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Classified Conference of the KU Libraries
Mar. 12, 2003
Guests: Al Mauler, Carol Jeffries, Nancy Rake, Sue Hewitt, Monica Claassen-Wilson, Tyca Griggs, Joel Cooper, Rita Wilson
Present: Mary Ann Baker (Chair.), Helen Dee (Vice-Chair.), Kurt Blythe (Secretary), Jesse Bryson (Group I Rep.), Kevin Fussell (Group II Rep.), Janet Revenew (Group III Rep.)
Absent: Lynn Koenig (Group IV Rep.)
"Alternative to Civil Service" Proposal Discussion:
Linda Fund graciously accepted the invitation of CCEB to come and answer
questions regarding the "Alternative to Civil Service" proposal.
Highlights of the meeting follow:
· Any wage increase may be compared favorably to a COLA. The planning group feels that KU will be able to match any wage increase that the state will be able to provide to those classified employees remaining as civil servants outside of KU. So, KU employees may count on receiving at least as much money as civil servants.
· KU will gain flexibility, which may be used to hire people at higher pay, expand job titles and descriptions and institute broadbanding, although people should expect to be shifted only within their general job description whether under the current system or the new system. Classified members of the Planning Committee want to keep relatively rigid job titles with much more variance in pay.
· The appeals board has not been discussed very much and when it has come up in planning it has been described in terms of being "local." The planning board does not foresee any problem with an in-house appeals board due to the relatively few number of appeals currently seen.
· Bumping is too disruptive to be kept.
· Lindy Eakin is confident about a post-tuition enhancement money University of Kansas.
· The current proposal is a big compromise. For example, Lindy Eakin accepted longevity awards being applied to base salaries and there being no cap on longevity awards.
Meeting with the Dean and the Personnel Officer: Current Library employees are being reclassified and these moves are not being announced. Mary Ann Baker will raise this issue at the next meeting. Sandy Gilliland hopes to find out the general feeling in the Libraries regarding the possibility of shifting from civil service to University employment.