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PAT Council Attends to Details

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 10, 2010

The February meeting of the PAT Council, under the direction of newly elected president Rachel Feeney, attended to housekeeping details before tackling new issues this year. Goals for 2010 will be discussed by representatives in March.

At the Feb. 3 meeting, the council accepted suggested revisions to its bylaws and adopted ground rules for how meetings will be conducted. It also reviewed and approved a mediation proposal designed for use when employees want to discuss a concern without filing a grievance or going to Human Resources.

The mediation program proposal was developed by the Mediation Task Force, which includes representatives of the OS and PAT Councils, the Judicial Programs Office, and Human Resources.

Currently, the university has a complaint and grievance policy and a process for pursuing either or both via the FAIR process (Fast and Impartial Resolution). Employees are encouraged to use FAIR, a formal approach to problem solving, if they are unable to resolve situations after discussions with their supervisors.

The complaint part of the policy provides the opportunity for employees to have work-related problems heard and considered in a nonadversarial manner. The grievance piece provides the opportunity for employees to resolve alleged violations of university, university system, and/or board of trustees policies. A complaint may be filed instead of, or as the first step in, the grievance process.

The mediation policy is meant to serve as a less formal option.

In another measure, the council accepted the appointments—some ongoing—of PAT representatives to university committees. They include:

Central Budget
Energy Task Force
Health UNH Action   
Mediation Task Force
MUB Board of Governors  
Multisource Evaluation      
Nomination Reviewers, Presidential
    Awards of Excellence      
OS Council Liaison
President's Council Rep.   
Professional Development Grant
Reduce Paper Use 
System Personnel Policy Council

Transportation Policy

Deb Bronson   
Jahnay Pickett
Christina Rowland
Mary Essley, Kari Younsi
Alsace Toure
Maureen Johnston
Robert Stiefel, Pamela Libby, Martha Barker

Karen Estabrook
Rachel Feeney
Michele Gagne, Marcus Del Greco
Karen Gilbert
Tracy Boyle
    Tammy McGlone, alternate
Rick MacDonald

The next PAT Council meeting will be March 3 in the MUB.

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