Notice of Nominations and Election
A Message from President Obama to AFSCME Members
On July 16, 2014, President Obama urged the 4,000 delegates at the 41st AFSCME International Convention in Chicago to keep up the fight for working people:
"It's people like you who make America work," the President said. "And it's unions like yours that helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known."
He vowed to stand with union members in the fight for better wages, retirement security and more flexible hours.
"Wages you can live on, and savings you can retire on, and workplace flexibility you can count on -- whether you are a sanitation worker, a child care worker, or a home health aide. That's what Americans who work hard and play by the rules deserve. That's what we can achieve together, if we are bold, brave and determined enough."
You can watch the whole video here.
SIUE University Staff Senate Employee Banquet
The 2014 SIUE University Staff Senat The 2014 SIUE University Staff Senate Employee Banquet will be held Thursday, September 18 at the American Legion Post 199 in Edwardsville. The Social Hour/Cash Bar begins at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6pm by Jerry's Catering. Entertainment will be provided by SIUE Steel and local comedians Josh Funneman and Daniel Smithiger. The theme for this year's banquet is Caribbean Cruise.
Registration deadline is September 11, 2014. The cost is $20 per person, guests welcome. Registration forms have been sent via SIUE e-mail and should be returned to Pat Rausch, Box 1002.
New Employee Excellence Program Implemented
The Office of Human Resources has released an improved Employee Excellence Program (EEP) for the annual evaluation of SIUE employees beginning with FY15. EEP revisions include:
- One form for each classification of employee, including probationary employees. This will allow all employees to be evaluated using the same format.
- The same form and performance evaluation criteria will be used for Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs). This will help align performance expectations used for annual evaluations with performance deficiencies.
- To correct performance deficiencies, two consecutive 60-day PIPs will be used instead of three consecutive 60-day PIPs.
- Supporting forms for supervisors and employees include an optional Employee Comments Form for Phase III. An EEP Performance Evaluation Worksheet, used during Phases I and II, can be used by the supervisor and employee for performance planning and counseling during the entire performance year.
- Total number of performance evaluation forms for all classifications has been reduced from 19 to 4, eliminating redundancy without reducing quality.
- The numbering system has been replaced with text descriptions of performance ratings.
Human Resources will be holding open information sessions on the revised EEP, and all employees are encouraged to attend. The first session will be held on Wednesday, July 23 from 2-4pm in the Mississippi/Illinois Room of the MUC. The second session will be held on Thursday, July 24 from 2-4pm in the Hickory/Hackberry Room of the MUC. Registration is not required. The three phases of the evaluation process will be discussed as well as the Performance Improvement Plan and the probationary review process.
Questions about the information sessions and the new EEP should be directed to Bill Misiak at extension 2159, email@example.com or Lora Johnson at extension 2155, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUAA Summer Membership Drive
The State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will be holding a summer membership drive on Wednesday, July 23 from 11:30am-1:00pm outside of the Morris University Center near Grills Gone Wild. The first 20 people to complete an application and submit a check will receive half off the normal yearly dues ($18.50, normally $37); you must be a current SIUE employee and not already a member of the SUAA to receive the discount. Free water bottles will also be distributed.
The SUAA is similar to the AFSCME PEOPLE program and is open to all current and retired SIUE employees. The SUAA provides a framework for a unified message dedicated to preserving and protecting a strong public pension system, healthcare benefits, and the general well-being of its membership. They advocate on behalf of all faculty and staff of public universities and community colleges (both retired and current), their spouses and survivors, who are participants and beneficiaries of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).