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.”
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.