President’s Update

DECEMBER 17, 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: December 17, 2020 OVERSEAS CONTRACT STATUS As we head into the winter break, the outcome of negotiations on a new Overseas contract remains up in the air. Following 30 days of renegotiations, which began after FEA Overseas members overwhelmingly voted in October to reject… Read More

NOVEMBER 14, 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA MEMBERS WORLDWIDE FROM: BRIAN CHANCE, FEA PRESIDENT RE: FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 2020 SECOND FACTOR AUTHENTICATION Knowing that many Overseas members were not happy about the prospect of having to use their personal devices for second factor authentication to access DoDEA’s Microsoft 365 platform, the Association worked with DoDEA HQ on a solution that will… Read More

OCTOBER 31, 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: October 31, 2020 OVERSEAS PAY PROBLEMS Working to resolve members’ pay problems continues to be one of the biggest issues I work on each week. DoDEA staffer Claudia Shaw recently posted an article, available to those with access to the DoDEA Connect site (use your… Read More

OCTOBER 11 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: October 11, 2020 OVERSEAS TENTATIVE AGREEMENT RATIFICATION VOTE Hopefully all members in our Overseas bargaining unit are aware by now that a ratification vote will be conducted next week on a proposal by DoDEA for a tentative agreement on a new contract for the Overseas… Read More

SEPTEMBER 22 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: September 22, 2020 OVERSEAS VIRTUAL MEETINGS Normally in the fall, I, along with FEA Executive Director/General Counsel Richard Tarr, would be traveling to attend the fantastic trainings put on for FRSs by our dedicated Area Directors and District Presidents/Division Representatives. Not only do these annual… Read More

AUGUST 26 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA MEMBERS WORLDWIDE FROM: BRIAN CHANCE, FEA PRESIDENT RE: FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT DATE: AUGUST 26, 2020 WELCOME BACK! For the first time in nearly six months, there are students and staff in some DoDEA schools. Nearly half the schools opened remotely and, as of this writing, DoDEA is STILL working on getting the Virtual Schools up and running.… Read More

JULY 15 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Association Efforts to Promote Safe Work Environments I’d like to take a moment to update Association members about FEA’s efforts on their behalf to advocate for the health and safety of all faculty, staff and students — as well as the families of all these stakeholders — as DoDEA tries to develop a plan for reopening schools.… Read More

JUNE 9 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: June 9, 2020 END OF THIS YEAR AND START OF NEXT We are now approaching the end of the school year for most locations in DoDEA. Schools in the Southeast District of DoDEA Americas closed in May. FEA Director for DDESS Jane Loggins tells us… Read More

MAY 19, 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: May 19, 2020 SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND RE-OPENINGS Even as the school year ends this week for the Southeast District schools in DoDEA Americas and the rest of DoDEA schools work toward their closings next month, the Association is already at work trying to ensure the… Read More

MAY 1 2020 FEA PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TO: FEA Members Worldwide FROM: Brian Chance, FEA President RE: FEA President’s Report DATE: May 1, 2020 LOCK DOWN As you know, the DoDEA Director has now announced all schools (except possibly those in Korea) are now closed to students for the remainder of the year. As we also all know, this definitely does not mean that school is… Read More