Staff Senate Minutes - June 17, 2003
Employee of the Month: Judy Kuebler, Secretary, Biology Department
Directors -- Kauders, Livingston, Roggasch
Managerial/Professional -- Bressington, Kucera
Office -- Clark, Larson
Service -- Hasbrouch, Lange
Ex Officio: Lakey
Absent: Newton, Ellingson, Willis
John Lakey, Director of Human Resources and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Business and Finance, talked about budget and salary raises for the next year. Office/Service, Managerial/Professional and Administrative staff have a 1.75% salary pool for July 1, 2003 annual salary increase. Staff in these categories shall receive a 1.75% increase to their 2002-2003 base salary based on satisfactory performance. Department heads were sent salary budget worksheets to be returned with salary increases. Employee performance evaluations should be on file in the HR office to receive salary increases. Those employees holding the positions of vice chancellor or above will not receive a fiscal year 2003-04 salary increase. Faculty and staff hired after May 1, 2003 are not to receive a salary increase on July 1st unless it was a condition of employment at the time of hire. Annual salary increases for employees currently on probation could be held until probation period is completed. The hiring and minimum salary rates for classified employees are not being increased for 03-04 fiscal year. Salary notifications will be sent out to staff by July 15th, very basic information, sent in sealed mailers similar to pay advices. Immediate supervisor will distribute salary notification to employee. Hourly employees will see raise effective July 24th pay check, old rate for time worked from July 27 to June 30 and new rate from July 1 to July 10. Salaried employees will see increase in July 31 paychecks. Annual salary increases for faculty are determined by bargaining agreement. May be differences between campuses on when and how salary increases will be distributed. Any increase in medical insurance premium for January 1, 2004 is unknown at this time.
- Call to order
- Adoption of Agenda -- Amended Agenda approved.
- Introductions, Correspondence, and Minutes of 5/20/03 approved.
- Unfinished Business - None
- Committee & Search Reports
- Election Committee – None
- Employee Recognition Committee – Staff Senate members should sign up for the treat box.
- Performance Management Committee - Jeffie Wiggins, Chair of committee, indicated they would meet next week.
- Procedures Committee - Michelle Roggasch presented proposed changes in the Bylaws. President will send out the agenda, the Vice President will not automatically move into the President's position. Duties of officers were revised and reworded. Professional Conduct Committee moved under section of Election Committee. Added that Staff Senate member must serve on one committee each year. On Standing Committees, each committee needs one Staff Senate member.
- Professional Development Committee - No report
- Office/Service Dependent Scholarship Committee - Mary Heater, Chair of Committee reported that $900 in scholarships were awarded during the 2002-2003 year. Four $250 scholarships were awarded for 2003-2004. The Dependents Endowed fund has a balance of $9,506.70 and the Dependents Expendable fund has a balance of $1,124.48.
- Making a Difference Subcommittee - No report
- Mentoring Subcommittee - No report
- Information Technology Advisory Committee - No report
- Strategic Planning – No report
- Centennial Committee – No report
- North Central Steering Committee – Chapter drafts completed by fall, a resource room will be set up and located in the library, director or above may need to send a vitae. A concern was raised that faculty are paid to write but not staff.
- New Business
- A new form on the Staff Senate web site allows anyone to send suggestions for incentives, ideas for workshops, etc. The suggestions will be sent on to Employee Recognition and Performance Management Committee. They will also be published in the Staff Senate Newsletter.
- Cheryl Bressington volunteered to help set up fund raising ideas. She and several other volunteers will visit with Len, Antelope Bookstore, to see about getting different types of shirts for staff to wear on Blue/Gold days. A contest will be held to design a logo for the shirt.
- Anita talked about the activities for the July 1 celebration. Free breakfast from Chartwells will be offered from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at a cost of $4. Jazz band will play during that time and at 2:30 cotton candy will be served outside Conrad Hall. Staff Senate members were reminded to wear name tags.
- Cheryl and Linda discussed a campus survey for Staff Senate to get a better idea of topics for workshops, what committees staff serve on or why they may not be able to serve on committees, or what committees they may be interested in serving on. These will be available at breakfast and during lunch on July 1.
- A request to move the Staff Senate meeting to August 12th was approved.
- A suggestion was made to sell UNK flags and holders as a fund raising project. The flags and holders will be available at the July 1 picnic. Any funds received from the sale of flags will go into an account for Staff Senate.
- Staff Senate will be able to share an office with Faculty Senate in Founders Hall 2142.
- Let's Have Lunch...with the Chancellor on June 24 at noon, bring your own lunch -- encourage everyone to participate.
- SAFE Award nominations are due June 30.
- Next meeting 10:30 a.m., July 15, 2003, Room 310 -- Nebraskan Student Union.
- The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.