April 16, 2007
Members present: Alicia Acken Cosgrove, Kevin Bertelsen, Brad Gee,
Mark Kinders, Gretchen Link, Jason Neuhaus, Cara Rubis, Travis Tubré
Members absent: Carmen Croonquist, Sarah Egerstrom, Kimberly Gould-Speckman
Call to order: 2:03 p.m.
Approval of 3/19/07 minutes: Moved by Neuhaus. Seconded by Link.
Chair's Report (C. Rubis):
Elections Update: An eighth academic staff member is being sought for
the ballot for the upcoming Academic Staff Council election in May.
University Planning Group: Additional faculty will be added to the University
Planning Group that will be monitoring and directing the UWRF strategic
plan as it moves forward.
NCA Accreditation: The second revision of the NCA Self-Study is now available
for review at: www.uwrf.edu/nca.
Minutes of the 4/5/2007 meeting of Academic Staff Representatives are
Legislative Update (M. Kinders):
Provost Hurt recently testified before the Joint Finance Committee on
behalf of UWRF academic staff and faculty. Also, during UW Spirit Day
on Wednesday, April 18, representatives from UWRF will visit legislators
and lobby for the Growth Agenda, funding for a new Health and Human Performance
facility, the pay plan, and the First-Year Experience program. Chancellor
Betz will also appear before the Joint Finance Committee on April 18th
and will promote the HHP facility.
Workplace Violence Policy (Neuhaus): The Committee on Workplace Violence
is developing a new policy using the UW-La Crosse policy as a model. Neuhaus
will bring the new policy to the next meeting or send it to the council
members by email.
Collective Bargaining Discussion/Resolution: After discussion of
the appropriate time for expressing approval or disapproval of the resolution,
council members agreed with Kinders' contention that, in order to influence
how the budget bill will be drafted, the best time to vote on it would
be at this meeting. A motion was made by Neuhaus and seconded by Link
to adopt the resolution with the following changes:
- In sections beginning with "Whereas
," remove and, where
appropriate, replace references to Section 2681 with "the budget
- In the section beginning "Therefore be it resolved
replace "Section 2681" with "the language regarding collective
bargaining for academic staff."
- Correct the spelling of President Reilly's name.
Motion was unanimously approved.
Sections 3 & 4 (Croonquist)
Only renumbering is necessary.
Section 6 (Acken Cosgrove)
No updates necessary.
Sections 7 & 8 (Link)
Recommendation to leave language as is regarding indefinite appointments,
etc. until Egerstrom can clarify whether this is permitted as a condition
of employment at the UW System level.
Section 13 (Neuhaus)
In addition to renumbering the section, the following wording change was
proposed and unanimously approved:
- Add to the end of section 13.6 University Equipment and Services: "except
for those purposes that are permissible under UWRF policies." Moved
by Bertelsen. Seconded by Neuhaus.
Entire text of Chapter VI
- Change all instances of "unclassified staff" to "academic
staff." Moved by Neuhaus. Seconded by Link.
- Change all instances of "council" to "Academic Staff
Council." Moved by Kinders. Seconded by Neuhaus.
Both motions unanimously approved.
Section 14 (Gee)
Further discussion is needed with other stakeholders (Provost, Faculty
Senate Chair) in order to clarify ambiguous wording regarding appointment/renewal/non-renewal
of academic staff for teaching positions. Gee will contact Provost Hurt
Adjournment: Motion to adjourn was made by Link. Seconded by Rubis. Meeting
adjourned at 3:30 p.m.