Paramedics are still fighting to be released by their current Bargaining Agent, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, to be moved into the New Brunswick Union, classified as Medical Science Professionals.
Paramedics received the proper classification nearly a year ago from their employer, the Province of New Brunswick. This followed a detailed and thorough classification analysis, that explored the evolution of their profession.
Prior to the updated classification taking effect on April 1st, 2020, the Paramedics current Bargaining Agent, CUPE, filed complaints to the Labour & Employment Board, citing unfair labour practices.
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Despite the pursuit of a proper classification as Medical Professionals having the support of 98% of the Provinces' Paramedics, they have found themselves in a head-to-head battle with their very own union, to defend the evolution of their profession.
Joel Mattatall, Chair of the Committee mandated with pursing the change on behalf of Paramedics, states,
"In what world does a membership rely on their employer, to defend themselves from their very own union?"
Paramedics were hopeful to have their case heard by the Labour & Employment Board tomorrow but learned Friday that the Board had adjourned and have postponed the hearing to January 12th, 2021.
It's stated by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in a memo to Paramedics, that the delay is required to allow parties to complete a review of recently unredacted documents.
The postponement adds further delay to an already prolonged process and continues to place unnecessary stress on an already strained Paramedic system.
"We are confident in the merits of our case and believe when given the opportunity to present in front of the Board, that the truth will set us free and that Paramedics will move forward into the future, officially recognized as Medical Professionals."
Individuals interested in watching the Virtual Hearing live in January, are asked to contact the Labour & Employment Board at: Isabelle.Belanger-Brown@gnb.ca, to request a login code.
In the meantime, Paramedics will continue striving to deliver the highest quality of out-of-hospital care, to the public they serve. They will continue to work alongside others spearheading the Provincial response to COVID-19 and wish to thank members of the public for their ongoing support and words of encouragement.