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Inside Iowa State
May 21, 1999

P&S staff urged to speak up

by Anne Dolan

Professional and scientific employees should "stop sighing and walking away" when they believe classification or compensation guidelines put them at a disadvantage, said Carla Espinoza, assistant vice president for human resource services, during the May P&S Council meeting. She encouraged council members to talk to her about situations as they arise.

"It's going to take a little activism. Right now, P&S have no voice," she said. "Ask questions, make grievances. Don't throw it on the table and expect someone will take care of it."

But Espinoza also told the council that there's a lot of misunderstanding on campus of how the P&S classification/compensation system works. Some of the perceptions that the system is "unfair" are due to misunderstanding. She said she plans to organize education sessions in the next year to help employees better understand the system.

Espinoza acknowledged that there are some weaknesses in the P&S classification system -- such as requiring a degree for all P&S positions or ISU's preference for setting salary ranges based on market value versus the Board of Regents' mandate to consider only comparable worth (which ignores market variables such as gender). Some of the salary issues won't stabilize until the classification system is revised, she said.

Employee teams have studied and written reports on the P&S classification system -- and another specifically on P&S research positions -- and those reports currently are being reviewed by ISU administrators.

During the open forum portion of the meeting, four teams that received student recruitment and retention grants this year presented summaries of their programs. They included:

In other business:

The next council meeting begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in 244 Memorial Union.

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