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The Statewide Liaison Council of Higher Education Classified Staff (SLC) was organized to provide a forum to facilitate communication between the classified staff of the higher education institutions in Colorado and to facilitate information exchange between the classified staff of these institutions and the Colorado State Legislature.

On March 7, 1975, representatives from fifteen institutions of higher education met with Mr. Laird Campbell, then Chairman of the State Personnel Board and Dr. G.D.I. Meyers, College of Business Administration, University of Colorado, to discuss their concerns and problems regarding the State Personnel System as it related to the institution of higher education. It was decided that it would be worthwhile to set up a statewide organization for state classified employees. A steering committee was appointed to outline how this could be achieved. As a result the Statewide Liaison of Higher Education Classified Staff (SLC/HE) was formed for the following purpose:

To establish a Statewide Personnel Council whose objectives and goals will be to serve all state personnel employees in the institutions of higher education and to better serve these institutions in the State of Colorado.



Current Issues

Bill Analysis
HB14-1087: This bill would reverse executive order D 028 07 enacted by Governor Bill Ritter which allowed state employees to enter into collective bargaining agreements with the state and eliminate the ability of employee organizations to negotiate on the behalf of public employees.

SB14-068: Would increase the retirement age for new employees starting in 2017 to 65 with 30 years of service

Additional Documents
FY 2014-15 Staff Budget Briefing Common Policies: This includes the final recommendations to the Joint Budget Committee on compensation policies for state classified employees but is not a final decision on pay and benefits for the next fiscal year.

Coloradoan article on 2014-15 pay raises: Pay raises for Colorado state workers gets initial OK.

Proposed 2014-15 Merit pay table
Merit Pay Matrix

Performance Rating Income quartile of class range
3 2.4% 2.1% 2.1% 2.1%
2 1.8% 1.6% 1.1% 0.6%
1 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Pay Raise for 2014
Currently the proposed pay raise for state employees next year is 1.5% across the board and 1.5% average merit raise, full article here.

FY 2013-2014 Compensation Plan *New for July 1, 2013
The compensation plan for FY 2013 - 2014 is effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. The compensation plan reflects new pay grades and pay ranges for classes assigned to seven occupational groups: Management; Professional & Supervisory; Information Technology; Technical; Labor, Trades & Crafts; Administrative Support; and, State Patrol; along with changes to the Enforcement & Protective Services occupational group. The compensation plan is provided in order of class code, class title and pay grade along with the cover letter highlighting pay differentials, minimum wage, and statutory salary lids. Versions of the compensation plan by class code and class title are also available in Excel format. Continue on to the State of Colorado Official State Web Portal to read more.

Changes to the state personnel system as a result of House Bill 12-1321 and Amendment S

Talent Agenda Overview

A Letter From Governor Hickenlooper: November 1, 2012

Today, we submitted a proposed budget for FY 2013-14 to the Joint Budget Committee that builds on the hard work we have done together since 2011. The plan reflects cautious optimism for Colorado's economy and a prudent, sustainable approach to managing the State's budget.

Continue reading here.

House Bill 12-1321 and Amendment S

In 2012, the Governor’s Office and Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) worked together to propose changes to the State Personnel System. The “Talent Agenda” ensures the State is better able to recruit, retain and reward top talent by increasing flexibility in hiring processes, making changes to employee compensation and moving the State workforce environment into the 21st Century.

While some reforms were approved with the passage of House Bill (HB) 12-1321 and will go into effect Sept. 1, 2012, others necessitate changes to the State Constitution and therefore require a vote of the people. Colorado is one of only four states with comprehensive personnel rules in the State Constitution. To change the Constitution, the General Assembly unanimously referred House Concurrent Resolution (CHR) 12-1001 for voters to consider in this November’s elections (Amendment S on the ballot).

For the rest of the text, please refer to the following two fact sheets on the House Bill and Amendment S:

HCR12-1001 (Amendment S)

Additional Recent DPA Information

FY 14-15 Annual Compensation Survey
The August 1 Annual Compensation Survey Report.

FY 13-14 Annual Compensation Survey
The August 1 Annual Compensation Survey Report and Director's Letter for FY 13-14.

FY 2012-13 Compensation & Benefits Adjustments

FY 2012-13 Compensation & Benefits Information, Adjustments and Changes (published June 2012) - Information on the sunset of the PERA swap, compensation plan highlights, key changes in benefits, 2012 legislation, and the CPPS fiscal year-end processing schedule.

Personnel Director's Administrative Rules
Effective September 1, 2012

All this recent information along with more can be found at