The ASOSU President oversees the overall operations of the ASOSU, including budgeting and representation of the ASOSU to various stakeholders. The ASOSU President as well as the ASOSU Vice President oversee the Executive Branch of the ASOSU, which is composed of 21 members.
Monday, December 11, 2023
ASOSU President Statement Accompanying Passed ASOSU Senate Resolution SR 83.02
Since November 15, 2023, the ASOSU Senate has been discussing a resolution authored by a student group, OSU Student Workers, and their ask to raise the student minimum wage to 16.65/hr. These discussions have taken place at weekly ASOSU Senate meetings as well as in numerous Senate Committee meetings and informal student discussions. After four weeks of discussion, the resolution was passed on December 8th, 2023. The deliberation in the Senate revolved around the feasibility of increased wages and student needs, and how to address both. There was much consideration, and ASOSU witnessed a significant amount of student participation and gallery comment on the matter. If you are interested in viewing the Senate meeting minutes to learn more, these can be accessed anytime at asosu.oregonstate.edu.
ASOSU Senate resolutions are defined as non-binding acts of the Senate intended to express the opinion of OSU students and/or the Student Government. In this case, we are advancing this resolution and requesting this ask be analyzed and implemented to the best of the University’s ability. The relationship between ASOSU and incidental fee-funded units provides a unique opportunity to submit and implement budgeting requests; we are currently navigating how to balance this fiduciary responsibility with student requests and desire to keep the incidental fee as low as possible. ASOSU is working on the most feasible and equitable avenue that balances student living wages with minimal increments to the student incidental fee. In the coming FY25, as incidental fee funded unit budgets currently stand, the lowest wage an incidental fee funded unit employee will receive is $16.38/hr. Therefore, ASOSU is currently evaluating a potential $.27 increase in student fee funded wages to accommodate the resolution.
Knowing every unit, department, and employer on campus has different requirements and factors at play, we ask that you review the resolution and recognize the intrinsic plea from student employees: that their financial needs are not being met and higher wages are needed. If you are in a governing or leadership position within the university, I will always ask you use your position to help us better support students in any capacity you can. Today, this capacity revolves around raising wages and closing the discrepancy between incidental fee-funded student employee wages and other department employment positions.
Thank you and please reach out with any questions.
Carissa O’Donnell, ASOSU President
ASOSU is every student on the Corvallis campus; as the Corvallis Campus Student Government we are passionate about the idea of holistic representation and justifiable distribution of student funds.
Over the last three weeks, a non-binding resolution came before the ASOSU Senate, promoting the establishment of a $16.65 minimum living wage for student workers across OSU. While ASOSU is in fervent support of raising student wages (as demonstrated by current and past advocacy efforts, past resolutions, and current budget priorities), we also feel that it is critical to work toward equitable wage increases that can be realized for all student employees. Due to the nature of ASOSU's role in setting the student incidental fee, a very realistic outcome of a wage increase under the objectives of this resolution would be an increase only to student employees who work in fee-funded units. Senators stated that they could not justify increasing every student’s fee in the name of increased student wages without looking toward solutions that would enable wage increases for ALL student workers, not just those in fee-funded units. Equipped with this information, the ASOSU Senate believed this resolution would not achieve the intended purpose and therefore it did not pass. We heard and are acting on the underlying message from students: the current pay structure is not reflective of their needs. This process has given us insight into the request from students and the deliverables they expect from their student government, and we ask you continue to hold us accountable as we progress.
Upon the introduction of the resolution, we began meeting with the University President, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Vice President for University Human Resources, incidental fee-funded budget managers, and the ASOSU Student Fee Committee Chair, as well as spoken with applied economics professors and engaged with impacted students to evaluate our options moving forward. We are confident that we can make a change that will benefit all students.
We thank the students that brought this before the ASOSU and for their time and commitment to the matter. Although the ASOSU Senate has adopted a different pathway toward achieving this goal, your voice was heard and is being amplified to University leadership. The ASOSU has and will continue to work in bridging the wage gap between incidental fee-funded student workers and those who fall outside of our incidental fee setting process with the initiative to bring up the collective of Oregon State students.
As always, thank you and Go Beavs,
Carissa O’Donnell, ASOSU President
Dakota Canzano, ASOSU Vice President and President of the ASOSU Senate