Good Morning: I hope you have all had a good week. A few things to share today:
Extension Committee meetings: The next round of Extension Committee meetings in our regions are coming up soon. Please be sure that the budget updates and program reports from your staff are sent to Mary Jo in the Marshall Regional Office prior to the meeting so they can be in the agenda packets. Meetings schedules are as follows:
Chippewa 5:00 p.m.
Lac qui Parle 4:30 p.m.
Lincoln 7:30 p.m.
Lyon 7:00 p.m.
Redwood 4:00 p.m.
Renville 7:00 p.m.
Yellow Medicine 7:00 p.m.
Meeker 1:00 p.m.
McLeod 7:00 p.m.
2011 - 2013 MOA for local staff: One of the agenda items on the Extension Committee meetings will be the 2011 - 2013 MOA's. I will be asking the Committees to approve the new MOA's and recommend the approval be ratified by the County Board. The language in the new MOA's will not change and the 2011 MOA cost is at 0% increase. The MOA also did not increase in cost in 2010. The 2011 MOA and price has been approved and recommended by the Association of Minnesota Counties Extension Sub-committee.
President's recommendation on salary and furloughs: In recent weeks you have received communications from University Administration on the proposed University Salary increases, Salary decreases, 27th pay period and mandatory and voluntary furloughs. The Presidents recommendation was conditioned on approval of a vote of the U of M faculty. In a vote taken this week, the administration recommendations were approved, so we will likely see the recommendations implemented. Many more details will be coming out, but the operational implications for our offices are the furlough. The proposal is that all University Civil Service and AFSCME employees (including 4H PC's and NEA's in County offices), will receive a 2 per cent salary increase and a 1.15 salary decrease which will be taken as a mandatory three day furlough. The mandatory furlough will be on the three work days between Christmas and New Years. The other two days in that work week are University Holidays. Other University employees including faculty and P & A staff, (includes Regional Extension Educators and Regional Directors), will receive the same salary reduction but will be expected to work during the three day furlough (unpaid). Again there are many more details to the proposal, but the point to know at this time is that Program Coordinators and NEA's in County offices and Regional Support staff and program managers in Regional Extension offices will be covered by the mandatory three day furlough December 28, 29 and 30, 2010.
April 22 Staff Development: Keep April 22 reserved on your calendar for a staff development day for Support staff in County and Regional Offices in the Worthington, Marshall and Hutchinson regions and 4H Program Coordinators in the Marshall and Worthington 4H Districts. Agenda and RSVP details will come to you as early as next week.
Enjoy the weekend.