October 2016 FEA Stateside Newsletter

Jane Loggins - FEA Director For DDESS
Ben Hunter - FEA-SR General Counsel
Angelia Stubbs - FEA-SR General Counsel


CCRS-Elementary/Secondary Math - Lack of training and incorporation of poor math materials has impacted the mathematics implementation in our schools. When a new curriculum, such as GoMath is purchased by DODEA a training package should accompany the buy. This is not the case with GoMath. Instructional System Specialists and teachers are now expected to plan how to train each other on these new materials. New curriculum standards are not the problem with the math implementation. Teachers understand and can apply the new standards in their classes.

Dues Deductions - Dues deductions for this school year will begin on October 21, 2016 and end on May 5, 2017. Please review your LES and make sure these deductions begin and end on time. If they do not, please notify your local president immediately.

LLI Aspen Workflow - At the end of the 2015/2016 school year, the Agency notified FEA-SR that it would be implementing the LLI ASPEN workflow over our objection. Throughout bargaining, we insisted that LLI Educators be provided time to complete the added burden of the ASPEN data entry. We have also received feed back from LLI educators about on going problems with the ASPEN database. We continue to seek feedback on issues LLI educators are having with the ASPEN workflow. We have filed a grievance over the agency's illegal implementation and request that LLI educators begin to log the time they spend entering data in addition to their normal duties.

HR and Pay Issues - We have heard from many schools that hiring of substitutes, teachers and teacher assistants has been very slow this year. If your local area has open positions that have not been filled please let you local president know. We will contact HR and see how the process can be expedited. Pay has also been an issue this school year. The agency had delays in processing payments of the Early Return and Late Release pay. We have also seen pay issues with our new hires. Again, please let you local president know if pay problems exist. We will contact payroll to expedite corrective actions.

Training for Local Representatives -- During September, we were on the road. We provided training on the MLA and representational duties to the local elected officials at Fort Benning and Maxwell AFB. We just returned from Laurel Bay. We had the opportunity to meet with and train elected officials from the certified units at Laurel Bay, Fort Stewart and Fort Jackson. It was wonderful to be in the schools and meet with members and discuss concerns.

Classified Above School Level RIF - Some of our Educational Support Professionals are facing an above school level RIF. If you are one of these employees please make sure your SF 50 is correct. Also, stay in contact with your local president. HQ has briefed the union on this issue but need to hear from our members as this process moves forward.

MLA-Certified - The Association met with the Agency in a mediation session over the Certified MLA at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Atlanta, GA. The current Certified MLA remains in full effect. The Association will keep you informed as this process moves forward.

FEA-SR Area Council -- Fall Area Council will be held in Nashville, TN on October 14 and 15. All members are encouraged to attend if they are in the area.