1) Why submit an issue and what outcome can I expect?
The UT Staff Council (UTSC) provides a vehicle for communication of interests, concerns, and issues that affect staff, as well as presenting recommendations to University leadership. The issues process is how staff members can officially raise concerns for UTSC to address. UTSC is an ‘advisory committee,’ just like Student Government, Graduate Assembly, and Faculty Council. We are free to suggest any changes, but ultimately we have to convince the University administrative offices to make our suggestions into policy. As such, we research issues exhaustively before making any recommendations. Although this process can be time consuming, it is how UTSC maintains its high level of credibility and makes it possible for us to effect changes that affect staff.
2) What is an issue?
An issue is a proposal submitted to UTSC asking for a specific outcome, including goals and objectives to be considered, researched and/or resolved. For example: a change or clarification of UT policy, or improved working conditions on campus.
3) How do I submit an issue?
Staff should ask their district representative to present an issue to UTSC. Alternately, a staff member may submit an issue directly to the Issues Chair. These should be submitted to the Issues Chair via the Issue Proposal Form. A name must be on the Issue, but you may request to remain anonymous once the issue is processed.
4) How do I find out who my district representative is?
To find out who your representative is, please check the Who is my Representative? page. (UT EID required).
5) What happens after I’ve submitted my issue?
- The Issues Chair reviews it; if needed, they will contact the submitter for further clarification or information.
- The Issues Chair presents it to the Executive Committee. If approved, the issue is listed on the next UTSC monthly meeting agenda for a vote.
- The issue is presented to UTSC. Following discussion, UTSC will vote to decide if the issue will be pursued.
- If approved, the issue is assigned to a Working Committee for research and recommendations.
- The assigned committee will submit progress reports to the UTSC Executive Committee.
- The assigned committee will make a recommendation which will be discussed and voted on at a UTSC monthly meeting to determine whether to escalate the recommendation to the appropriate UT administration/department.
- If approved, the recommendation will be presented to the appropriate UT administration/department for negotiation.
6) Is submitting an issue the same as filing a grievance?
No. One should file a grievance with HR to address a specific problem experienced by an individual staff member; an issue proposal is an attempt to research, clarify, and/or improve working conditions for all UT staff.