Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Health Region 'Regrets' to Announce Its Cutting Jobs of about 70 People

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Health Region 'Regrets' to Announce Its Cutting Jobs of about 70 People

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Saskatoon Health Region cutting 70 jobs

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SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Health Region has announced it is cutting 70 jobs.

It says in a news release Thursday that both union and non-union jobs are affected.

Dan Florizone, president and CEO, says they had hoped to avoid job cuts, but the group is facing a $30.8 million gap between expenses and revenue based on July estimates.

He also says non-unionized employees, including managers, have been notified over the week while individual meetings took place with unionized employees Thursday.

Florizone says they previously tried to reduce costs and minimize job losses by not filling vacancies, instituting an external hiring freeze, reducing overtime costs by 20 per cent and offering out-of-scope voluntary separation program.

He says the total number of people in unionized positions who may lose their jobs won't be known for several weeks given the collective agreement process that could result in workers being able to "bump", or take the jobs of others with less seniority. …

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