Possible compensation for future USG executive officers
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 00:10
A new proposal that would provide compensation for future executive officers is now being considered by a USG officer.
Shiv Gandhi, the current USG speaker, said he is just starting to look into possible forms of payment – not necessarily actual monetary funds – to compensate executive officers for their work each week.
“I am exploring the idea of potentially considering a model for executive compensation in some capacity; not necessarily monetary. It can be academic in nature,” Gandhi said, “And I want to...clearly stipulate that any such compensation wouldn’t be implemented until years down the line because we would not be giving ourselves a raise or anything like that.”
Gandhi also said, “It’s not even necessarily going to be money. If it’s academic credit...we’d have to talk to...the necessary deans and so forth and if that’s something that’s even possible.”
According to Gandhi, USG has not moved as an organization on this idea and isn’t taking it up. “There’s no ad hoc committee of the legislative body. The president isn’t working on it. This is completely me...as a senior member of the organization considering the idea.”
At a recent senate meeting, Gandhi said he mentioned if any member was “interested in pursuing the idea of something like this, please let me know.”
Carles Lopez, a 3rd-semester political science major, USG senator representing East and campus correspondent at The Daily Campus, said the “committee is asking for the executive members to get some sort of pay. However, they are doing it so that they won’t be paid, but future members will.”
Lopez said he thinks it is a good idea for future executive officers to be paid because “they work quite a lot and move things around [on] campus.”
While Lopez is showing interest in this possibility after hearing about it at the senate caucus, Gandhi said, “Carles probably wants to do something but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s moving in any capacity. There’s no committee [and] we’re not petitioning the Board of Trustees.”
Comparatively, at the University of UMass campus in Amherst, executive officers already get paid.
Lindsay Vitale, secretary of finance for the UMass Student Government Association in Amherst, said the SGA president, vice president and speaker get paid for 20 hours of work each week.
Vitale herself gets paid for 10 hours each week. Their attorney general and several other secretaries and officers, are all paid on an hourly rate of $8.