UPDATE: SDS Granted 1 day Reprive for Referendum
SDS is happy to state that after a very brief pressure campaign on the All-Campus Elections Committee and Student Unions & Activities we will be allowed to get the remaining 35 signatures by the end of the day Tues, March 27. We know that students want to be able to vote on tuition and fees issues and want to vote on administrative bloat at the University. This victory is just the first as we go next week into all campus elections on April 2nd.
April 2nd at 8am all-campus elections opens and Students for a Democratic Society has put together the following three points to go on the all-campus elections:
1. I agree that there should be no tuition increases and no fee increases without student consent. I agree that any tuition and student fees increases require a vote of the student body requiring a majority (50%) of the student body to vote, and of that majority, that any increases be passed by a margin of 70% or more in favor.
2. I agree that any administrators making over $200,000 take a 5% pay cut, those making over $300,000 take a 10% pay cut and those making over $400,000 take a 15% pay cut.
3. I agree that there must be a 10% cutback in the number of administrators at the university in 2012. In addition I agree that all future cutbacks must be equally applied to administration as to all staff and faculty of the university.
These points are meant to make the University a fairer place. Demanding students have the right to vote over tuition and fees increases would bring a new level of transparency and democracy to our education. We would no longer be billed for stadiums many of us will never go to, or see our tuition rates rise while class sizes increase and class offerings shrink.
Additionally, the only staffing unit that has not been reduced by 10% is administration. This is also the only group that has seen widespread wage increases on top of salaries and benefit packages that are more than most staff will see in their entire careers.
We know that state support for the University has been dwindling. However, only some have had to make sacrifices. Students have seen their tuition rates go up; and staff have seen wage freezes and increased costs for benefits in addition to layoffs. That burden should be shared by all, not disproportionately effect those with the least.
April 2nd, 8am through April 4th at 8am the all-campus elections will be open for voting. You can check the email in your inbox or go to Onestop for a link to the electronic voting site.
Let’s send a clear message to the University administration that we want a fairer university with more say over where our tuition and fees dollars are going! And help spread the word! Talk to your classmates and friends about voting for these referendums.