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May 13, 1999

SAC officers run for re-election; nomination deadline is May 19

SAC officers run for re-election; nomination deadline is May 19

The four officers of the Staff Association Council (SAC) have been renominated and will run for re-election. No other SAC members have been nominated for office.

But elections committee chair Josephine Hatley introduced a resolution at the May 12 meeting to extend the nominating period to May 19, which SAC approved. After May 19, ballots will be mailed to SAC members and the results of the voting will be announced at the June 9 meeting, Hatley said.

Richard Colwell is running for a second term as president; Carol Neuner, as vice president, steering committee; Linda Marts, as vice president for communications, and Carol James, as treasurer.

James became treasurer in a special election after Gwen Watkins resigned in January.

Officers are voted on annually by members and new terms take effect at the June meeting. Staff may nominate officers by submitting names in writing to 925 William Pitt Union, via campus mail or e-mail ( Only SAC members who have served at least a year are eligible to be officers.

In other SAC news, the spring assembly, featuring Ron Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources, tentatively is scheduled for May 26. Frisch will answer questions about the proposed staff classification system, which Human Resources wants to i mplement July 1.

The new system is expected to streamline the number of staff job classifications, identify career paths and improve staff retention at Pitt, according to Human Resources officials. (See University Times, March 4, 1999.)

Colwell said that SAC would announce early next week whether the assembly is on May 26. "Regardless of when it is, we will have a spring assembly and Ron Frisch will be the speaker," Colwell said. He added that the date of the assembly could not be confirmed because details of the classification plan were still being debated. SAC officers are continuing to keep particulars of the plan confidential at the request of Human Resources officials. "I think we're making progress in our discussions, but we still are not in total agreement over the plan," Colwell said.

Frisch said he was anxious to hold the assembly, especially since the expected implementation date of July 1 is nearing. "I want to get it done so staff with questions can be heard," Frisch said. But he did acknowledge that his office is not ready to go public with details of the plan, a delay he attributed to administrative review.

If the assembly is held on May 26, it will be in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, noon-2 p.m. Colwell said there will be an announcement about the assembly on the Audix voice mail information service.

In a reversal of its decision in April, SAC voted not to publish recommendations of the salary and job classification committee in its upcoming newsletter. The newsletter is due out in late May or early June, editor Joyce Snyder said. Colwell said, "To publish minutes of the [salary and job classification] committee would be redundant with what was reported in the University Times" on April 30.

–Peter Hart

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