Wright State University Staff Council Minutes Wednesday, August 26, 2009

 

 

The WSU Staff Council met for a special meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm, in Room 248 University Hall.

 

Present: Council Members: Rob Boley, George Collins, Mary Healea, Joanie

Hendricks, Fran Keeley, Jacqueline Neal, Curt Pederson, Vickie Slone, Betty Staugler

from Lake Campus, Michael Sullivan, and Chris Wydman

Convener: Albert Bondurant

Guests:  Bill Rickert, Associate Provost

     Tony Linz, Benefits and Compensation Generalist, Human Resources

     Rich Johnson, Employee Benefits Manager, Human Resources

Albert Bondurant, as the new Convener, opened the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves. He then asked Bill Rickert to speak about the main agenda item:

1.   Separation Agreement

Bill Rickert's update was as follows:

The August 24 deadline for faculty or staff to participate in the Early Separation Program (ESP) had passed, and those who chose to participate have until August 31, 2009, to change their mind and opt out.  Those who do not opt out as of September 1, 2009 will be in a legally binding agreement to separate from Wright State University by retiring or resigning on their agreed-upon exit date.  There are a total of at least 111 participants including 31 classified staff, 2 Teamsters, 40 unclassified staff, and 38 faculty.  More applications are probably in the mail and not yet received. Names are not being widely released to protect privacy of individuals, although their supervisors will be notified.

Around 46 extensions of the exit date have been approved, which will be confirmed by an email and a hard copy statement to each participant.

The university has made no agreements with any participant to rehire that person in any capacity.  While it is possible that a few participants might be rehired in part-time, temporary positions, such arrangements will almost certainly be significantly fewer than they have been in the past.

Each dean and vice president will need to pay the costs of these early separation incentives (as well as the pay-out on Benefits) from savings they generate. Overall, the budget cuts that have been made--some of which have been made possible by the early separation program--allow for a balanced WSU budget.  If the State revenues decline further, however, the situation can worsen.

The university will attempt to fill classified vacancies internally, moving those whose jobs have been eliminated into vacated positions.  While all may not be pleased with the new assignments, this procedure should minimize disruption to individuals and offices.  

2.   Health Care

 

Rich Johnson said that for 2010, the HDHP and the Anthem PPO and HMO Plans will still be available. Consistent with what has occurred in recent years, employee premiums are expected to increase starting January 1, 2010. 

3.   Human Resources Survey

Tony Linz said the HR Survey is not on the website yet.  It will be displayed prominently on the website, announced through quarterly emails, and also indicated on cards displayed in HR.  Staff Council recommends the survey be implemented as soon as possible. 

When asked if Human Resources is still moving to a new location, Bill said that this move is still expected but the timing is unknown due to numerous reasons, including other priorities at the university (e.g., Budget, Separation Agreement packages, lack of key personnel in Facilities Planning and Development) that have pushed the move to the background.  Most likely, the move will not occur before February, 2010.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm. The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.