October 30, 2000
Members discuss officer positions,TAS
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oct. 18 Employee Council meeting in the Emory Hospital auditorium
opened with a presentation from Michelle Smith and Jason Chandler, who
discussed the Universitys United Way campaign and challenged council
members to donate.
Smith challenged the council, saying that at Emory, the most affluent
institution in Atlanta, only about 9 percent of employees donate
to United Way. It frankly looks like we dont care, Smith
said. We are challenged and hope that you would consider doing something.
Smith added that President Bill Chace has asked her to examine the possibility
of expanding the University giving program beyond United Way. Smith commended
the Employee Council as the campus organization that first approached
Chace about widening its charitable scope.
The next guest presenter was Jennifer Gossett, chair of the Presidents
Commission on LGBT Concerns. Gossett asked the council to be on the lookout
for the Campus Climate Diversity Survey, which will be randomly distributed
to 3,000 faculty, staff and students in early November. The national survey
will be available on paper and the web, and it will measure the campus
climate toward several minority groups.
Following the guest presentations, Laquanda Jackson, co-chair of the
membership committee, sketched out the schedule for the election of council
officers for 200203. In November, nomination sheets will be sent
out, and those nominations will be accepted through December. In January,
bio sketches on nominees will be sent out, and the election will take
place in February.
The idea of adding an officer position for technology was reinvestigated.
President Susan Cook-Prince said the issuewhich had quite a bit
of supportneeded to be discussed by the executive committee and
would be reintroduced to the full council at a future meeting. She added
the bylaws would need to be changed in order to add the position.
The council also needs to choose a new secretary-elect for the 200001
year. Cheryl Bowie, who previously held the position, is now serving as
secretary. An election to fill the position will be held at the November
President-elect Bill McBride discussed a meeting between council representatives
and representatives from Human Resources concerning the new Time &
Attendance System (TAS) for biweekly employees. McBride distributed copies
of a fact sheet provided by HR that contained 29 questions related to
The sheet addressed many of the complaints by employees, and McBride
and Cook-Prince both commended HR for addressing employee concerns quickly
and thoroughly. McBride said the systems positive points (making
sure all biweekly employees are paid on time) should be emphasized.
Cook-Prince then reviewed the council Anniversary Week celebration of
Sept. 25-29. Response for the councils 25th anniversary week celebrations
was so positive, Cook-Prince said, that another information fair is planned
for February. Cook-Prince also asked council members to come up with topics
for brown-bag lunches. She hopes to hold a round of brown bags in December
Susie Lackey gave the meetings final presentation, which covered
sick leave policy. It centered on three issues: whether employees could
contribute unused sick hours to other employees, using accumulated sick
leave to achieve earlier retirement, and an awards program for good attendance.
She met with HR Vice President Alice Miller to discuss these issues.
Lackey said a sick leave pool is impossible because Emory receives grant
money from multiple sources to pay for sick leave, and the funds are not
Concerning the second issue, sick leave accrual does not alter the retirement
plan. And the idea of gaining a year of early retirement (in effect, not
calling in sick for 18 consecutive years) is impractical.Incentive programs
for good attendance are perfectly acceptable. They would be administered
on a program or departmental basis.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held in the Openheimer Room of Grady Hospital, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 24 p.m. For council members interested in taking the Grady Shuttle, it will leave at 1:30 p.m. from the Clifton Road entrance of Emory Hospital.
If you have a question or concern for Employee Council, countact your council representative or send e-mail to Chair Susan Cook-Prince at email@example.com.