Paramedics Ready For Work Stoppage


The City of Sault Ste. Marie advises residents that Unifor  Local 1359 (Paramedics) has indicated that they may initiate a labour disruption effective February 28, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. We want to assure the public that any paramedic work  stoppage is subject to the conditions of an Essential Services Agreement – all critical and  emergency calls will be addressed and responded to.

The City has provided an offer that is fair to its EMS employees and affordable to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie. While the City’s current EMS collective agreement is already one of the best in Northern Ontario, the new offer includes an increase in wage related compensation of 1.5% (base pay increase, introduction of shift premiums, paid meal breaks) with some additional benefit enhancements.

Despite bargaining since March 20, 2017, there are some remaining issues to be resolved.

To prevent a work stoppage, the City is prepared to put these differences before an arbitrator and abide by the ruling. The City believes this is the most responsible course of action and have formally asked Unifor to agree. In spite of this offer, Unifor is proceeding with plans for a labour disruption.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie values the important work paramedics do and will continue to
negotiate an agreement in a responsible manner within a Council mandate that is fair to our
employees and affordable to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie. Further information will be
available to the public as appropriate.


  1. Just a thought …….Their counterparts throughout the province may earn more but, has a comparison been made with respect to……the average cost of real estate/housing in those centres? How many miles do paramedics travel back and forth to work every day in those centres? What is the overall cost of living/restaurants/home maintenance services in those centres? Do those centres border on the USA where many items such as fuel and groceries might be less costly? I’m thinking the overall cost of living is likely somewhat lower in Sault Ste Marie than those other centres and therefore wages should reflect that. What is the current salary of a paramedic in Sault Ste. Marie?

    With the current state of our local economy, our municipal leaders should look at the cost of transporting non life threatened patients by way of private operators. I believe there are licensed companies here that are capable to quote on the delivery of those services that paramedics are bogged down with. This may solve two problems….give the paramedics their fair wage increase by reducing the current work force and work load through partial privatization saving taxpayers money while maintaining the same level of service. The dislocated junior paramedics can work in the private sector for companies such as Superior EMS for likely a lower wage and benefit package until such time that retirements occur in the public sector at which time they can apply for those positions. This would give them an appreciation of the wage and benefit plan that the public sector offers.

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