Using a private company for vaccine rollout will mean fewer paramedics to answer 911 calls, union warns

TORONTO, ON – Ontario paramedics, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are concerned with a government plan to use a private, third-party company to participate in the province’s vaccine rollout, claiming that the company will need to hire working paramedics from Ontario’s land ambulance services. CUPE, Ontario’s largest paramedic union representing over…

First Responders Day Message

This year on May 1st, First Responders Day, we recognize the workers who have been battling on the front lines of a global crisis for over a year now. On this day, one year ago, we were calling on the government to make sure that the paramedics and ambulance communications officers on the front lines…

Region of Waterloo paramedic services workers give union a strong strike mandate

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON – Region of Waterloo paramedics and logistics and support workers have given their union a strong strike mandate in their current contract negotiations with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The paramedic services workers, represented by Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), held an online strike mandate vote on…

Dr. Moriarty: COVID-19 Vaccine Enquiries

Infectious disease expert Dr. Tara Moriarty invites CUPE members to participate in the following vaccine education initiatives: 1)      If you’re a Canadian who would like to ATTEND a nightly Zoom sessions about COVID-19 vaccine safety, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrp0-GkyZS1Oe4cu4T7F6t1xdumCr9HmWo5dUwAYaRaw0AWw/viewform 2)      If you’d like to request a special session for your organization, union etc, please contact Grace Kim at [email protected] First…

Ford Government must protect frontline workers and stop letting employers off the hook for workplace COVID-19 outbreaks: paramedic union

WATERLOO, ON – Region of Waterloo paramedics are being denied WSIB claims after contracting COVID-19, a move that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) believes is being enabled by the Ford Government’s unwillingness to hold employers accountable for workplace outbreaks. “Having fallen ill with COVID-19 from working was scary enough,” said one Region of…

COVID-19 outbreak at Essex-Windsor EMS facility could lead to an ambulance shortage in the region

WINDSOR, ON – Essex-Windsor paramedics are extremely concerned that the region could face an ambulance shortage after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Essex-Windsor paramedic service. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting that ten paramedics from the service have contracted COVID-19. “Prior to the pandemic we were often operating in a code yellow or code red…

bill191

Fill out the form to send your MPP, Premier Doug Ford, and Minister of Health Christine Elliott the message below.  I’m counting on you to support Bill 191, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020. Bill 191 would add a presumption that COVID-19 is an occupational disease for essential workers who test…

Paramedics concerned about non-medical grade masks entering ambulance supply

TORONTO, ON – Paramedics with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are raising concerns about non-medical grade masks that may have entered some Ontario land ambulance services supplies. Ontario’s health minister yesterday told media that non-medical grade masks introduced into the paramedic service in Renfrew County entered the supply chain through sources other than…

“The first point of contact for this crisis deserve better”: CUPE Ontario’s Statement on First Responders Day

This year, on May 1st, First Responders Day, we recognize workers who are often the first point of contact in this pandemic – and recommit to address the challenges first responders face. CUPE Ontario and the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) extends their gratitude to the 5,500 paramedics and ambulance communication officers (ACOs) who respond to calls and…