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Strike averted as Thunder Bay paramedics reach tentative agreement

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 10, 2021 /CNW/ - Unifor Local 39-11 Superior North Emergency Medical Services paramedics and the City of Thunder Bay have reached a tentative collective agreement, avoiding strike action.

"These members have been on the frontline since day one of this pandemic and their skillset, education, and training are second to none in terms of first responders," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "I congratulate the bargaining committee on reaching a deal that acknowledges the level of service that these workers provide." 

The new four-year tentative agreement covers 108 paramedics who work in the City of Thunder Bay, the busiest region in the province for paramedic services on a per-capita basis.

During the pandemic, the paramedics stepped up to conduct COVID-19 testing and administer vaccination shots to the public in addition to providing daily life-saving services.

"The bargaining committee worked to ensure that this tentative agreement recognizes the dedication and significant role our members play in delivering life-saving care to the people of Thunder Bay," said Rob Moquin, Unit Chair for Unifor Local 39-11 City Paramedics. "While more work needs to be done, important gains were made to begin to close the gap between paramedics and other emergency service workers."

Details of the collective agreement will not be released prior to ratification. Members will vote on the new contract in the coming days.  

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

SOURCE Unifor

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