Winter 2013 Issue

Classified employees Fall 2012 quick facts

  • Classified employees include union and non-union bargaining unit affiliations.
  • There are 1,126 full-time classified employees in five categorized groups:
    • Classified Professional, 266
    • Secretarial/Clerical, 236
    • Technical/Paraprofessional, 278
    • Skilled Craft, 52
    • Service/Maintenance, 294
  • 85% work full-time and 15% work part time.
  • 38% of the MSU workforce is classified employees.
  • The average classified employee has been working at MSU for 8.2 years. 
  • 30% will reach MPEA retirement age within the next 4 years.


MUSSA - it's official

For many years the campuses of Montana University System have come together to talk about issues common for our campuses as Montana University System Staff Association (MUSSA). In January the campuses formalized its organization with adoption of bylaws and the election of a chair and vice chair. Congratulations to chair, Christy Aamold, MSU Billings and vice chair, Bill Van Horn, MSU Bozeman.


MUSSA members meet with the Board of Regents

MUSSA members had a lunch meeting with the Regents and Commissioner during the January 9th Board of Regents meeting held in Helena. UM Missoula presented results of a satisfaction survey, MSU Billings discussed pay disparity of Custodial staff, UM Tech addressed small campus issues such as classified employees who perform the duties of multiple job titles, and MSU Bozeman shared it is working on a comprehensive salary survey.


Did You Know? Personnel Policy Revisions
Did you know that MSU has implemented revisions to the Donated Sick Leave (Personnel Policy 1045) and Maternity Leave (Personnel Policy 1025) policies? These revisions are a positive enhancement to MSU employees and will go into effect on February 1st, 2013. Notable revisions include:

  • The maximum number of hours of donated sick leave that may be utilized by eligible employees in any 12-month period has been increased from 160 hours to 240 hours.
  • The university has eliminated the waiting period of 40 hours of leave without pay before donated sick leave may be used.  Eligible recipients must use all accrued sick, annual leave and compensatory time before they may accept donated time.
  • Donated sick leave may now be used to take care of members of an employee's immediate family. In the past, the policy only applied to the employee.
  • Eligible employees may now use up to six weeks of donated sick leave for pregnancy or childbirth-related health conditions. This was not allowed under the previous policies.

For more information about these policy revisions, feel free to contact Susan Alt, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, at 994-3344 or email Susan.


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