Staff Congress
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February 5, 2007


Jeff Adkins Ray Crum* Phillip James* Rhonda Mackin Lonnie Morris Doug Snedegar*
Darlene Allen Chris Hampton Mary Jerde Rebecca McGinnis April Nutter Todd Thacker
Lisa Caskey* Shannon Harr David Jessie Rick Messer Darlene Ramey Jonell Tobin
Shannon Colvin Rosemary Hinton Linda Kegley Amy Moore William Salazar Terry White
Rhonda Crisp Mike Hopper Margaret LaFontaine Pam Moore Dallas Sammons* Elizabeth Williams*

*Denotes member was absent

Chair White called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m.  A quorum was present. 

Chair White asked for approval of the minutes from the January 8th meeting.

Motion: To approve the minutes from the January 8th, 2007 meeting.
  Proposed:  Rep. Hopper Seconded:  Rep. Colvin
Called for Vote: Passed


Chair's Report Chair White reported that he had met with Vice President (VP) Walters and Suzanne Hogge regarding health insurance.  VP Walters and Mrs. Hogge would like to see specific questions from Staff Congress members with regards to the audit we requested on health insurance costs.  Chair White asked that all questions be e-mailed to him.  Chair White also reported that Mrs. Hogge is still working on the audit for 2006.  He will ask VP Walters and Mrs. Hogge to attend our March meeting.   A motion will be made in new business regarding the submission of questions regarding health insururance.  Chair White also reminded Staff Congress members of the e-mail he sent with regards to the Technology Policy.  He asked members to review this policy and if they had any questions or comments to please e-mail them to him by the end of this week.
Vice-Chair's Report No report.
Secretary's Report No report
Parliamentarian Report No report.


   Committee Reports

Credentials and Elections Rep. LaFontaine reported that the committee was still working on election guidelines.
University Standing Appointments Rep. Colvin gave report.  She reported that we still have a vacancy in skilled crafts and service maintenance.  She asked that nominations for these two positions be e-mailed to Rep. Sammons.
Fiscal Affairs No report
Personnel Policies and Benefits No repot.
Ad-Hoc Rep. P. Moore reported that the committee was still waiting to make sure they have the latest copy of by-laws so they can complete their task.


Regent's Report:  

No report.

Old Business:

No old business was brought forth.

New Business:

Rep. P. Moore stated that two members of Staff Congress has mandatory Datatel meetings and they should be excused from today's meeting.

Rep. Hopper asked if their had been any more discussions regarding domestic partner benefits?  Rep. Nutter replied that MSU is still waiting to see what happens at University of Louisville and with the legislature.

Motion: All proposals and specific questions about health insurance policy will be submitted to Chair White by February 9th.  A List will then be complied and submitted to Human Resources with responses being back by February 21st.
  Proposed:  Rep. Colvin Seconded:  Rep. Jessie
Called for Vote: Passed


Motion: To move into Discussion.
  Proposed:  Rep. Colvin Seconded:  Rep. LaFontaine
Called for Vote: Passed


Rep. Colvin stated that she feels that Human Resources is trying to block Staff Congress from finding out information with regards to health insurance.  She added that this looks as if they are trying to hide something.

Rep. Hopper added that the spreadsheet that Chair White e-mailed everyone tell alot about our health insurance.

Rep. LaFontaine asked what are the fixed costs?  Chair White replied CHA, and Dan Markwell are part of MSU's fixed cost.  Rep. A. Moore added that ProcessWorks was also part of the fixed costs.

Chair White stated that the audit was refused but they were willing to give us this report.

Rep. P. Moore stated that she would like to see the plan broke down, is CDHP propping up the base plan??

Rep. Colvin added that the timeline for receiving the spreadsheet is unacceptable.

Chair White stated that this is why he suggested members e-mail questions to him to compile.  He added that if we get answers back in writing then there would be no question about what was said.

Rep. P. Moore stated that we still needed an itemized break down. 

Chair White asked that questions regarding health insurance be e-mailed to him by Friday of this week.  He will asked that answered be back before February 21st so he will have time to look over them before our next meeting.  He added that he will invite VP Walters, Suzanne Hogge and VP Patrick to our meeting in March.


Rep. Hinton announced that Dr. Charlie Thompson passed away.  He had previously worked in HPES.

Rep. Harr announced that Tuesday, March 13 is Founder's Day.

Rep. Nutter announced that Open House will be held on Saturday, March 10th.

Our next meeting is Monday, March 5th at 1:00 p.m.

Motion: To adjourn
  Proposed:  Rep. Colvin Seconded:  Rep. Kegley
Called for Vote: Passed

Minutes submitted by:  Lisa Caskey, Secretary