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Civil Service Committee update, November 2004

Supporting the U at the legislature, Senate restructuring, and updating civil service rules

From Brief, November 10, 2004

The upcoming Minnesota legislative session will have a huge impact on the future of the University. Declining state support has forced the U to make tough decisions over the past few years. You can make a difference by joining members of the University community in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities to build support for the U at the capitol.

The Civil Service Committee (CSC) is leading the way to keep staff informed and involved in legislative activity. Civil service staff members are beginning to organize within their campuses and departments to get other staff members involved.


Senate restructuring

The University Senate voted in September to include civil service and academic professional and administrative staff in the University Senate. A request will be presented to the Board of Regents for final approval November 11. After approval, the Civil Service Committee will determine the process for electing civil service representatives. Early in 2005, the CSC will send information on the election process and how to apply to become one of the 25 civil service representatives of the Senate beginning July 1.

Rules update
The Rules Subcommittee of the CSC met Wednesday, November 3, in 240 Donhowe. It reviewed changes made to the rules since the last publication in 1999 and discussed discrepancies and inconsistencies--especially Rule 11 and Rule 14.

November CSC meeting
President Bruininks will speak at the next CSC meeting about the 2006-07 biennial budget request. November 18, 9 a.m. to noon, 510 Morrill Hall; the President is scheduled for 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Here are three ways for you to get involved today.

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