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Resolutions passed by the Student Government Association

 

Resolution Passed on March 25, 2008

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Resolution Concerning University Adiministration Neutrality Towards the Discussion of Union Organizing

Whereas, United Staff have been organizing for over three years to form a union to represent the more than 1,800 unrepresented staff workers on campus,

Whereas, this is the largest population of unrepresented workers at the University,

Whereas, the UVM administration has sent out several emails outlining specifically that staff are not to talk about forming a union,

Whereas, the University of Vermont is prohibited by law from discouraging union organizing in the workplace,

Whereas, the Student Government Association Senate has supported union efforts in the past (re: RF06-03),

Be it resolved, the University of Vermont Student Government Association Senate encourages the University of Vermont administration to reassert its commitment to neutrality by issuing a public statement of neutrality regarding unionization.

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Resolution passed on April 10, 2007

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Resolution reaffirming freedom of speech and supporting Tent City for livable wages

Whereas the freedoms of speech, expression, and dissent are integral to the academic and civic engagement of students in a university setting,

Wheras these freedoms are essential in a democratic society and, subsequently in a university setting, to hold leaders accountable, challenge institutional practices, and guide the university in a progressive manner,

Wheras the freedoms of speech and expression may only be limited in rare circumstances, and with reasonable motives that serve a legitimate purpose to the well-being of the UVM community,

Whereas these rights are being eroded at the University of Vermont,

Whereas the Tent City for Livable Wages outside of Royall Tyler Theatre is a peaceful, nonviolent demonstration advocating increased wages and rights for UVM workers (a position suppored by the SGA in Resolution RF06-12 Supporting the ADoption of a Basic Needs Budget),

Bet it resolved that the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont strongly reaffirms the importance of the freedoms of speech, expression, and dissent,

Bet it fruther resolved that the Student Government Association of the University of Vermnt supports the Tent City for Livable Wages at Royall Tyler Theatre organized by the SGA Recoginzed Club, Students for Peace & Global Justice,

Be it most further resolved that the UVM Administration should implement the permitting process for symbolic structures in a fair and expedited manner regardless of hte content of the demonstration and that the Student Government Association does not wish to work against the UVM administration, but with it.

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resolution passed on December 5, 2006

Resolution Urging Reconsideration of the BNEC Task Force Recommendation:

Whereas the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont has expressed its support for the recommendations regarding livable wages made by the Basic Needs and Equitable Compensation Task Force (BNEC),

Whereas the Student Government Association is unsatisfied in the administration’s decision to not completely accept the recommendations of the BNEC Task Force,

Whereas the Student Government Association acknowledges the progress that has been made with the most recent UE contract that covers most of the directly employed low-wage workers at UVM,

Let it be known that as representatives of the student body, the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont strongly urges the administration to adopt a livable wage policy based upon the BNEC Task Force recommendation in a timely and efficient manner that is transparent and public.

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resolution passed on September 19, 2006

Resolution in Support of the BNEC Task Force Recommendation: 

Whereas a livable wage is the hourly or yearly wage necessary for an employee working a full time job to meet their basic needs,

Whereas the Student Government Association Senate at the University of Vermont expressed its support for livable wages for all UVM employees through a unanimously supported Resolution Supporting the Adoption of a UVM Basic Needs Budget (RF06-12)  in the fall semester of 2005,

Whereas the Basic Needs and Equitable Compensation Task Force (BNEC) was created by President Daniel Fogel to research the issue of a livable wage for the lowest-paid campus employees and to make a recommendation on such,

Whereas the current recommendation addresses many of the issues that are of concern to the SGA Senate, including Cost of Living Adjustments, and a wage floor based upon UVM-specific information and methodology from the State of Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office,

Whereas the current recommendation only applies to directly-employed workers, and does not include contractors working on campus, such as Sodexho and University Dining Services,

Whereas a livable wage policy will further UVM in its mission of being a “socially just institution,” and is in line with the UVM Our Common Ground’s statement of justice,

Whereas a livable wage policy that applies to all workers will reflect positively on UVM, and will make the University a leader in labor issues in Burlington, the State of Vermont, and the United States,

Let it be known that the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont supports the BNEC Task Force Recommendation and encourages President Fogel and the UVM Administration to support the recommendation,

Let it be further known that the Student Government Association would like to see a livable wage policy based upon the BNEC Task Force recommendation implemented in a timely and efficient manner, that is transparent and public,

Let it be further known that the Student Government Association strongly encourages the University of Vermont to include contracted workers in its future livable wage policy.

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resolution passed on November 29, 2005

Resolution supporting the adoption of a UVM Basic Needs Budget:

Whereas, all university workers are entitled to compensation that meets their basic needs,

Whereas, not all workers at the University of Vermont are receiving compensation that meets their basic needs according to financial representatives of the University administration,

Whereas, to provide University of Vermont workers with compensation that meets their basic needs, a UVM Basic Needs Budget should be established,

Whereas, a UVM Basic Needs Budget would include adequate compensation to provide for food, rent & utilities, transportation, child care, clothing & household expenses, telephone charges, a personal expense allowance, health care, dental care, renter’s insurance, life insurance, and savings,

Whereas, all workers under sizable service-based contracts with the University are also entitled to compensation that meets their basic needs,

Whereas, we recognize that the administration of the University does not have control over the compensation of contracted workers,

Let it be known, the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont supports the creation of a UVM Basic Needs Budget unique to the University of Vermont worker’s needs, and furthermore supports the University encouraging employers of the above mentioned contracted workers to provide similar compensation.

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resolution passed on April 23, 2002

Resolution

WHEREAS the University of Vermont values respect and fairness in addressing important community and societal needs,

WHEREAS a livable wage is the hourly wage or annual income sufficient to meet a family's basic needs plus all applicable Federal and State taxes,

WHEREAS the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office has set the livable wage at $10.93 per hour,

WHEREAS the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America are currently negotiating their contracts with UVM,

WHEREAS 85% of custodial workers and 54% of service and maintenance employees working at the University of Vermont make less than $10.93 per hour,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont supports the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in their efforts to gain a livable wage,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Student Government Association of the University of Vermont urges UVM to make a commitment to paying a livable wage for its employees.

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