What’s More Important: Big Raises for CUSA Execs or More Funding for Clubs?
July 27th, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) made the following statement on the CUSA budget today;
“Today CUSA Execs made their priorities clear when they gave themselves raises instead of properly funding Clubs & Societies”, said Graham Pedregosa, RRRA President. “Last year CUSA executives gave themselves $15,000 of student money that was not authorized and now they have voted to give themselves a further $7,298.44 – that is all money that should be going into student services not executive raises. We voted against this budget because it was unfair and bad for students,” he said.
“Last year many clubs and societies came to RRRA looking for additional funding because CUSA was not able to provide proper support. In fact, last semester CUSA executives asked students to vote for an increase to the clubs and society levy because they said clubs were underfunded”, said Arpita Dar, Vice President Programming at RRRA. “Instead of investing in clubs they gave the money to themselves – it is disappointing. Students will never vote to increase funding for clubs and societies when they see the money is already there and going to executive bonuses.”
Cameron Bradshaw, VP Administration of RRRA, said: “This year RRRA will introduce a budget that will not have any salary increases for executives. Being a student leader should be about putting students first. If you are going to ask students to pay more and increase their fees it should be as a last resort. I hope CUSA executives will reconsider the salary bonuses they have given themselves today – before these bonuses they were already the best paid student executives in Canada. Many students are attending Carleton as a result of taking on loans, OSAP, or multiple jobs. Those of us who have positions as student leaders should recognize that our salaries are being paid for by students and act in their best interest.”