The following email was shared with all SAIT staff and faculty today. Above photo from CBC News site.
From: David Ross
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2020 9:32 AM
Subject: Important employee news
Today is a difficult day for SAIT and I wanted you to hear this news from me first.
As you know, in October 2019, the Government of Alberta announced budget cuts in the post-secondary sector for the next four years. We have been working through the impact of the cuts and we have taken time to carefully review all possibilities to create a sustainable balanced budget.
Although we have implemented cost reductions across almost every area, we have come to the difficult decision that we need to eliminate a total of 230 positions.
This is a hard day for our institution — losing people who are passionate about student success is not easy. The decision to reduce staff was difficult and the full impact of this is not lost on me.
It’s important for you to know, of the 230 positions being eliminated, 80 are vacancies that won’t be replaced. I also want you to know the determined layoffs in APT, management and impacted temporary and casual contracts will happen the beginning of next week. Reductions of permanent positions in our AUPE group will occur in early April, and our faculty SAFA group beginning late April.
The Government of Alberta’s 2020 budget was released yesterday, and we were waiting for all the information before announcing decisions. We wanted to make sure employees and our union partners were informed as soon as possible, aligning with our commitment to notify our union groups of changes 120 days prior to bargaining beginning.
Employee Services and supervisors will be managing the conversations and transitions for employees who are affected. We have set up a page on SAITNOW with more detailed information and a list of resources.
I understand these next few days will be tough, as will be this process as it continues over the weeks and months ahead. I encourage you to take the time you need to digest this information and to talk with your colleagues or supervisor. Services are available to all employees to help you through this change.
Dr. David Ross
President and CEO
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Heritage Hall, Executive Offices AA323
1301 – 16 Avenue NW, Calgary AB, T2M 0L4