Operating Staff Council

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

August 1, 2001

 

Council members present:Abby Archila, District 1; Sharon Gordon, (chair), District 6; Flora Joyal, District 7; Karin Coe, District 8; Debbie Anderson, (recorder) District 9; Karen Kelly, District 10; Julie Johnson Dubois, District 11; Shirley Norton, District 14; Cathy Rudd, District 16; Marie Hanson, Member At-Large.

 

Absent:Mark Ernst, District 5; Corinne Trott, District 12; Ginette Couture, District 13; Belinda Camire, District 15; Dick Swasey (Vice-chair) Member At-Large; Erika Clifford, Member At-Large.

 

Ex-Officios:†††† Jen Vento, Campus Journal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Holly Wellstead, Human Resource representative

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sharon Demers, Human Resources

††††††††††††††††††††††† Lonn Sattler, SPPC representative

††††††††††††††††††††††† Gregg Sanborn, Presidentís Office

 

Guests:††††††††††† Joan Tambling, UNH Systems Office

††††††††††††††††††††††† Terri Winters, representative for the University Community Scholarship Fund

 

June minutes were approved

 

Announcements:New council members were voted in unanimously. The new members are:

Abby Archila, District 1; Karen Kelly, District 10; Julie Johnson Dubois, District 11; Corinne Trott, District 12; Erika Clifford, Member At-Large; Marie Hanson, Member At-Large.

 

Guest speakers:

 

Terri Winters-representing the University Community Scholarship.This scholarship

started with OS/PAT councils-it is a solicitation drive that happens every year. The letter is scheduled to be mailed out to all university staff in September. The endowment for the

Scholarship is now over $50,000 after 3 yrs. of fund raising.Terri reported that last year 2 scholarships were awarded for $1,250 each.One suggestion was to bring back UNH Pride Day to announce the winners of the scholarship. The awards ceremony could coincide with Ben Thompsonís Birthday Celebration, but have the awards ceremony earlier in the day around noon or 1 pm, so more of the UNH Community could attend.Terri is speaking at both the OS council, PAT council and Faculty Senate for possible ideas/support. Terri will bring recommendations to the President for approval.

 

Joan Tambling- UNH Systems Office Ė Joan came to the council to discuss the process of employee benefits.

Joan gave an overview of UNH benefits (system wide). Currently UNH spends $68 million on employee benefits.The total state appropriation to UNH was $74 million.This includes over $25 million for health coverage with the remaining portion going to retirement, social security, life insurance, tuition, etc.

Currently we have only 2 major carriers available: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna Healthsource.Joan indicated that the latest information available could mean a 20% increase in costs to medical benefits.A 1% rate hike is about $250,000, so when there are cost problems the area that has to be looked at is in Medical Benefits.An outside concern is conducting a study to evaluate the proposed changes and both OS and PAT councils will be asked for input.

 

Holly Wellstead, Human Resource Representative

The OS Pay Transition process went smoothly.Sharon Demers, Human Resource Director added that approximately 400 staff members took advantage of taking the 2% of their 3% ATB salary increase in July to assist in the three-week gap in their payroll distribution.The remaining 1% of the ATB increase will be reflected in the Sept. 7 paycheck.

 

Holly informed the council that Open Enrollment for Benefits will begin Oct. 1 and run through the month of October. The annual Benefits Fair for employees has been planned for October 17.

 

Gregg Sanborn, Presidentís Office

Move-in day for Freshman will be Friday, Aug. 31.Upper classmen will be able to move in on Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3.†† UNH employees were asked to use alternate lots for parking on Friday, so that students and parents will have closer access to their dorms.The university picnic will be Sept. 11 along with the presidentís state of the university address and a ceremony to announce construction of the new campus dorm and dining hall.

 

New Business-

Sharon suggested that the council have a council meeting in Manchester. We could have a regular meeting and then tour the campus. The council voted to hold the Oct. 3 meeting in Manchester.

 

Committee Reports- no official reports

 

Meeting was unanimously adjourned.

 

Next meeting: September 5