USask lays off six union employees after signing voluntary buyout deal

May 31, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan has laid off six union employees after signing a voluntary buyout deal with the same union last week. Yesterday, a total of 15 managers at the school learned that they had been laid off. Six of the managers were members of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association, which last week agreed to help the university reduce its costs by offering buyout packages to its members. The layoffs have reportedly come as a surprise to ASPA president Peter Krebs, who called the layoffs “troubling.” The university’s head of human resources, Cheryl Carver, says that the layoffs are part of “the normal course of business,” adding that “the timing is just coincidental” and that the layoffs were an anticipated part of an ongoing restructuring aimed at making several departments more efficient. Saskatoon StarPhoenix (1) | Saskatoon StarPhoenix (2)