Staff Senate

•Recommended (and was implemented) an Emergency Child Care Policy.
•Secured a 2% equity increase for staff with annual salaries below $20,000 two different years.
•Assisted in establishing a Performance Planning and Appraisal tool and continued Senate participation through the review process.
•Participated with the development of a Staff Recognition and Rewards Program, which laid the groundwork for the current rewards program.
•Conducted the Perceptions of the Work Environment Survey two different times. Established goals and provided recommendations based on data from the survey.
•Issued the Report of the Staff Senate Committee on Re-engineering. Provided recommendations regarding communication, staffing, workload, training, technology and job classification.
•Enhanced communication between faculty and staff via the Campus forum.
•Held annual Senate Planning Retreats to establish new goals and objectives for coming year.
•Established regular monthly meetings with administration.
•Supported open communication through the Staff Senate newsletter and staff forums.
•Refined strategies for recommending budget changes and provided annual budget recommendations to central administration.
•Created publications to better inform staff of Senate activities: The Senator, and the Staff Senate Brochure.
•Worked with Campus Safety to make the campus aware of safety issues.
•Worked with administration to insure a $500 minimum base merit increase.
•Met with the High Commission for Learning regarding UM-Dearborn self study.
•Participated in the creation of the Staff Senate/Faculty Senate benefits committee.
•Developed and submitted Employee Dependent Tuition differential proposal to the administration, which was completed in 2006 and named the Dependent Tuition Scholarship.
•Recommend staff members for seats on Staff Recognition Recomment, Voices of Staff Committee, University Budget Committee and University Benefits Committee as they expire.
•Held luncheons with various units on campus to discuss campus issues. Wrote a report on information gathered and distributed to the appropriate departments for disposition.
•As of 2005, the Senate became responsible for handling the U Make a Difference awards program.
•Distribution of gifts to staff in recognition of their service to the University.
•Endorsement of the Medicare Part B Resolution presented to the Regents that was instrumental in making Medicare Part B retroactive to January 1, 2005, instead of March, 2005 assisting those individual's retiring between January 1 and March access to the benefit.
•3% salary increase approved by Senior Officers as requested in the 2006-2007 Staff Senate Budget request.
•Security Open Forum after Virginia Tech incident.
•In 2007 Brown Bags on ergonomics, heating and Open Enrollment.
•Established new user friendly website.
•In 2008, in an attempt to be environmentally responsible, the Senate switched to an electronic Senator by sending via email as a pdf.
•In 8-08, when the announcement was made by Ann Arbor that the cost of our health benefits would change from 80-20 to 70-30 by 2010, the Staff Senate encouraged staff via email to send their thoughts and concerns to Laurita Thomas.
•2008 - The Staff Senate also supported the Benefit's committee proposal to Ann Arbor that encouraged the change inception date be moved further into the future, and that benefits costs should be proportional based on salary.
•2008 - To be more fiscally responsible, the Staff Senate did a survey of staff to see how they felt about the Staff Senate Staff Appreciation Picnic and whether or not, given the cost of the picnic, it should be continued. The staff agreed that the picnic should be continued.
•2008 - The survey also asked staff what they would like to see covered in forums or brown bags. The list will be used for 2009 planning.