Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 30, 2007 15:32 ET

OPSEU Local 277: Negotiations Break Down for Peel Regional Paramedics

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - Negotiations have broken down for 350 paramedics, members of Local 277, at the Region of Peel. The Paramedics provide Emergency Medical Services to the municipalities of Caledon, Brampton and Mississauga.

Negotiators for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, representing 350 unionized paramedics at Region of Peel, were unable to come to an agreement with the employer. Services such as Durham and Toronto are paid approximately 17 per cent more than the Region of Peel Paramedics.

"No call, patient or scene is ever the same. SARS highlighted the risks we encounter as frontline health care workers. We deliver high quality patient care, by bringing the emergency room to you now. We treat your loved ones in their homes and on the way to hospital," said Local President Michael Donnelly about the range of skills and treatments paramedics can provide as either a Primary or Advanced Care Paramedic.

OPSEU members are determined to secure a collective agreement that will address the physical and mental stresses they encounter when treating patients under challenging and demanding working conditions.

"We will continue to respond to the urgent needs of the injured and ill residents of the Region of Peel without placing anyone in jeopardy. However, we want Peel Region to negotiate a fair contract settlement with our workers," said Local President Michael Donnelly.

Members have been working without a contract since April 2007.

The employer and the union are proceeding to binding arbitration that will be scheduled in the near future.

Background

Fact: Paramedics are deployed out of 13 ambulance stations located through out the cities of Mississauga, Brampton and the Town of Caledon. At peak times 32 ambulances are in service to cover a population of over approximately 1.1 million and geographical area of 1225 square kilometers.

Fact: Paramedics work 12-hour shifts that provide emergency medical coverage 365 days a year and 7 days of the week.

Fact: Paramedics are initially trained as Primary Care Paramedics. Advanced Care Paramedics require an extra year of intensive in-house training to provide a range of out-of-hospital interventions treating medical conditions in the field.

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For further information, editorial comment or media opportunities please
contact the Union Local Executive at

Michael Donnelly
Union President
416-576-2228

Tim Szumlanski
Union Secretary
416-524-5343
Fax: Upon request

WWW.LOCAL277.ORG


Contact Information

  • OPSEU
    Michael Donnelly
    Union President
    (416) 576-2228
    or
    OPSEU
    Tim Szumlanski
    Union Secretary
    (416) 524-5343
    Fax: Upon request
    Website: WWW.LOCAL277.ORG