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July 2012 Meeting at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado

The SLC meeting in July had several speakers. Tim Foster, Colorado Mesa University President (below left), Dan Robinson, District 55 who works in the 2 year school associated with Colorado Mesa University (pictured speaking below center), Glen Gallegos, a candidate for CU Regent, Rep. Ray Scott, District 54, and Mary Kathryn Hurd, DPA Legislative Liaison (below left) all had an opportunity to discuss various issues at the meeting.

Tim Foster spoke on how Mesa is the fastest growing institution in the state and he addressed the issue of the need to switch the load back to the state so tuition can be held down.

Dan Robinson has a two year school connection to Mesa and he pointed out that there is a connection between a degree and employment.  The goal is to not just go to school, but to also find employment.  Mesa, he said, is becoming a magnet for many students who would not otherwise have a chance to attend a university and he discussed thepoverty gap and the need to address that gap in education opportunities.

Colorado Springs November 2010Glen Gallegos (left) has a K-12 background and also owns a corporation. He is currently a candidate for the Board of Trustees, 3rd congressional district.  He spoke on how important it is to keep education priced so people can attend college.

Rep. Ray Scott (right) believes higher education is very important.  He spoke about PERA issues first. Then briefly mentioned the pay raises and a travel increase voted on by the legislators for themselves after being questioned by Dan Robinson but did not fully answer the question. He did say he voted for merit increases and PERA swap of 2.5%.  However staff said it was not a true increase, only getting our own money back. Colorado Springs November 2010

Mary Katherine Hurd was last to speak and discussed two pieces of legislation, Amendment S and HB1321. HB1321passed unanimously and eliminated Pay for Performance.  It was changed to a Merit Pay System which allows for the DPA to identify priority group using a quartile system.  It can also be allocated to specific classifications such as IT.  This will allow employees who are at the bottom of their tier to move to mid-point in pay.  The second part of this bill will allow departments to hold onto surpluses to give their staff either a pay raise or a non-base building bonus.  The General Assembly cannot sweep these funds. If the department gives a base building raise, they must have money in their yearly budget to account for the raise. Up to 2 million in funds can be transferred between departments to allow for increases in higher ed. Also, she discussed the elimination of the bumping process, except if you are in the last 5 years of employment before you retire. 

Amendment S (will go up for vote in November)–Recruit, Retain, Reward–Rule of 3.  Currently only the top 3 candidates go through to the interviewing process. If the Amendment passes, it will expand to the Rule of 6. Testing will no longer be required, it will change to search committees. Temp. employment is currently 6 months maximum and it will change to 9 months. Exemptions: When positions vacate, agencies have the ability to change them to exempt positions. No more than 1% of state employees can be classified, if you are classified now, you are grandfathered in. Someone cannot be paid differently when doing the same job. Residency requirement for classified will change to within 30 miles of the state border, so this means that they will not have to be a Colorado resident. The DPA board has five members, three appointed by the Governor, two elected. This will change to three year terms with three term limit and only two will be appointed by the governor. Veterans Preference will allow veterans to reuse points if they leave the system and return, or if they are deployed and come back.

 

The upcoming elections were discussed at the meeting as well, bios of all nominations must be submitted to the elections committee by the November meeting. The election committee consists of the vice president, secretary, northern and southern representatives. Maria Oliveras, Joseph Martinez, and Michael will not run again for their current offices but will continue through February meeting. SLC will be electing a President, VP, Secretary, and Northern and Southern reps. Also needed are Western and Central reps. Elections will be held at the first meeting of the calendar year, February 1, 2013 at Red Rocks Community College.

And last, it was announced that the Co-Chair of CU Staff Council will be attending the Pueblo meeting in November.