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June 15 2010 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members Worldwide
From: Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: June 15, 2010


BAGGAGE FEES -- Despite any wording to the contrary on the back of DoDDS educators' RAT travel orders, FEA has confirmed with DoDEA Headquarters that DoDDS will cover airlines' checked baggage charges on up to two bags for each person (subject to the applicable weight restrictions used by the carrier) covered by RAT travel this summer. This includes any dependents traveling under your RAT orders. Any additional baggage fees you incur beyond this two-per-person allowance will be taken from your 100-pound shipping allotment. You will need to pay any baggage fees up front, at the time of your travel, and voucher to DoDDS later for reimbursement. See your building administration for more information.

LEGAL UPDATES -- Members are urged to visit www.feaonline.org to read a pair of legal updates posted recently by FEA's legal department. The first update is a follow-up to another update from earlier this school year. It deals with management efforts to encroach upon educators' time to perform their work and explains how members can submit logs they were asked to keep, detailing such encroachments by management. The second update discussed possible alternatives DoDDS educators may have to using RAT travel in conjunction with PCS moves.

SIGN UP -- A final reminder before summer break starts: the best way to stay informed about issues affecting you as a DoDEA employee is to subscribe to receive electronic updates from FEA. Upon signing up, you will have the FEA President's report sent directly to you, along with any special updates/bulletins sent out by FEA's Washington office. Any FEA member can subscribe by going to www.feaonline.org/listserv.htm

FEEDBACK SOUGHT -- The NEA Health Information Network (NEA HIN) is a great resource for educators on many issues affecting physical and psychological health. The NEA HIN site at www.neahin.org remains a great repository of information on the H1N1 virus and includes links and downloadable information on many other issues, such as indoor environmental quality, bullying, and proper nutrition for students and adults.

NEA HIN is currently conducting a web site assessment, to get a better understanding of what NEA affiliates and members want and need from its Web site. I urge all FEA members to take advantage of this valuable resource by visiting the HIN site and especially by offering your feedback through their online assessment, available here.

To learn more about NEA HIN, please visit www.neahin.org, www.facebook.com/neahin, or www.twitter.com/neahin

FEA ANNUAL MEETING -- A reminder about the FEA Annual Membership Meeting, being held June 30 and July 1 at the Chateau Bourbon hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, just prior to the NEA Representative Assembly being held at the city's convention center July 1-6. Any FEA member is able and encouraged to attend the FEA Annual Membership Meeting, where you can hear from and question the FEA Board of Directors and staff about issues concerning you. For more information go to www.feaonline.org/ra or send your questions to feaadmin@nea.org

THANK YOU AND GOODBYE -- Though I touched on this in my June 1 update, I again want to wish all of our retiring FEA members a wonderful retirement. Our association cannot thank you enough for the support you have shown us. In addition, I want to extend a special thank you to all those retiring members who have served in leadership positions at the building, local, or country/district/installation level. You are the backbone of FEA and your service to your fellow members is an example for others to follow. Lastly, I want to thank our three outgoing FEA Board of Directors members: Wanda Beatty, Trudy Pollard, and John Luchtman. It's been a pleasure working with you on the FEA Board and knowing you as friends and collaborators. To all of you who are leaving DoDEA after this school year: good luck and best wishes for a bright future.

To everyone else: have a great and very relaxing summer. See you in SY 10-11!