Civil Service Consultative Committee Info Blog

Civil Service Senate Membership
Are you interested in serving in the CS Senate? Contact us at csc@umn.edu!
Submit Topics
Are there topics you would like to see covered or issues you'd like the CSCC and Civil Service Senate to address? Let us know by completing this form.
Archived Posts
For access to archived posts, please click here.

2019 Wellbeing Program

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:34 AM by Missy Juliette

2019 Wellbeing Program

Presented by Laura Manydeeds, Wellebing Program Administrator, Office of Human Resources (OHR)

The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on changes to the 2019 Wellbeing Program and how you can earn points to save money on your insurance on November 14, 2018.

A video is available here. The presentation is attached below. 

Leaves of Absence Brown Bag

posted May 30, 2018, 8:47 AM by Missy Juliette

Leaves of Absence

Presented by Mark Sevenich, Senior Employee Relations Consultant, Office of Human Resources (OHR)

The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on various types of Leaves of Absence benefits available to employees on May 29 2018.

MSRS Brown Bag

posted Mar 20, 2018, 7:49 AM by Missy Juliette

Your Retirement: Building a Strong Foundation

Presented by David Wrightsmith

The Civil Service Senate Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session for Civil Service members on the Minnesota State Retirement System’s (MSRS) pension system on February 20, 2018. David Wrightsmith, retirement counselor, from MSRS spoke about how the pension system works.

A video is available here. The presentation is attached below. 

Benefits Brown Bag

posted Nov 21, 2017, 11:53 AM by Missy Juliette

The Civil Service Communications and Outreach Subcommittee hosted a brown bag session on Benefits on November 14, 2017. 

Ryan Reisdorfer, Lori Stotesbery, and Laura Manydeeds from OHR presented on Open Enrollment, Supplier Changes, and the Wellbeing Program. 

May 30 Update on MSRS Legislation

posted May 31, 2017, 6:36 AM by Becky Hippert

Despite broad stakeholder support and a successful vote in the senate of 67-0, MSRS were unable to get the Omnibus Retirement bill a hearing on the House floor before the end of the regular session on Monday, May 22. The rules of a special session do not allow for regular session bills to be heard so the Omnibus Retirement Bill was reintroduced in the House and Senate under as SF3/HF4.

SF3 passed the Senate on Wednesday, May 24 and the House on Thursday, May 25. In addition to the retirement bill language, SF3/HF4 included language ratifying a state engineer contract, ratifying paid parental leave for state employees, and removing the ability of local governments to set labor related laws. That last provision, referred to as “preemption”, is extremely controversial and as a result, Governor Dayton has said he intends to veto the bill. A last minute push on May 25 to get the pension language amended onto the State Government Finance Bill was unsuccessful.

This morning CSCC was notified that Governor Dayton did veto SF3/HF4.

CSCC Meeting Notes from May 18

posted May 22, 2017, 12:21 PM by Becky Hippert

CSCC met for the last time of this academic year on May 18.  Along with routine reports, the committee invited speakers on three topics.  First, two representatives from OIT, Joshua Ruegg and KT Cragg, joined the meeting to receive feedback into the annual IT governance process.  Members were asked what was working well and what IT improvements should be considered at the University.

The next speakers were Ian Ringgenberg and Corinne Komor from the P&A Senate Benefits and Compensation Subcommittee.  The P&A Senate, earlier this semester, approved a resolution on parental leave equity.  The resolution asks the University to provide six weeks of paid leave for all parents.  This topic was discussed with CSCC, after which members voted to support the proposal for civil service employees.

The last speaker was Chad Burkitt from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).  He provided an overview of the plans that MSRS administers and challenges facing the plans.  He then discussed the current proposal in the state's Omnibus Pension Bill, as of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to make changes to the plan to maintain its stability.

Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) Legislative Update

posted May 18, 2017, 7:41 AM by Becky Nelson

Recently, a draft of proposed legislation regarding the MSRS was put forward. This has been an ongoing discussion, and the proposal put forward will definitely impact Civil Service Employees at the University of Minnesota. 

Here is the proposed legislation, as it stands now. 

This is vastly different than anything that has been discussed previously. The only prior standing proposal was the one from Governor Dayton which was very much in line with the recommendations of MSRS and the other public pension systems with State overview.

Here is the previous language which reflected the Governors proposal.

Buried within the language of the proposed bill are many structural changes that look like they affect deferrals for employees that leave public service before retirement, CSA (combined service annuities) for those who have participated in multiple public pension systems, and changes to how annuities are reduced for early retirement. Also, the contribution rate increases fall short of what MSRS and the other plans proposed. These other changes could be used to offset the funding that is not realized through increased contributions.

We highly encourage Civil Service employees to be engaged with the legislative process and make your voices heard. The Civil Service Senate agreed that a Legislative Subcommittee should be reformed to allow us to formally address issues like this that affect Civil Service employees specifically.

Minnesota Daily Article on the Job Family Study

posted Mar 17, 2017, 6:48 AM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee

The Minnesota Daily published an article on March 7, 2017 about the Job Family project at the University of Minnesota, and how it has affected employees. Civil Service Consultative Committee members Ray Muno (Chair Elect) and Terry Beseman were quoted speaking to the effects on Civil Service employees in particular. You can read the article here.

CSCC Meeting Notes from February 23

posted Mar 8, 2017, 2:13 PM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee

Duane Orlovski, CSCC Chair, and Ken Horstman, Director of Total Compensation in the Office of Human Resources (OHR), discussed the committee working with OHR to develop a list of lingering issues from the Job Family Study (JFS) effecting civil service employees. OHR then determines which of the items are actionable or not. For those which are actionable, a priority will be developed by CSCC and OHR, and discussions will take place to determine what changes can be made going forward.

Ray Muno, CSCC Chair-elect, provided an update on pending changes to MSRS contribution rates for employees and employers being proposed by the legislature. The proposed increases are intended to maintain the health of the retirement plan.

Brian Burnett, the new Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, met for the first time with the CSCC. He discussed his background prior to coming to the University and answered questions from the committee regarding his role at the University, staff morale and trust, and lingering effects from the Job Family Study.

Communications Sub-committee Seeking New Members

posted Mar 8, 2017, 1:46 PM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 7:17 AM ]

Are you interested in helping influence how the Civil Service Senate communicates to CS employees? Think we are doing it wrong, or just interested in communication in general? Join the Communications committee!

Types of opportunities:

Influence how the Civil Service Senate communicates to CS employees by:

  • Gathering information about what's going on in the Civil Service world at UMN

  • Reviewing, editing and/or writing content for a new monthly newsletter, and/or the website.


Depending on the number of volunteers, the expected time commitment would be approximately 1 hour per month.  Most work will be able to be done electronically, with minimal need for face-to-face meetings. The committee chair is in Duluth, so any meetings necessary will be over Google Hangout.

Please join in helping the Civil Service Senate to better communicate about things that matter to you as a Civil Service employee. Email Becky Nelson at rmnelson@d.umn.edu to express your interest.

1-10 of 13