Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 17, 2007 22:22 ET

OPSEU: Air Ambulance Dispatch Centre Professionals Poised to Strike

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2007) - Air ambulance dispatchers and the Infectious Control Centre based in Toronto voted 95 per cent today in favour of strike action if their demands for a fair collective agreement are not met.

The 71 full-time and part-time members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 545 work for the new privatised non- profit organisation called ORNGE.

Union members, who are responsible for the dispatch of helicopters to highway accidents, and coordination of organ retrival flights, as well as infectious disease screening (including SARS) for all inter-hospital patient transfer services and Critical Care Land Ambulance transfer in Ontario are currently bargaining for an improved collective agreement.

"The members are looking for a fair collective agreement," said OPSEU Negotiator Mark Kotanen, noting voter turnout was 90 per cent. "The goodwill is there on the part of these key workers to find a deal with this employer."

This is a first contract for these workers who were divested from the Ontario Public Service in 2006 and began bargaining in June 2007. The parties remain apart in bargaining on meeting industry standards for wages, and improved professional standards and training.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
    Mark Kotanen
    OPSEU Negotiator
    (647) 229-0376