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OS Council Meeting Held Feb. 10

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 17, 2010

A concern by housekeepers that their work is going to be outsourced has been addressed by President Mark Huddleston, OS Council chairman Monique Couillard reported during the February OS Council meeting.

Couillard shared an email Huddleston had sent to former OS chair Matty Leighton, who had previously raised the issue of possible outsourcing. Noting the university faces challenges in the maintenance of campus buildings and in controlling tuition costs, Huddleston wrote that the university would not “make a decision to embark on the full scale outsourcing you reference without a full consultation with the staff councils. We do intend to discuss workforce planning issues with the council this year and we will fully address this issue as part of that dialogue.”

The council also discussed ways it can communicate with constituents. One idea is to have regular brownbag lunches. Another, which the council has just begun exploring,
is to launch a Facebook page.

There was also an update on issues currently being discussed by the System Personnel Policies Council, including possible changes in benefits. Mercer, a consulting company specializing in human resources, has been hired to analyze USNH employee benefits before any of the proposed changes will be made.

In other news, Brian Tobin has stepped down as secretary and will be replaced by Matty Leighton. Tobin remains a member of the OS Council.

The next OS Council meeting is March 10 at 1 p.m.

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