Draft Classified Staff Constitution and Bylaws
The Classified Staff Council (CSC) would like to hear your
opinions, comments, ideas.
Please direct your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or to any member of the CSC.
It is important to note these documents are DRAFTS proposed by the Classified Staff Council. As such they are subject to revision. They do not go into effect until ratified by the classified staff as a whole. Classified staff, by definition, includes permanent employees, limited-term employees, and project employees. We would like to hear from all of you.
Open forums for discussion of these documents will be announced early next semester. A survey to garner additional feedback will be distributed at that time as well.
Attached to this email are three documents:
- The DRAFT Classified Staff Constitution
- The DRAFT Classified Staff Bylaws
- The DRAFT Classified Staff Council Bylaws
In September of 2013, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System enacted rules (http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/policies/rpd/rpd20-20.htm) that extended shared governance to the classified staff within UW System. The rules provide classified staff members the opportunity to be active participants in policy development for their institution; to fully participate in the formulation and review of policies and procedures concerning classified staff members, including personnel matters; and the right to structure themselves in a manner they determine.
Over the last year, in anticipation of those rules, the Classified Staff Council drafted a structure to carry out these responsibilities as detailed in the drafts attached to this email.
The Constitution of the Classified Staff, in essence delegates responsibility for representing the classified staff to the CSC. It sets up basic principles for voting, meetings, committees, and working relationships between the classified staff, the CSC, and the administration. In order to be in force, this document must be ratified by two-thirds of those classified staff members voting as long as at least one-third of the members of the classified staff vote. This constitution, then, can only be amended by a similar vote of the classified staff as a whole. It is important to note that any time the body of the whole disagrees with an action of the CSC, it does have the right to review and overrule that action.
The Bylaws of the Classified Staff and the Bylaws of the Classified Staff Council, basically establishes how the CSC will carry out the representation of the classified staff. Once the constitution is ratified (delegating this authority to the CSC), the CSC can amend the Bylaws by a two-thirds vote of a quorum of the Classified Staff Council. The entire classified staff votes for members of the CSC, the Classified Staff Compensation Committee, the Classified Staff Grievance Committee, and the Classified Staff Personnel Committee. The CSC establishes additional committees to assist with its work. These are listed in the CSC Bylaws. Also covered in the Bylaws are classified staff representation on university-wide committees and instances when classified staff must be informed of long-term LTE and/or interim positions, and of administrative changes that have wide-ranging effects on the university.