Canadian Paramedics Labor Problems May Cause Trouble for 2010 Winter Olympics

Vancouver, British Columbia (AHN) – Although the British Columbia’s paramedics’ seven-month strike ended in Sept. 19, with Canadian Union of Public Employees President John Strohmaier even urging ambulance paramedics in the province to resume their normal work hours and availability for shift, his admonition may not apply when Vancouver hosts the 2010 Winter Olympics early next year.

Strohmaier has hinted many of the ambulance paramedics would likely not be eager to volunteer to perform overtime work during large public events in the winter sport event. The union president said he will not volunteer during the games, and many other paramedics share the same sentiment.

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