Please submit agenda items for the April 13, 2011 meeting to Judy Allarey by March 31, 2011.
The meeting was called to order at 2:30 p.m.
Member Excused: Lisa Collins, Staci Truitt, Theresa Henderson, Susan Zarebicki
Others Present: Thomas LaPenta, Jerry Cutler, Judy Allarey
Meeting called to order at 2:30 pm
Tom LaPenta announced that Jerry Cutler, is the new Director of Human Resources.
Mr. Cutler, who is also an attorney, gave a brief summary of his background. He added that he finds the UD community extremely welcoming, the benefits are great and he is enjoying the general atmosphere.
The Office of Employee Relations received four nominations for the Grievance Procedure Advisory Committee. All four nominated candidates were accepted as members of the committee. Because it was determined that the committee was still one member short, Catherine Corsi volunteered to be on the Committee. The new members of the committee are:
Catherine Corsi, SSAC representative for the Transportation and Parking Committee, reported the committee had an initial meeting and is scheduled to meet on February 16. All constituent concerns on Parking and Transportation will be sent to Ms. Corsi.
Tom LaPenta gave the following updates:
The wellness staff has been busy working with specific departments on campus to develop programs that target potential areas of risk related to the health and well-being of our employees. The “Bus Driver Back Program” is an example of this type of initiative. This program was developed to address some of the risk factors associated with driving and sitting for long periods of time. The Wellness team will begin similar work in the facilities area over the next several weeks.
A constituent concern presented by Mike diMauro stated that UDaily posted an announcement after the snowstorm advising employees to be careful because several employees slipped on black ice. The constituent questioned why the University didn’t close or opened late when the lots are cleared. Mr. LaPenta responded that the policy states that: The University does not expect employees to take unnecessary risks to report to or remain at work. In cases where an employee decides, due to personal circumstances, that it is best not to report or to leave early because of adverse weather conditions and where the University has not issued a closing, late opening or early dismissal, the employee is expected to take annual leave or leave without pay, whichever is appropriate (http://www.udel.edu/ExecVP/policies/personnel/4-23.html).
Constituent is asking whether it is possible to receive early notifications of a delay or closing sent through the UD Alert System, to campus email address, cell phone or home phone instead of office phones. This concern will be shared with Public Safety.
Marge Hadden mentioned that curbs at the lot at Laird are broken after the storm because plows cannot see the curbs under the snow. Ms. Hadden suggested that Grounds Services could place guide poles to show the plows where the curbs are.
Constituent stated that there are rumors of early retirement by the State Pension Office. Mr. Cutler responded that it is always a possibility, although a remote one, and added that 1991 was the last time the state offered the early retirement.
Constituent inquired about the UDaily article addressing the economic issue with 3% budget cut across administrative and academic units. Mr. LaPenta stated that, in general, the UD employment situation is good and that the University continued to hire people through the recession. UD has not experienced large scale layoffs.
Constituent is concerned that the plows are still in the lot trying to clear the snow at Amstel Avenue parking lot the day after the storm, when employees are trying to park to go to work. Constituent is asking if there are emergency personnel in charge of this. This constituent concern will be shared with Grounds Services.
Reviewed by: Margrit Hadden