Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 28, 2007 17:27 ET

OPSEU: Ambulance Dispatch Centre Professionals Have Tentative Deal

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2007) - Air ambulance dispatchers and staff at the Infectious Control Centre based in Toronto have a tentative agreement which, if ratified Sept 4-5, will avert a Sept. 11 strike.

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

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

Union members had voted 95 per cent Aug. 17 in favour of strike action if their demands for a fair collective agreement were not met.

This is a first contract for these workers who were divested from the Ontario Public Service in 2006 and began bargaining in June 2007. No details of the deal have been released to the public, pending ratification.

"The workers at ORNGE have achieved a fair wage deal, one that assures the safety of Ontarians will be protected," said OPSEU negotiator Mark Kotanen.

Contact Information

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