ERAC November 14, 2012 Minutes
Executive Summary of Minutes
Last time we broke up into three different groups to identify
goals we would like to have for this year. In filtering
through them, we were able to come up with three primary
categories of goals.
- Awards – how they work, how they are publicized, how
people are nominated, how award recipients are determined -
- Communications – how do we deal with communication among
- ERAC’s charge – difference between what ERAC’s charge is
and what ERAC does. Updating the charge and making it more
relevant and to align better with ERAC’s activities
Awards will be addressed by the awards committee.
Communications will be addressed by Seth, Tom and Glenn.
ERAC’s charge would fall under bylaws committee.
- Senior Officer’s Benefits Allocation Review report – Toni
Lee Febbo was looking for feedback from the members of
ERAC’s areas. The feedback included:
- “pleased no changes to the tuition benefits. One of the
reasons many people work at Lehigh is the education
benefits for both employees and their families.”
- “some people were upset about the pension decrease. It
would have been easier to stomach getting 2% taken away
for pension had they opened up the $5,000 tuition cash
grant benefit for non-exempt staff.”
- “it is difficult for people to put away 1% of their
increase for pension when their annual salary increase is
generally 2-3%. People are deciding if they should put
food on their table or put money in their pension plan.”
People should be encouraged to go to the open sessions to
ask questions and obtain more information.
The question was asked if a separate session should be held
for non-exempt staff. The feeling is that more questions
would be asked. That is presuming that only non-exempt staff
members are receiving lower salaries and that may not be
Toni Lee stated that the confirmation of the revised short
term disability benefits will be made prior to the open
sessions. If folks, especially non-exempt staff members are
concerned about not gaining the tuition cash grant and the
change in retirement benefits, Lehigh can then say “yes but
we gave you an improved short term disability benefit.” We
are trying to do something positive for the non-exempt staff
that will benefit everyone. Short Term Disability changes
will come out in the December Spotlight. The open sessions
are December 4th and 5th.
- Bylaws – we have struggled a bit with consistency of
memberships. Some people have not been able to fulfill their
duties – leaving at the beginning of their term, midterm or
not even start. The bylaws did not consistently say how many
people are being added each year, what to do with the
vacancies. We are shooting to have six people come on and
off every year. For the vacancies someone will be added only
to fulfill that term. We are proposing that we elect six
people in the upcoming election. There will be six people
rotating off. In 2014, 11 people will be leaving their term.
We have several alternatives. In order to maintain the
consistency of that six per year, ask five people to stay an
extra year on ERAC – extend their terms. OR we can have a
smaller ERAC board for one year. What that would do is even
out the memberships going forward. It was decided that we
would ask board members coming to the end of their term to
stay an additional year. Ainsley will send an email to the
eleven people leaving in 2014, asking if they are willing to
stay an extra year.
- Events/Brown Bags – last brown bag went pretty well.
Approximately 48 people attended. The next Brown Bag is
scheduled for November 28th. Cards were handed out at the
last Brown Bag session for suggestions. We received a lot of
suggestions. The events committee will meet to discuss the
suggestions and hash out the upcoming Brown Bag sessions.
ERAC representatives from the events committee also
participated in the Transportation and Parking Services
Advisory Group Meeting. It was suggested there be a Brown Bag
session on parking trends. A pedestrian only campus is being
discussed. The hang tags are renewed every year to accommodate
for the people that leave but don’t turn in their hang tags.
Also being considered is something similar to Easy Pass that
would track you going in and out. Doing this will allow only
one of your vehicles can be on campus at the same time. The
Transportation and Parking Services Advisory Group also talked
about a one-time fee parking proposal. You can either pay
up-front or have payroll deductions as they’ve been doing.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:15 am. Glenn Strause made the
motion to adjourn the meeting and Ainsley Lamberton seconded
Brenda K. Bachman
NEXT ERAC MEETING will be December 12 in