The union representing 54 paramedics that work in the EMS division of Sault Fire Services is looking for community support in order to get a new contract.
“Unifor Local 1359 is requesting the support of citizens of Sault Ste. Marie as well as the support of all our Sister’s and Brother’s in the Labour movement. We need full participation at an information rally taking place, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Sault Ste. Marie City Hall at 3:30PM.”
In a release issued Friday, the union says they have been in bargaining with the City of earl Spring of last year. The contract expired effective March of 2017 and they have now reached an impasse with the employer.
Membership voted 93% in favour of strike action. The parties will be meeting the conciliation officer on Friday, January 12, 2018. “Hopefully the conciliation officer can help the parties reach a negotiated agreement and that services will not be affected in the future, if not the EMS-Emergency Medical Services-Paramedics will be on strike and Emergency Medical Services will be impacted!” said the release.
Paramedics bring tremendous dedication, skill and commitment to their jobs as First Responders. Paramedics are the highest medical authority on all pre-hospital medical emergencies and are frequently called upon to perform live saving skills from the point of patient contact until the transfer of care at the receiving medical facility.
“We need the City of Sault Ste. Marie to come to the bargaining table with a mandate to get an agreement that our committee can recommend and bring to the membership to ratify. It’s time we recognize our SSMEMS-Paramedics First Responders! ” the union said.
The union says it needs to send a strong message to Sault Ste. Marie City Council and request that the public and other union members attend the rally scheduled at City Hall, Monday, January 8, 2018 at 3:30PM.