Almost one year after they first organized, the 15 paramedicals at Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay ratified their first contract on Oct. 9.
“It may be a small bargaining unit but our newest members in Barry’s Bay demonstrate OPSEU’s growing strength in hospitals across Ontario,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “On behalf of the executive board and all our members, I welcome them onboard.”
As paramedicals the new members fall within OPSEU’s Hospital Professionals Division, which represents workers in about 200 occupational categories including diagnostic imaging, pharmacy technicians, health records personnel, physio-therapists and many others.
With ratification, the members at Francis Memorial Hospital have achieved wage and benefit parity with all other HPD members, under terms of the central agreement.
Nelson Ross Laguna
OPSEU Staff Representative