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AUPE says government failing workers, students at University of Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is sounding the alarm about layoffs at the University of Lethbridge.

The U of L is permanently cutting 13 workers, blaming financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those include a dozen caretakers and one support person.

AUPE vice-president, Karen Weiers says this is not only bad news for these workers as they head into the holiday season, it’s bad news for students too.

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“These permanent job losses are entirely the fault of the UCP government and its failure to support post-secondary education when Albertans need it most,” says Weiers.

She lays the blame squarely at the feet of the UCP government saying its their fault for not supporting post-secondary education when Albertans need it most.

Weiers says Premier Jason Kenney is killing jobs, not creating them.

“He’s giving billions of dollars of taxpayer money in tax giveaways to profitable corporations who are laying off thousands of their workers, but has nothing for Albertans seeking a way out of this economic mess,” said Weiers in a news release Wednesday.

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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