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SGA’s executives work off the clock

January 25, 2013

 

RANEY JOHNSON
Staff Reporter

 

Some members of the Student Government Association are concerned that those holding the top four executive positions do no clocking in with time cards to show that they have worked their office hours as other members are required to do.

 

The SGA executive positions are president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

 

The issue was first raised at the Dec. 18 meeting by Eric Post, a member of the cabinet.

 

Unlike the executives, all other members must clock in to show they worked one office hour each week.

 

Adam Collins, adviser for SGA, said if things do not get done, it falls on the executives’ shoulders.

 

“I am not going to sit around and not let anything get done,” he said.

 

Collins said in the SGA there are salaried employees and there are hourly employees.

 

“If you are a salaried employee, you are expected to get the job done,” Collins said. “There are no time cards.”

 

Allison East, SGA vice president, said she agrees with her adviser and the executives spent a lot of time discussing the issue with Collins.

 

“During the discussion, senators overwhelmingly agreed with the executives,” East said. “I think it showed we were doing what was right.”

 

East said each executive works a minimum amount of hours a week: the president works 18 hours, the vice president works 16 hours and the treasurer works 12 hours.

 

Will Dearmon, SGA president, said he spends much of his time in meetings and performing other duties.

 

“Those office hours are not limited to work solely within the confines of the office itself,” he said.

 

Collins said the executives often work more than the minimal amount of hours they are required to work.

 

“Most of the time the senators and the cabinet members do not see all of the meetings and functions required that the executives have to attend, sometimes last minute,” Collins said.

 

East said at times executives are going in and out of the office to do things for SGA and it would not make sense for them to constantly clock in and out.

 

“An unexpected meeting with a vice president or last minute corrections to a presentation for an SGA event done at 10 the night before would easily be classified as part of executive duties,” Dearmon said. “However, clocking in to accomplish this would be highly illogical and a waste of time.”

 

Collins also said those executives serve on an excessive number of committees and some meetings they attend may last up to four hours.

 

“We are here for the students and we are here working for the students for more than 20 hours a week,” East said. “The time cards are such a small issue. I think we are wasting time and not creating progress.”

 

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