Essex Council forcing paramedics into turmoil

    Paramedics still without a contract as County delays decision to
    consolidate paramedic services

    ESSEX, ON, March 19 /CNW/ - Essex County paramedics are holding
information pickets throughout the region to notify the public of the
Council's continued unwillingness to stabilize ambulance services in the
    The paramedics are represented by the Service Employees International
Union, Local 1.on. Their contract negotiations with their employer, Sun
Parlour Ambulance Services - Essex Division, have been on indefinite hold
since Mar. 2006 as the council delays its decision to consolidate the delivery
of paramedic services in the area.
    "Our contract negotiations have gone no where since last March. Sun
Parlour Ambulance Services and the County cannot allow this situation to
continue," said Ian Nash, a Sun Parlour paramedic and SEIU chief steward.
    "Last September paramedics held information pickets to let the public
know that the County must resolve the turmoil it created in this critical
public service - and yet nothing has been done six months on and the situation
is getting worse," Nash says.
    The paramedics will renew their public information pickets, Tues, Mar.
20,in Tecumseh.
    The paramedics will highlight the confusion caused by the varying
employment contracts between the four regional EMS providers, divergent health
and safety standards from one provider to another, as well as duplicated
processes that are inefficient and a waste of taxpayer money.
    "The mess that the County has created has to be cleaned up. Council has
to decide how it is going to move forward with its EMS services. Lives could
be at stake," Nash says.
    SEIU Local 1.on represents 42,000 health care workers throughout Ontario.
    SEIU Canada represents 95,000 workers across Canada.

    WHO:      Ian Nash (Paramedic, Sun Parlour Ambulance Services - Essex
              Division), Chief Steward, SEIU Local 1.on

    WHAT:     Public Information Picket by Paramedics

    WHEN:     Tues, Mar. 20, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

    WHERE:    Tecumseh Ambulance, 12014 Tecumseh Road East, Tecumseh, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Ian Nash (Paramedic, Sun
Parlour Ambulance Services - Essex Division), Chief Steward, SEIU Local 1.on,
(519) 816-1671; Barry Smith, Communications, SEIU Local 1.on, (416) 528-9116

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