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Winter General Meeting Agenda

March 15th, 2017

When: Wednesday, March 29 @ 5:00pm 
Where: SLC Great Hall 

Chair Chris Lolas 

Remarks from the Chair 

Agenda Items

  1. Approval of Agenda* 
    Action: Decision 
  2. Approval of minutes from 2015 Winter GM 
    Action: Decision 
  3. Receiving the Auditor’s Report 
    Action: Information 
  4. Election of the Board of Directors (2017-2018) 
    Action: Decision 
  5. Ratification of 2017-2018 Executive 
    Action: Decision 
  6. Feds Teaching Award Winner 
    Action: Information 
  7. Feds Fee CPI Increase 
    Action: Decision 
  8. Orientation Fee CPI Increase 
    Action: Decision 
  9. Feds Fee $0.35 Increase 
    Action: Decision 
  10. Bylaws Review Presentation 
    Action: Information 
  11. Motion to Ratify the Bylaw Amendments 
    Action: Decision 
  12. CECA Motion 
    Action: Decision
  13. Budget Committee Elections 
    Action: Decision 
  14. Honorary Lifetime Membership(s) 
    Action: Decision 
  15. Adjournment 
    Action: Decision 

*Under section V. General Meetings of the by-laws, items 1 through 5 are required to remain in this order. Items 6 through 14 may be rearranged.

General Orders

  1. Approval of the Agenda
    Motion: BIRT the General Meeting approves the agenda. 

     

  2. Approval of the 2015 Winter General Meeting Minutes
    Motion: BIRT the General Meeting approves 2015 Winter General Meeting Minutes.

  3. Receiving the Auditor’s Report:
    For information
  4. Election of the Board of Directors (2017-2018):
    Motion: 

    BIRT that ________, _______, ________, _________, and __________ fill the member at-large seats on the Board of Directors for May 1st, 2017 until April 30th, 2018. 

    BIRT that ________and __________ fill the Councillor seats on the Board of Directors for May 1st, 2017 until April 30th, 2018. 

  5. Ratification of 2017-2018 Executive:
    Motion: BIRT Andrew Clubine for Vice President Education, Jill Knight for Vice President Internal, Brian Schwan for Vice President Operations and Finance, and Antonio Brieva for President be ratified as the 2017-2018 Executive Team.
  6. Announcement of the Feds Teaching Award Winner
    Information

     

  7. Approval of the Feds Fee Increase by CPI:
    Motion: BIRT the General Meeting approve the Feds Fee Increase by CPI of 1.4% corresponding to $0.79 for full-time students.
  8. Approval of the Orientation Fee Increase by CPI:
    Motion: BIRT the General Meeting approve the Orientatio Fee Increase by CPI of 1.4% corresponding to $1.48.
  9. Approval of the Feds Fee by $0.35:
    Motion: BIRT the General Meeting approve the Feds Fee Increase $0.35.
    Rationale: This will go toward increased Service Coordinator honoraria and a part-time student staff to assist with clubs administrative tasks.
  10. Bylaw Review Presentation:
    For Information related to item 11:
  11. Motion to Ratify the Bylaw Amendments:
    Motion: BIRT the current Federation of Students Bylaws be revoked and replaced with the Board of Directors’ amended Bylaws as presented.

     

  12. CECA Motion (Member Heather Bone):

    Motion:

    WHEREAS Co-operative Education is a cornerstone of the learning experience for thousands of students at the University of Waterloo; and

    WHEREAS the department of Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) performs and essential role in supporting the co-op experience; and

    WHEREAS the high frequency of student complaints regarding CECA suggests systemic problems limiting the quality of the department’s services; and

    WHEREAS CECA has a history of prioritizing employer relationships ahead of student outcomes; and

    WHEREAS the WaterlooWorks system, which is administered by CECA, was released notwithstanding critical flaws in the design of its user experience and interface; and

    WHEREAS CECA is funded by the co-op fee, which is charged to all co-op students regardless of whether or not they rely on CECA’s services to secure employment; and

    WHEREAS the expenditure of the co-op fee is opaque and the value to students is unclear in light of the high cost, due to a lack of routine review; and

    WHEREAS the co-op fee was recently increased by another 4.9% to a total of over $700, in spite of student opposition to the increase;

    Now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, the Federation of Students formally censures the department of Co-operative Education and Career Action due to underperformance in the delivery of support systems for co-op students; and be it further

    RESOLVED, the Federation calls on the VP-elect, Education, to deliver on his campaign promise to conduct a deep dive into the co-op fee, and to deliver a report on the progress of the deep dive at the Fall 2017 General Meeting; and be it further

    RESOLVED, the Federation requires, to the fullest extent possible, that the results of the deep dive be made publicly available.

  13. Election of member(s) of Budget Committee:

     

    Motion: 

    BIRT that ________, fill the at-large seat on the Budget Committee for May 1st, 2017 until April 30th, 2018.

    BIRT that ________, and _______ fill the Councillor seats on the Budget Committee for May 1st, 2017 until April 30th, 2018.

    BIRT that ________, fill the director seat on the Budget Committee for May 1st, 2017 until April 30th, 2018. 

  14. Approval of Honorary Lifetime Membership Winners:
    Motion: BIRT _____ be awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Federation of Students

     

  15. Adjournment

 

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