Unifor Local 2002 members ratify new contract with Ornge

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Unifor Local 2002 is pleased to announce that its Ornge paramedic services members have ratified a new collective agreement by 83.9%.

“We are so proud of the hard work the bargaining committee performed for our paramedic members,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

“Paramedics responsible for life-and-death patient care and medical transfers deserved the respect of a contract that speaks to their interests. Proud to see they got that. Congratulations!”

There was a very strong turnout online for ratification with over 75% of the membership attending the meetings on June 27 and 28.

The new four-year agreement will be in effect from Aug. 1, 2023, until July 31, 2027. The current collective agreement will expire on July 31, 2023.

Ornge operates the largest and most sophisticated program of aero-medical transport in North America. Members provide care to patients in fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, as well as ground ambulances.

“Congratulations to the Bargaining Committee for negotiating an agreement that recognizes the important contributions that members perform as urgent care paramedics,” said Tammy Moore, Unifor Local 2002 President.

“The work that Ornge members carry out every day is of vital importance to public safety, and we are grateful for their dedication and professionalism.”

Highlights of the new agreement include:

  • Wage increases in every year of the agreement.
  • Substantial increases in mental health coverage and care for members and their eligible family members to a maximum of $5,000 per year
  • Improvements to health care services (ex. vision care, chiropractic, physio, etc.)
  • Short term disability bank – used to bridge coverage at 100% of pay
  • Vacation enhancements
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