Campaign at Guelph Reveals Exorbitant Spending at UofG

Student and worker organizations have uncovered that the University of Guelph Senior Administration is authorized to spend $56,500 on the communications firm, MacPhie, to assist President Vaccarino in speech writing this year. The Pay More Get Less campaign discovered this through a Freedom of Information Request, sent to the University of Guelph in December. Students and workers are floored by President Vaccarino’s exorbitant spending in light of the $25.4 million in program cuts occurring at UofG.

Members of the coalition believe that the money spent on MacPhie should instead be used to improve the quality of education at the University of Guelph.

“$56,500 could pay for 10 teaching assistant positions or 7 sessional lecturer positions in a semester,” said Peter Miller, Academic and University Affairs Commissioner at the Central Student Association (CSA). “However, instead, the University is squandering money, while attacking the job security of educational support staff and degrading the quality of education on campus with budget cuts.”

The communications firm invoiced $13,150.38 in November for the development of the President’s Inaugural Speech as well as key themes for speeches at various community events.

“If you are the President, you should be able to write your own speeches. The amount of money authorized to be spent on speeches is more than the average worker in my local makes in one year,” said Janice Folk-Dawson, President of CUPE 1334, the union of Trades and Maintenance workers on campus.

The Pay More Get Less campaign is a coalition of the CSA, OPIRG Guelph, CUPE 1334, CUPE 3913, and the Guelph Student Mobilization Committee. The coalition is calling for an end to budget cuts and tuition fee increases at UofG. The University of Guelph Board of Governors and Senior Administration plans to increase tuition fees by over $200 per student and implement $10 million in budget cuts for the 2015-2016 year.

Pay More Get Less is planning a rally on February 26th at 10:30 am in the University Centre Courtyard. The rally will be occurring while the Board of Governors Finance Committee meets to discuss the 2015-2016 budget.

For more information please contact:

Peter Miller
Academic and University Affairs Commissioner at the CSA
(226) 500-3433
csaacad@uoguelph.ca

Janice Folk-Dawson
President at CUPE 1334
(519) 766-8376
jfd@members.cupe.ca