STAFF ASSEMBLY EXECUTIVE COUNCILMINUTES
January 23, 2002 12:00 â€“ 1:00p.m.
CrosbyLarge Conference Room
Members Present: BillKostelec, Kim Gieber, Janice Resch, Keith Gauthier, TheresaCastillo, Anne Thomas, Krystal Burns, and Neva Bishop
Members Absent: BarbaraKolbet, Molly Spilker and Brett Hendricks
The meeting was called to order by PresidentBill Kostelec at 12:10.
No word back yet on the list of morale boosting ideasthat was given to Mike Carey just before Christmas to present toFather Spitzer.
Community Service and OutreachCommittee
Invite Community Service and Outreach Committee toour next meeting â€“ 1/30/02. Also, invite United Wayreps, Laurie Hanlon and Nancy Masingale. Need to find a way to helpwith the United Way campaign, they need more volunteers to helpboost participation.
We had the opportunity to gather some informationregarding benefits. June 2002, diabetic supplies will require co-pay just like allother prescription medication. This co-pay should havebeen in effect June 2001, but since proper notice was not made topolicyholders, the University decided to absorb those costs andstart the co-pay in June 2002.
Benefits costs are increasing June2002. At this time thecost increases are anticipated to be approximately 10% for both MSCand Group Health. These are not final totals. Per follow-up telephonecall with Debbie Cerenzia, the increase numbers will be madeavailable when the policies for the new benefit year arecompleted.
At this time, on some medications employeescan get a 90-day supply (or 100 tablets). That benefit is goingaway. Allprescriptions will be filled for 30 days at a time.
Human Resources and the Benefits Office arestill working toward providing benefits through a consortium ofprivate schools. Atthis time there are legal issues that are being considered. It likely will takelegislative changes before a consortium will befeasible.
General discussion was had about next year (FiscalYear 03, beginning June 1, 2002) Some of the concerns that wereraised by the budget committee are:
· â€œGrowingâ€ out of debt may not beworking
· Long-term budget planning is notdone
· Need to get all the stakeholders â€“ Trustees,VPâ€™s, and budget committee members â€“ at the same meeting to findout the direction they need to be moving in to facilitate betterplanning
Thayne has offered the time and talents of one of hisstudents to help with the mail out and data compilation if we wouldlike to proceed with another survey. Consensus was that thesurvey needs to be simplified.
To be invited to our meeting on February6.
Nominations and ElectionsCommittee
Need to be invited soon to begin working on detailsof the next election.
Will begin meeting again. Keith Gauthier has beeninvited to be our Staff Assembly representative.
Scheduling of futuremeetings
Next Meeting will be held on January 31,2002.
Future meetings will be held each Wednesday in CrosbyLarge Conference Room from 12:00 â€“ 1:00. Since this is the lunchhour, please feel free to bring your lunch. All SAEC members will benotified if there is a change to this recurring meeting.
By virtue of the bylaws, all Staff Assembly meetingsare open unless otherwise designated by the Executive Council. Everyone is welcome toattend.