AMS changes pay-grid for service staff starting Oct. 1

Waged and salaried staff to receive 50 cent per hour pay increase

The AMS is proposing a linear increase in wages for students across AMS.

To comply with changing minimum wage legislation, the AMS is increasing pay for all waged and salaried AMS staff by 50 cents per hour.

For salaried staff, the yearly salary is determined through a base rate per hour. Each salaried position then has a stipulated hours of work per week in their employment contract. 

The changes to the paygrid are expected to take effect on Oct. 1 of this year. 

The new pay-grid was passed by the Board of Directors under team RTZ, Tina Hu, AMS vice-president (operations), said in a statement to The Journal.

“As students are the most important resource and priority of the AMS, the linear wage increase reflects the employee compensation for the work they provide and is proportional to the distinct skillsets, responsibilities, and risks associated with different positions within the AMS,” Hu said. 

Under the new pay-grid, the base rate per hour for the AMS executive will increase to $19.63 per hour from the previous rate of $19.13. 

Student constables (StuCons) will remain the highest paid hourly-waged staff. The hourly rate for a StuCon supervisor will be $19.55, and first-year StuCons will be paid $16.55 per hour.

The Journal requested redacted information on the honorarium rates for students across all AMS services and on the governance side in the 2021-22 year, as well as student salary information not publicly available on AMS Apply.

Many students work on a voluntary basis for the AMS, receiving honorariums as compensation. These positions can have weekly time commitments which range depending on the position. 

The AMS denied The Journal’s request due to safety concerns. “Due to the safety and privacy of the individuals at the company last year, we will not release individual salaries based on positions,” AMS Director of Communications Cassie Luk said in a statement to The Journal. 

“Our salaries and pay are available on AMS Apply so students can see how much they will be getting paid. Furthermore, all AMS student fee-funded salaries and budgets are publicly available and approved by the Assembly each September,” Luk said.

At the time of publication, only the rates for hourly waged employees and the pay of most salaried employees were available on AMS Apply. No honorarium pay levels were available. 

—With files from Skylar Soroka

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