CUPE Local 4848

You Are Invited to a Discussion with Dr. Lori Gray

poster 18 04 2016

Dr Lori K GrayDr. Lori Gray is a clinical, forensic, and rehabilitation psychologist who focuses on the issue of trauma through her work with first responders (e.g., paramedics, firefighters, police officers, dispatchers), victims, and criminal offenders. She is the staff psychologist for one of the largest emergency medical services (EMS) in Canada and provides consultation, crisis support, and education to other emergency services, first responders, and victim services agencies. Her background also includes experiences such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Psychological Trauma Program and the Law and Mental Health Program), Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), Ministry of the Attorney General, Correctional Service of Canada, and post-secondary teaching.

She has received the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Odyssey Early Career Achievement Award and GLAD Award for Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Windsor, and awards from agencies such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Gray has served on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Psychological Association Disaster Response Network, Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada PTSD ad hoc committee, and the Paramedic Association of Canada mental health survey.

Meeting February 15, 2016

logo 4848The Executive of CUPE 4848 met with a representative from the Department of Health and ANB/NBEMS Senior Management to discuss the language issues faced by paramedics in this province. The Union presented the following topics in detail and with lots of discussion:

  1. the use of translation devices and how they would benefit many different languages and not just the official languages;
  2. lowering the standard to a “2” and the benefits for both parties;
  3. hiring practices – if no successful applicant then hire by seniority.  The Union also pushed for the return of the “temp, temp, perm” policy;
  4. filling of vacant shifts should exhaust the administration area first before going outside the admin area;
  5.  training for second language had to be more intense and involve classroom  setting in order to be somewhat successful;
  6. PETL should be restructured and take into account the different dialects of the two official languages and be tested face to face by fellow New Brunswickers;
  7. the safety issue of having unilingual medics from each official language working together and not being able to communicate.

The Department of Health representative, John Estey, said he heard us and valued the input we gave but in order for any decisions to be made, they had to move up the ladder within the Department. He thanked us for the open and honest discussion we had and would take our concerns forward. He indicated that they are willing to move forward but not back. The temporary solution presented late December will continue to be implemented. He said that the DH, ANB and CUPE 4848 will continue to work together on important issues. As soon as a decision has been reached by the hierarchy, then the Department will meet with the Executive and any information will be passed on to the membership.

Your Executive will continue to push the issues and work for the good of the membership. We need you the membership to meet individually with your MLAs to discuss the issues as well. Working together makes us stronger.

Judy Astle
President CUPE 4848

To members of CUPE 4848

logo 4848There has been no deal made between ANB and CUPE 4848 in regards to anything let alone on bilingualism. A temporary compromise was reached in late December between the Department of Health and ANB in relation to part time and casual employees for short term leaves. This was seen as a very small step in the right direction for our paramedics.

A meeting with the Department of Health, ANB and the Executive of CUPE 4848 has been scheduled for February 15, 2016 to sit down and discuss all facets of bilingualism within the paramedic world.

A Press Release to the members will be issued soon after February 15.

Please let’s stand united and in solidarity.

Judy Astle
President CUPE 4848


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To all CUPE Presidents, Locals, Members, family and friends!!!

The CUPE NB Executive Board wants to send a huge thank you to all who participated in the “CHOICES” Public Consultation Sessions held across the province this past week and a half!

Starting with a bang in Bouctouche and following through to Fredericton, Saint John, Caraquet, Grand Falls, St Stephen, Dieppe, Miramichi, Campbellton and ending in Bathurst, CUPE members filled the meeting rooms lining the walls in silent protest which spoke volumes to the government that we are watching them and telling them “No More Cuts To Public Services”!!!

To Presidents, Executive and members who travelled the province, spoke to the media, made wonderful signs, mobilized their memberships and stood strong “shoulder to shoulder” throughout our communities, we say THANK YOU!

Keep the momentum going, CUPE members, by continuing to encourage and involve your members as we venture on for our next step of ACTION!



December 18, 2015

Brothers and Sisters:

The inner Executive of CUPE Local 4848 met today in Moncton to discuss the scheduling practices and concerns.  The Employer has heard the Unions concerns and they are currently in consultation with the Department of Health to resolve the inequities of the scheduling practices.

The Executive asked that the practice be reverted back to the former scheduling document, but at this time the Employer indicated that they will be meeting with us with a new document, from the Government, once it is completed.

The Union also discussed the hiring practices with the Employer and asked if they were interested in sitting down to discuss a better way to allow Paramedics to fill vacant bilingual positions.  The Employer indicated that they were willing to do so in the New Year.  We also raised concerns about the PETL testing process.  The Union understands the frustration the Membership has around this issue of language but we are making progress to address those concerns.

The short term goal is to address scheduling practices as quickly as possible and the long term goal will be to address the hiring and testing practices.

In solidarity,

Judy Astle
President Local 4848

Memo to Members

The Executive of 4848 cannot tolerate nor does not support any form of work action in violation of the Public Service Labour Relations Act. Job actions such as work to rule, work slow- downs, large group actions, etc.  is a direct violation of this Act with resulting legal circumstances and financial consequences for each involved member, the Executive members and the Local.

The Executive does support and will uphold the negotiated collective agreement and the policies of ANB. Again our number one priority is Patient care and will not support anything that would jeopardize patient care. The media exposure and public support has been very positive and supportive to date. Let us keep it that way.

Your Executive is meeting with Senior Management with hopes of reaching a resolve to our problem. With the rallies and the media exposure from this week we are making some progress. We know it is a slow method but please allow us time to negotiate with Management. Your Executive is planning on meeting with Government officials as well. But all of this takes time. Please collaborate with your Executive to work on these issues for you, the members.

Judy Astle
President Local 4848

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

FROM: Executive of CUPE 4848

We are currently dealing with a very complicated issue within our Union and that is with language profile and work ability. This policy has caused a division in the workplace by pitting member against member and is not acceptable and nor should it be tolerated.

Your local’s executive has been waiting for the employer to respond to the concerns brought forward. But in the meantime we must remain committed to our number one priority which is “Patient Care”. We currently have not received any negative press on our actions and concerns and I would strongly suggest that we maintain that position.  We have a collective agreement to follow and the company has issued us policies that we must follow. Therefore we must follow both.

As for our current services, we must maintain our commitment to provide patient care to the professional standards. We have always practiced within the system and not allowed ourselves to be distracted by things that are beyond our control. As paramedics, you must remember that you are employed by the Province of New Brunswick and have an obligation to your Association to provide your services.

Our first priority to a resolve will be to have the call-in process corrected immediately as the Company is causing an unnecessary financial burden on our part-time and casual staff. We will then need to address the issue of language requirement with regards to job opportunities which will require some more work by all of us. We would ask the membership to give the executive a little more time to meet with the employer to discuss these issues.

Judy Astle, President CUPE 4848