Can there be some type of cap on the yearly parking increases for staff?
t seems a bitridiculous that staff have to pay in excess of $300 to park close to where they work?
Parking revenue is needed to off-set the building costs, this is what determines the parking rates. I will look into the current financial situation / debt situation due tothe parking garages. DU is trying to stay beneath what other universities charge. I will push Craig Woody to keep the costs for staff down. A sliding scale could be possible. Linking it to salary does not make sense as the pay range is enormous.
Why do employees need to pay for parking? Could that be eliminated to make up for no merit increases in the past? Could employees have a choice between free RTDand free parking to cover the loss of parking revenue?
Need the revenue stream to pay off debt on the parking structures. We will not giveup RTD as DU is trying to push people to use alternative transportation. If less people sign up, the current price we¶ve negotiated with RTD will go up tremendously.
Healthcare has increased in the co-pay as well as in prescriptions, and also in thenumber of months supply for one co-pay.
n three different areas the health insurancehas increased this year. Was this a deal worked out with Kaiser due to no increasesthe previous year? This increase seems excessive.
Kaiser proposed a 20% price increase which we negotiated down, while agreeing to an increase in co-pays. This increase is a result of the new federal law. It is indeed excessive, but we work very hard on keeping the costs down, especially for the bottomhalf of the salary range. DU still covers the majority of the costs.
Why does each department have to pay for their own employees for the picnic if it¶san overall staff appreciation picnic? Shouldn¶t the University pick up the tab?
Yes, the University should pick this up. SAC should be asking for a budget next year.
For the staff picnic could we look at having a university-wide casual day soemployees can truly enjoy the sun and could play volleyball, etc. like a true picnic?A: skipped6.
Would Human Resources consider acknowledging employees¶ years of service in ameaningful way, not just a mass booklet listing, but perhaps a letter or certificatefrom the Chancellor for 10, 20, 30, years of service? Maybe a pin or something?
Yes, SAC should push for this. This usually does not come out of the Chancellor¶soffice.
Does the chancellor have a strategy for retaining staff? Does he worry as the economyimproves that people will leave in mass?
No, I am not worried. The strategy is to look at turn-over rate numbers, which is gathered and analyzed by HR. These numbers are low, relative to other universitiesand businesses in the region. Action is taken when an occasional glitch occurs. A general retention strategy is: salaries, benefits and general work environment. Weare doing a great deal at that level. It is the total package that counts.