From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Mon Nov 19 2007 - 17:07:45 MST
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 17:07:45 -0700 (MST) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Issues for Employees [Re: Employee Partnership Agreements - Initial
TO: Boulder Campus Classified, Unclassified, Prof Exempt Staff,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs
FROM: Department of Human Resources
SENDER: Shashi Pillai, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
DATE: November 19, 2007
SUBJECT: Issues for Employees [Re: Employee Partnership Agreements - Initial
This message is being sent on behalf of Betsy Rodriquez, Interim Associate Vice
President for Human Resources, regarding guidance relating to the Governor's
executive order on employee partnership agreements.
Dear CU Classified Staff Employees:
Most of you have seen press reports on the executive order Gov. Ritter issued
on November 2 related to employee partnership agreements between the state and
employee organizations. There are many questions related to the executive
order and what it may mean for CU. While all those questions cannot be answered
right away, some can.
We are providing the attached guidelines for university employees that address
some of the immediate issues. Some pertinent highlights include: partnership
agreements would apply only to classified employees, who have the right to
participate in employee organizations or can decline to; employees do not have
to join organizations to participate in partnership agreement elections;
employees will share equally in the compensation package whether or not they
are a member of an employee organization; employee activity related to
partnership agreements may be limited during work hours.
These are a few of the initial issues addressed below. We are working to
provide you answers on related questions, such as where and when organizational
meetings can be held on campus. Your Human Resources office will follow up with
further communication, and you are welcome to contact them with specific
questions. Thank you for your interest. We will provide you more information
Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Guidance for University Employees Related to Partnership Agreements
1. The recent executive order issued by Governor Ritter related to
partnership agreements applies ONLY to classified employees in the state
personnel system. Faculty and exempt professional staff are not subject to the
2. Further, the order does not mandate that the University enter into
partnership agreements with classified staff employee organizations-it requires
the Governor's designee within the executive branch to negotiate with employee
organization representatives of classified staff groups across state agencies.
3. All employees in the state personnel system have the right to participate
in employee organizations.
4. Employees are not required to join an organization to participate in
partnership agreement elections. Classified employees will share equally in
the compensation package whether or not they are a member of an employee
5. Discrimination based on organizational membership or non-membership is
prohibited. Employees may not be coerced or intimidated into participating or
not participating in any employee organization.
6. Employee activity related to participation in employee organizations may be
limited during work hours as necessary to minimize disruption in the work
place. This includes solicitations from and informational meetings hosted by
organization representatives. Additional rules or policies may be developed by
campuses or individual organizational units as necessary.
7. Employees should be aware that, as a public institution, certain employee
information, including work email addresses, may be made public in response to
an open records request. Personal employee information, including home
addresses and telephone numbers, is protected and will not be released by the
8. CU-Boulder employees can seek more information from the Office of Labor
Relations at 303-492-0956.
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