November 30, 2010
TO: Gilbert Johnson
WSEU Local 82
FROM: Shannon E. Bradbury
UWM Labor Relations Coordinator
RE: WSEU Labor/Management Minutes for November 23, 2010
WSEU Local 82 UWM
Gilbert Johnson (AS) Shannon E. Bradbury
Michael Maass (BC) Kurt Hennemann
Stan Yasaitis (AS) Colleen Murphy
One AS representative Andy Nelson
Three BC representatives Jerry Tarrer
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 21. Please respond to items from your
area by Friday, December 17.
The meeting began at 9:05 a.m.
I. NEW BUSINESS
A. Facilities Services Issues. Custodial Safety Committee. The union
suggested that University Housing employees be included in the Facility
Services (FS) Custodial Safety Committee that is being formed. Interim
Director of Facility Services Jerry Tarrer explained that FS does not have
jurisdiction over workplace safety in the residence halls and does not want to
give anyone the impression that if an Auxiliary Services or University Housing
issue came up, that FS would handle it. He did agree to allow a University
Housing employee to sit in on the committee meetings ex officio.
Employee Absences. The union inquired as to how many Blue Collar
employees can be on leave or otherwise missing from any building at a time.
Associate Director Andy Nelson stated that a decision on this was an ongoing
matter. On a related issue, the union described a “hypothetical” situation in
which one employee was turned down for leave when another person was
granted it, but the Department would rather know the facts so it can
Hazardous Duty. Following up on some employees’ concern that they had
been asked to lift too heavy a load, the employer explained that an employee
who is faced with hazardous duty can request to complete an Abnormally
Hazardous Task Report, available on the Office of State Employment
Relations website, http://oser.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=1116. The
Report is then submitted to the immediate supervisor, who submits it to the
campus Safety Officer (University Safety and Assurances).
Focused Cleaning. As discussed last month, the union believes that Focused
Cleaning has now been expanded above the ground floor in several buildings,
and that an expansion of Focused Cleaning is now the standard. They also feel
this should have been brought to the union as a pilot program, and that they
should have been asked for their input.
B. Physics Department. The union complained that an employee who had
applied for a promotion received no information about the job until someone
else started. When she asked the Department Manager why she wasn’t
selected, she was told “we don’t need to tell you anything”. The union felt this
was exceptionally rude.
C. Benefit Adjustment Contribution. The union inquired about the increase in
the Benefit Adjustment Contribution (BAC) that the Department of Employee
Trust Funds (ETF) has announced for 2011. The increase is intended to keep
the Wisconsin Retirement System solvent, and will require that employees pay
a contribution amount. University Benefits Specialist Amy Pamperin
explained that the WSEU contract obligates the employer to pay the BAC up
to 1.3% (see 13/13/1 et seq.), but when it goes above that the employee must
pay the excess. In 2011 it will probably go up .02% for WSEU employees.
D. Campus Budget Planning. An attendee to the Chancellor’s first brown bag
meeting reported that the Interim Provost had said the campus would be
facing high percentage cuts in the new Governor’s budget, but it is highly
unlikely that he made any such declarations, as the impact of the State Budget
will be unknown until the new Governor makes his budget requests to the
Legislature. The Interim Chancellor will hold such brown bag sessions
E. The Represented Classified Workforce. The union complained that
campus administrators tend to forget that UWM has a largely represented
classified work force, and that the Administration should communicate directly
with the union and not only with individual employees. The Local 82
president noted that he had met recently with the Interim Provost.
II. OLD BUSINESS
A. Health & Safety
1. Completed or Ongoing Projects
EMS E354, E356, W209, W229
2. Pending Projects
Bolton B45 (11/29/2010)
Columbia Hospital, WALMS asbestos inspection (Jan. 2011)
Curtin B85 (12/16-20/2010)
Mellencamp B12 (11/29/2010)
A detailed list is available at:
3. Safety Representative Program. Associate Director of University Safety
and Assurances (US&A) Colleen Murphy reported that she is working to
initiate a “safety representative” structure on campus, similar to the
“personnel representative” structure. The duties of the Safety Rep in each
building would be separate from those of the Building Chair and would help
in emergency planning.
B. “Improving the State of your Career” Training. The “Improving the
State of Your Career” training will be presented on December 15 from 10:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is available through the MyDev employee
https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=39925, or by
calling Stan Yasaitis. The employer will send out an announcement, and the
union will forward its announcement to the employer.
C. LTEs. The union would like a list of current LTEs including class and
department. They also inquired whether it is possible to identify those
permanent employees who were formerly LTEs.
D. 2009 Snow Day Settlements. The union requested a list of those
individuals who did get the extra leave added to their balances as a result of
the 2009 Snow Day Settlement.
E. Physical Environment Committee. The union refreshed its request to
know why their appointee to the PEC and the Transportation Subcommittee
was allowed to vote last year but not this year.
F. HRS/PeopleSoft Project. The Administrative Support unit inquired as to
when the training for their members will commence. The employer
explained that it will likely be done, close to the “go live” date next spring.
The meeting ended at 11:15 a.m.
III. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 21 in 122 Engelmann Hall, 9:00
Cc: Michael Lovell Steve Butzlaff Karl Sparks Bob
Grieshaber Mike Reck Cathy Kroeger Colleen
Murphy Christy Brown Linda Woods Dev
Venugopalan Johannes Britz Amy Otis-Wilborn
Scott Peak Mike Varebrook Sarine Schmidt
Stephen Kennedy Deans/Division HeadsPersonnel Reps