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Civil Service Committee update, April 2005

Pay plan for 2005-06, civil service opening for Senate Disabilities Issues Committee, legislative update, and more

From Brief, April 13, 2005

Pay plan is posted

Dorit Hafner, CSC chair

The final pay plan for civil service employees for 2005-06 is now available on the Office of Human Resources (OHR) Web site. The one-year pay plan provides detailed information on how salary increases will be distributed during the next fiscal year. See the 2005-06 Pay Plan for Civil Service Employees Not Covered by Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Senate election
The CSC is still seeking applications for the University Senate. Coordinate campus employees are especially encouraged to apply. Crookston, Duluth, and Morris each have one seat to be filled. The deadline is April 15. A letter from President Bruininks was sent to deans, directors, and department heads to support and encourage staff to participate in University governance. See University Senate Election on the CSC Web site.

Merit Pay Subcommittee
The CSC will meet with OHR on a regular basis to talk about merit pay increases and their implementation at the U. All civil service employees are welcome to join the discussions. The first meeting is scheduled on April 13, 1-3 p.m. in 215 Donhowe. Please check the CSC Web site or InTouch for further meeting dates.

JEQ appeal guideline
Cathy Marquardt
The Compensation Subcommittee has written a Job Evaluation Questionnaire (JEQ) appeal guideline to help guide civil service staff through the JEQ appeal process when a reclassification is denied.

Joe Jameson
If the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) proposal is accepted by the state legislature, the contribution rate by employees and employer could be going up 1 percent, phased in over 4 years at one-quarter percent per year starting July 1, 2007. See the MSRS Messenger, which you should have received in the mail.

The Wellness group is working on organizing a farmers market this summer on the Twin Cities campus, Minneapolis. Keep an eye on this activity.

UPlan health benefit requests for proposals are being reviewed. Details will be available after the regents meeting in May.

April CSC Meeting
The next CSC meeting is scheduled for April 28, 9 a.m.-noon, 101 Walter Library, Twin Cities campus. President Bruininks is scheduled to visit 11-11:30 a.m. Vice president for human resources Carol Carrier is scheduled to visit 11:30 a.m.-noon.

See the CSC calendar to view subcommittee meeting schedules.

Each year, OHR provides the Civil Service Committee (CSC) with a pay plan. The CSC discusses the pay plan with OHR and proposes changes as needed and appropriate. After both agree on the pay plan, the vice president for human resources approves the final plan, which will take effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year, July 1. All colleges and units are required to follow the guidelines of the pay plan. This year, OHR suggested a 3 percent salary increase for fiscal year 2005-06. CSC proposed implementing the 3 percent as a recurring, across-the-board base pay increase, or as a recurring merit base pay increase to average 3 percent of civil service salaries within a given department. Departments will not be able to supplement the across-the-board or merit increase. One discussion point was salary minimums and maximums. In the past, when the salary minimum increased, the maximums did not increase at the same rate. To fully compensate employees at their salary maximum, the maximums will change 4 to 10 percent this year. This will give employees at their salary maximum the full recurring increase and leave room for future increases. See the pay plan for more details. During the year, departments with sufficient recourses to meet budgeted obligations and commitments may award in-range salary adjustments and outstanding service awards. An in-range salary adjustment can be granted as either a recurring base-pay increase or a lump sum or a combination of both. The outstanding service award can be granted as a lump sum. During the coming year, CSC and OHR will look at the current merit pay plan and how it is implemented in units providing it. Feedback from units and employees who receive merit increases will be sought. The plan is to create a guideline for colleges that would like to implement merit pay in the future. This will help the units and the University to guarantee a fair distribution of merit increases to all civil service employees. All civil service employees are welcome to come to the meetings, which will be announced in the e-InTouch and on the CSC Web site.

Interested in committee service?

Brenda Boever, Senate & Assembly Vacancies Subcommittee Many civil service employees offer their time and talent to the University community as members of systemwide committees. The CSC is currently seeking applicants for an opening on the Senate Disabilities Issues Committee. Please see the Disabilities Issues Committee on the Senate Web site and learn more about the work of this committee. You can also get the application for civil service representation on committees on the CSC Web site. Interested persons should e-mail their application by April 22 to Brenda Boever at, or call 320-589-6466 with questions. Thanks to all of our members who currently serve on committees. We look forward to working with more of you in the future!

Don't rest now--call your state representatives!

Margaret Wolf, Legislative Subcommittee

After months of hard work, legislative leaders have finally agreed on a bonding bill for the state. The University fared well in the final version of the bill, thanks to the hard work of U advocates. But we can't rest. Now members of the house and senate turn their attention to developing the state's biennial budget.

Minnesotans have traditionally placed a high value on education, but in the past 30 years, support for the University has declined from 8 percent to less than 4 percent of the state's total budget. We need to reverse this trend and tell legislators that investment in higher education is a top priority for Minnesotans.

Please call your representatives and urge them to support the University's full request. Go to the Legislative Network Web page.

Civil Service Staff Development Funds still available for fiscal year 2004-05

Karen Tschida Enroll in a workshop, seminar, or course and enjoy a great learning experience. Staff development funds for fiscal year 2004-05 are still available for civil service staff members interested in programs to enrich their skills or knowledge. Funds are available to non-bargaining unit civil service employees with an appointment of 75 percent or more. Eligible applicants may apply for a one-time grant of up to $100 per fiscal year. Preference is given to applicants who do not have other sources of funds, such as department contributions. For more detailed information and an application, please go to the CSC Web site.

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