Athabasca U unions call for president's resignation

April 5, 2012

Athabasca University unions are demanding that president Frits Pannekoek resign over precarious finances and expensed attendance at political events for Alberta's Progressive Conservative party. Documents obtained by the CBC show members of 2 of Athabasca U's 3 unions representing faculty and support staff overwhelmingly passed a vote of non-confidence in the president. The unions are upset because their members are facing pay cuts and potential layoffs due to budget restraints. The unions blame Athabasca U's current fiscal challenges on what they say was a failed strategy to obtain more operating funding from the provincial government. The university's board chair says the board is fully behind Pannekoek, and that the institution is in "a very sound financial position." CBC