The Employee Council finalized its letter to President Bill Chace
regarding the administrations proposed benefits reduction.
The council unanimously approved the language at its March 20 meeting
in the Luce Center.
Calling the administrations solutions to budgetary issues
extreme, the letter expressed the opinion that reducing
benefits was not the best way to solve any University cash flow
The administration has proposed dramatic, unexpected and
permanent reductions in employee benefits rather than requiring
itself to limit growth in the short term, it reads. We
believe it is important for the University to honor commitments
made to members of the Emory community. The distress of current
and retired employees in response to the proposed reductions is
clear and the retention of current and recruitment of new employees
will be impacted negatively if these reductions are adopted.
Generally, the councils letter stated it did not support
any changes to the benefits of current employees or Emory retirees.
It did, however, endorse the expansion of the retirement plan to
employees 21 and older (currently the age limit is 26).
The council did not oppose changes to the benefit package offered
to newly hired employees. For the full text of the councils
letter to President Chace, refer to the council website at www.emory.edu/EMPLOYEE/benefitsletter.html.
As part of the councils discussion of benefits, Judith Miller
and Pat Marsteller of the newly created Budget and Benefits Working
Group came to discuss their efforts in drafting the groups
Not all of the meetings activities focused on the benefits
debate. Wynell Lauver, chair of the planning committee for Staff
Fest, said she is looking for slogan and logo ideas for this years
celebration, which will be held May 17 on the Quadrangle.
The event will have a tropical theme and will include activities
such as a Tsunami Slide and limbo and hula contests.
The deadline for slogan ideas is Friday, March 29, and the person
who comes up with the winning slogan/logo will receive a $25 gift
This was the final meeting presided over by President Bill McBride.
His final act as president was to hand off his office to President-Elect
Cheryl Bowie, who will lead the council for the next year.
The next Employee Council meeting is Wednesday, April 17, at 2
p.m. in the eighth-floor conference room of the Rollins Building.
If you have a question or concern for Employee Council, send e-mail
to Cheryl Bowie at email@example.com.