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Statement by UW System regarding Legislative Joint Committee on Employment Relations April 23 meeting (Apr 23, 2014)

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April 23, 2014

Statement by UW System regarding Legislative Joint Committee on Employment Relations April 23 meeting

Madison, Wis. –– University of Wisconsin System officials today received approval to begin implementation of new personnel systems for UW System and UW-Madison. These new personnel systems are required by legislation, with implementation originally scheduled to have begun in 2013, but later delayed until July 1, 2015.

“It is highly encouraging to receive this support from our legislative leaders,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “It is a message that will uplift and energize our campuses, and we now can begin implementing the new personnel systems ahead of the 2015 timeline.”

Cross added, “This legislative approval provides the flexibility to develop and implement policies and practices at all of our locations, and at UW-Madison, to attract and retain world-class talent, particularly in cutting-edge research fields.”

Michael Falbo, president of the UW System Board of Regents, said, “With this green light to move forward, we have an opportunity to better serve UW System workforce needs and to strengthen institutional autonomy in a way that serves the specific needs of each campus. The new personnel framework will provide best-practice levels of support for Wisconsin’s world-class system of public higher education institutions.”

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