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March 15 2010 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members and Local Leaders Worldwide
From; Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: March 15, 2010


TRANSFER PROGRAM -- The DoDDS Transfer Program will continue today (March 15) and is expected to be wrapped up within the next day or so. Please remember that FEA does not release information to any of its members on their transfer applications until DoDEA Headquarters has sent out all transfer notifications. The notifications sent out by Headquarters will be grouped according to the district receiving the transferee. This means that two applicants currently at the same school may receive their transfer notifications at different times if they are transferring to different districts. FEA will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. As always, we appreciate our members' patience as they anxiously await news about their transfer application.

SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS -- FEA has yet to reach agreement with DoDEA Headquarters on the printed materials and accompanying software currently being reviewed as part of the new secondary Social Studies materials implementation. We expect to meet further on this issue with Dr. Miles in the coming week and will report back as more progress is made.

LEGAL VICTORIES -- We sometimes get so bogged down in the problems we are working to resolve that we forget to celebrate the many positives FEA accomplishes on behalf of its members. I want to point out two recent victories our outstanding legal staff won for you:
First, in a case successfully arbitrated by FEA Europe, an arbitrator ruled that the current Leave and Earning Statement (LES) used by DoDEA was not adequate in providing full and clear information to employees on how they are paid and what deductions are taken out of their pay. The arbitrator ordered management to make improvements to the LES in order to remedy the situation and they are presently working to meet this requirement.
Second, in a case out of FEA Pacific, an arbitrator ruled in FEA's favor in a case involving a CONUS hire who was illegally being denied proper benefits. The case involved a married couple who were each hired to work in the Pacific. Because both spouses were residing in the U.S. at the time of their hiring, both qualified for full LQA and other benefits due to CONUS hires. However, management attempted to classify one of the spouses as a local hire and attempted to deny this person those benefits. Again, thanks to a great job by FEA's legal staff, an arbitrator ruled this practice illegal and ordered that both spouses must receive the benefits due to them.
Congratulations and a very big thank you to all of FEA's legal staff for the outstanding job they do every day on behalf of our members!

BOARD MEETING -- The FEA Board of Directors is meeting here in Washington this week (March 15-19). Look for information from your respective Area Director in the coming weeks about issues of relevance to your location.

GOOD ADVICE -- A survey of educators nationwide recently indicated that quality leadership in our schools is much more important than salaries and incentives when it comes to retaining quality teachers. To read the article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/02/AR2010030204203.html?hpid=topnews

Have a great week!