Council Gives Support to Lactation Policy
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
June 20, 2007
A policy that makes clear the rights of nursing mothers was presented
to the PAT Council and the OS Council during their regular June meetings
and received unanimous support.
The policy will aid working mothers who want to breastfeed their children
by providing a number of private spaces around campus where they can express
breast milk. Presently, some women have access to private areas and some
One of the goals is to find the resources to equip the areas as private
At a minimum, that would mean access to electricity and running water
but could also include a refrigerator, glider and ottoman, hospital grade
breast pump and a CD player.
Adopting a policy would also ensure the cooperation of supervisors, who
together with the employee, can then work to create a flexible schedule
that allows time for using a breast pump.
In other news, Laurrie Ann Malizia has joined the OS Council. Malizia,
an administrative assistant in the housing department, has worked at UNH
for 12 years ago.
The PAT council continues to look at redistricting and how to reconfigure
the areas a representative covers in a way that makes the most sense.
The meeting also included an update from SPPC representative Phil Hammond
on the SPPC vote in May related to the proposal to increase prescription
drug co-payments. The SPPC council voted 9-3 to support a surcharge and
the addition of a co-payment for chiropractic care. The Surcharge will
be in place for January 2008.
A SIP incentive is being offered to faculty in tenured positions. Application
for this program will commence during fall semester with effective dates
of January 8, 2008; May 23, 2008; January 7, 2009; or May 22, 2009.
To participate in the program a person must be a tenured faculty member
in a tenured position; be 59.5 years of age or older by August 21, 2009;
have 10 years of service at the time of retirement; not be participating
in a retirement program; not be on long-term disability or workers compensation;
not be subject to disciplinary process that may lead to suspension or termination.