November 13, 2017

AMO President, Lynn Dollin, is appearing before Standing Committee on November 16th to demand an amendment to legislation that would prevent arbitrators the scope of authority to impose a fire-medic service delivery on an unwilling municipal government.  The province says that it is only for willing governments.  We say, make that clear, real and true.  

We need an amplified voice from members, particularly those delivering ambulance services.  Many municipal governments have taken this position and now is the time to re-voice the concern and needed fix with your local MPPs, write the Standing Committee in support of AMO’s submission and make sure the Ministers are copied. (See contacts below that will help you do this). Standing Committee will be considering changes to the Bill over the next two weeks, so don’t wait.

AMO continues to be told that these pilots are to be hosted by only willing municipalities but we have not yet received confirmation that amendments will be made to guarantee this protection. Municipal governments saw previously 24–hour shift pilots replicated by arbitrators across Ontario despite the employers’ non-supportive position.

We are asking all parties to address the valid concerns of municipal employers by concurrently amending the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and the Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act.

Who to connect with:

a)   Standing Committee on General Government is accepting Bill 160 submissions by 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Link here to the Committee Hearings- Bill 160
b)   Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins
c)   Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hon. Marie-France Lalonde
d)   Minister of Labour, Hon. Kevin Flynn
e)   Minister of Municipal Affairs, Hon. Bill Mauro
f)    Office of the Premier, Hon. Kathleen Wynne
g)   Your local MPP