University System of Maryland
Council of University System Staff
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
April 24, 2001
|Vicky Adeniran (SSU)
||Linda Albright ( )
|Joyce Bauguess (UB)
Art Hanlin (FSU)
|Jessica Bird (UMB)
Judy Lowe (SSU)
|Jeanette Cartron (UMCP)
Kay Martel (UB)
Dale O'Neal (BSU)
|Sally Davies (UMUC)
|Willie Fields (CSC)
|Tim Ford (UMBC)
|Dottie Holland (BSU)
||Tina Kreamer (UMUC)
|Rusty Kinnamon (UMCES)
|Larry Lauer (UMCP)
|Starrla Levine (UB)
|Nathan Long (BSU)
|Janet Magruder (UMBC)
||Rosario I. van Daalen
|Lu Ann Marshall (UMB)
|Mike McCrea (UMBI)
|Patrick McLane (FSU)
|Craig Newman (UMCP)
|Carol Prier (UMCP)
|Sandy Ratke (USM
|Roy Ross (UMB)
|Richard Rose (USM
|Susann Shoop (TU)
|Tammy Trivits (SSU)
|Brenda Warwick (UMES)
|Fran Younger (UMCES)
Delores Spikes, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
I. Call to Order
The Chair, Roy Ross, called the
meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.
Roy Ross welcomed everyone and
Nelva White introduced Dr. Delores Spikes, President of the University of
Maryland Eastern Shore who extended her welcome to us. Dr. Spikes encouraged
anyone who had not already taken the tour of their new Student Service
Building to do so in the afternoon. A building of this type is important to
the welfare of the students and will be the hub for Somerset County with the
basketball, gym and swimming pool.
Dr. Spikes also wanted to commend us on our
ongoing work as a Council. She said that capable, able leadership represents
us - both past and present. Our leaders are listened to and we are an
integral part of the System and the Boards. She also spoke of supervisors
allowing members of the Council to attend the occasional Board meeting.
III. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the March 27, 2001 Council
Meeting at the University of Maryland University College were accepted with
the noted corrections.
IV. Report from the Chair
Roy Ross stated that the Chancellor's Council
Meeting scheduled for April was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. He was
unable to attend the Board of Regents meeting on April 6, 2001, so he sent
Sally Hearn to attend in his stead. The meeting ran substantially behind
schedule and she was unable to stay.
At the Senate Bill 207 - Collective
Bargaining hearing in Annapolis it was brought out that the email campaign we
waged regarding Section 12-111 worked to a certain extent. During the hearing
the legislators asked what this section was all about. The bill does not
affect Senate Bill 528 which codified the this group as a Council. The House
insisted on Letters of Intent from the Regents, the President's Council and
the Governor's office stating that removal of this section in no way would
diminish the rights we now enjoy as USM employees. The House wants to be
notified if we see any problems in this area.
A general discussion ensued with regard to
Collective Bargaining. The members expressed the following concerns. That if
Collective Bargaining goes through and that if you're a member of a
bargaining unit you should not be represented by CUSS - that if would be a
conflict of interest. That we not exclude any employees from the Council. That
we should not be speaking for any group of employees that we cannot represent.
We also discussed questions of: Can we decide
who to include/exclude or could we get into trouble legally? Do we know who is
in what category yet? With the Chancellor requesting our opinion, which way do
we want to go?
It was decided that, because of the volume of
our concerns, we would have a retreat at next month's meeting to discuss
agenda items for CUSS and the direction we see the Council taking. We will
then speak to the Chancellor and give him our views and our opinions.
V. Report from USM Liaisons
As a Collective Bargaining follow-up, Donald
Tynes explained that the category designations are currently being configured
and this is happening at each institution and they are identifying
supervisory, managerial and confidential employees. If you have questions you
should contact your President's office. They are also working up the do's
and don't's for after the Memorandum of Understanding. The Higher
Education Labor Relations Board (HELRB) will be in place July 1, 2001. It was
asked if the members of the HELRB are known yet and the answer is no.
Rosario I. van Daalen clarified that the
Presidents are responsible for bargaining and the development of individual
MOU's that will pertain to their institution. These MOU's will not be
valid until ratified by the Board of Regents.
The Optional Retirement Policy, House Bill 369
- Health Benefits available for spouse and dependents at the group rate of
ORP retirees, passed and was singed last Friday. House Bill 368 did not pass.
House Bill 336 passed, but the signing date is not known at this time. The
policy and guidelines will be in place by June 30 for next Fall enrollees. The
name change for Salisbury State University to Salisbury University was also
signed last Friday.
The BOR Policy on Substance Abuse has been
rewritten for sensitive and non-sensitive employees. It now reads 2 strikes
and then termination. It will be going back to committee for further
VII. Committee Reports
The Contingent II conversion policy has raised
some questions at Salisbury about how the conversion takes place. They would
like a clarification of when the policy went into effect. The committee
recommends grandfathering employees from July 1 - February 8 in order that
they may get full credit.
Had no report.
Had no report.
The Board of Regents' Staff Awards have been
reviewed by all the sub-committees and Starr Levine will be putting together
the report to forward to the Board.
IX. Old Business
The Regents' Staff Awards were
mentioned again and how payment is made to the recipients. It was suggested
that a single grant check be issued to the honorees instead of in their pay
checks. It was again explained that we are on two different pay systems and
that this is not possible. A suggestion was made that it be spread over as
many pay cycles as possible to minimize the impact to the employee.
The 2nd Annual CUSS Picnic
was discussed again with suggested locations (and members who volunteered to
check out locations):
Sandy Point State Park (Janet Magruder)
Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis (Jessica Bird)
Donaldson Brown (Roy Ross)
Hidden Waters (Roy Ross)
The date being considered is July 20, 2001.
X. New Business
The Retreat proposed for next month will have
information go out by email and responses will be posted to the website.
Everyone is encouraged to propose topics.
Articles for the Newsletter are due to Fran
Younger and Lu Ann Marshall by June. Don't make them nag at you. Get your
articles in early.
Elections for Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
will be at the June meeting at Towson. Please consider running for an office.
Roy and Sandy Ratke will get out a list of job duties as soon as possible.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:10
p.m. The next CUSS meeting will be held at the University of Maryland Center
for Environmental Science - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons on
May 22, 2001.