Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

March 10, 2010 21:26 ET

Minister Rejects Offer From Paramedics

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) - Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon was quick to reject union efforts to secure a contract for the province's 3,500 ambulance paramedics. Falcon did admit that the ambulance service is broken and needs fixing, which the union has been saying for the past four years.

In a bid for a new contract after more than a year of on-again off-again talks, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC leadership had suggested rolling over the current collective agreement until April 1, 2012. CUPE 873 president John Strohmaier said the move could have provided "some much needed stability to ambulance paramedics while we all work to improve the ambulance service."

The current collective agreement expires March 31 and the union and BC Ambulance Service had been meeting regularly at the bargaining table since mid- December. No further talks are scheduled.

Contact Information

  • Ambulance Paramedics of BC
    BJ Chute
    Director of Public Education
    Murray Bush
    National Communications Representative