CAW Members Join Protest Against University Layoffs

June 26, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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CAW members in Nova Scotia participated in a protest at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish following the announcement of layoffs and the elimination of jobs at the school.

The university recently announced that 17 workers (clerical, technical, library and administrative personnel) would be laid off and that 35 more positions would be eliminated through early retirement and voluntary leaving programs.

Dozens of workers and supporters rallied at the university on June 7 calling for the resignation of university president Sean Riley. The unions representing staff at the university also wrote a joint letter to the Administration and Board of Governors of the university.

 "Your employees are not disposable. As a result of your decisions, local jobs will be lost, families will be uprooted, some will be forced to move away from this community to find other work. These layoffs will have a serious impact on Antigonish, the County, and northeastern Nova Scotia," the letter stated.

These layoffs and job losses are only the most recent in a series of cuts to the workforce at the university.

"The elimination of these positions will only add to the burden our members are facing" said Angus MacGillivray, president of CAW local 2107. "The elimination of an additional 20 positions three years ago meant our members were already overburdened."

CAW local 2107 represents 110 cleaners, maintenance and skilled trades workers at the university.

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