CUPE Paramedics return to work

    CORNWALL, ON, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The strike of CUPE 3251-PARA is
over and the paramedics of Cornwall, Finch and Alexandria and the counties of
Dundas, Glengarry and Stormont will return to work immediately.
    The paramedics today voted 76 per cent to accept an offer from the City
of Cornwall, representing all the above towns and counties. The offer included
an increase for the P2 rates as well as offering the stats the membership
    "However," said CUPE Representative Bob Manny "our members are angry with
the mayor and city council. We didn't want to strike. As committed
professionals we want to serve our communities. We were pushed into a corner
and truly believe there was no need for this strike.
    "We were asking for a fair deal, they refused arbitration and we ended up
going on strike before they would make us a decent offer. I only hope the City
understands our resolve the next time we're bargaining for a new contract."

For further information:

For further information: Bob Manny, CUPE National Representative, (613)
933-5515; Wendy Forbes, Communications Representative, (416) 292-3999

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