No information has been forthcoming from Craig Roloff regarding the health insurance subsidy issue.
No further information was available to the meeting regarding the possibility of staff being paid twice a month.
President Gamble will attend CEPAC's December meeting.
It was agreed that the Secretary would pass on to Susan Alt, Director, Personnel & Payroll the report that union exempt employees may not be receiving notification of policy changes following contract ratification.
Benefits Committee: Carol Shannon reported that the Benefits Committee meets next week.
Space Management Committee: Rose Waldon had submitted a written report of the Space Management Committee's meeting of October 3, 2003. The Committee had approved the use of a software package for classroom/event scheduling and the matter has been passed to the President's office for approval. The Analytical Lab will not be moving to Marsh lab due to a conflict with chemicals and insect growth in the entomology area. Entomology will be moving to Marsh Lab from leon Johnson Hall and will retain use of the Insect Research Labs North and South. A general discussion was help on a policy for classroom use (eg turning over a classroom for departmental use). It was decided that each case should be handled on a case-by-case basis.
The University Facilities Planning Board: Rose Waldon submitted a note in this regard also. The Board is still discussing the antenna policy.
Bonnie White also reported her election to the FMCS Grant Committee (a labor management group). The first meeting is in Helena on October 15th (if Bonnie is unable to attend, Bob O'Driscoll will substitute). Information about the committee suggests that it might be another forum in which to raise several of the items before CEPAC, such as the fee waiver amendment.
Carol Shannon brought CEPAC's attention to increasing concern on campus over the vulnerability of non-public information, especially employees' and students' social security numbers. Gretchen Gilkey remarked that the Personnel and Payroll Department is pursuing methods to increase security, and Carol said she has met with Susan Alt in this regard.
Sara France reported on the outcome of the Fee Waiver Survey thus far (see attached documentation). Sara agreed to draft CEPAC's letter to Dr Gamble in response to his May 14th request for information in this regard. The Committee thanked Sara for conducting the survey, and preparing the feedback for discussion. It was agreed that the report of the survey would be made available on the web site, and that an announcement would be made drawing people's attention to the additional information (subsequent to our original announcement) now available. A discussion was held over how the Committee wished to respond to certain participants' questions raised via the survey. It was agreed that CEPAC has no mediation role between classified staff, their supervisors, or the administration as a whole. Rather, that CEPAC is intended to promote and facilitate communications. Sara was asked to reply to these respondents appropriately.
It was evident that many people would like the fee waiver to be transferable to family members, and that part-time staff would like at least a pro-rated benefit. Also, a wish for Extended Studies/Continuing Education courses to be included was voiced. CEPAC will use this feedback in its efforts to negotiate amendments to the Board of Regents fee waiver policy.
There being no other business, Nancy Topel moved that the meeting be adjourned. Ellen Huber seconded, and the motion passed.
NEXT MEETING NOVEMBER 12, 2003 IN THE BRADLEY CONFERENCE CENTER AT 9:00AM