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Haldimand County paramedics vote 100% yes to OPSEU/SEFPO

“There are a lot of heroic public sector workers on the front lines of this pandemic, but none more heroic than paramedics." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President

Toronto (28 March 2022) — When the paramedics in Haldimand County voted recently on joining the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE), it was a unanimous "yes."

Nearly 4,000 paramedics have joined OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE

“There are a lot of heroic public sector workers on the front lines of this pandemic, but none more heroic than paramedics,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President. “Along with all the danger and trauma that have always gone with the job, they’ve been incredibly exposed during this pandemic, putting themselves and their loved ones at risk.”

“So on behalf of all 180,000 OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE members, I’d like to say, Thank you and welcome to our great union," said Thomas.

The new members work out of 5 Haldimand County EMS bases which are located in Dunnville, Cayuga, Hagersville, Caledonia and Fisherville. OPSEU/SEFPO now represents the majority of land ambulance services in and around Peel, Halton, Grey, Bruce, Wellington, Guelph, Norfolk, Brant and Hamilton. Nearly 4,000 paramedics across Ontario are now OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE members.

Workers need a tough union

“I’m constantly amazed by the bravery of paramedics like our newest members, and the work they do has never been more dangerous,” said Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer. “I’m glad they understand the importance of a tough union when you’re working in tough situations, and I’m proud they voted to choose OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE.”

The Haldimand Paramedics aren’t the only health workers to join OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE this month. As reported in the Brockville Recorder and Times, the community health professionals in and around Brockville have also voted "Yes" to the union.