Academic Staff Council Meeting: Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Mark Kinders, Tony Bredahl, Sarah Egerstrom, Marilyn Duerst, Gretchen Link,
Larry Testa and Sue Walton
Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 3:06 PM
Nothing to Report
- Proposed $250 million cut to the UW System for the 2003-05 budget (25% of
our budget). UW-RF is 3% of the Systems budget. With this proposal,
we could see a $1.5 million cut in 2003-04 and another $800,000 cut in 2004-2005.
This cut would be dramatic during the last decade, we experienced a
$1.4 million cut.
- The UW System takes up 9% of the state budget GPR budget, but were
being asked to give back 38% of all GPR cuts to help with the shortfall.
- Some of the budget cut may be offset through tuition increases. There is
a proposal that would increase tuition by $250/semester for the next 4 semesters.
- Academic Staff Professional Representatives Organization (ASPRO) is looking
for someone from our campus to join. We are the only campus in the system
that does not have a representative in this organization.
- Health Insurance Premiums: There is a proposal that employees start to pick
up a larger percentage of their health insurance premiums.
- Plan 2008: The first 5-year report and next 5-year plan is due this year.
- Bargaining Agreement Update: Classified staff contracts have still
not been settled. The union leaders arent talking no contract
negations are taking place at this time.
Additional comments from Mark Kinders:
- The size of the proposed tuition increase is not out of line with the increases
that were seeing in other states we would still be an affordable
option when compared with other campuses.
- The Joint Finance Committee will be in River Falls for a meeting in the
next month. It is important that faculty, staff, students, and community members
attend. We need to spread the word about the impact these budget cuts would
have on our campus and the UW System.
- Sue has submitted Bob Sieverts materials for the Regents Award
for Academic Staff.
Meeting adjourned at 3:55 PM