Don Newsome, an accountant in the Candler School of Theology and
current chair of the Employee Councils membership committee,
was chosen as the councils president-elect for the 200203
year during officer elections at the councils Feb. 20 meeting,
held in the Oppenheimer Room of the Glenn Building at Grady Hospital.
Joining Newsome as 200203 officers are: Sonia Delbridge (secretary),
Fran Wiggins (secretary-elect), Joyce Bergere (parliamentarian),
Meredith Honeycutt (treasurer) and Cheryl Sroka (historian).
Alice Miller, vice president of Human Resources, addressed the
council and answered several questions about possible benefits changes.
Stressing that nothing is final, Miller said University officials
have begun discussing adjustments to courtesy scholarships, the
retirement plan and retiree benefits.
Miller said one idea is a graduated scale for courtesy scholarships
in which employees with 25 years of service would receive
50 percent funding, employees with 510 years service
would receive 75 percent and employees with more than 10 years
service would be funded 100 percent. Employees and dependents currently
receiving courtesy scholarships would be grandfathered in.
Regarding the retirement plan, one possibility is dropping the
minimum age from 26 to 21 and requiring that employees work at least
five years before taking Emorys contribution with them should
they leave for other employment. Miller added there could be a 5
percent increase in base salaries for current employees if this
change is made.
Miller said Emory is required to set aside money to pay health
care costs for its retirees. With 900 current retirees, these costs
are remarkably high, she said. Because of these costs and the desire
not to trim its work force, Emory is forced to address its benefits
Diane Cassels, an administrator in Gradys oncology department,
spoke about the Relay for Life, which will take place
at Druid Hills High School. Employee Council will be sponsoring
a team, led by Cheryl Bowie. Participants will walk the track beginning
at 7 a.m. on April 19 and continue until the following morning.
Cassels said participation is $10, and each participant should raise
about $100 in pledges. Each team should consist of 1215 people.
Anyone interested in signing up should contact Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third guest speaker was Gloria Weaver of Equal Opportunity
Programs. In light of the discussion about benefits changes, Weaver
talked about the importance of dealing with change that is outside
ones control. She also discussed how to overcome barriers
The next Employee Council meeting will be March 20 in the Jones
Room of Woodruff Library.
If you have
a question for Employee Council, send e-mail to President Bill McBride