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NEWS RELEASE · 31st March 2010
Ministry of Labour
Labour Minister Murray Coell announced today that he will not direct the Labour Relations Board to create a standalone bargaining unit for unionized employees of the BC Ambulance Service.

Coell's decision follows the March 11, 2010 announcement by the Ministry of Health Services of a new ambulance service model for the BC Ambulance Service. Under the new model, the BC Ambulance Service will be integrated more closely with the health-care system.

Following that announcement, the Ministry of Labour launched a consultation process that included representatives from unions, the BC Ambulance Service and key stakeholders, to receive input into which bargaining unit structure should be established under the integrated service model in the health sector.

The minister had two options - either direct the Labour Relations Board to create a new bargaining unit for the employees, or not direct and thereby cause the employees to be integrated into existing health-sector bargaining units. Coell was aided by a report prepared by senior staff outlining the input of stakeholders.

The Labour Relations Board, on application by one or more interested parties, will now determine where unionized employees of the BC Ambulance Service will be placed within the existing five health-sector bargaining units. The process, which involves hearings, could take a few months.

The bargaining units in the health sector are: Residents; Nurses; Paramedical/Health Science Professionals; Health Services and Support - Facilities Subsector; and Health Services and Support - Community Subsector. CUPE Local 873, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union and the BC Nurses' Union will continue to represent unionized BC Ambulance Service employees as part of one or more of the multi-union bargaining associations.

A copy of the report outlining the input of stakeholders is available at:
Good Plan
Comment by Jim Ippel on 3rd April 2010
It is refreshing to see that there will not be a separate bargaining unit for the Ambulance Paramedics. Their past demands have shown that the those in power in the executive are totally out of touch with reality.
They suggest that they are on the same playing field as the Police, yet will not attend a site where there has been a suggestion of spousal violence, or other altercations which may include violent acts.
If they want to be on a level playing field with the police, and collect the big buck$, don't wait for the police to clear the area. Be a Man/Women and go right on in.
Just to be clear on the subject, I have a lot of faith in our Paramedics," Localy," because I believe they are dedicated to their job, regardless of what the out to lunch (an opinion) executive of the Paramedics Union put forth in their outlandish demands.
Respectfully submitted.