Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

April 20, 2009 19:57 ET

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)-BC: Paramedics to Rally at Campbell Fundraiser

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - BC's striking ambulance paramedics are holding a rally outside the Vancouver Trade and Convention this evening at 7pm. The paramedics will be outside while Premier Gordon Campbell is inside.

The 3,500 members of the Ambulance Paramedics of BC, CUPE 873, have been on strike since April 1. They want the government to agree to get an independent mediator and get back to the bargaining table.

The paramedics are fighting for adequate ambulance staffing levels to ensure better emergency response times, wage parity with other emergency response workers and a multi-year deal for stability and public confidence. The employer, the BC Ambulance Service, offered only a one-year deal with a three-per-cent wage hike.

Contact Information

  • Ambulance Paramedics of BC
    BJ Chute
    Director of Public Education
    604.218.6169
    or
    CUPE National Communications Representative
    Murray Bush
    778.554.2234
    www.cupe.ca