Fair deal for paramedics - good deal for our communities - County of Hastings paramedics ratify new agreement

    BELLEVILLE, ON, July 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Paramedics in Hastings County have
voted 78 per cent to ratify a new collective agreement that improves their
working conditions and strengthens our community's emergency services.
    "This is a fair deal for front-line paramedics and a good deal for our
communities," said Mike Slatter, President of CUPE 1842, which represents
80 full-time and 55 part-time paramedics based in Belleville, Picton, Madoc,
Trenton and Bancroft.
    Paramedics voted last night and this morning 78 per cent to accept the
new agreement. Hastings County councilors will decide on the deal on Monday,
July 7.
    Slatter encouraged the councilors to accept the deal.
    "Management came to the table with a positive attitude, and that enabled
us to reach this agreement, so we encourage Hastings County Council to support
it," Slatter said.
    The strengthened agreement includes improvements to part-time scheduling
and benefits along with pay increases of 6.25 per cent in 2008, and 3 per cent
in both 2009 and 2010. Importantly, the new agreement also includes
recognition for Hastings County to develop a critical stress action plan.
Stress is a major health hazard for paramedics, and workers welcome the
County's willingness to tackle the problem.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Slatter, President, CUPE 1842, (613) 771
9644; David Robbins, CUPE Communications, (613) 878 1431

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