CBU cuts spur worries about possible layoffs

November 19, 2015

Cape Breton University President David Wheeler has said that his institution is looking to cut 10% of its $50 M budget, according to CBC and the Cape Breton Post. According to Wheeler, some 75% of the university’s costs are related to staffing. While 37 faculty and staff have volunteered to retire under an incentive program, Wheeler suggested that CBU still “need[s] to do more.” The university has reserved the right to refuse alternative offers that would not result in savings, spurring a complaint by the CBU Faculty Association to the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board. This has led to concerns about layoffs, something Wheeler says is premature. “It’s our intention to reduce our salary bill through voluntary means. And so that remains our absolute focus,” he said. CBC | Cape Breton Post