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Issue list of assurances re: changes to the Human Resources Design Plan

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The past two weeks have witnessed an impressive degree of campus-wide engagement around the the Human Resources Design Strategic Plan. The Office of Human Resources has been deeply involved, and the Director of Human Resources has indicated to several individuals and groups that he plans to recommend that significant changes be made to the Strategic Plan as a result of campus-wide engagement.

The process of shared governance in negotiations over this plan appears effective and well-intentioned, and we are newly optimistic about the possible positive outcomes of HR Design. We wish to move forward with a unified voice, working in partnership with the University administration. At this point, however, private verbal assurances are insufficient grounds for a public affirmative vote on this major policy. Trust is a vital part of the shared governance process, and re-establishing that trust requires transparency.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Director of Human Resources of UW-Madison issue a list of written assurances regarding all planned significant changes to the Human Resources Design Plan on which the Faculty Senate will vote on Monday November 5, 2012. Such a list would enable the faculty to make a reasoned decision based on the most current form of the strategic plan. We understand that changes to the strategic plan must ultimately be approved by the executive sponsors of the HR Design process. In the best interests of shared governance, and to further the growth of mutual trust, we ask that this list be made available for widespread dissemination to the faculty, through the office of the secretary of the faculty, no later that Friday November 2 at 12 pm.

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