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Staff Council Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Meryem Udden
31:58
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Meryem Udden
33:37
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Kari Mellmer
33:51
Happy morning to you all
Jerry Dragon (he/him)
35:45
does anyone have the sign in link?
Meryem Udden
36:13
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Meryem Udden
38:57
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Alda Norris
50:00
https://news.uaf.edu/friday-focus-it-is-not-about-covid/
Kari Mellmer
01:01:27
Thank you Chancellor White
Kara Axx
01:04:22
I have to step out for another meeting, be back at 11
Nycolett
01:08:17
Remote work: https://alaska.edu/hr/remote-work/
Ronnie Houchin (he/him)
01:14:48
https://facilities.alaska.edu/uaf/fsweb/CoViDPPE/CoViDForm.cfm
Ronnie Houchin (he/him)
01:15:30
https://elmo.uas.alaska.edu/covidstatus/uafvaccination.cgi/report
Kara Axx
01:17:46
I am back!
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:17:54
welcome back!
Alda Norris
01:19:37
Will COLA ever be reinstated?
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:22:39
Isn't there a Title IX co-ordinator at the System's Office that is also supposed to be helping campuses with the "whiplash" from federal changes? Just wanting to verify that that position is filled still.
Alda Norris
01:23:40
https://www.alaska.edu/news/leadership/mary-gower.php
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:23:59
Thanks Alda!
Alda Norris
01:24:38
I somehow missed the announcement of her hiring, would be very interested in hearing from Gower at a future meeting!
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:26:08
That's awesome Jerry! that's a lot of effort!
Alda Norris
01:31:52
I just started a project as an intern with the Western Extension Leadership Development program, working on improving Onboarding for IANRE. If anyone has resources or advice on onboarding let me know!
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:32:16
Huzzah! Congrats Alda!
Courtney Pagh
01:37:06
Thanks Tara!
Derek Bastille
01:47:49
This all points out just how important the supervisor training is from HR
Alda Norris
01:51:08
They have to do something with COLA, especially given the increase in cost of goods and services due to COVID.
Martha Westphal
01:52:03
What is meant by "Institute greater flexibility for holiday discretion"? Number 9.
Alda Norris
01:53:15
100% support an ombudsman, especially since we’re hearing things from HR like “there will be no appeals process if a supervisor denies a remote work request”
Rachel Potter (she/her)
01:53:27
I have the same question as Martha
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
01:53:32
agreed Alda
Alda Norris
01:54:57
Fair point Mathew- with the data we have from the Market Study, can we propose starting with increases for those still here that we know are underpaid?
Alda Norris
01:57:05
Also how long is the Market Study data considered good for, at what point are those numbers too “old” to be useful/need to be refreshed… when the new CHRO is onboard can that be brought up
Jerry Dragon (he/him)
01:59:22
I think one of my largest issues is that any form of pay increase is based upon how hard a supervisor is willing to fight for their staff. Creating a set of rules as to when or how increase is done would be helpful to reduce the gap of inequity.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:03:09
that's a good point Jerry
Courtney Pagh
02:03:30
With all of the jobs lost, a lot of staff have literally taken on a second position; it would be nice to see UAF offer compensation for that.
Courtney Pagh
02:03:46
Agreed Jerry
Martha Westphal
02:03:52
Thank you for that information. I need to go to another meeting.
Derek Bastille
02:03:52
It is also greatly dependent on the individual department's budget.
Rachel Potter (she/her)
02:04:05
Totally agree, Jerry, overly supervisor dependent
Courtney Pagh
02:06:07
YES I agree, Jerry!!
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:06:14
I concur
Shannon Watson
02:06:16
Agreed.
Alda Norris
02:06:17
Thank you Jerry, well said
Derek Bastille
02:07:31
Oh, good luck there .... :-)
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:07:41
HR would say yes, but.... the reality is much more difficult
Alda Norris
02:08:20
Eddy’s question points to the drum I’ve been beating for years on LACK OF ONBOARDING. I’ve been here 10 years and still couldn’t describe the “structure” to you with confidence
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:08:49
And that lack of onboarding has lead to a loss of institutional knowledge too.
Derek Bastille
02:08:50
Well, the dirty secret is that there really is not a structure.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:10:43
Just a caveat, HR may not understand the efforts of certain areas, I would recommend against them making any reductions based on their findings
Rachel Potter (she/her)
02:10:53
Love that idea, Kara!
Derek Bastille
02:12:58
Interesting issue with PD rewrites is the 'temporary' extra duties that one can take on that may not last more than a year. So as you change your mix of tasks, that can get really complex.
Shannon Watson
02:13:50
Like who's going to do it if we don't?
Alda Norris
02:13:51
Yeah can’t really “stop doing” what the feds require sooooo…
Shannon Watson
02:13:58
Not an option.
Courtney Pagh
02:13:59
No, I have not had that conversation
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:14:14
we've had tha conversation YEARS ago
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:14:18
and we can't drop anything else
Shannon Watson
02:14:25
No, because it's really not an option to "stop" anything.
Alda Norris
02:14:53
Like any of us would choose to do optional busy work?!
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:15:16
Right? that's too true Alda
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:15:23
#ain'tnobodygottimeforthat meme
Stacey SHCC
02:15:36
I agree. We have had this conversation in the past but have to keep up with the workload because it just keeps coming...
Mike Willis
02:17:54
I think it's also important to consider folks that are relatively new...perhaps those that have been recruited to fill in for one of the loses that had a lot of institutional knowledge. More green employees may not feel like they are in a position to bargain or ask for a reprieve
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:18:10
Good point Mike
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:18:22
we've got a lot of new staff
Jerry Dragon (he/him)
02:19:50
sorry for being a bit more passionate, I really appreciate all the effort Juella is putting in. I'm just very burnt by the demands and inequity between staff and executive leadership.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:20:20
no apologies necessary Jerry! It's very important, and it's a valid emotional feeling
Alda Norris
02:20:23
Please continue being passionate, you are saying what many of us are thinking!
Juella Sparks, UAF
02:22:15
Jerry - I appreciate very much your sharing your perspective! It’s important for all of us to hear and share.
Alda Norris
02:24:17
similar question to Michael, will the training go beyond just reading the new regulations, how is HR going to coach supervisors to “work with” staff
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:24:18
See, that's not a non-answer, you're providing a valid response :)
Eddy Hix
02:24:56
Thank you
Alda Norris
02:25:09
Good question, are remote work stations also eligible for an ergonomic assessment?
Alda Norris
02:27:50
https://www.eeoc.gov/publications/ada-your-responsibilities-employer
Alda Norris
02:28:17
To Jerry’s point, there’s nothing in here yet pointing out that the employer has obligations even if the employee isn’t the one who initiates a request
Alda Norris
02:28:58
And can I just bring up that the entire system needs ADA training on the same level that we have required Title IX training
Mike Willis
02:29:45
Something that was brought up recently: Is there is any guidelines or guidance for supervisors on how to be equitable among employees who wish to conduct their work remotely? Particularly when the nature of that work is in-person and customer-facing.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:29:53
I will get off of my soapbox now lol
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:30:11
that's a good question Mike
Mike Willis
02:30:48
disclaimer: my question wasn't directed to anyone here, just attempting to represent some comments received from my unit
Mike Willis
02:32:07
Thanks, Eddy and Ronnie
Derek Bastille
02:33:38
The interesting thing to me is that this is very much focussed on a _strong_ UA preference for working on-site. If COVID really kicks in, I wonder how much will fall away or get waived
Derek Bastille
02:35:47
That assumes that we will ever be out of the COVID woods -- yikes!
Alda Norris
02:36:24
Yeah we keep calling it a POST Covid plan, while Delta Variant is over here like “Hold my HooDoo”
Eddy Hix
02:37:03
I agree
Mike Willis
02:40:45
Not to mention that our Events Policy has not been updated since February, and we are 9 days away from New Student Orientation and residential students returning.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:47:24
brb afk
Courtney Pagh
02:49:25
I think that's a good idea, Juella
Jerry Dragon (he/him)
02:49:32
I have to head out, thanks for listening to me today. I appreciate all the hard work.
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:50:17
back
Michael Szidloski II (he/him/his)
02:50:19
thanks Jerry!
Mathew Mund (He, Him, His)
02:52:52
yes