‘Support Our Paramedics’ drive
A group of Glengarry residents has organized a petition expressing support for striking paramedics who serve Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.
A “Support Our Paramedics” Facebook page has over 700 members while about 580 people have signed an online petition that states that local paramedics are the lowest paid in the province. “We are going to place petitions in business to allow those without social media to participate,” says Dunvegan resident Glenna Logan Van Drunen, who started the campaign to raise awareness of the issue. The supporters say that local paramedics are being asked to accept a reduction in sick days. “They have the lowest in lieu benefits as well as shift differentials. Ambulances are not considered essential therefore they cannot go to ar- bitration although police and fire can,” reads the petition. “All our paramedics want is to be respected and compensated the same as the rest of their colleagues are. Do you feel safe?”
“What can our paramedics do? Strike, and hope to attain fair negotiations,” the petition continues. “Our paramedics are only asking for wage and benefit parody with the rest of the province. Please sign the petition, share through social media and with friends and neighbors. All residences and visitors to SD&G are at risk, should you need an ambulance. Our paramedics have always been there for you, please show your support by signing the petition.” May 23, the City of Cornwall said it had accepted a request from the paramedics’ bargaining unit, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, to return to the bargaining table.