Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

October 03, 2009 13:14 ET

CUPE: Workers at Travois Medical Transfer Ratify Their First Collective Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2009) - Members of local 4000 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing workers at Travois medical transfer, ratified yesterday their first collective agreement.

On September 24, members rejected the employer's "final offer" and were then in a legal strike position.

Yesterday, after two more days of negotiations, members of local 4000 were voting on a new and improved proposition. 75% of the membership voted in favour of this offer.

After today's results, Bruce Waller, president of CUPE local 4000, wanted to underline the spirit of solidarity that lead to this agreement: "Our first objective was to avoid a strike that could have affected hundreds of patients in the region. I'm also very proud of our members, who stood together and were able to achieve some significant improvements. The gains we made in terms of wages and benefits are beyond what we truly expected."

CUPE Local 4000 represents around 60 specialized workers at Travois medical transfer, providing medical transportation and patient monitoring all across Eastern Ontario.

Contact Information

  • Serge Lalonde
    CUPE representative
    Luc Tittley
    CUPE communications