No stand-alone units for paramedics

B.C. and Alberta governments accused of union busting
By Danielle Harder
||Last Updated: 06/11/2010

Paramedics in B.C. and Alberta will have a new set of bargaining partners in their next negotiations. On the west coast, EMS personnel are being moved into one of five health-sector bargaining units after the province decided against creating a stand-alone unit for paramedics.

Next door, in Alberta, the Labour Relations Board has rejected an appeal by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to allow paramedics to be represented by the union of their choice. Instead, 1,000 paramedics will be moved into a bargaining union made up of technicians and lab workers represented by the Health Science Assn. of Alberta (HSAA).