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New Initiatives Discussed by OS Council

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 19, 2008

Members of the OS Council took advantage of the benefits fair to query constituents on issues and ideas they would like to see their representatives bring forward. The council discussed the list at its Nov. 12 meeting.

Among the suggestions included were:

  • Finding ways for the OS Council to represent nonstatus hourly workers.
  • Support the creation of a park-and-ride near the Lee Traffic Circle.
  • Partner with Dining Services to have meals with constituents and donate the money charged for the meal to a local food pantry.
  • Allow the use of sick pool time for doctor’s appointments.
  • Work with Human Resources to create more employee discounts.
  • Implement a four-day work week with 10-hour days.
  • Reduce the amount of paper used by the university, i.e., letters from the president and provost; advertising from various departments; invitations and recognition programs.

Council chair Matty Leighton gave an update on the strategic plan steering committee and Patrice MacNevin noted she had received 30 surveys out of about 200 distributed to the dining staff asking their opinion on an October date for sick pool conversation.

It was also noted that the proposed policy on teleworking will go back to the SPPC at its next monthly meeting.

The next council meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Board of Trustees conference room in Thompson Hall. For more information on the OS Council go to http://www.unh.edu/os-council/.

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