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Wildcat health care walkouts at hospitals across Alberta, including at CRH

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Frontline hospital workers across parts of Alberta walked off the job Monday (Oct 26).

The protest started in Edmonton, but spread to other hospitals including Chinook Regional here in Lethbridge.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) says the job action is meant to defend jobs and the public health care system.

Licenced Practical Nurse and AUPE member Christine Vavrik was part of the group picketing outside CRH. She says this walkout is to protest the thousands of jobs to be lost in laundry and lab services to outsourcing.

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“We are protesting privatization,” said Vavrik. “Most government leaders (across Canada) are praising people during the pandemic and our government is laying people off and privatizing health care. We won’t stand idly by and say dismantle the health care system in this province.”

Alberta Health Services, meanwhile has issued a statement saying as a direct result of the illegal job action, some surgeries and ambulatory care clinics were being postponed.

“We are doing all we can to address any interruptions to patient care caused by this illegal job action. Our focus is on ensuring patients continue to receive the care and treatment they need. AHS is enacting contingency plans to redeploy non-union staff, including managers, wherever possible to cover for missing staff. AHS is monitoring the situation closely to try to mitigate patient care interruptions,” stated AHS in a release to media.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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