Minutes for the Meeting on December 3, 2013
Student Center, Room 2310
Representatives present:Jennifer Richardson Holt (Chair), Michael Freeman (Chair-Elect), Joseph Ellis (Past Chair), Charles Ciocco, Althea Tate, Mary Sinnott, Jan Casson, Faith Malloy, Ginger Vedder, Arthur Taylor, Kelly Sharpe, James Lyons, Sharron Barney, Hollie Lee, Pat Stapler, Sue Olson, Yvette Rivera, Joe Gulledge, Marilyn Johnson, Cindy Gulledge, Chris Sharpe.
Representatives absent:Carrol Lovvorn, Leigh Ballard, Melinda Sanders, Paul Barringer, Kathy Long, Wesley Henderson, Jeanetta Felton.
Call to Order:Jennifer Holt
Welcome provide by Jennifer Holt and Michael Freeman
Speakers for the session introduced prior to their engagement.
Linda Maxwell Evans, Auburn University Human Resources
Ms. Evans spoke to us about the grievance process and the possibility of a training program for those who serve on the grievance committees for Staff Council and A&P along with what determines a grievance. A member of the university staff has 45 days to submit a grievance from the date the act or termination occurred. The grievance committee chair has 10 business days to respond to the filing and determines whether or not the act warrants a grievance hearing.
Kevin Coonrod, Auburn University Ombuds Office
Mr. Coonrod opened and came to us as the new Ombudsman for AU. He spoke of how his office is available to anyone on campus who needs an independent ear to listen to issues they may be facing in the workplace or beyond. He spelled out his responsibility to the employees on campus and related his work to the following:
-His office is and alternative for procedural directive
-Always a neutral party
-Confidential unless there’s a threat to person or property
-Non-judgmental and informal
-Case by case follow ups
He hopes to start up a training program soon.
Announcements: Website changes and Communications are coming to help get the word out about Staff Council and all things related to the staff at AU. We hope to streamline how information is obtained by staff through the website and mass email. There may be a need for printed announcements in some area for display.
Employee Assistance Program looking to include Mental Health as part of the AU insurance plan.