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First collective agreement for Oneida Nation of the Thames paramedics

ONEIDA NATION OF THE THAMES, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is pleased to announce the settlement of a first collective agreement by arbitration for employees of Oneida Nation of the Thames Emergency Medical Services. This is the first contract between the union and a First Nations paramedic service in Ontario. The…

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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…

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“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…

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Ontario paramedics ask: “Will an ambulance be there when you need one?”

TORONTO – The union representing a majority of Ontario paramedics released a report today, detailing rising call volume and ambulance shortages in 22 regions. CUPE submitted Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in all municipalities where it represents paramedics and dispatchers, in order to track “code zeros” – times when no ambulance is available to respond…

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Media Advisory: A delegation of concerned paramedics to visit Minister of Health Christine Elliott at her constituency office on Friday

NEWMARKET, ON – On Friday, November 15th, at 11 a.m., paramedics represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will visit the constituency office of Minister of Health Christine Elliott. Paramedics are concerned about government plans to restructure land ambulance in Ontario, and rumours of privatization. Many communities are already grappling with ambulance shortages…

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First Responders Day

This year, on May 1st, CUPE Ontario and the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) are again recognizing First Responders Day. We would like to express our immense pride in the commitment and compassion paramedics and health care staff bring to saving lives every day in Ontario. Our support for you and our pride in…

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CUPE welcomes Oneida Nation of the Thames paramedics into Canada’s largest union

LONDON, ON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is proud to welcome the paramedics from Oneida Nation of the Thames into Canada’s largest union. These newest CUPE members were looking for a strong union with a proven track record on important issues for paramedics. “We are thrilled to have the Oneida paramedics join…

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85 per cent of Ottawa poll respondents say ambulance paramedics, not fire should respond to emergency medical calls

  OTTAWA, ON – If they had to call for medical assistance for themselves or a family member in Ottawa, nearly 85 per cent of those who participated in the poll about provincial changes to 911 delivery said they prefer a response by an ambulance service. Less than 6 per cent said they preferred a…

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Who do Ontarians want to respond when they call 911? 83 per cent say ambulance paramedics, not fire for medical response

TORONTO, ON – A new provincial poll released today shows that Ontarians aren’t on board for recent Liberal government changes that would redirect 911 medical calls away from paramedic ambulance services to fire departments. If they had to make a 911 call for medical assistance for themselves or a family member, more than 83 per…

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Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

  TORONTO, ON – In an uncommon show of opposition to changes to paramedic pre-hospital medical care, dozens of paramedics from several communities are protesting at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.) amendments to the Ambulance Act they believe will hurt patients needing emergency medical care. The government plans third and…

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Ontario’s largest paramedic group cautions Health Minister on new emergency rules

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Paramedics conferencing in Niagara Falls today, voted unanimously to adopt a resolution setting strict conditions before they will endorse legislative changes soon expected to the rules governing the delivery of emergency services in Ontario. Newly elected Chair of the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) Jason Fraser said Ontario’s frontline paramedics…

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Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

WATERLOO, ON – Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting. The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make…

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