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UA Hiring Proposal Would Affect CEG

By Eric Richard

Associate News Editor

The Undergraduate Association is considering a proposal which would formalize the process by which the UA hires employees -- possibly affecting the manner in which the Course Evaluation Guide hires its staff.

The proposal, known as the Operations Code, is a 15-page document which UA Floor Leader Raajnish A. Chitaley '95 described as a "holdover from the last administration" which is intended to act as "a document that is there in the future to codify our operations."

However, the section with the greatest possibility for generating controversy details the manner by which the UA hires people. Under the proposal, any division of the UA which wished to hire on paid employees would have to submit a form proposing the creation of a new position. All potential employees would have to be interviewed by the proposed UA interview committee. The interview committee would pass its recommendation on to the Executive Committee, which would then make the final hiring decision.

CEG editors and staff members are currently the only student employees of the UA, and they choose their own staff. CEG editors share a salary of approximately $1000.

According to Chitaley, the changes are proposed because the UA "doesn't want paid officers popping up everywhere."

The proposed hiring system could pose great difficulties for the CEG, which hires several writers twice a year. According to Chitaley, the CEG staff has indicated to him that it would "be a pain to go though the rigamarole for such a short process." Chitaley said that although the changes have not been formally written into the proposal, it is more than likely that "we'd make an exception for CEG writers."

Martha L. Bulyk '93, one of the two co-editors for the current CEG volume, said, "I assume that it is not going to change the way we hire writers."

It is likely that the proposal would effect the hiring, and possibly pay, of the CEG editors. Chitaley said that his personal feeling is that "`officers should not be paid," and the CEG editors "really draw the line [of what an officer is] ... It's in the gray area."

At this stage, the Operations Code, is "still very much a proposal" and hasn't been discussed by the full Undergraduate Association Council, said Chitaley. "We have had other issues that needed to take precedence."

Chitaley also emphasized the fact that talks need to be held between the CEG and the UA to gauge their reaction. "We are not going to try to ramrod this thing through," Chitaley added, noting the delicate relationship between the CEG and the UA. "There has been a problem in the relationship between the UA and the CEG; it hasn't come up this year, but it did last year."