November 20, 2013 OPSEU member Julie Colgan from local 147 at
Middlesex-London EMS has taken time off work and is currently in the
Philippines with the organization Global Medic.
November 14, 2013 he OPSEU Hospital Professional Division Executive has, in consultation with CG&B Insurance Group, arranged for members of Regulated Health Professions to get PLI at a discounted rate
July 11, 2013 On July 25, come to Region 5 and support the fundraiser for OPSEU Region 2 members who are volunteering in a Nairobi clinic for one month this fall.
June 11, 2013
2013 OPSEU Paramedics want to remind you that foodborne illnesses are more
prevalent in warm weather. more...
May 27, 2013 Paramedics are actively campaigning to stop the County of
Frontenac from imposing funding cuts to ambulance service. . The Local has
now learned the $225,000 budget cut will be used instead for auditorium
See news link
May 21, 2013 Cuts to ambulances services will
threaten residents in the Country of Frontenac and the city of Kinston if the
municipality reduces ambulance services, despite the fact emergency calls
increase every year. Paramedics of Local 462 held an information May 11, 2013.
Read online at thewhig.com
May 8, 2013 Join OPSEU Paramedics from Frontenac Ambulance Service for an info picket at the Cataraqui Town Centre on Saturday, May 11
17, 2013 . A brain injury occurs every three minutes in Canada. Helmets use
reduces brain injury by 88 per cent.
April 12, 2013 All OPSEU paramedics are asked to
complete a questionnaire on the HPRAC website regarding a proposed regulatory
college. The OPSEU Ambulance Division counsels against the establishment of such
a regulatory Body. more...
March 11, 2012 The Ambulance Division has been directed to oppose the formation of a regulatory college by a majority of the approximately 2100 paramedics we represent.
February 8, 2013 Sudden cardiac arrest occurs every 12 minutes in Canada.
The survival rate is approximately 6 per cent without immediate intervention.
November 26, 2012 OPSEU Local 462 (Frontenac Paramedics and Kingston
Ambulance Communication Officers) invites you to make a donation towards their
“Fill an Ambulance” event. more...
August 7, 2012 OPSEU Ambulance division want to remind you that insect bites and stings can be more than just a pain.
June 6, 2012 OPSEU Paramedics in the Region of Peel are calling on the
Region to treat unionized workers fairly to end two strikes with CUPE 966 and
ensure citizens can access life-sustaining and life-saving services. more...
May 16, 2012 In December 2011, OPSEU Local 505 initiated a grievance regarding
the hiring of non-OPSEU employees to perform the duties of Communication
April 16, 2012 OPSEU Local 462 President, Terry Baker met
with Hamilton Township representative to discuss the township’s tier-emergency
response agreement. more…
March 2, 2012 Over 100 paramedics from Local 303 in
Simcoe County held a flashmob on Thursday morning calling for a fair contract. more...
January 20, 2012 On the 16th of January, 2012 we suddenly
lost a wonderful friend, co-worker and long time union supporter. Larry Shaw,
aged 61, passed away after a brief illness. Larry was a member of OPSEU Local
December 9, 2011 The Ambulance Divisional Executive meeting included
planning next steps for a formal response to OPFFA initiatives as well as plans for a new campaign,
“Paramedics make the difference”.
August 19, 2011 The outcome of this election may
determine your future workload, your family’s access to health care, the hours
you work, who you work for, or whether you will have a job at all. The Community Health Care Professionals election primer looks at the party promises, the issues, offers
helpful suggestions on what you can do, and gives sample questions for
Printed copies of the 11” x 17” Election Primer are being sent
to each local. You can also download it here.
May 16, 2011 Whether you answer a 911 call for help or
respond to an emergency in a time of need, EMS week is an opportunity to
celebrate the important contribution of ambulance workers. It is an opportunity
for communities to recognize our work, dedication and commitment.
December 20, 2010 In October, OPSEU Local 505 stood
up to a bad employer and filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations
Board (OLRB) arguing discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union
activists at Ornge. more...
OPSEU local files Labour Board complaint against Ornge
October 13, 2010 OPSEU Local 505 has filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Board arguing discrimination, intimidation and targeting of union activists at Ornge.
Ontario Emergency Medical Services
October 5, 2010 Ontario Emergency Medical Services guidance
notes are intended to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employers,
supervisors, workers and joint health and safety committees by explaining
the minimum requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its
regulations and promoting “accepted practices” in EMS to protect the health
and safety of EMS personnel. more…
May 14, 2010 To help mark EMS Week, Jamie Ramage, Chair of the OPSEU Ambulance Division has sent the following message to the members he represents.
April 1, 2010 Patty Rout, First Vice-President /
Treasurer delivers message today at the Ontario Legislature on Bill 236, An Act
to amend the Pensions Benefit Act. more...
March 26, 2010 With OPSEU paramedics looking on, Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale-High Park, presented the first reading of private member’s Bill 11, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), on March 23, 2010.
Simcoe County Paramedics Petition Campaign
September 1, 2009 In the late 1990s paramedic services were divested to Simcoe County. Although jobs were reassigned,
pensions were not! Unfortunately this has resulted in significantly reduced pensions, as Simcoe County paramedics’ years of credited service have not been recognized.
Visit our campaign web page.
March, 2009 Ambulance Division update
December, 2008 Ambulance Division update
Essex County Paramedic Vote – November 18-19, 2008
November 4, 2008 On Nov. 18-19, you will have the
opportunity to choose OPSEU as your union.
Calling all paramedics
OPSEU open house on September 29 & 30 from 5 p.m.
to 10 p.m. (both days) at the Caesar Windsor – Saturni Room.
Paramedics rally in Toronto
April 17, 2008, as the OMERS Sponsors Corporation met inside, paramedics
from OPSEU, CUPE, SEIU and CAW rallied for fair pensions at University
Avenue and Front Street. Paramedics from across Ontario are campaigning to
have the same pension rights as other emergency services workers including
police and fire. Photo: Rick Janson.
Paramedics launch campaign for pension fairness
15, 2008 In a joint campaign, OPSEU, along with CUPE, CAW and
SEIU, are asking Ontario municipalities to
support changes to the OMERS pension plan to allow more than 5,000
Ontario paramedics the same pension rights as police and
Halton Paramedics making a difference in Central America
January 22, 2008 OPSEU Paramedics from Local
207, Halton, are bringing their skills and care to help children in
Central America. More...
Air Ambulance Dispatch Centre professionals ratify deal
September 7, 2007 Air ambulance dispatchers and
staff at the Infectious Control Centre based in Toronto have a ratified
their first collective agreement.
The 71 full-time and part-time members of OPSEU Local
545 work for the new non- profit organization called ORNGE.
Union members are responsible for the dispatch of
helicopters to highway accidents, and coordination of organ retrieval
flights, as well as infectious disease screening (including SARS) for
all inter-hospital patient transfer services and Critical Care Land
Ambulance transfer in Ontario.
These workers were divested from the Ontario Public
Service in 2006 and began bargaining in June 2007. Union members had
voted 95 per cent Aug. 17 in favour of strike action if their demands
for a fair collective agreement were not met.
“The workers at ORNGE, through their solidarity, have
achieved an excellent first contract, and look forward to providing a
high quality of service to Ontarians,” said OPSEU negotiator Mark
Talks stall for Peel paramedics
August 28, 2007 Negotiations have broken
down for 350 paramedics, members of Local 277, at the Region of Peel.
Tentative deal signed at Air Ambulance
August 28, 2007
Toronto: Air ambulance dispatchers and staff at the Infectious Control
Centre based in Toronto have a tentative agreement which would avert a
strike set for Sept. 11.
Air Ambulance Dispatch Centre could strike Sept. 11
August 23, 2007 Toronto: Air
ambulance dispatchers and staff at the Infectious Control Centre based in
Toronto have asked for a no-board report and could strike Sept. 11.
Paramedic wins key human rights case
July 13, 2007 A 17-year veteran Simcoe County paramedic
(Local 303) has won a key case at arbitration. The arbitrator ruled that the
Human Rights Code could override the requirement in the Ambulance Act
regulations that require a paramedic to be legally entitled to drive an
Ambulance Division updates
March, 2009 Ambulance Division update
December, 2008 Ambulance Division update
Update February 2007
Update December 2006
Update September 2006
November 28 2006
Letter to Ministry of
Labour regarding meal breaks for
Regulation under the
Employment Standards Act.
Ambulance Division Archive