Université de Saint-Boniface budget means difficult times ahead

USB students will be burdened with a tuition increase to the maximum allowable amount.

Winnipeg (24 May 2018) — The Pallister government’s cuts to public services just keep on coming — the Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) is the latest on the list of Manitoba’s colleges and universities significantly affected by this government’s agenda of cuts and privatization.

Cuts mean fewer professors and fewer courses

“To say we are disappointed that the government continues to cut funding to our province’s institutions is a gross understatement. Cutting funding and hacking and slashing the important services Manitobans count on is a shameful way to operate,” said Michelle Gawronsky, President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE). 

While USB administration are doing their best to maintain services, the 0.9 per cent cut in provincial funding has forced them to make cuts to most budget-line items.

As salaries comprise a large portion of their budget, the government’s funding cuts mean that 2 of USB’s term university professors will not have their terms renewed. These members will be offered career transition services.

Four courses offered by sessional instructors will also be cut, including 2 university and 2 college courses and the university won’t fill the 2.6 vacant support positions.

USB students will also be burdened with a tuition increase to the maximum allowable amount.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE