Faculty union criticizes SAIT executive compensation

February 11, 2013

Generous salary increases and performance bonuses for SAIT Polytechnic executives have faculty and staff association leaders warning it could harm upcoming contract talks. The report for the 2011-12 academic year shows SAIT's 3 VPs each received a salary increase of 26%, boosting their base pay from $182,000 to $230,000. Each VP also received a $58,000 pay-for-performance bonus. The president of the SAIT Academic Faculty Association criticizes the institution for awarding the salary increases and bonuses while it was in arbitration with both its faculty and support staff. A SAIT spokeswoman says an independent survey requested by the institution's board of governors determined that executive salaries were under market value and adjusted accordingly. "They were adjusted to keep them consistent and competitive with similar positions with comparative post-secondaries in Alberta," the spokeswoman says. "It's really important to know that we continue to strive to be an employer of choice, which includes offering competitive wages." Calgary Herald