New Agreement for SNEMS Paramedics

March 23, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

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CAW Local 229 members who work as paramedics for Superior North Emergency Medical Services in rural areas north of Thunder Bay, Ontario have voted 68 per cent in favour of a new two-year agreement.

Local 229 represents 90 members who work at 14 EMS stations. The new agreement is retroactive to November 1, 2010 and includes a 1.5 per cent wage increase in the first year and 1.5 per cent Nov 1, 2011.

It also includes an increase in stat holiday compensation, benefit improvements and scheduling gains.

CAW Local 229 President Kari Jefford said this is a solid agreement that was negotiated under difficult circumstances. "There is no doubt a strike mandate of 100 per cent sent a clear message to the employer about the will of our membership," Jefford said.

CAW National Representative Andy Savela said that "achieving parity with their colleagues who work in the City of Thunder Bay for stat holiday compensation was the goal for the committee."

"It was definitely an issue of fairness that was dealt with," Savela said. "It resulted in the deal being supported by roughly 70 per cent of the membership, which is the highest percentage by which this group has ever ratified."

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