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Academic staff negotiations at University of Lethbridge move to mediation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A mediator is being brought in to try and hammer out an agreement in staff negotiations at the University of Lethbridge.

Last week, the U of L Board of Governors filed a request with the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

The academic contract at the University expired well over a year ago now. The two sides have met 15 times since then, however they haven’t been able to come to a deal.

Daniel O’Donnell, President of the U of L Faculty Association, says hopefully mediation will encourage the Board to move towards an agreement on important issues saying “ULFA members have been almost 500 days without a contract.”

One of the biggest stumbling blocks, according to the Association, is the fact the Board of Governors hasn’t moved at all from its initial position to roll back salaries by 4 percent retroactive to July 1, 2020.

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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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