Clerical & Service Staff Advisory Committee (CSSAC)

Overview

What is CSSAC?

CSSAC stands for the Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee. This group of your fellow employees on the clerical and service staff works with university administrators to help improve employment conditions at IPFW. CSSAC is the vehicle through which your concerns are heard by the University administration. The committee meets monthly and includes representatives for each building on campus. During the meetings, members report on ongoing projects, share ideas, and propose ways to improve the university and its policies affecting employees. CSSAC members must keep up on a number of issues and policies. For that reason, they are ready and willing to discuss your concerns. Some of the areas CSSAC addresses are benefits, such as vacation and sick leave policy and "perks", such as IPFW employee discounts at area businesses. No matter where you work at IPFW, you are represented by a CSSAC member. Seek them out and learn more about the Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee.

Purpose

The purposes and responsibilities of this committee are as follows:

  • To provide members of the clerical and service staff with a means of representative participation through suggestion and advice in the formulation or change of policies affecting conditions of employment.
  • To provide an effective means of communication between the clerical and service staff and the University administration.
  • To act in an advisory capacity and make recommendations to the Human Resources Department which has the assigned responsibility for planning and recommending policies concerning personnel and staff benefits.

How can I serve on CSSAC?

Each spring CSSAC accepts nominations of interested candidates to succeed CSSAC members whose terms expire in the fall or who leave CSSAC. The committee then recommends the candidates to the Director of Human Resources, who makes the official appointments. CSSAC members serve two to three-year terms and about one-half to one-third are replaced each year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Human Resources to apply.

The CSSAC Commitment

The Clerical and Service Staff Advisory Committee was established in 1965 at Purdue. The committee's official purposes and responsibilities are:

  • To provide members of the clerical and service staff with a means of representative participation through suggestions and advice in the formation or change of policies affecting conditions of employment.
  • To provide an effective means of communication between the clerical and service staff and the University administration.
  • To act in an advisory capacity and make recommendations to the Department of Human Resources, which has the assigned responsibility for planning and recommending policies concerning personnel and staff benefits.

What has CSSAC done for employees?

Major accomplishments initiated by CSSAC:

  • Co-sponsored Health Benefits Forum
  • Created CSSAC educational grants for clerical and service employees
  • Created CSSAC grants and scholarships for IPFW students who are dependents of clerical and service staff and retirees.
  • Helped establish fee remission for student children of part-time staff
  • Extended group medical and life insurance coverage for employees who retire early
  • Established the two-tier premium structure for medical insurance
  • Removed the 1,000 hour cap on sick leave conversion upon retirement
  • Created The Bridge suggestion system
  • Established a personal holiday

This is only a partial list of accomplishments. Remember, these accomplishments began with the ideas of IPFW employees like you who wanted to make a good situation working at IPFW better.

CSSAC Subcommittees

Grants:

Since its inception, the Dependent Grant Program has awarded several thousand dollars to dependents of clerical and service employees. Also, this same program offers clerical and service employees opportunities to apply for grants to be used toward credit classes at IPFW.

Pride Plus:

Annual recognition of an outstanding clerical and service employee.
This recognition is announced at the Spring Employee Recognition Luncheon.

Blood Drive:

Sponsor, along with the American Red Cross, a campus wide blood drive that is held annually.
CSSAC members serve on University Committees: Affirmative Action, Campus Communication, Campus Safety, Traffic Appeals, Diversity Council, University Council, Calendar Subcommittee, Resource Policy; and on other committees that benefit your life at IPFW.

Remember . . . we are working for you!!!