TORONTO, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The union representing Paramedics in the
Region of Peel is calling on the Region to treat unionized workers
fairly to end two strikes with CUPE 966 and ensure citizens can access
life-sustaining and life-saving services.
The Region's decision to offer these workers less than non-union workers
has lead them to withdraw their labour to get a fair deal.
Today the Region's Public Works workers were forced to strike to ensure
a fair deal.
This has the potential to negatively impact the health of the citizens
of the Region of Peel.
Besides performing important tasks like chlorinating drinking water, the
striking workers also keep the Regional Paramedic Service running. CUPE
966 members are responsible for the mechanical maintenance of the
ambulances and rapid response units.
The Peel Regional Paramedic Service provides world-class life saving
care, but the Paramedics of Peel Region can only provide that care once
they arrive at the scene of an emergency.
"Without CUPE 966 members to service our ambulances I worry that
Paramedics will be without working vehicles and will be unable to
respond to calls," says Dave Wakely, President of Local 277. He adds:
"when ambulances are sent out to dealerships for maintenance it always
seems to take longer and the dealerships cannot service any of the
ambulance electronics. For the sake of our patients I hope the Region
comes back with a fair offer."
OPSEU Local 277 represents the nearly 500 Primary and Advanced Care
Paramedics who work in the Region of Peel. OPSEU represents more than
130,000 workers across Ontario.
For further information:
Dave Wakely, President, OPSEU Local 277: 905-601-3208 (cell)