The College of New Caledonia (CNC) issued three faculty layoff notices last week.
The three faculty layoff notices have come as a result of CNC’s collective agreement, which states that the college must provide layoff notices by March 31 of each year.
Ten additional operational layoff notices were provided in the fall of 2015 to coincide with the March 31, 2016, transition date for the family programs. Operational layoff notices can be given throughout the year.
Although CNC says the current number of employees laid off in the transition of the family programs is 13, the actual number is higher because CNC only reveals the number of laid off employees that were on permanent contracts.
Staff at the Lakes District campus say the actual number of employees that lost their jobs during the transition of the family programs in Burns Lake is 24. However, CNC was not able to confirm that number.
“The numbers of layoff notices we have provided are the only hard numbers that the college is able to give,” said Matt Partyka, a CNC Spokesperson. “The reality of employment at the college is quite complicated; some of our employees work on fixed contracts, which vary from year to year and which span different time frames throughout the year as workloads shift.”
Although the college doesn’t include in their calculations employees on temporary contracts, some of these employees have had temporary contracts with CNC for over 20 years.
The daycare centre – one of several family and support programs transitioned to other service providers in the community as part of CNC’s restructuring – will remain open until June 30, 2016. Some of the fixed-contract employees that were working with the daycare have been extended until June 30 while the daycare remains open.
“As always, the college will now engage in a number of strategies in order to try to mitigate the layoffs,” said Partyka. “CNC is hopeful that a number of he laid off employees will be able to find work in the agencies to which these family programs were transferred; they have relevant experience working within those positions in these communities already.”