Ambulance Workers – Resources

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

“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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details