Layoffs hit Nipissing University last week, as it began implementing the first phase of a restructuring plan.
"There were five positions cut on Thursday and Friday," Communications Officer Bob Pipe told BayToday. Another five were laid off Monday for a total of 10 so far.
"In each case the decision was not made on performance but were an effort by the university to reduce the deficit and working to ensure that the students and the services we provide them are not negatively impacted."
All five positions were managerial administrative according to Pipe.
He said he couldn't say if the ongoing process will affect faculty or support staff in the near future.
"Any restructuring that goes on will be working to not impact our students---so faculty and support, they may be affected but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that our students are not negatively impacted."
OPSEU Local 608 President Rob Boulet confirmed his members were not affected "at this time", but definitely expects some layoffs, probably in January or February.
Nipissing University’s Board of Governors approved the 2014-15 budget in early June and it projected a deficit of $11,865,864.
The university is projecting revenues of $67,592,720 and expenses of $79,458,584.
Nipissing President Dr. Michael DeGagne was out of town and unavailable for comment.
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