The Employee Council has officially expressed its support for
a motion written by employees of the Carter Center recommending
the administration rescind its pre-employment drug screening policy.
The motion, presented to the council at its November meeting and
discussed among members and constituents for several weeks, asks
that the University halt its pre-employment drug screening program
“pending a full consultative review and redesign of a more
effective and just policy.”
The council’s approval of the motion highlighted its Dec.
11 meeting at the Luce Center. Prior to the council’s vote,
Del King, director of employment services in Human Resources, answered
40 minutes of questions from council members regarding the issue.
The motion, with the council’s recommendation, will be presented
at this month’s University Senate meeting.
In other business, Sally Corbett, assistant director of marketing
and public relations for the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts,
discussed some of the amenities of the soon-to-open center. She
also reminded employees that they were eligible for a 20 percent
discount on tickets to events that take place in the center.
Gerald Lowery of the Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Stewardship
distributed a handout advertising the Universitywide stream naming
project. He said the committee and project cosponsor Friends of
Emory Forest will be accepting nominations through Feb. 15 for naming
the campus’ four most visible streams. For more information
on the project, visit www.environment.emory.edu/who/streams.shtml.
Robert Ethridge, vice president of Equal Opportunity Programs, whose
office sponsors the council, also spoke briefly to laud the group
for maintaining its relevance as a University governance organization.
“The Employee Council is a force to be reckoned with that
it wasn’t 10–12 years ago,” Ethridge said. “You
have earned the credibility that you deserve.”
President-elect Don Newsome also announced that Shelly Brownsberger,
a representative from the School of Law, would fill an open council
seat on the Senate’s Parking and Transportation Committee.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held in Woodruff Library’s
Jones Room, Jan. 15, from 2–4 p.m.
have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail to
President Cheryl Bowie at email@example.com.