRSs are asked to notify FEA's Connie Shanaghan at this email if any new vacancies open at your school, so we can confirm they are being considered for excessed employees.


TRANSFER NUMBERS

Below are the numbers of transfers by group made during the transfer round. Please note that, with the exception of excessed employees, educators who were eligible for two transfer groups and were placed are counted in the higher transfer group. As an example, those educators who were eligible for Group A+ and Group D and were placed during their Group A+ consideration, are included only in the Group A+ counts. ALL excessed educators placed, regardless of additional Transfer Group eligibility (if any), are included in Group C.

  • Group A+ - 96
  • Group A - 11
  • Group B - 10
  • Group C - 46
  • Group D - 2
  • Group F -- 13

BAS

FEA will be filing for arbitration over management's unilaterally rescinding substitute coverage during the administration of the BAS. The move by management is a clear violation of an MOU between FEA and DoDEA about BAS.


ATTACKS ON FEDS

The White House budget proposal released this week reads like a grab bag of attacks on federal workers. The proposal seeks to freeze pay for all feds in 2019 and thereafter implement a pay for performance plan (remember how well that went 15 years ago under NSPS?). It also seeks to reduce the government's contributions towards employees' retirement and health care costs, among other hurtful ideas for employees. FEA and NEA will be working with our allies in other labor organizations to educate decision makers about the harmful ideas proposed by the White House and do everything in our power to see that responsibility for the budget deficit is not placed on the backs of federal workers.


FACEBOOK

Facebook is a great way for people who are transferring to connect with their new colleagues at their new assignments. It has been wonderful to see the excitement of people who are transferring as well as the warm messages of welcome from colleagues in the new locations. This is DoDEA at its best -- welcoming and supportive. This type of networking can certainly make the transitions much easier.

However, please remember, FaceBook is not a good source for HR and pay information and advice. Always contact HR with your questions and if you do not get a timely response, then begin copying your local Association leadership, so that they can notify management that there is a problem in getting a response to your questions.


PRESIDENT'S TRAVELS

This past week, I have been traveling in South Carolina, visiting our schools at Ft. Jackson and Laurel Bay. While at Ft. Jackson, the local president and I were lucky enough to meet with the President of the South Carolina Education Association, Bernadette Hampton, as well as the President of Richland County Education Association, the local outside the gate, to talk about ways our locals can work together to benefit all our members. This was truly meaningful collaboration.

Right now I am also planning travel for the upcoming months, including Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune, as well as schools in Europe and the Pacific. Stay tuned for specific dates and locations.


NEA FOUNDATION GALA

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala. Known as the Academy Awards of public education, this is an annual celebration of the men and women who work in America's public schools and honors excellence in education and advocacy for the profession. This year, our own Michael Pope, Zama M/HS, was honored along with the other state nominees. We are currently accepting applications for next year's nominee. There are many amazing educator advocates among our DoDEA colleagues. Contact your Area Director for more information immediately if you want to nominate someone for this prestigious award.


NATIONAL TOY FINALIST

Congratulations are also in order for Kara Ball, Delalio ES, Camp Lejeune, who has been named one of the four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year. It is so exciting to see one of our great DoDEA teachers singled out for this incredible honor.


MA+ PAYMENTS AND INTEREST

Far too slowly, some educators are being paid the back pay and interest owed them for the MA+ case won by FEA attorney Bill Freeman on behalf of our members. If you have received interest on this back-pay, the following would apply to you concerning your taxes:

"Per FMR Volume 8, DFAS (the PRO) does not withhold taxes on this type of interest income, thus the non-taxable income designation. However, they should have issued a 1099-INT for this payment. Please check myPay for a copy of this form, and if it is not listed, please contact your CSR."


GRAB YOUR HAT!

It's almost time, so get ready to make this year's celebration of "Read Across America" the best one ever! March 2nd is coming up soon! We would love to showcase your events, so please remember to send photographs to fea@feaonline.org. If you're looking for ideas for your reading events, go to NEA's Read Across America page.


REGISTER TO VOTE

As US citizens, whether living abroad or in the US, one of our most important rights is the right to vote. If you are not registered to vote, please take the time to do so. For information and links to state registrations, etc, go to this site.