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Paramedic Pensions:
NRA 60 campaign 

Fair pensions for paramedics rejected by OMERS

July 7, 2008 The OMERS Sponsors Corporation’s employer representatives seem to think some emergency personnel are ‘more equal than others’. more...


 

Paramedics standing firm on pension demands

May 22, 2008 Paramedics from four unions want the same pension rights as police officers and firefighters, and plan a May 23 rally. more...

 

Paramedics to rally: Taking our case to OMERS

May 12, 2008  Paramedics will hold a rally May 23 in Toronto prior to the 2008 Spring Annual Regional Meeting of the OMERS Administration Corporation. View poster…

Fair Pensions for Paramedics: Taking our case to OMERS

May 6, 2008  The next step in the fair pension campaign for paramedics will be May 23 in Toronto.  more...

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Paramedics fight for pension equity

The 5,185 women and men who serve as Ontario’s paramedics are asking Ontario municipalities to support changes to the OMERS pension plan allowing paramedics the same pension rights as police and firefighters.

These changes would simply allow union locals representing paramedics to have the right to negotiate a normal retirement age of 60 with full pension in their workplaces. 

In 2005, the federal government designated paramedics as a Public Safety Occupation (PSO) alongside police and firefighters. This designation recognizes the public safety nature of paramedics’ work and how it can take a toll on the health of these workers. The PSO designation provides paramedics the opportunity to negotiate pension changes allowing them to leave the workplace earlier.

Like police and firefighters, paramedics provide a public service often under hazardous, high stress conditions. They respond to emergencies, provide medical services and transport patients to hospitals and medical facilities. In many cases, the initial emergency care provided by paramedics is the deciding factor between life and death, temporary or permanent disability, a brief confinement or prolonged hospitalization for a patient.

Working in a job filled with a lifetime of physical and psychological stress, the paramedic occupation can exact a toll on workers. Many find themselves off work with injuries, on long-term disability or having to take early retirement as they reach age 60.

Yet unlike police and firefighters, paramedics are not allowed to retire at 60 years of age with a full pension.

Paramedics from across the province are asking the OMERS Pension Plan for the same right to negotiate early retirement pensions as police and firefighters. 

To enact the changes for paramedics in Ontario, the OMERS pension plan would have to be amended. In a split vote, the OMERS Sponsor’s Corporation refused to implement the changes.

In a joint union campaign sponsored by OPSEU, CUPE,  CAW and SEIU, paramedics will be asking the public, local leaders, politicians and municipal councils to support early retirement for paramedics. More details will be available on this site soon

Letter from union leaders to AMO board members

Letter to paramedics: The right to retire at 60 with full pension

Meeting schedule: more dates will be scheduled across Ontario  

 

 

 

 
 What's New?

Paramedics to rally for fair pensions
News Release
Paramedics will rally April 17 to send a message to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation that they want the right to negotiate a normal retirement age of 60. more...

April 17 rally for fair pensions
Paramedics from OPSEU, CUPE, SEIU and CAW will rally April 17 to send a message to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation that they want the right to negotiate a normal retirement age of 60. More...

Letter from union leaders to AMO board members

Letter to paramedics: The right to retire at 60 with full pension

Meeting schedule: more dates will be scheduled across Ontario 

Note: New date for Owen Sound meeting.
Stonetree Golf Club
Highway 6
2 km. South of Owen Sound
Monday March 31, 2008
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Paramedic pensions campaign – complete lobby kit

February 21, 2008 Fair pensions for paramedics: More meeting dates announced more...

Paramedic campaign flyer to download and print for meetings “Ontario’s paramedics deserve the right to retire at age 60 with full pension”

Sample letter to your municipal Councillor: Paramedics or locals can send this - or use their own words .doc

Sample municipal resolution to present to your local municipal council for debate .doc

Sample letter : a municipal poltician can send this to AMO to request action .doc

Power Point presentation for paramedics NRA 60 campaign meetings .ppt

Q and A for the “pension fairness for paramedics” campaign .doc

Click here to view contact information at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

Note: To download the above Microsoft .doc files, right click the link and choose "Save target as"

 

 

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