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 Tuesday, September 11, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


A voice for the staff: Staff Council
By Linda Besen, Publications and Creative Services

With a presence on more than a dozen university and statewide governmental bodies, Staff Council is a conduit of information for CU-Boulder staff. "We attend meetings of the legislature and the regents, among others," said Larry Hill of Facilities Management, co-chair of Staff Council. "We get feedback that they're glad to have us participate, and to disseminate the information from the meetings."

Staff Council also recommends proposals to the administration that are designed to improve morale and advocate for the rights of staff employees. "This year we established a committee to focus on payroll, benefits, and retirement issues," said Donna Maes of mathematics, co-chair with Hill. "Putting together this committee will enable us to work on a subject of core importance to staff. For example, the changes to our benefits this past year would have been easier to accommodate if we had known ahead of time and planned for them."

This fall the 30 Staff Council members have plenty to do in addition to their jobs. The Staff-Council-sponsored CU vs. CSU blood drive is in full swing Sept. 10-14. The first council meeting of the academic year on Sept. 12 will be addressed by Vice Chancellor for Administration Paul Tabolt and is open to all staff. The Fall Staff Appreciation Breakfast is coming early in October. Everyone on Staff Council, as well as other staff volunteers, pitches in for these major events and for a staff luncheon in the spring, and an Ice Cream Social and Information Fair in the summer.

Council members are elected by CU-Boulder staff and have term appointments; consequentially about a third of the members are new each year. Hill said, "While the group is certainly not in agreement on everything, we're a really cooperative group, with a good open dialog."

Summing up his goals for Staff Council, Hill said, "It comes down to credibility. We just want to be respected on campus, to have people know that we represent the staff—that we're somebody to listen to and that our concerns are legitimate."


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