Prince William Campus Holds Quality of Work Life Discussion

Posted: December 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Prince William Campus community met with President Alan Merten and representatives of the Quality of Work Life Task Force on Monday, Dec. 4, as part of an ongoing series of meetings to explore work life issues at the university. University Police Sgt. Kevin Barrett facilitated the group, which included approximately 30 classified and wages employees, faculty members, and administrators.

Much of the discussion focused on the allocation of state holidays, the academic calendar, and work schedules. Concerns about child care, family responsibilities, overtime, and salaries also were discussed. University employees who had worked at other academic institutions and in the private sector offered insight into how George Mason and state benefits compare to those offered by other employers. Expanded use of flex-time was discussed as a way to provide improved and more convenient customer service while offering employees work schedule options.

Also discussed at the meeting were parking issues, including the cost of decals, availability of convenient parking for those who travel between campuses, and the smaller size of parking spaces; tuition benefits for dependents; salaries and salary structure; discrimination; and the lack of public transportation.

The task force will add information gained from these discussions to the data gathered through the Quality of Work Life survey last spring. This will form the basis for the recommendations the group will make to the president and the executive council in February. Recommendations will be wide ranging, focusing not only on issues that are within university control, but also on state policies that could be changed to improve work life at the university.

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