President’s Update

MAY 5TH, 2022 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  ARBITRATOR FINDS DODEA TO HAVE NEGOTIATED IN BAD FAITH, ORDERS PARTIES TO RESTART OVERSEAS CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS In a major victory for Association members, last week Arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum issued his decision in an Unfair Labor Practice grievance brought by FEA on behalf of the Overseas bargaining unit. The Grievance concerned the Association’s allegations of… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT APRIL 12, 2022

  FEA AT-LARGE ELECTION RESULTS On March 29th, FEA staff counted the ballots for FEA’s At-Large election for its Board of Directors. The results can be viewed at https://www.feaonline.org/fea-at-large-election-results/. Thank you to all the members who took the time to vote. Your engagement in the association is crucial in ensuring FEA can be the voice… Read More

MARCH 10TH, 2022 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

OVERSEAS EXCESS PLACEMENT PROGRAM DoDEA is now expected to begin placements on March 14th for the Excess Placement Program for FEA’s Overseas Bargaining Unit. If you are an Overseas member who was excessed and you sent a copy of your placement application to us, I will use it to verify the accuracy of your information… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT FEBRUARY 18TH, 2022

EXCESS PLACEMENT PROGRAM DELAYED DoDEA has informed us that, due to difficulties it is experiencing with the setup of its online application system, the Excess Placement Program for Overseas educators, originally scheduled to take place next week, will be delayed. The length of the delay is uncertain at this time. FEA will update members as… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT FEBRUARY 1, 2022

DODEA DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE HOPEFULLY SIGNALS POSITIVE CHANGE In case you missed our email to members on this, last week Director Brady sent a message to all DoDEA staff, in which he acknowledges the many stresses and burdens DoDEA educators continue to face due to COVID and the current work environment. The possible changes he cited… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT JANUARY 13TH, 2022

OVERSEAS CONTRACT BARGAINING UPDATE The FEA bargaining team and management are currently awaiting action from the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) on a number of matters concerning the successor Overseas contract. FEA remains committed to negotiating a fair contract that strengthens the learning environment for DoDEA students, protects employee rights, and ensures they have dignity… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT DECEMBER 7, 2021

TRANSFERS We have heard from the field that some DoDEA officials have discussed the possibility of a transfer program being held this year. At this time, DoDEA has not sent the Association any notice, official or otherwise, that it is intending to conduct a transfer program this year. Under terms of a past arbitrator’s ruling,… Read More

OCTOBER 28, 2021 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Vaccine Mandate; Loan Forgiveness; FEHB; NEA Read Across America Grant   DoDEA Vaccine Mandate and Reasonable Accommodation  While FEA recommends all members, who can, become vaccinated to meet the fast-approaching November 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, we recognize some members are unable to take the vaccine due to health… Read More

OCTOBER 4, 2021 PRESIDENT’S REPORT

  Bargaining Update FEA and DoDEA, last month, engaged in bargaining for a new negotiated agreement covering the Overseas bargaining unit. The two sides remain at odds over a number of issues. FEA remains committed to negotiating a fair contract that protects employee rights and strengthens the learning environment for DoDEA students. We will continue… Read More

FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT SEPTEMBER 16 2021

LEADERSHIP TRAININGS I, along with FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr and Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel Suzanne Summerlin, have been able to virtually attend trainings for Association leaders in Europe this month. I’m planning (technology willing) to attend additional trainings for the Pacific as well as the upcoming FEA Stateside Region Area Council as the… Read More