SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - Paramedics employed by the City
of Sault Ste. Marie have 100% voted in favor of strike action on
Tuesday. About 38 paramedics, members of the Canadian Auto Workers,
have sent their union a strong mandate.
"Sault Ste. Marie Paramedics are simply looking for fairness in seeking
parity with other first responders" Steve Olsen, unit chair of the
group said. "We are a division of the fire department in our community
which needs to be recognized with respect to our overall compensation.
Our medics work in extremely dangerous conditions every single day in
order to offer a very high level of basic and advanced life support
services for the citizens of our region."
CAW Local 1120 president Rob Giovagnoli indicates the paramedics have
increasingly evolving skills over recent years and "they utilize those
skills in saving lives every day not only in our City but on the
highways, wilderness areas, and communities throughout the region".
Rob also states "our Union has great respect for the critical work they
Contract talks are scheduled to resume with a conciliator May 11, 2011.
Sault Ste. Marie Emergency Medical Services, a division of Sault Fire
Services, is the sole provider of ambulance services for the city of
Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area. One central Sault Ste. Marie
station, as well as one daytime satellite station in the Garden River
First Nation provides paramedic response to an area that spans from a
Northern boundary of Montreal River Harbour, to an Easterly border of
Laird Township. Their units respond primarily to this large area with
four daytime ambulance units and three night shift units, each staffed
with two paramedics.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
Rob Giovagnoli, President CAW Local 1120
(705) 941-5883 cell
Steve Olsen, Paramedic Unit Chair