Historic first collective agreement ratified

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Ornge, largest provider of aero transport
medicine in North America and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU) have successfully ratified their first collective agreement on behalf
of the organization's 70 communication centre staff.
    "I am delighted that this historic first agreement received overwhelming
approval from our professionals in the communication centre," said Rhoda
Beecher, chief spokesperson for the Ornge management bargaining team. "These
individuals play a daily role in helping Ornge deliver patient-centric care."
    In November 2006, Ornge reached a first agreement with members of the
CAW, which represents Ornge flight paramedics. The agreement with OPSEU is the
result of negotiations which began in June 2007, and includes wage increases
in each year of the agreement and a comprehensive professional education

    Ornge operates from 26 bases across the province and completes 18,000
admissions annually. It coordinates all aspects of Ontario's aero medical
transport system and is responsible for dispatch and authorizing air and land
ambulance transfers between hospitals. Ornge is dedicated to propelling life
through innovative transport medicine.

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For further information: Christine Bujold, Communications Officer, (416)

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