Staff Congress
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JANUARY 27, 2003


Darlene Allen Lisa Caskey David Jessie Pam Moore Dallas Sammons *Willis Taylor
Sharon Beller Joy Cecil Linda Kegley Carole Morella Rhonda Sloan *Jonell Tobin
Brad Bennington Gaylena Cline M. LaFontaine Lora Pace *Tim Smith Barbara Ward
*Larry Besant Rhonda Crisp *Rhonda Mackin Darlene Ramey Doug Snedegar Maurice White
T. Bumgardner Mike Hopper Tina McWain Belva Sammons *Stephanie Stewart *Rick Williams

*Denotes member was absent

Guests: Gene Caudill-Director Physical Plant, Beth Patrick-Associate Vice President Planning & Budgets, Roger Barker-Director of Human Resources, Suzanne Hogge-Assistant Director of Compensation & Benefits, Phyllis Dehart-Compensation & Benefits Manager

Chair Pace called the meeting to order at 11:10 a.m.  A quorum was present. 

The sole purpose of this meeting was to discuss the Salary Distribution Recommendation from the Fiscal Affairs Committee.

The meeting was turned over to Rep. B. Sammons, Chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee.  Rep. B. Sammons and Chair Pace met with Beth Patrick, Mike Walters, Roger Barker, Suzanne Hogge, and Porter Dailey a couple of weeks ago to talk about salary issues.  At that meeting the distribution pool was discussed as 40% across the board and 60% merit/equity for exempt employees.  A couple of years ago the administration attempted to address some of the salary compression issues with non-exempt employees and the salary scale was readjusted, but that was never done for exempt employees.

The Fiscal Affairs Committee met and wanted to make sure there was enough of an across the board raise to help with cost of living increases.  The President said at the convocation that he was asking the budget folks to try to find a 5% pool, but for that to happen we need a state budget.  Since we don't have a budget yet, the Committee decided not to do a pool percentage, but overall percentages.

For a salary pool of 5% or more:

Exempt - 60% across the board and 40% merit/equity (This is designed to help address the salary compression issues among exempt employees.)
Non-Exempt - 80% across the board and 20% merit

For a salary pool of 3.0 - 4.9%:
Exempt - 60% across the board and 40% merit/equity
Non-Exempt - across the board

For a salary pool of less than 3%:
Exempt - across the board
Non-Exempt - across the board

These recommendations are being made with the following stipulations:

  • That a continued commitment be made to address salary compression and cost of living concerns in the future
  • There be a written justification from the employee's supervisor for use of merit/equity distribution
  • The total of merit and equity distribution for any individual employee may not exceed 10% of the current base salary.
  Proposed:  Fiscal Affairs Committee Seconded:  None Needed
Discussion: Guest Gene Caudill wondered why the word 'equity' was included in the recommendation.  Does that mean he can do what he wants with the 40%?  Why were non-exempt employees not included in this?  Rep. B. Sammons said yes, he can do what he wants with the 40%, but they did add the stipulations in the recommendation to make it fair.  Compression issues were addressed two years ago for non-exempt employees.  According to the information she and Chair Pace received, there are more compression issues right now for exempt staff than non-exempt staff; that is why non-exempt staff was not included in the recommendation.

Chair Pace said that Faculty Senate has been working on addressing inequities.  It is harder on the staff side because it is more difficult to compare positions.  Exempt staff have been left out previously on equity issues.  Guest Beth Patrick said the Faculty Senate elected to distribute salaries 60% merit and 40% equity. 

Gene Caudill asked if there will be a 5% pool or will some of the money be held out for upgrades, etc.  Beth Patrick was advised in a meeting today that on the faculty side, the 4th share will be part of the 5% pool, but on the staff side there will be a 5% pool plus upgrades.  Technically, the pool will be larger than 5% for staff because of this.

Rep. LaFontaine asked where the money is coming from for the 5% increase.  According to Beth Patrick, the money will be coming from tuition increases, increases in revenue from tuition through enrollment growth, and a reduction in existing expenditures.  All units have been asked for a 2.5% budget reduction plan.  The President is committed to a 5% pool if at all possible, but we don't have a budget yet so a lot of things could still happen.

Called for Vote: Passed

The recommendation will be forwarded immediately this afternoon to the President and Porter Dailey.


The rest of the meetings for this year will be in Breck 309.

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 3 in Breck 309.

Lunch is being provided after the meeting today.

Motion: To adjourn
  Proposed:  Rep. D. Sammons Seconded:  Vice-Chair Jessie
Called for Vote: Passed

Minutes submitted by:  Rhonda Crisp, Secretary