‘Sup­port Our Paramedics’ drive

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

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.

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