Volume 93, Issue 5

Friday, June 11, 1999


Bailie accused of "shotty" job

Teachers on the rise at Althouse

CPI increase means raise for USC

Tory backlash raises concern

Nurses extend arm to injured man

House of Commons votes pro pot

Two wheels better than four on Western bridge



In the city

CPI increase means raise for USC

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Several full-time employees of the University Students' Council have received increases in salary this year to make up for an increase in inflation.

Jim Walden, USC general manager, said several members of the full-time staff will receive a 1.2 per cent increase in pay this year due to the rise in the Consumer Price Index – a statistic which measures the rise and fall of the cost of living from one year to another.

Walden said the pay increase, stipulated in the USC's standing policies, is less a raise than it is a routine allowance. "The increase works out to approximately $260 more per year," he said. Walden added if the allowance was not implemented, it would leave the employees making less money than in previous years.

"I would think that is the minimal raise any organization grants to its employees," he said.

Walden said the question of how much money USC full-timers should receive has always met with considerable debate. "This is fraught with politics. It comes up as a subject every year at council," he said.

He added a raise in salary over and above the routing cost of living allowance must first meet several key criteria. "Any raise would come as a result of special discussions on workload, special responsibility [or] poverty."

USC President SzeJack Tan, said he and the USC employees whose salary structure is based on his, including all of the VPs, started receiving the 1.2 per cent increase retroactive to May 1.

As president, Tan will make approximately $26,400 for his 14 months in office, while the rest of the Board of Directors will make slightly less as they serve 12 month terms.

Tan said he was satisfied with his salary, but was concerned about his personal debt load as well. "It's adequate. I'm not doing this to get rich. I've got a really big debt and I'm losing $250-$300 a month just on interest payments."

Economics professor Glen Stirling, said as long as the raise in pay equals the rise in the CPI, the amount of money one makes remains the same.

He added it is not uncommon for companies to use the CPI as a measure of how much their employees' salaries will increase and the 1.2 per cent increase is a reflection of the current low inflationary period.

Crystal Scott, a third-year anthropology and English student, said she supported the allowance. "That kind of makes sense. If you're at a job for a year, you get a raise," she said.

Vera Zoricic, a masters history student, said she agreed the raise was legitimate but only if the recipients of the raise were performing up to par. "Only if they're doing a good job. They should be held accountable."

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