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MINUTES: Thursday, February 18, 1999, N410, 10am

Next scheduled meeting: Monday, April 19, 2:00-3:30, Rm N-410, with Dean Williams, guest

18 staff members in attendance.

Curt Williams opened the meeting by introducing Wendell Pryor, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Public Employees (also CU alum, adjunct professor at UCD and registered lobbiest). Pryor distributed current issue of The Citizen (CAPE, February 99); CAPE Legislative Update (Feb. 12, 1999); and CAPE Report submitted to Gov. Bill Owens and the 62nd Colorado General Assembly. [these will be filed in the LSA binder in the Staff Lounge.] Pryor stated that Report is an orientation for the new Governor and has sections on Efficiency in State Government, State Personnel System; Total Compensation; Colorado Peak Performance (CPP); Privatization.

CAPE met with State Legislative Joint Budget Committee (JBC) a couple of weeks ago about the Long Bill (to be submitted around March 25, that funds State's agenda). Pryor stated that while the Governor might seem to be "going after" Higher Education and State Employees with statements like 'we're not going to support everyone having a computer on their desk,' it is actually the Legislature that approves the budget.

Legislative process in Colorado was described.

Highlighted certain bills/issues before the legislature:

HCR 99-1001 (Pfiffner et al) would allow for Higher Ed to be removed from State system. CAPE opposes. To get this Constitutional amendment on the ballot a 2/3 vote by the legislature is needed or an initiative petition with 80,000 signatures. Pryor does not believe they have the 2/3 vote, but expects a constitutional amendment to be proposed in the next four years.

Salary Survey is fully funded and will go into effect July 1. Milage reimbursement rates have been increased. He does not expect there will be additional money for employees health care. There just are not the dollars to fund this.

Senate Bill 99-090 (Anderson et al) Increases employer contribution to PERA etc. to double the amount available for health care coverage upon retirement. CAPE supports.

HOUSE BILL 99-1199 Would prevent lobbying with dues that are collected.

CAPE opposes.

Colorado Peak Performance (CPP): This began unraveling when Rules that were adopted had to go through Legislative counsel review for legality. Attorneys questioned legality of three rules:

1. Pay differentials (CAPE is also in court with State over this, saying there is no money so support the pay differentials)

2. That each State agency to create its own CPP plan.

 3. There is no legal authority for CPP to have a separate grievance procedure.

 The first difference was overruled by the Legislative committee and the Department of Personnel hopes to have new rules to be adopted in March. For now CPP is on hold for this year which only effects the agencies that were scheduled to have payouts this year. Other agencies (such as the University) are unaffected by this.

The Owens administration is committed to CPP, however there are no training dollars or money to be be made available for payouts. The Owens administration also very interested in going forward with Broadbanding and testing around competencies.

To summarize outlook for Higher Ed: While Owens may say he will "take on" Higher Ed. it is the Legislature that writes the budget. CU Pres. Buechner is well positioned to have a strong effect on Owens, as shown by his choice to lead the transition team. Battle lines that may form are that CU/CSU want more flexibility and may be willing to trade "removing employees from State system" for that flexibility. The increase in the number of exempt workers (increased 11% since 1994) is a sign of this.

As far as removing State employees from the Constitution, Pryor has faith that public is interested in having state employees represent the citizen's interests without fear of reprisals as is guaranteed by the current state system. Pryor feels that the public wants change in the State Personnel System, but not necessarily a constitutional change.

Other Business:


Broad interest in this issue suggests that the LSA form a committee to keep the Libraries informed of developments in this area. Ilene Raynes, Cheryl Koelling, Naomi Seko, Laurels Sessler and Elizabeth Drew volunteered to serve on the committee chaired by Barbara Piano. The committee was asked to take into consideration the variety of opinions on this issue.


LAB recommended that LSA form a committee to organize the nominations of Libraries staff for the campuswide staff award. There was consensus among those present that there was not enough time and wondered if it was necessary to establish another layer of bureaucracy to a nomination process that was open to all. It was announced that the Dean's meeting would be April 28th with some changes in format.


Opening in Staff Council representing Library was announced by Dave Anderson (since that time filled by Lynn Dellaguardia). Dave was thanked for his service.


Volunteers are being solicited.


Word, Broadbanding and CPR workshops and training being offered.


The second project of upward evaluations is being planned and OCI is looking to disband.


They are having discussions with Dean about the Budget and who is invited. Considering guidelines that would have Student Assistants invited to all functions.


Newly constituted committee of four faculty and two staff (including our own Linda Vosburgh) writing a new RFP.

Meeting adjourned.

Notes by: Carl Stewart


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