Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

June 15, 2009 20:11 ET

CUPE BC: Striking Paramedics Launch Tour

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - The leadership of the striking Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. are launching a province-wide tour to consult with their 3,500 members. The CUPE 873 members have been on strike since April 1. So far, the government appears unwilling to seriously negotiate a new contract.

At issue are faster ambulance response times, better staffing levels, wage parity with other emergency responders and a multi-year contract. The paramedics continue to provide ambulance services under Essential Services. The paramedics have been calling for an independent mediator to help settle the dispute.

Two days of talks last week with the employer set up by CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill went nowhere, according to paramedics Local president John Strohmaier. "After more than two months of stalling by the BC Ambulance Service and the government, we feel that it's important to check in with our members while we consider our next step," said Strohmaier.

The tour starts tomorrow:

Tuesday, June 16 Nanaimo: afternoon
Victoria: evening

Wednesday, June 17 Vancouver: afternoon
Fraser Valley: evening

Thursday, June 18 Kamloops: afternoon

Friday, June 19 Kelowna: morning

June 23 & 24 Kootenays - details TBA

June 25 & 26 Northern B.C. - details TBA

Events and further dates TBA.

Contact Information

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