City releases statement on EMS labour dispute


City update on EMS Labour Disruption

Sault Ste. Marie, ON (2018 02 28) – The City of Sault Ste. Marie advises residents that the labour disruption scheduled by Unifor Local 1359 (Paramedics) to take place effective February 28, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. has been delayed.

There is no disruption to services at this time.

The City has put forth an application before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and has received a ruling that an Essential Service Agreement (ESA) must be in place and agreed upon by both parties prior to any work action.

It is beneficial to both parties and especially the public that an ESA with clearly defined parameters be in place to assist in navigating through a potential disruption.

A scheduled hearing in Toronto will take place on March 12, 2018 to better define the framework for such an agreement.

To prevent a labour disruption, the City believes that the most responsible course of action is to put its differences before an arbitrator and abide by the ruling, a request that has been formally asked of Unifor.

The current agreement was arrived at through arbitration.

Furthermore, contrary to reports, the City is and remains prepared to continue discussions at any time to resolve the remaining issues to avoid a labour disruption.

The City has provided an offer that is fair to its EMS employees and affordable to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie putting its Paramedics in the middle of its comparator groups.

The City recognizes the important work of paramedics and will continue to negotiate an agreement in a responsible manner that is fair to employees and affordable to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie.



  1. Forcing paramedics to go to arbitration, wasting union and city taxes on paying an arbitrator seems foolish! Offer them the same as Algoma Paramedics, maybe even more. I see ambulances racing all over the city day and night. It’s not like they are sitting around, oh what’s that I hear right now? Its an ambulance coming down my street! Stop being so cheap treat them with respect and pay them what they are worth. Why are they almost $1.00 per hour behind Algoma district Paramedics?

  2. Bernie, your ignorance towards the Paramedics is sickening.
    Paramedics deserve a fair wage and deserve fair treatment and respect by their employers.
    The men and women of the Paramedic Service are on duty 24/7, 365, and respond to incidents that would give anyone long lasting nightmares and believe me, it does give the Paramedics nightmares. I would like to see you do CPR on a child who was pulled from a swimming pool, spend up to an hour with an accident victim trapped in a car only to have the victim die. Treat a cardiac arrest, on Christmas Day, in front of the whole family , only for the patient not to make it.
    Imagine the emotional tole that would take on you and then sit there and tell me they don’t deserve a wage increase and the respect of their employer. Pull your head out of your butt.

  3. The City has said a number of times that Unions always make out better when they go to Arbitration. So why send them to Arbitration now? Would it not be a cost savings to settle now?

  4. If these workers want to get raises the same as what Thunder Bay got, let them move to Thunder Bay. Simple enough. If they can’t stand the employer they work for, quit and go work for another employer. Pretty simple.

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