Press Release from CAW Canada Local 1120 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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 do."

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) 253-2338
(705) 941-5883 cell

Steve Olsen, Paramedic Unit Chair
(705) 541-8710

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