blog

YOU ARE HERE::/blog
Wed October 11

Capilano Students’ Union commits to living wage

2017-10-11T12:28:10+00:00

NORTH VANCOUVEROctober 10, 2017 – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has adopted a policy committing to maintaining a living wage for all of its current and future employees as well as contract workers. The living wage in Metro Vancouver, determined annually by the Living Wage for Families Campaign, is $20.62 per hour (adjusted for non-mandatory benefits provided by the CSU to its staff).

“The CSU is proud to be on the leading edge of progressive employment practices, and declaring our commitment to a living wage is a big part of that,” says Perry Safari, CSU president. “Anyone who decides to spend their time advancing an organization’s goals deserves to be paid enough to make ends meet.”

The CSU board of directors, consisting of students elected by and from the CSU’s membership (i.e., all Capilano University students), approved the living wage policy statement at today’s meeting. The policy commits the CSU to paying its own employees a living wage combination of pay and benefits; maintaining the same standard for contracted workers; and to being a public living wage advocate.

A public discussion about the living wage standard has been brought to our campus in recent weeks by the Service Employees International Union – Local 2 (SEIU 2), organizing the contract cleaning staff (employed by Best Service Pros to provide cleaning services at Capilano University).

Many post-secondary institutions throughout the province have contracted out key operations, such as food, cleaning, and security services, based on a number of factors – including provincial funding. Nonetheless, we believe that post-secondary institutions should be social leaders and work toward ensuring that workers on campus (whether employed directly or contracted-out) are paid a living wage, and that living wage and benefits policies should guide these institutions’ decisions for both their tender and non-tender contracts.

“We support paying a living wage to all workers — and that includes contract cleaners hired by Best Service Pros to work right here at Capilano University,” says Noah Berson, CSU vice-president external. “Post-secondary staff, including contract workers, keep our post-secondary institutions running and, for maintaining the environment that builds new leaders, they deserve a living wage. The province needs to address post-secondary funding so that future bids for contract services provide for a living wage; contracting out these services doesn’t need to be a race to the bottom.”

For more information:

Perry Safari, president (spokesperson)
Capilano Students’ Union
Email: president@csu.bc.ca
Cell: (604) 910-5963

Christopher Girodat, executive director
Capilano Students’ Union
Email: cgirodat@csu.bc.ca
Office: (604) 990-7965

Capilano Students’ Union commits to living wage 2017-10-11T12:28:10+00:00
Fri October 6

BOARD SHORTS: October 6, 2017

2017-10-19T14:20:02+00:00

Here are the highlights from the October 6 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board has approved the Policy HR-05: Living Wage.The draft policy has four key principles:

  • the CSU supports the concept of a living wage for all workers;
  • the CSU implements living wage standards in its own operations;
  • the CSU ensures these standards for our contracted/sub-contracted workers;
  • the CSU is a public advocate for living wage employment standards.

This new policy allows the CSU to support and advocate a living wage to communities, and all levels of government, to advance this principle.

The budget for the CSU’s Fright Night Halloween event has increased from $1,250 to $1,900. The board approved $7500 be transferred from campaigns to external meetings.

There have been two new appointments to the board: Christina Schulz to services committee and Erik Steel to events and outreach. There were new appointments to the food and beverage committee, and Anna Rempel was appointed by unanimous consent to alternate CSU guest at senate.

The board approved an amendment to Section II, Article 15 of Procedures to insert a new clause. The board shall make an effort to select conference delegations that:

  • represent a diverse team of delegates, including fair gender representation
  • help board development through increased experience
  • considers fairness of opportunity
  • have roles within the organization conducive to the content of the conference

To read the full set of October 6 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for October 20 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: October 6, 2017 2017-10-19T14:20:02+00:00
Fri September 22

BOARD SHORTS: September 22, 2017

2017-10-19T14:14:32+00:00

Here are the highlights from the September 22 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board has agreed to send 7 board members and one staff to Alliance of BC Students’ Lobby Days: Andrew Dillman, Anna Rempel, Divya Nanray, Hassan Merali, and Noah Berson. The approval of $4000 will go towards the costs of sending all 7 board members plus one staff person to the event.

There have been new members appointed to the following committees: campaigns and advocacy committee, social justice committee, events and outreach committee, governance committee, services committee, finance and audit committee.

The board has recommended a number of changes to the CSU bylaws to be considered at the fall annual general meeting. The executive director will draft a living wage policy and public statement for the Justice for Campus workers campaign be presented at the next board meeting.

To read the full set of September 22 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for October 6 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: September 22, 2017 2017-10-19T14:14:32+00:00
Mon September 11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Provincial budget provides relief for adult basic education and English language training

2017-09-11T15:53:37+00:00

VICTORIA (September 11, 2017) — Today, the Province of British Columbia announced the details of their budget update, which included the elimination of tuition fees for adult basic education and English language training. These programs are vital tools to help lift people out of poverty and serve as a good step forward for improving access to education in British Columbia.

“This is exactly the kind of programming the government should be expanding access to,” said Noah Berson, vice-president external at the Capilano Students’ Union. “The decision by the previous government to charge for these programs was indefensible and we are glad to see this mistake corrected.”

Adult basic education and English language training are key tools for recent immigrants and those who, for whatever reason, were unable to graduate high school to be able to put themselves on a path to success.

“Many of those enrolled in these programs are working service sector jobs for minimum wage and can’t afford the cost and risk that comes with attempting to complete their high school education,” said Caitlin McCutchen, chair of the Alliance of BC Students, a student lobbying organization of which the CSU is a member. “We are happy to see that the this government has listened and we look forward to continuing what has been a very rewarding relationship.”

Other budget changes of interest to students include an increase in capital spending for post-secondary institutions to expand academic buildings, an increase to the carbon tax to help combat climate change, increased funding for 1,700 new affordable rental units, and expanded enforcement of residential tenancy rights.

Spokesperson:
Noah Berson, vice-president external
Capilano Students’ Union
c 604.831.1159
e vpexternal@csu.bc.ca

MEDIA ADVISORY: Provincial budget provides relief for adult basic education and English language training 2017-09-11T15:53:37+00:00
Fri September 8

BOARD SHORTS: September 8, 2017

2017-10-19T14:12:42+00:00

Here are the highlights from the September 8 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

Volunteers for Captivate has been approved.

The board approved $355 be released from campaigns line item for vice-president external and one staff to attend budget lock-up event in Victoria.

To read the full set of September 8 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2017 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: September 8, 2017 2017-10-19T14:12:42+00:00
Fri August 25

BOARD SHORTS: August 25, 2017

2017-10-19T09:30:19+00:00

Here are the highlights from the August 25th CSU board of directors meeting.

The CSU attended the Canadian Alliance of Student Association’s (CASA) Policy and Strategy 2017 Conference and was unanimously accepted into the organization. Priorities and themes for CASA this year will include health and wellness, Indigenous students, international students, financial barriers, and educational materials. The location for the annual general meeting was determined. A budget, an audit overview, and a presentation from the Quebec Student Union took place as well.

Student senate representatives Megan Fretz and Hassan Merali was appointed to the campaigns and advocacy committee by secret ballot.

The board approved an equity strategy as presented. The goal of the document was to provide the CSU with an action plan for fighting for social justice on behalf of students.

A special committee was struck for student-at-large nominations, to find suitable candidates to sit on CSU’s various committees. Three members of the board — Japaridze, Cousin, and Safari — were appointed to committee positions.

The board approved the release of $700 for the purchase of a CSU- branded prize wheel to be used during Captivate and future events. After a concern was raised regarding which budget the funds are released from, the need for a budget line item was discussed. It was suggested that a motion be written and submitted to the executive to make this actionable.

 To read the full set of August 25 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2017 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: August 25, 2017 2017-10-19T09:30:19+00:00
Fri August 11

BOARD SHORTS: August 11, 2017

2017-10-19T14:09:52+00:00

Here are the highlights from the August 11 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The Hon. Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, will be visiting Capilano in hopes of meeting students.

The board approved $25,000 be allocated from prior years; spending authority will be held by the Executive.  The board has also approved the release of $7,650 for the purchase of a vending machine for the new student residences. There is an initial release of $,2500 for the purchase of inventory for the vending machine.

With approval from the board, an amount of $5,500 for the residence relationship budget that will go towards welcome packages.

Nominations for the Alliance of British Columbia Students (ABCS) alternate board member. CSU accessibility coordinator, Andrew Dillman, was appointed by acclamation.

The board has approved $500 for the government relations luncheon. This will provide board members the opportunity to meet with local area elected officials.

Katie Japaridze, women students liaison, has been nominated as the CSU representative to sit in on student success and retention task force.

To read the full set of August 11 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for August 25 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: August 11, 2017 2017-10-19T14:09:52+00:00
Fri July 28

BOARD SHORTS: July 28, 2017

2017-10-19T14:01:06+00:00

Here are the highlights from the July 28 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The CSU has been in the process of a “strategic plan refresh” in which the primary goal is to update new priorities and remove the old ones.

Concerns were raised in terms of the student-at-large application process. The suggestion is to keep the committee members down to three instead of five to reduce intimidation.

The board approved $3,365 towards the consent campaign. The CSU is working with Capilano University to raise awareness and engrain consent into the culture of Capilano.

To read the full set of August 25 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for August 11 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: July 28, 2017 2017-10-19T14:01:06+00:00
Thu July 6

BOARD SHORTS: July 6, 2017

2017-10-19T09:30:33+00:00

Here are the highlights from the July 6 CSU board of directors meeting.

According to the CSU’s procedures manual, members of the CSU board of directors must disclose to the board any gift they receive that exceeds $150 in value. Yats Palat, vice-president of student life, disclosed that he had received tickets to a local concert that fell under the above parameters.  After discussion of validity of the benefit, the board approved his receipt of the tickets.

To read the full set of July 6 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 14, 2017 at 2:30pm in Maple 116.

BOARD SHORTS: July 6, 2017 2017-10-19T09:30:33+00:00
Fri June 30

BOARD SHORTS: June 30, 2017

2017-10-19T09:35:23+00:00

Here are the highlights from the June 30 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board has approved plans for Captivate, a large-scale back-to-school event to take place in the Cedar Courtyard on September 14. This event is the first of its kind at Capilano and will include music performances, giveaways, and access to a beer garden.

The board has also created a residence relationship committee to run until October 15. The residence relations committee is dedicated to determine concrete methods of supporting students on the residences. This limited term committee will be comprised of CSU’s vice-president academic, vice-president student life, and three other board members.

The board has released $500 to send up to four board members and one staff member to Victoria to attend the swearing in ceremony for the new provincial government.

CSU accessibility coordinator, Andrew Dillman, will be sent to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations’ Policy and Strategic Planning Conference. The Canadian Alliance of Student Association is a non-partisan not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. Hassan Merali, board of governors representative, has been designated as an alternate.   

The board released funding to have a window be installed in the executive office in the Maple building.

Harrison Cho was appointed student-at-large position on the governance committee.

To read the full set of June 30 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for July 6, 2017 at 2:30pm in Maple 116.

BOARD SHORTS: June 30, 2017 2017-10-19T09:35:23+00:00