Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith released the following statement in reaction to the news former AUPE President Pat Wocknitz has passed away:

“I was saddened to learn of Pat’s passing this morning. On behalf of all AUPE members I would like to express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

Pat Wocknitz served as president of AUPE from 1987 to 1993. She was a member of Local 001 and was a clerical worker from Claresholm, Alberta.

She was president during the initial cutback and contacting out initiatives of Premier Don Getty and the more massive privatizations and layoffs of the early Ralph Klein administration.

Pat worked hard to steer the union through a difficult period with diplomacy and consensus.

Further details will be announced later.




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