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PSU employees vote to change titles

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Classified staff at Pittsburg State University voted on a proposal Tuesday that could change it's employment relationship with the state. 

There are nearly 300 classified employees at the university. The conversion would shift management of their employment from a state level, to the local level. 

The change is made possible through Kansas Statute 76-715a which allows the Kansas Board of Regents to authorize any state institution to convert classified staff employees to university support staff employees. 

President Steve Scott formed a study group in 2013 to conduct extensive meetings and discussions on campus for classified employees. 

Classified workers say they have not received a pay increase in five years. 

"You know you have kids in college, and the price of propane, and we have bills. When we think about  people who are getting cost of living wages and wage adjustment each year we haven't had one in five years it's kind of a non brainer," said classified employee Tish Potter. 

"I'm not 100% confident that this will work but I guess they figure what we have is not working either so I guess that's why people want change," said a classified employee John Bartles. 
 
University officials say 250 out of 289 classified staff voted on Tuesday. The vote passed 171 to 79.
 
The resolution now goes to the Kansas Board of Regents, for a final vote in March.

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