Unifor and Ornge appoint arbitrator to negotiations

Unifor and Ornge appoint arbitrator to negotiations

November 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM


On November 15, 2016 your Unifor bargaining committee resumed negotiations with ORNGE. During this time, both parties mutually agreed upon a process to involve Arbitrator Tom Hodges in order to expedite what has been a long and drawn out set of negotiations.

The Unifor bargaining committee made a commitment to bargain in good faith with ORNGE and has kept this commitment since talks began. With Arbitrator Tom Hodges now involved in the process, any outstanding bargaining items would be forwarded to him to mediate on December 5 and 6. In the event mediation is not successful, remaining issues will be submitted to Arbitrator Hodges for consideration to binding interest arbitration with a decision no later than February 15, 2017.

The Unifor Bargaining committee heard from the members at proposal meetings more than a year ago. Since this time, the committee has been working to advance members’ concerns and reach a fair and equitable agreement with Ornge.

The Unifor ORNGE collective agreement expired on November 1, 2015, however until a new agreement is reached all terms of the current collective agreement remain in force.

We appreciate the involvement and patience you have shown over this prolonged period of time and are committed to standing firm on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please contact your bargaining committee member.


In solidarity,

Your Unifor District 344 Bargaining Committee:
Chuck Telky, Chairperson
Mike Chad, Southern base bargaining representative
Dan Lefebvre, Northern Base representative
Ashley Watkins, Assistant to the Local President
Cheryl Robinson, Cheryl Robinson, Local 2002 President
Kelly Anne Orr, Unifor National Staff Representative



For more information, please contact:
Ashley Watkins, Assistant to the Local President



Unifor represents more than 200 members at Ornge across the province. These members are responsible for patient care and medical transfers. The operation is the largest and most sophisticated program of aero-medical transport in North America. It currently serves the 12.5 million residents of the province of Ontario.


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