All Tax Payers in United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Posted in the Brockville Forum
#1 May 26, 2008
Your ambulance workers (paramedics) have been working without a contract since January 1st 2007. As of June 2nd 2008 citizens of Leeds and Grenville are at risk of loosing more than 50% of ambulances should the United Counties Council lockout the Paramedics. This will mean 3 ambulances doing the job of 9.
At peak periods the area of Brockville (which also includes Maitland, North Augusta, New Dublin, Addison, Athens, Lyn and Mallorytown) requires 3 ambulances alone; and often pulls other ambulances in from the rest of the county (Prescott, Kemptville, Spencerville, Elgin and Gananoque) out of those areas to provide assistance. As well, there are multiple times every week that ALL ambulances in the united counties are de-pleated (on emergency calls or transfers)- that happens with a full deployment of 9 ambulances. What will happen when there are only 3 for the ENTIRE county?
How do you think this will effect citizens of your township, and the entire county?
How will this effect visitors that are so very important to our local economy?
Peoples lives will be at risk as ambulances may not be promptly available to service our community in our time of needs. If the county council does lockout the paramedics, you should expect a significant wait for you and your loved ones in case of emergency. It appears that the county council is willing to risk the lives of the taxpayers.
Negotiations are at a stalemate as ambulance management is proposing to cut maternity leave amounts, compensation for workers injured serving our citizens, no meal breaks and offering wage increases that don't meet the levels awarded to other county employees, and are significantly less than Provincial and Eastern Ontario averages.
This is not about increasing taxes... we already pay more than enough in taxes. Instead agreements can be reached if budgets were used more appropriately. For example: In 2007 and so far in 2008 the county EMS managers increased their own staff by 4 yet are buying equipment and software to decrease the management workload, the EMS manager was paid over $102,000 (one of 7 member of the management team) and bought three new vehicles for management. There was no new actual responding transporting ambulances added.
Ensure you have ambulance service whenever you need it by contacting you municipal council, county council and the local MPP. Please give the message to county council that you as taxpayers need all paramedics to be essential - and that you are disappointed in their risk of you and your loved ones lives.
Remember that our government believes that PARAMEDICS and AMBULANCE are NOT ESSENTIAL - Give them a message that they are essential to survival!
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