Classified Employee Council Minutes

December 10, 2002

Present: Brenda Feltner, Tim Haines, Joy Phillips, Paul Schwan, Dan Starliper, Agnes Tabler (alternate), Patt Welsh, and Karl Wolf. Guest: Ken Harbaugh. Not Present: Bonita Brooks, Geraldine Hammond, Steve Parrotte, Paula Scott, Peggy Swinston-Rivera, Phyllis Taylor, and Deneatta Williams.

Tim Haines, chair, called the meeting to order.

It was M/S/P that the November 19, 2002, minutes be approved as distributed.

Advisory Council of Classified Employees
Tim Haines reported that ACCE will meet this Thursday, December 12, at West Virginia State. ACCE will be discussing its legislative agenda at this meeting. Future ACCE meetings will be held semi-monthly because of budget cuts. West Liberty has already begun cutting jobs because of the recent budget cuts in higher education. Tim said that Governor Wise was holding a video town meeting this morning that would be broadcast across the state at various public libraries.

Karl Wolf suggested that ACCE needs to emphasize to the legislature the importance of the peer equity funding. We need to lobby our legislators for the peer equity money and do everything we can to get the legislature behind higher education.

Board of Governors
Dan Starliper reported that they will not meet until Thursday, December 12.

Staff Development
No report.

No meeting. Ken Harbaugh announced that Dr. Betty Myers has donated a 4-DVD set of The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, for the Scholarship Committee to raffle off or use to raise money for the scholarship fund. Thank you Dr. Myers for your generosity!

Buildings and Grounds
Ken Harbaugh reported that there has been no meeting since November.

No report.

Buildings/grounds and safety concerns discussed by Council were the following: (1) an automatic handicap door is needed at the Byrd Science Center; (2) numerous big ticket construction items are still scheduled even though we are in the midst of a budget crunch; (3) snow removal on sidewalks and to gain access to sidewalks needs to be improved.

Special Events
Ken Harbaugh reminded Council members that the annual holiday luncheon would be held on Wednesday, December 11, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Old Business
The Council's salary sub-committee met with Dr. Dunlop last Friday, December 6, to share with him the following pay policy ideas for classified employees: 1. No merit pay until the pay matrix is fully funded; 2. Fund the "zero years" pay step outside the funding of all other classified employees; 3. Classified employees pay raise for the non-zero years employees will be the same percent as faculty and non-classified employees raises; 4. Rational: faculty have been given "equity adjustments" when their salaries were not consistent with peer salaries; faculty are given a 10% pay raise when they are promoted but do the same work; non-classified employees are hired much closer to "market" and thus do not suffer a lag in salary from the start as do classified employees.

It was M/S/P to approve submission of this to the Board of Governors Finance Committee.

New Business
Discussion occurred regarding the day it snowed and the decision that was made for Shepherd to remain open. After discussion, it was M/S/P to send a basic resolution of concern to the administration regarding not closing the school on Thursday, December 5, due to snow. In the future during inclement weather, Council would like to see a more liberal delay or cancellation policy for the safety of Shepherdıs employees and students.

Ken Harbaugh suggested that we need to invite more administrators and legislators to our meetings. Dan Starliper said that we should invite the republican legislators to one meeting and the democratic legislators to another meeting.

Tim announced that our next Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 21, at 9 a.m.

There being no further business, it was M/S/P to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary

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