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Benefits Brown Bag

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

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.

Rules Committee Update - March 2017

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:54 PM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 8:30 AM ]

Author and Chair of the Rules Committee - Jean Otto

The Civil Service Rules Committee is preparing for updates to the Civil Service (CS) Rules. A working committee has been formed with Human Resources/Compensation and Benefits to review and clarify existing CS Rules and align with policy as necessary. Some of the items which are being reviewed are the vacation accrual method, seniority units and bumping rights and the job classification change process. The Rules Committee is continuing to work on the proposed language regarding sexual harassment references, other work arrangements and references to statute in regard to voting.


The 2017 CS Rules updates are scheduled to be recommended to the Board of Regents in the fall of 2017. Public hearings on the CS Rules updates will be held in prior to the Board of Regents meeting. Civil Service employees are encouraged to contact the Rules Committee with questions and concerns regarding the CS Rules and process.

*post was updated on 3/9/17 with an updated timeline

Applications are being sought for the Civil Service Senate

posted Mar 1, 2017, 11:19 AM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee

The 50-member Civil Service Senate is part of the larger University governance system including the University Senate, Faculty Senate, P&A Senate, and Student Senate.


The Civil Service Senate (CS Senate) represents civil service employees at the University of Minnesota, and members are elected by civil service employees throughout the University. The responsibilities of the CS Senate include, but are not limited to, matters concerning the employment conditions of Civil Service employees.

The requirements for eligibility are that you:

  1. currently hold a non-bargaining unit civil service position with a temporary or continuing appointment of at least 50% time and;
  2. as of January 1, 2017, have at least one calendar year of non-student employment at the University (e.g., civil service, AFSCME, Teamsters, academic professional, etc.)
As a civil service employee, you may apply for a CS Senate seat to represent one of these areas:

Twin Cities positions and application:
  • Academic Affairs/Provost (all TC non-AHC academic units) - 9 open seats
  • Academic Health Center - 11 open seats
  • At-Large (all TC non-academic and non-AHC units) - 6 open seats

System Campus positions and application:

  • Crookston - 2 open senator seats
  • Duluth- 1 open senator seat
  • Morris - 2 open senator seats
  • Rochester - 1 open senator seat and 1 open Civil Service Consultative Committee seat

The term is for up to three years.

The deadline to submit an application (linked above) is 4:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017.  All applicants will be contacted after this deadline regarding next steps. If you have any questions about your eligibility for service or the process, or any other questions, please contact Becky Hippert.

Blog update

posted Mar 1, 2017, 9:41 AM by csc Civil Service Consultative Committee

We are updating the layout of the blog to make it a bit more user-friendly. We'll be sending out a monthly newsletter to all Civil Service employees, with short synopsis of what is going on in the Civil Service world, and links back to the blog for full articles. Stay tuned!

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