The SAGE Emergency General Assembly called by a member of the cohort convened at 4 pm on Tuesday, March 31. Thirty members of the cohort attended the meeting in LB 659 in order to discuss anti-austerity measures and to determine SAGE’s position at this time.
Six motions, with one divided into two sections, were voted upon after a measured discussion. The results are as follows:
SAGE voted in favour of a social media intervention, with a limited task force.
SAGE voted in favour of creating a broadly mandated strike committee to assess the larger academic, economic, and political climate.
SAGE voted in favour of standing in solidarity with UQaM students threatened with expulsion following student demonstrations. This is a condemnation of administrative actions, but not an endorsement of specific student disruptions.
SAGE voted in favour of a motion denouncing austerity measures at Concordia, and committing SAGE to draft an open letter to that effect; to work with members of CASE, faculty, and other members of the English Department; and to have representation at the anti-austerity demonstration scheduled for April 2 in solidarity with currently striking student groups.
However, parts of the preamble which denounced strike actions were separated from the original motion and voted down.
SAGE voted in favour of a one-day strike on April 2 in solidarity with other striking student groups. Additionally, SAGE will have another assembly to decide on future striking options (this motion will be discussed on our Spring GA; see below).
However, SAGE voted against a one-week, renewable strike.
SAGE has made their voices heard and is committed to those motions voted for on March 31st.
These issues and more will be further discussed at SAGE’s Spring General Assembly to be held on Tuesday, April 7 at 12 pm in LB 659.
The SAGE Spring General Assembly will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 12 pm in LB 659.
The SAGE Spring General Assembly will be a year-end review of what has happened and what has been spent during the school year. There will be a report from the Budget Committee, Headlight Anthology, and the English Graduate Colloquium Committee. There will also be a vote on the changes/additions to the SAGE By-laws, and a discussion of further anti-austerity measures in the wake of the April 2 strike. Last but not least, there will be a formal call for nominations for some positions in a new SAGE Council for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Spring GA Agenda, last GA meeting minutes, and the new SAGE By-laws will be circulated by email and will be posted on our website.
Due to interest, the Student Association of Graduates in English has elected to hold an Emergency General Assembly on the issue of striking or taking other actions
The EGA will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 4 pm in LB 659.
The EGA will be open to all graduate students enrolled in the Department of English (creative and academic streams).
The agenda will be circulated via email and will be posted on the SAGE website.
If graduate students feel strongly about issues that may be raised at the General Assembly, it is of high importance that they attend, as a vote on any issues will affect the cohort as a whole, whether they are present to vote or not.
Quorum for the GA is 10 people.
Voting will be by secret ballot.
Please share this information with your friends in the Department.