CBU could lay off up to 20 faculty members

January 20, 2016

In an effort to trim some $5 M from its $50 M budget, Cape Breton University could cut as many as 20 faculty members, according to the Chronicle Herald and Cape Breton Post. CBU President David Wheeler informed CBU Faculty Association President Scott Stewart on Monday that he would be invoking the "layoff clause" in the collective agreement, which will have a committee look for voluntary staff cost reductions before any final decision on layoffs is made. Concerns about layoffs were spurred late last year when CBU first announced it was looking to reduce its operating budget. “We are continuing to say that we believe that with goodwill, it is possible to imagine making these savings in our staff costs through voluntary mechanisms,” said Wheeler. Chronicle Herald | Cape Breton Post