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Monthly OS Council Meeting Update

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
October 15, 2008

Dirk Timmons, director of transportation, and Steve Pesci, director of special projects for campus planning, provided an update on transportation options at UNH when they attended the monthly OS Council meeting Oct. 8.

In response to concerns that staff and faculty are losing parking spaces, Timmons said the number of spaces for UNH employees have actually increased since 2001 due to consolidation of parking lots.

“We used to have a mix of meters, faculty and staff and student parking in the same lot. We’ve been trying to consolidate them so people wouldn’t have to hunt the lot to see if it was okay to park there,” Timmons says.

He also said that, as the campus grows, efforts are being made to balance the parking system on the east and west side, indicating there is discussion about adding metered lots on the west side.

In other news, research on an upward review process revealed UNH would be leading the way in crafting such a policy.

Council president Matty Leighton reported she had met with several constituents to discuss concerns they have related to OS issues. A key question, Leighton noted, was whether there is a clear path for advancement for OS workers. Another “ongoing theme” is what happens to employee reviews, and if they are read, once they are completed.

There was also a brief discussion on the proposed employment policies that went before the SPPC for a first review last month. Included was a draft on teleworking, which would possibly allow some UNH employees to work off campus if the proposal became policy.

Because OS staff members are paid hourly and have to report the number of hours they work, the process would be a little more complicated for them, according to Sharon Demers, assistant vice president of human resources. 

Currently three phases of teleworking are under consideration: emergency short term, to use when an employee has a sick child, for example; emergency declared by the institution, in the event of a forced closure because of a power failure or other unforeseen situation; scheduled teleworking.

Not all jobs at the university are conducive to teleworking, Demers noted, so not everyone would be able to take advantage of the measure if a policy is adopted.

The next OS Council meeting is Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

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