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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 do not.

One of the goals is to find the resources to equip the areas as private lactation rooms.

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.

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