Union says Mount-A layoffs unfair, unnecessary

Mount Allison University

The union representing workers at Mount Allison University in Sackville says recent layoffs mean fewer resources for students and faculty staff.

CUPE Local 3433 president Tasha Hawkes says the cuts are unfair, unnecessary and generate workload issues for reaming staff.

Hawkes says twenty-five members have been laid-off, 11 employees have been put on full layoff, while fourteen members have had their hours significantly slashed. 

This after twenty-seven members of CUPE Local 2338, the union representing maintenance, trades and groundskeeping staff, were laid off in April.

Hawkes is calling on the university's management to reverse their decision, noting students and other staff, including faculty and the community are suffering as a result of the layoffs.

CUPE National Servicing Representative Lori MacKay meanwhile, says Mount A's administration has failed share adequate student enrolment projections for fall 2020.

MacKay says budgeting in these times is a challenge, but believes Mount A is the only university to opt for staff reductions.

She says last year's numbers suggest the layoffs would only represent a small fraction(0.006%) of last year's $46 million budget.

Hawkes says the added burden of implementing new policies, procedures and technical support for online learning should mean more hands on deck, not less.

Mount Allison University is Sackville's largest employer.