GSC meeting — May 25, 2011
- Minutes from the last meeting (Rishabh)
No objections. Minutes passed.
Cathy for Lida
- Meetings are recorded
- July 4 coming up
Marin: See what has been done in the past and start process.
- Dates for meetings in the summer
Marin: Currently every other week at GCC
Addy: June 22 and every other week, or June 29 and every other week
Marin: Please inform co-chairs by end of week
- Stanford India Association
225 students, talk by Prof Dossani and performances as well. Requested
$1800, transfer $790.39 from previous events. Recommended allocation
$1184.61. No objections, passes by consensus.
June 5th, Study break, dim sum, asian breakfast. 70 to 80 people. $290
requested. Objection – No real reason. Vote (9-0-0). Passes
ASSU Update (Michael)
Michael: Working on restructuring cabinet
Stuart: Interviewing over the weekend. Emma managing half of cabinet.
Community board – community action reps, also chief community
officers. People had emphasized inter community events.
Michael: Met vith vice-provost and leadership team. Set up a dinner in
the fall with GSC. Bunch of other meetings. GAIA, libraries etc. Team
will be joining Saturday for training session. Reached out to D.school
-Bill to Reform Special Fee Refunds (Brianna)
Objection to clause – “May” v/s “shall”. Accepted. Voting (8-1-0).
Passes 2/3 majority.
-Bill to Support Workers (Brianna)
Resolution of support for workers at brink of being fired.
Manish: Prof Henessey says we have no power.
Brianna: We are trying to separate moral and legal. This is just to
Jessie: I heard they are the only unionised group.
Addy: Not true. There are more. But is this even a union issue?
Brianna: Union issue – yes and no. University made it a union issue.
Addy: What is the university’s position?
Brianna: University says legally we have no right.
Addy: They are contract workers. Their employer wants to downsize.
Alex: It’s because they haven’t passed a background check.
Brianna: So it’s not an economic issue.
Brian: You can also table indefinitely.
Adeel: What about the background check before they joined?
Alex: They have I9’s. We don’t know why they are being fired.
Manish: Person being fired has a right to know details about background check.
Kamil: Had a background check ever been done? How were they hired initially?
Alex: They submitted I9’s – which has criminal background and citizen status.
Jessie: In California, if you agree to check, you have right to see
documentation. No outcome here, why take a stance?
Addy: To express that the student body is concerned, just as a
feedback. No say in the decision, but right to express opinion.
Brianna: Express student interest in keeping the janitors
Brian: Last time we did an endorsement was on Prop 8.
Anne Laure: I don’t see what we’re objecting against. There doesn’t
seem something unfair going on.
Addy: These people are not employed by Stanford, but work here. We
want the Stanford to acknowledge that they are part of this community.
Ateeq: There are 2 sides here. How do I hear the other side?
Alex: Its not about taking sides as much as…
Stuart: The impact is there as far as janitorial staff is concerned.
These people have showed loyalty. We are just trying to say that we
care. Which is not asking for much. This could be a powerful show of
Brian: I just don’t want people making an uninformed choice. Not every
janitor affects me.
Alex: SLACS says they work in academic buildings so it affects almost everyone.
Vote (4-2-3). Passes majority.
-New version of parliamentarian bill
Appoints Alex Kindle as ASSU parliamentarian, and Michael Cruz and
Alex as co-chairs on ad-hoc committee for governing documents. Vote
(9-0-0). Alex elected as parliamentarian. Alex introduces himself.
Michael: Focus group meeting tomorrow.
Daniel: New bill to confirm members nominated to university
committees. Nomination commission appoints students – appointed by
VPUE, VPSA. Bill is to confirm the appointments.
Manish: Who interfaces with these noms? We didn’t hear of the increase
in health insurance.
Brian: WE have to ask them for information.
Manish: I’m saying that these committees are not talking to each
other. WE should include that in the training.