Wholly Shift event being in-person only is not inclusive, equitable, or accessible.
I'm disappointed that a DEIAB committee is having an in-person only event. This excludes many remote employees. It is not equitable because attendees on different campuses will have to take more time of their day to attend and also because there is limited attendance. It is not accessible because not everyone can easily travel around campus. As a remote out of state employee, this makes me feel like I do not belong. If a hybrid event is not possible, I would at least like an acknowledgement that the event planners know they are excluding people.
“Thank you for your feedback. We will be shifting the event to accommodate a hybrid offering and encourage you to register on Zoom: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpd-yqqTMsH9MxDZ2cjyTtPWn8EVjO0qV2
We invite all to join the conversation, either in-person or on Zoom, on Dec 14th.”
Free Speech & cancel minority opinions
I am extremely disappointed in ASU 's decisions to try to cancel the Messrs. Prager and Kirk lecture, then to fire Lin Blake, and finally to terminate Ms. Atkinson, in spite of her achieving the excellent result of over 25,000 listeners per WSJ, Opinion section, 6/20/23. The biggest loser is the Barrett Honors College. Future Barrett students can take their business elsewhere. New faculty will prudently consider ASU's narrow-mindedness and censoring.
Given the recent reversals in advertising campaigns, such as Bud Light, due to entanglements in cultural issues causing negative effects on companies' businesses, I believe ASU should likewise consider a reversal in terminating Ms. Atkinson and its future actions. ASU should live up to its green-light rating.
The 39 faculty members pushing their agenda to censor people holding different personal views need to be enlightened about allowing minority peer voices to be heard. Did any of these 39 signers feel pressure to acquiesce? Why not consider the six minority non-signers, who bravely stood up to the majority of their peers, since diversity is a Barrett value? If the 39 do not want to listen, or would like to request a counter lecturer, so be it, but they should not have the right to block speakers with whom they disagree.
Today's (June 21), WSJ, China Tries to Cancel an art Show in Poland, article expresses "China often attempts to censor speech abroad that's critical of the Communist Party" exampled by China's attempts to cancel an artwork exhibit by a Chinese-dissident, Badiucao, depicting true events surrounding communism. A senior Chinese diplomat said showing Badiucao's work would "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people." The reasoning is remarkably similar by those faculty who condemned and wanted to censor the lecture by Kirk and Prager for hurting the LGBT group's feelings.
Poland's bravery is heartily admired for not canceling Badiucao and cowering; unless ASU reverses its decision, ASU's reputation will be soiled by its cowardliness, and likely hit both the number of student applications and its future faculty who value their own freedom of speech.
Thank you. We will route your feedback to the appropriate leadership team.
ASU Downtown Phoenix buildings
Why are the buildings still closed but every other campus is open? It was closed in response to COVID but now everything is still locked down. It causes a lot of bottle necks with only one door being open for thousands of students trying to enter. Not to mention that people visiting cannot get in.
To date, there are no university buildings closed due to COVID. Some buildings have restricted access to authorized personnel or you need to use a Sun Card to gain entry which has enhanced security for some buildings. Please provide more detail on the building(s) being referenced and we can look into the specifics.
Do we send thank you notes to SHS donators? I think that is a great way to thank people. I always give to United Way and specify to SHS and never really hear if they receive it or not.
We do not receive information as to who donated what in United Way for Staff Helping Staff. It only shows up as a lump sum amount on the donor report. For regular Staff Helping Staff donations during giving day we do send thank you notes. We also send thank you cards on Gratitude Day.
My merit increase was 1.75%!!! Seriously? ASU is paying way below average for their staff. Are they working on restructuring the pay for ASU employees?
Thank you for your question. The university continues to evaluate local labor markets and recently established new minimum pay levels for full and part-time employees. College and department leadership are entrusted with applying the merit exercise in a fair and equitable manner. Your supervisor or internal human resources department can assist you in understanding how the merit system is applied for your particular area. You may also contact your OHR partner by accessing the following link: https://cfo.asu.edu/ohr-partners.
University closure 12/23 - 01/02
Hello, I believe it would be beneficial for university staff to have paid time off and it would be helpful to the environment for the university to be closed from December 23rd through January 2nd each year. Having worked in both EOSS in the SAILS department and now working in CHS, the activity on campus and work load from 12/23 through 01/02 is non-existent. Requiring staff to be on campus and the university to be open is a waste of resources. Specifically, living in a desert oasis with dwindling water and by keeping the heat and electricity running for no students to be on campus and infrequent visitors, the university is doing more harm than good to the surrounding environment. Additionally, morale in staff would be boosted and the overall employee culture would improve if the university was closed and the staff received paid time off from 12/23 through 01/02.
Thank you for your feedback. Although closing the University is not in alignment with the various needs and components of the University, employees have the option of requesting time off during the holidays.
Tuition aid for student workers
I am a student worker (ASU employee), am I eligible for any tuition aid or any other financial support from ASU?
At this time, only benefits eligible positions can be eligible for the qualified tuition reduction benefit.
Lunch can we have an option
Hello I was wondering if I am a salaried employee do I need to take a lunch I was told too and hour at that which is long time and so instead of putting an 8 hour day I am working 9 hours and I feel it's a waste of time for an hour do we have an option to take 30min or none so we can leave after 8 to get home to our families? We are sometimes so busy we snack at our desks to get stuff done and get out on time. If this a something that can be revised to all schools and departments to let us have options not feel forced or like a prisoner cause we can't leave after 8 hours of work. I am not the only one that feels like this. If this can be revised or we are given options and all departments and schools and salary people updated that would be great to know and our managers know so we can be all on the same page. Thanks
There are no existing Federal, State, or local laws/regulations mandating employers provide (or require) exempt (salaried) employees take meal breaks. At ASU, Staff SPP 306 states “employees are entitled to an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes each work day.” ASU leaders are provided the flexibility to manage resources including staff to achieve ongoing business goals and objectives. At the same time, leaders are expected to foster a balanced work environment – ensuring the work gets done with a sensitivity to the health and wellbeing of each employee. Employees are encouraged to have direct dialogue with their supervisor to discuss avenues to achieve this important balance.
Cost of living wage increases
Since the economy is declined, a lot of the necessary things in life are increases. Gas is on the rise, groceries are more money then they have ever been. Will ASU finally give their employees a cost of living raise?
The executive committee is aware of the general living costs in our market and the pressure on wages. We continue to evaluate local labor markets. We also have a policy that we pay all full time employees at least the livable wage and we accelerated our 2022 merit program. However, we acknowledge there is still work to be done.
My question is as follows since people were either quarantined at home or essential personal here at ASU in 2020 very little really happened for the staff council ! In essence can we as the current staff council members have an extended year added to our elected term limits if a council member chooses to or not and being the Art walk winner i have several projects and proposals in mind but we all lost a productive year ! How do we go about extending or adding the lost year !
Existing Staff Council members whose terms have expired are welcome to continue active membership. We welcome all previous members to continue Staff Council membership with an additional term.
We welcome you to submit your own comment or question. Questions and comments are published anonymously.