Paramedics call for bargaining changes
Alberta paramedics are concerned their voice won't be heard when the province takes over Emergency Medical Services.
The provincial government will take over the service April 1.
But the Alberta Coalition of CUPE Paramedics is already looking ahead to contract bargaining procedures.
Right now, there are four bargaining units that represent support workers, doctors, nurses, and paramedical workers like psychologists and massage therapists.
Rick Fraser says paramedics need their own bargaining unit. "How can those people, if they are chosen to be the bargaining agent, based on their constitution, how can they represent what paramedics do from day-to-day?"
Paramedics say their situations are unique because they perform life-saving medical procedures and work alongside police officers and firefighters.
Employment and Immigration Minister Hector Goudreau says he will be looking into the issue.