May 2017 FEA Stateside Newsletter

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

VERA VSIP -- Voluntary Early Retirement and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay has been offered to some stateside schools. On April 24th, fifty-seven VERA and or VSIP's were offered to employees in our schools. A second round of VERA VSIP may be offered if needed. Locations where schools are closing received the most offers of VERA VSIP. The Agency will send Human Resource Specialists to communities with high numbers of retirements or separations to do separation briefings.

Reduction in Force -- At the current time ninety-six positions across DDESS will be impacted by RIF. The agency will place employees in positions impacted by RIF into other open positions, which they are certified after the completion of VERA VSIP. The final day for any employee to receive notification of a specific RIF is May 24th.

DoDEA Curriculum Implementation -- FEA SR has shared concerns with DoDEA Headquarters over the CCRSM and CCRSL implementation and training. Response to our concerns from the Agency has been slow and limited. We also have concerns about the Pre K - 5 Science and 6 -12 Social Studies Implementation planned for the 17-18 school year. The Agency stated that 16-17 was an "Awareness Year" for teachers in the curricular areas of Science and Social Studies. However, we have found the Agency provided little information to teachers on the upcoming curricular and standards changes in this so-called "Awareness Year." FEA SR requests that the Agency provide training that meets the needs of our educators in all curriculum implementations.

NEA Representative Assembly and FEA Annual Meeting -- The NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Boston at the Convention and Exhibition Center July 2-July 5. The FEA Annual Meeting will take place June 29 and 30.

Schools Closing/Opening -- At the end of this school year the Agency will close some stateside schools, open new schools and also modify grade levels within schools at some locations. If your community has a school closing or opening, the local Union President and the Community Superintendent will bargain those moves per the MLA Article 22 Section 3.

Understanding Your Association Rights -- MLA Article 23 Section 4 RIF

Notification to Bargaining Unit Members
Once it has been determined that a RIF is required, bargaining unit employees who will be affected by RIF actions will be given specific notice at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the effective date of the RIF.
Such notice shall contain the following information and all other information required per 5 C.F.R. 351.802:
a. Action to be taken;
b. Reasons for the action;
c. Personal information used to determine the action;
d. Effective date for the action;
e. Entitlements and benefits;
f. Place where affected employees and their representatives may inspect retention registers and related records pertaining to the action; and
g. Employee appeal rights. It is understood that the above information may change during the sixty (60) calendar day period.

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.