FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Winnipeg, MB, April 30, 2020
MOFA demands accountability, investment in PSE
Rally called for May 1, 12pm – MB Legislature
Demand for public education has increased because of the pandemic’s effects on the economy, with faculty members reporting summer enrollments that appear to be higher than in years past.
In a time of fiscal crisis we need investments, not cuts, to public services to ensure we come out of this recession with a head start on recovery.
“Post-Secondary Education is one of Manitoba’s most important economic drivers, and in times like these demand for education increases”, said MOFA President Scott Forbes. “After decades of underfunding, Mr. Pallister’s cuts will make things worse, and at the worst possible time. We should be moving in the opposite direction, so that we can prepare our students for the new, post-pandemic economy.”
Many academics, union representatives, and business leaders in the province have come out against the cuts, announced by the government over two weeks ago.
The media has also reported that experts who created the economic data cited by the government disagree with the government’s statements about the data.
Even more shockingly, the government rejected proposals from the University of Manitoba that would potentially avoid salary cuts and lay-offs yet still met the government’s financial goals. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) confirms this.
In response to this swell of opposition, the government of Manitoba must:
In support of these demands, MOFA members – professors, instructors, lecturers, librarians, and archivists – will join a honk-a-thon rally organized by Communities Not Cuts at the Legislature on Friday, May 1 at noon.
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