The West Virginia University Staff Council, and its Legislative Committee, have created a brochure entitled “Classified Staff – continuing to do more with less” to make the case to the state Legislature that pay schedules are out-of-date and don’t provide enough income.

The brochure, unveiled at Wednesday’s monthly Council meeting, will be distributed to legislators and throughout the University community to call for support.

“As we enter 2010, higher education classified staff continue to face cost of living, PEIA premiums and parking increases while being paid from a 2001 salary schedule,” the brochure states. “We place a high priority on a salary schedule that is market driven and updated yearly.”

Council Chair Jo Morrow, who also serves on the Board of Governors, stressed that she has been talking with the University administration and “has heard the needs of Classified Staff from me and are looking to see what they can do.”

Some other areas of concern that the council is asking for legislative support of include upping the state’s pension equity contribution to 7.5 percent (currently 6 percent) for higher education employees to match public education employees and retaining the one-cent pop tax which helps support WVU School of Medicine.

In other business:

• The WVU Staff Council has formed a Constitution and By-Laws Ad Hoc Committee, which is currently evaluating the council’s constitution to determine whether the document and its bylaws meet state code. The committee will make its recommendations in the coming months.

• Human Resources representative Elaine Sholtis gave a demonstration of MyAccess (http://myaccess.wvu.edu/). The new electronic portal allows employees to make changes to their personal information and have access to various administrative services from remote locations.

• Staff Council is planning to hold a food drive from Nov. 30-Dec. 15 to benefit local food pantries and classified staff employees in need. Details are forthcoming.

• The next regularly scheduled meeting of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission will be held at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center at 9:30 a.m. this Friday. Some staff council members plan to attend.

The West Virginia University Staff Council provides a means for classified staff employees to convey their concerns on employee-employer relations. It meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Jerry West Mountaineer Room at the Coliseum.

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