Changes to the Classified Personnel Council

The year 2020 has brought big changes to the way Colorado State University conducts business, but the Classified Personnel Council is still serving the needs of classified personnel at CSU.

CPC wants you to know that we are still working to disseminate information related to CSU and state classified employees, review bills before the state legislature that impact the University community, recognize and reward CSU employees, host informational sessions and employee appreciation events, and research, review, and recommend ways to improve the work lives of CSU employees.

The 2020 fiscal year was a busy year for the CPC. The council met on a monthly basis to discuss current issues and concerns affecting state classified employees at CSU. A record of the meeting minutes can be found at cpc.colostate.edu/council-meetings.

When non-essential employees were sent home to work behind the scenes and essential employees worked on the front lines, the CPC remained active (and continues to remain active) focusing their e orts on disseminating ever-changing information to assist employees with their needs. To get a more in-depth idea of the hard work the CPC has done in the past year, please see the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report at the CPC website, cpc.colostate.edu/media.

This year, the CPC plans on pivoting due to the changing work environment due to COVID-19 to provide support and representation to State Classified Staff. Please see what the classified personnel council has planned for the upcoming year.

Executive Committee — The executive team will be actively working with committees on new ways to engage with state classified employees given the current landscape of the pandemic. The Executive Committee is working to identify ways to use the CPC annual budget to have the greatest impact for our campus community. This committee will also continue discussions with the State of Colorado Department of Personnel Administration to navigate the implementation of Collective Bargaining (Colorado Partnership for Quality Jobs and Services Act – HB 1153), as well as advocating to expand leave benefits and to update the current annual review rating scale from a 3-point to 5-point. The committee is currently reviewing the Colorado Employer of Choice strategic plan and roadmap to provide feedback and to help shape conversations with our representatives through the year. (Link to the Colorado Employer of Choice website colorado.gov/dhr/eoc)

Communications Committee — We are excited to roll out our own Facebook page allowing us to pass on pertinent information in a timely manner. Please like us on Facebook! The committee still plans to continue to share valuable information through articles on the SOURCE and CSU Life. We will also continue to email issues of the Communicator (a newsletter that informs state classified personnel of events, awards, etc. that may be of interest), but on an as-needed basis.

Employee Recognition Committee — This committee manages special awards created by the CPC to help recognize State Classi ed employees. Those awards include:

  1. The Everyday Hero Award. It is great to feel valued and get recognized, especially during these unique times. Do you have a colleague in your department or on campus who you’d like to recognize? If so, please do! Not only will they feel great, but you will to. Send in your nomination ASAP!
  2. Educational Assistance Award. Who couldn’t use $500 to help meet any needs associated with furthering their education, such as tuition, books, technology, childcare expenses, and gas for traveling to/from class. If you are working to further yourself and your education don’t delay – apply today!

Award information can be found by visiting cpc.colostate.edu/annual-cpc-awards.

Legislative Committee — The Committee is continuing to work with Legislators and the Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) to address comparatively low leave bene ts for state classified employees. We are also analyzing the DPA’s Employer of Choice Strategic Plan to pick out other issues to target like de ned career paths and job growth. Additionally, the Committee hopes to gather information on collective bargaining and Colorado WINS.

Employee Engagement and Experience— The committee will be brainstorming and collaborating with the CPC Recognition Committee and Communications to recognize and acknowledge employees across campus. This committee will be working on assessing overall resources available to CSU employees and partnering with the CARE Program to see how we can help connect employees with campus and city/state-level resources to address needs connected to work-life balance. For more information on the Classified personnel council or to become more involved, please visit our website at cpc.colostate.edu.