The University of Iowa and AFSCME Local 12
Labor Management Committee Meeting
September 21, 2010
Present: Mark Atwood, Shannon Bartlett, Josey Bathke, David Bergeon, Andy Cooper, Michelle Dixon, Dee Gansemer, Nancy Kroeze, Joe Marron, Jim Schepker, Gary Stockinger, Todd Taylor
Guest: Liz Christiansen
Review Summary of August Meeting prepared by University of Iowa
Sustainability - Guest: Liz Christiansen
Liz gave a presentation regarding sustainability campus wide and gave proposed goals for the next 10 years. There was a lot of information presented some of the highlights regarding the Green Energy Discovery District were:
-Installation of wind turbine, providing power as well as being a teaching tool
-Roof covered with solar film
-Electric car power station- cars are solar powered
Sally Mason’s speech in 2008 was the beginning of this transformation. There is now a standard for new green buildings. Getting rid of hospital trays there would be a food waste reduction of up to 70%. UI does currently donate food to Table to Table as long as it’s suitable. There’s been an 8% reduction in energy in the past 3 years at UI. We have a new energy control center. The original energy saving goals were delayed due to the flood. 3 million dollars in grant funding has gone to energy. The new Dyson hand dryers use 80% less energy. Beet sugar can be mixed in with salt used for melting and snow removal- this would be a more environmentally friendly material, beet sugar also allows the salt to work within a larger temperature range and 30% less salt needs to be used, this would help keep the grass from dying. Another goal is to incorporate recycling and composting into all activities on campus. Some of the 2020 goals are to make sure we maintain momentum, energy waste and transportation is the main focus. We will build smarter buildings, but we should expect a short term increase before the downward trend happens. The 2nd goal has to do with renewable energy consumption. We need to increase renewable energy and wean ourselves off of coal. We should use zero waste principles. We will have a more efficient transit system, solar powered. There is a certificate for students involved in the greening campus. One of the most important goals is that we want to become the leader by 2020 in academic research of water sustainability. University of Iowa is implementing a green cleaning program. There is currently no desk side elimination of trash on 2nd and 3rd floor of USB building. Efforts and improvements are ongoing. Information about this will be available on the ELR website along with LMC meeting minutes.
Early Retirement Incentive Program
Hand out provided by U of I described positions involved with the early retirement program and whether or not those positions were intended to be filled in FY 2010, FY 2011 or later.
Update on Layoff Plans
Planned layoffs- 5
4 from UI and 1 from Council Bluffs
There are 2 layoffs pending and 2 withdrawn from the 4. The Council Bluffs layoff has an update as of today, 9/21/10, so no confirmation right now about what that means. As grants run out there will continue to be issues.
Police Dispatcher Update
Update as of September 1- As of September 5 the dispatch center is fully staffed so any concerns about breaks should be resolved.
Reclassification of Merit Positions to P&S Positions
Any reclassifications of Merit positions to P&S positions go through Board of Regents to be reviewed and approved. The positions are being reviewed at the campus level as well as at the Board of Regents to make sure there is legitimate basis for any change.
P&S Moratorium Status
U of I confirms that after meeting with Danny Homan in Des Moines there’s no longer a P&S moratorium.
Safety on Code Green Calls
There was a recent code green call at UIHC in which 5 people were hurt. Union is asking for a “communication/information link” when extraordinary events occur so as not to be the last ones notified. Union would rather hear it from internal means rather than the press. U of I will discuss possibilities.
Waste Management Dumpsters on Campus
Suzanne Hilleman said that FM landscape services owns and maintains the load-all dumpsters. They are in the process of evaluating what they have and replacing those that need it. UI work control center or Shawn Fitzpatrick (335-5107) should be contacted if there are issues. There are waste management dumpsters around Kinnick Stadium and there was question as to who should be contacted about those containers. U of I said to call Shawn would be the person to talk to and if he doesn’t know he can at least direct the concern to the right place.
Jim’s comments: Jim is impressed with the agenda’s and the issues that we come up with. The questions that we come up with and the answers that are given are good.
Next meeting is 10-19-2010
Meeting adjourned at 3:16 p.m.