Classified Employee Council Minutes

March 18, 2003

Present: Present: Bonita Brooks, Brenda Feltner, Tim Haines, Geraldine Hammond, Joy Phillips, Paul Schwan, Paula Scott, Dan Starliper, Peggy Swinston-Rivera, Peg Swisher (alternate), Agnes Tabler (alternate), Patt Welsh, and Karl Wolf. Guests: Ken Harbaugh, Nancy Roesel, Howard Seiler, Diane Shewbridge, Anna Mary Walsh, and Dan Yanna. Not Present: Steve Parrotte, Phyllis Taylor, and Deneatta Williams.

Tim Haines, chair, called the meeting to order.

It was M/S/P that the February 21, 2003, minutes be approved as distributed.

Advisory Council of Classified Employees
Tim Haines reported that H.B. 2224 still has not been signed by Governor Wise. We are concerned about the impact this bill will have on the loss of seniority rights if institutions have to RIF (reduction in force) classified employees and the bill's revising the makeup of each institution's classified employees council. This revision would mean that our council will have only five categories (we would have to combine categories 6 and 7), two representatives would be elected to each category serving a two-year term each, and a council chair would be elected from the classified employees as a whole. After much discussion and complaints that this bill is unfair to our categories 6 and 7, it was M/S/P that our Council comply with H.B. 2224 by nominating two representatives from each of the five categories which would mean combining categories 6 and 7. It should be noted that our Council is complying only because these changes were mandated by H.B. 2224.

Board of Governors
Dan Starliper reported on the March 13, 2003, Board meeting. His report is attached. Dan stated that the institutional salary policy has yet to be finalized as they are waiting on the faculty.

Staff Development
Nancy Roesel reported that there is a little more than $8,000 remaining in the staff development fund. The committee met on March 11 to discuss raising the travel limit from $500 to $1,000. The committee decided that this change should not be retroactive. It was M/S/P by Council to increase the travel request limit from $500 to $1,000, but that it would not be retroactive for trips that have already been taken. Staff development money is available to part-time classified employees.

Peg Swisher reported that this committee has fifteen applications for scholarship money. These are the most applicants that we have ever had.

Buildings and Grounds
Ken reported that on the agenda for this Thursday's meeting will be a snow emergency plan. Dan Yanna reported the following: (1) we have complied with the governor's mandate to return six vehicles which cost $2,700 to transport to Dunbar; (2) Tom Segar would like to support financially the installation of some automatic doors; (3) a new chiller has been put on the roof of White Hall; (4) the ball field remediation is under way which will cost athletics approximately $20,000; and (5) the Frank Center, field house, and library projects are going along just fine.

Peggy Swinston-Rivera distributed the March 6, 2003, Safety Committee minutes. She reported that they reviewed and discussed the third draft of HS&E #5, Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan and the chair had reviewed Safety Procedures training with the Dining Hall staff and with Residence Life.

Special Events
Anna Mary had no report. If anyone has any ideas for morale boosters, please contact her.

Old Business
No report.

New Business
Tim asked for dates for the annual classified employees luncheon/meeting. It was recommended that Thursday, April 17, be considered. He will check to see if this date is okay for Dr. Dunlop.

It was discussed that Council would need to have an amendment ready at the annual meeting dealing with the Council changes mandated by H.B. 2224. It was M/S/P to recommend to all classified employees that nominations for chair be taken at the annual classified employees meeting.

The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, April 15, at 9 a.m. in the Cumberland Room.

There being no further business, it was M/S/P to adjourn the business portion of our meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Tim introduced Dr. Dunlop who gave a presentation regarding the Budget Advisory Group (BAG).

Alan Perdue then gave a presentation regarding possible parking fee increases and parking lot changes which would be instituted in the fall 2003 semester if approved by the executive staff. Council members responded to this proposal very negatively.

Respectfully submitted,

Brenda J. Feltner
Classified Employees Council Secretary

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