USask layoffs were not tied to voluntary buyout package, says president

June 2, 2017

Layoffs of 15 managers at the University of Saskatchewan this week are not connected to a recent memo asking campus staff to consider voluntary buyouts, says USask President Peter Stoicheff. In an interview this week with CTV Morning Live, Stoicheff said that “the more recent layoffs were actually long in the works and not so much a response to budget cuts as routinely trying to be as efficient as we possibly can,” whereas the voluntary buyout package was part of an effort to address a budgetary shortfall created by funding cuts in this year’s provincial budget. The university’s interim provost and vice-president academic, Michael Atkinson, said last week that the university received a 5.6% funding reduction in the provincial budget. Atkinson did not say what the university’s budget deficit currently is, but said that it is at least $8M. CTV News