Layoffs for CNA show devastating impact: NAPE

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As of Tuesday of this week, 111 faculty and support staff have been laid off at the College of the North Atlantic across the province since the provincial budget came down on March 26, according to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).

The layoff numbers are due to budget cuts and the privatization of Adult Basic Education (ABE), the union says.

“The negative social and economic impact of these cuts will be felt province-wide, not only in the short term, but into the foreseeable future,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong in a news release.

“Not only are we concerned about the individuals being laid off; we are concerned about the impact on communities, on students, on our public post-secondary education system, and the province as a whole.”

Furlong says that in addition to the proposed privatization of ABE, over 25 programs were cut as a result of the recent provincial budget. Some campuses and communities were hit hard, including 21 instructors laid off at the Happy Valley-Goose Bay campus. Until Thursday, that campus had 42 instructors.

Eleven instructors have been laid off at the Burin campus, a large portion of their faculty contingent.

Another 13 were laid off in Corner Brook.

“Government also announced a ‘comprehensive’ government review for CNA in 2014 and we are fearful, after what we have seen to-date, that the worst is yet to come,” Furlong said.

On April 25, NAPE forwarded a letter to Premier Kathy Dunderdale on behalf of concerned faculty at CNA. The letter outlined the group’s concerns regarding the cuts to CNA as well as the proposed privatization of ABE) To date, despite public comments made by the premier that a formal response to the letter was forthcoming, no official response has been received by NAPE.

Organizations: CNA, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Goose Bay, Corner Brook

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  • starr
    May 10, 2013 - 12:53

    How come no word or Rosanne Doody being fired yesterday?

  • gerry
    May 10, 2013 - 12:18

    take a lot at any large cooperation: many, & I mean a lot of jobs ,are 'part time', 'temporary', and are 'contract', not just public service jobs. ( less or benefits). It's a 'sign of times' & has been for awhile now. The whole system is ill: union, management & government....

  • Randy
    May 10, 2013 - 11:36

    NAPE said their little piece and are finished with the layoff issue now.The Dunderdome keep ticking along at the house and everything is back to normal except for those who are out of jobs and many in dire circumstances.These are the ones that have been forgotten once again.Keep paying those union dues if you have a job.The union leaders need to maintain their lifestyles.

  • frustrated
    May 10, 2013 - 11:16

    There is something the public should be aware of - not only have there been numerous layoffs, but the college has been keeping many of its instructors as temporary, therefore those instructors/staff don't get counted in the job loss numbers - however there are MANY of them in this situation, and they will all be out of work come late June (or earlier). The job loss is much higher than the numbers reported when we count those instructors in. Many of those instructors are relatively young and will likely have no choice but look for work outside of the province given the cuts to the education systems in this province leaving us with a brain drain once again. Is there a legitimate reason the Premier can't provide the numbers to support the cuts to these programs?

  • k
    May 10, 2013 - 10:30

    I wonder with oil at it;s price now what the deficit will be? No word from mouth pieces in cabinet. Also if the money that was overspent by nape should not of been spent more wisely. It became a repeat performance after 3 weeks. I would like to know how much was spent on all the advertisement inclusively.