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PAT Council Elects New SPPC Representative

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 11, 2011

The PAT Council elected Sue St. Louis, director of finance and administration, College of Liberal Arts, to serve as UNH’s PAT representative to the System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC). Her two-year term begins in September. St. Louis replaces longtime PAT councilor Tracy Boyle. Alternate Tammy McGlone’s term runs through August 2012.

The SPPC is made up of representatives from the PAT and OS councils on each campus and USNH’s central office; one faculty member each from Plymouth State University and Keene State College, and one from the Extension Educator Council. Its role is to make recommendations on personnel policies and programs that impact all nonunion employees, and to serve as a liaison for the development of campus policies.

Presently the SPPC is gathering input on how to make changes to the health care benefits of nonunion employees to achieve the necessary $2 million reduction annually, system-wide, approved by the USNH board of trustees in February.

St. Louis was elected during the PAT Council’s May meeting.

Other discussion at the meeting included a review of a proposed policy on controlled substances, and the review of proposed changes to the policy on employee breaks in service, now under consideration by the SPPC. The council supports the suggested changes but recommends that in cases of layoffs of less than one year, the employee be allowed to carry forward their sick leave balance. 

Council representatives also discussed the three options under consideration for changing health care benefits, and will vote on a preference after the May 12 open forum (Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 10:30 in the MUB Strafford Room). A recommendation will then be presented at the SPPC meeting May 19. The USNH board of trustees will take up the issue at their May meeting.

More information on the proposals can be found at http://www.unh.edu/hr/total-rewards-information.htm.

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