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Juneteenth as Paid Holiday

Submitted: November 9, 2022
Last updated: November 9, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

As Juneteenth has been a Federally recognized, paid holiday since 2021, ASU should add an 11th paid holiday and honor it. I want to work for an Arizona employer who strives to lead in community life-work balance and who takes DEI seriously. An easy step in these reforms is ensuring alignment and proper recognition of Juneteenth alongside the 10 holidays already observed. NAU and UoA both observe Juneteenth as paid holidays as of their 2023 calendars. Good sense decisions like this boost moral and reinforce the seriousness with which ASU stands behind uplifting all in our community. I urge policy and decision makers to address what is currently a disparity for actionable change to 2023 and beyond.

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday Closure

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

I stand in agreement with my colleagues who feel strongly that ASU should enact a policy to mirror many other public universities, including NAU and UA, and close between the Christmas Holiday and New Year's and offer it as paid leave. This is an opportunity to start INNOVATING a life-work balance (life first!) for staff. We innovate for learners, innovate for the community, but what about those of us who make it our life to serve both as staff?

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday Benefits

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Based on ABOR policy, UA, NAU, and ASU have discretion in terms of non-work days to grant to employees outside of the 10 established holidays. Of the three state universities, only ASU remains open during the holidays. Just like many other universities who do the same, closing during this time would make an important statement about how ASU values their staff. It isn't enough to 'work with departments to allow minimal staffing'. This approach places the burden of care on the employee, rather than ASU, and is not a perceived benefit. ASU has seen an unprecedented increase in the staff turnover rate this year - we need to be more competitive to retain our people, and this measure would appeal to nearly everyone.

Resolution:

TBD



401K options

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Existing staff members should be offered an additional 401K savings plan to be manually controlled by the employee. This would allow the employee to have an additional savings account that they can control, and possibly help with purchasing a home or pay for school.

Resolution:

TBD



Closure for Winter Holidays

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

I wanted to reach out to advocate for ASU to explore closing during the winter holiday (Dec 24th-Jan1st) like our peers at UA and NAU. Our faculty and staff work hard and its unnecessary for us to remain open and be forced to use our already limited time off. With the lack of attention to our current pay in regards to inflation this decision would at least allow faculty and staff a break we would not normally get. Yesterday Michigan State University announced they will be closing from Dec 23rd to Jan 2nd. ASU for being #1 in innovation seems to be lagging behind in both benefits to employees as well as pay.

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday Leave

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Why do we not close the university for the week between Christmas and New Years? Our fellow ABOR institutions [UA and NAU] do offer this as paid time off for their employees and it is disgraceful that ASU does not provide this. I imagine it is a waste of money for the institution. As #1 in innovation and for being a school that boasts that we are a top university in the country, how can our faculty and staff support our students if adequate holiday time is not offered? This is something that should be addressed by the executive team here at the university. People are leaving their jobs at ASU for a variety of factors because the university does not care for us, and this is just another example.

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday time off

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Several universities close for the holidays, fully paid to the staff, including U of A and NAU. These schools along with others across the country close the week of Christmas to New Years. By ASU incorporating this will allow employees to take much needed time off for family and travel, and will help with employees not becoming burnt out. This will also help with employee moral as well. I know when I heard the other two state universities do this for their employees, I was quite upset with ASU. Please think about this seriously, for the good of your employees.

Resolution:

TBD



PTO During Winter Holidays

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Many departments close or reduce operations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. There are 3 holidays within this period: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Would it be possible to encourage ASU to provide employees with paid Closure Leave for the workdays between the paid holidays?

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday Break

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

Many institutions close with paid time off during the week from Dec 24 through Jan 2. It would be great to have that opportunity here at ASU.

 

Resolution:

TBD



Holiday Paid Time Off

Submitted: November 3, 2022
Last updated: November 3, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

I learned that U of A and NAU close the university the week between Christmas and New Years. Why doesn't ASU do this? This would help with employee's moral and time off for the holidays. I know a lot of employees have family out of town, so paid time off during this time would be so helpful.

Resolution:

TBD



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