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Classified Conference of the KU Libraries
April 17, 2002
Classified Conference (CC) General Meeting 17 April 2002
CC Past, Present and Future
An estimated 60 (mostly Classified) library staff members attended the extremely well-catered meeting. Handouts included a summary of CC activities and accomplishments over the last 29 years, a listing of Classified staff in their CC groups, a listing of library and university committees with CC representatives on them, and the responses to a KU Classified Senate survey about becoming KU employees.
Jana Borchardt began by introducing all the new Classified staff who had joined our ranks since April 2001. She then introduced our new Dean, Stella Bentley, who said a few words and then made a surprise announcement of the Classified Employee of the Year Awards: for 2001, Jan Altenbernd and for 2002, Toni Taylor.
Jana and Kevin Fussell then made a PowerPoint presentation (available on the CC website: http://www.lib.ku.edu/staff/committees/cceb/) illustrating past CC concerns and issues (including a Top Ten list!) and some statistical demographics of the current Classified staff (job type, age, retirement times/KPERS 85, etc.)
Sue Hewitt introduced Mike Auchard, President of KU Classified Senate, who gave us a brief history of the Senate and brought us up-to-date on the current activities of the Senate. He finished by giving us the results of the Senate Personnel Committee questionnaire asking whether we Classified staff would consider moving from the State Civil Service system to become KU employees. Most KU Classified staff did not think that such a possibility should be explored. Some CC members voiced the opinion that since there wasn't really a plan presented, it was difficult to know to how to respond to the questionnaire.
Sandy Gilliland introduced Lynn George, from KU Human Resources, who began by saying that until the Kansas legislature finalizes the budget in May, we really don't know yet how our salaries, bonuses, etc., and KU's budget will fare. Lynn also reviewed the basics of how the State's layoff procedures work and answered questions about the bumping process and what happens if you change jobs within the Civil Service system. Stella reassured many when she stated that she was 99.9% sure that there would not be layoffs in the library system. Lynn said that at this point it seems that furloughs are out of the picture. As for the State's most recent review of classifications, Lynn thought that not much would change, only possibly that we may lose the roman numerals after our position titles and the titles themselves may change a little.
As a response to several follow-up questions from the April 2001 meeting Sandy said that she still thinks that the LA series could use an LA IV ranking. Additionally she regretted that there hadn't been much time during the past year to deal with an in-house program for classified & unclassified supervisor training, but she assured us that its development was still in progress. Sandy said that she would try to be more prompt regarding communication about personnel changes and transitions.
We finished up with door prize drawings for a Waxman candle, a gift certificate from Raven, and a bag of accoutrement from OCLC.