Why do Feds’ full-time staff have votes at the General Meeting?

<em>Editor&#39;s note: In an ongoing blog series,&nbsp;</em>Imprint<em>&nbsp;poses a question relevant to on-campus politics, activities, and student life. A&nbsp;</em>Feds<em>&nbsp;representative(s) will answer in detail. If you have a question for the Feds executives, send it to blogs@imprint.uwaterloo.ca. This week: Why do Feds&#39; full-time staff (non-students) have votes at the General Meeting? Feds President Danielle Burt answers.</em>

Historically, at least in the last 25 years, Feds full-time staff have had voting rights at General Meetings. They are members of the Federation of Students, as stated in our bylaws:

B. Full-time Staff Membership

The full-time staff membership of the Corporation shall consist of:

1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; All salaried employees of the Corporation who are hired to work a minimum of 35 hours/week for at least 12 months.

Full-time staff may, unless otherwise specified in the procedures or by-laws of the corporation:

1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Vote in elections, referenda, and general meetings of the Corporation;

2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sign petitions of the Corporation; and

3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nominate a candidate for election to the position of Director, Councillor or Executive of the Corporation.

Full-time staff shall enjoy the rights and privileges of social membership.

Within our Feds membership we have a very strong sense of community, which remains just as strong within our staff structure. Every staff member is proud to serve students because they are both our customers and our primary stakeholders. The reason that staff are treated as voting members is to create a sense of responsiblity and buy-in to the organization.&nbsp; It is the same reason that Westjet gives their employees shares in the company. It creates value, purpose, and impact for staff when they are performing their jobs and interacting with students.&nbsp; Finally if there are any concerns about staff having too much voting power within Feds, keep this in mind, we have approximately 27 full time staff members and approximately 27,000 undergraduate students.

Danielle Burt

Feds President