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Employee News

February 4, 2023

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Benefit changes, contribution rates go into effect

Benefit changes made during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period and premiums for 2017 coverage were reflected on paychecks dated Dec. 22 for University Staff (paid bi-weekly) and Jan. 3 for Faculty/Academic Staff/Limited Appointees (paid monthly). You can check your 2017 benefits summary online. Log in to the MyUW Portal and click on the "View Benefits Summary Detail" link in the Benefit Information module. On the Benefits Summary page, enter "01/01/2017" in the date field above the summary and click "Go" to see your 2017 elections. The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employee contribution rate for 2017 will increase from 6.6 percent to 6.8 percent for all employees.
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Three restaurants open in Memorial Union

Memorial Union’s iconic der Rathskeller and new restaurants Carte, a made-to-order salad and sandwich shop, and Strada, an Italian eatery, began serving customers this week. Der Rathskeller’s comfort food will return with everyone’s favorite sandwiches and wraps and some new, shareable appetizers, such as a giant Bavarian pretzel. Der Rath will also serve breakfast items each morning.
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Vote favors Academic Staff district size changes

Academic staff members voted 1,109 to 65 in favor of changing the Academic Staff Assembly district size, in a ballot that closed on Dec. 23. District sizes, which are now 35 to 75 members, would change to between 0.6 percent and 1.2 percent of the total number of academic staff. The Districting and Representation Committee plans to submit several proposals to the Academic Staff Assembly at the Feb. 13 meeting to adjust district configurations. The Assembly will need to vote on any proposed changes at a future meeting. The Academic Staff Assembly is an elected body made up of 112 districts that represent the interests of academic staff in governance and policy development. Questions regarding district size can be sent to

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New Wisconsin union membership kiosk opens

The Wisconsin Union team recently unveiled a new membership kiosk in the west wing lobby of the Memorial Union. This digital membership resource allows for the quick, convenient purchase of a new membership and allows members to order replacement cards.
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