Red Deer College engineering technology students have upgraded an app to provide health checks and contact tracing during the pandemic. Advocate file photo

Red Deer College cut 120 positions since 2017

Red Deer College employees were among those across Alberta who saw wage increases during economic downturn, says a report by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The college says it’s worked diligently with faculty association and unions representing the staff under the provincial mandates to negotiate agreements that are fair to the college’s required levels of service and to taxpayers of central Alberta.

The report showed 295 provincial and municipal wage settlements across the province resulted in pay increases, including 12 settlements for Red Deer workers, between the end of 2014 and October 2020.

Of the 12 settlements in Red Deer, five were with Red Deer College. Settlements are dated as far back as 2016, and as recently as August. Yearly wage increases ranged from zero to three per cent.

RDC is not immune to adverse economic times, the college states.

“Over the last few years, we have had to make difficult decisions to ensure our future sustainability. This has led to the college reducing 120 positions in our workforce since 2017.”

Most recently, RDC adjusted our workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We continue to view our associations and unions as important partners as we move through challenging times and strive to effectively serve our students and our region.”

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