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UCP government to blame for more job losses at SAIT, AUPE says

Last Updated Sep 28, 2020 at 10:59 am MST

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - A SAIT banner hangs on the side of the Heritage Hall building in Calgary. The banner holds the new SAIT logo which was unveiled last year. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – More job losses have been reported at a Calgary post-secondary school.

According to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), 13 union positions were cut at SAIT’s Alumni department along with seven non-union jobs last week.

In a release, AUPE blames cuts from the United Conservative government for the job losses.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on post-secondary education,” said AUPE Vice-President Bobby-Joe Borodey. “The wounds to post-secondary education were inflicted by this UCP government long before the pandemic, and just when one scar heals, another cut comes.”

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SAIT has already cut over 60 AUPE positions and projects 230 more jobs could be lost in the future as a result of the fall 2019 budget.

“SAIT is Alberta’s third-largest post-secondary institution, but thanks to the UCP it’s bleeding jobs,” said Borodey. “I wonder how Premier Kenney expects post-secondary institutions to run smoothly and work on technology development programs given all the employees whose jobs he’s killing.”

Over the past several months, other post-secondary schools, including the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and Red Deer College, have announced job cuts.