Minutes - August 18, 2005
These minutes were approved at the UT Staff Council meeting on September 15, 2005
Attendance: Yolanda Aldaco, Jeri Baker, Jennifer Betancourt, Carlos Bowles, Alison Louise Brown, Lisa Camero, Johnnie Conley, Marlis Dagg, Vickie Drake, Neil Fahlund, Danielle Fournier, Christine Gauger, Phil Gavenda, Marco Gonzalez, Paul Grotevant, Christy Habecker, Phillip Hebert, Vicki heydron, Tom Horn, Greg Howard, James Janknegt, Amy Jones, Elizabeth Korves, Lynn Lecropane, Candace Legge, Collin Logan, Noah Lowenstein, Debra Madden, Gary Martt, Kimberly Montroy, Terry Moore, Rita Moreno, Joyce Moyer, Pamela Owen, Eric Patkowski, Billie Pierce, Janet Reed, Barbara Reyes, Carl Roell, Christopher Scherer, Craig Schroer, Nadine Schulte, Sandra Sleeper, Olen Smith, Kim Snyder, Barbara Thompson, Alayna Wadleigh, Erin Waneck, Sara Jackson Watson, Ashley Williams, Cynthia Wilson, Andrea Zabcik
Absent with notification: Vanesssa Cobb, Patrice Fox, Claudia Gerardo, Bretna Hackert, Dreya Johannsen, Troy Johnson, Kathy Romberg
Absent: Rufino Aguirre, Layne Brewster-Smith, Melba Catchings, Curtis Drosche, Philip Guerrero, Kelly Liao, Lou Ann Marrs, Laura Najera, Donna O’Kelly, Albert Puga, Edie Shugart, Jennifer Trost, Kim Wallace, JR Watson, Kimberly Williams
Guests: Monica Reed, HRS
The chair reported on the Employee Advisory Council meeting held in July. There were discussions of a study regarding a possible universal benefits package for all Texas state agencies. It also appears that there may not be an HMO option available for UT staff after this fiscal year. HMO plans are declining nationwide. The retirement annuity has been changed by SB 1691. There are grandfathered groups. Contact HR for details on changes in retirement.
The vice-chair reminded the council that committee chairs should turn in their reports to him at least two weeks prior to a council meeting so that they can be approved for the agenda by the Executive Committee. Additionally, committees should start keeping minutes of their meetings and turn them in to the Recorder after each meeting.
Tom Horn added that the intention is for minutes to be as easily available as possible so that UT staff can see what the Council is doing.
Nominations and Elections Committee: Sandra Sleeper, Chair
Sandra Sleeper showed the PowerPoint presentation that has been put together for the purpose of increasing Staff Council representation in certain districts that historically do not have high participation rates, especially Custodial Services. The committee's goal is to have this presentation given at an "all-hands" meeting of the custodial staff. The text of the presentation will also be translated into Spanish. Any suggestions for enhancing the presentation should be sent to the Nominations and Elections Committee.
Issues Committee: Amy Jones, Chair
2005-3: Simplification of Process for Opening and contributing 403B(7) Annuity, submitted by Christopher Scherer, District 511
2005-4: Compensation for "Use It or Lose It" Vacation Leave, submitted by Neil Fahlund, District 502
2005-5: Custodial Parking, submitted by Kiersten (Candance) Legge, District 530.3
The meeting was adjourned at 2:39 p.m.