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Paramedics Pension Campaign

The CAW, along with other unions, is taking part in a campaign to allow Ontario paramedics to retire at 60 years of age with a full pension.

Paramedics belong to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension plan, which currently does not allow them to retire with a full pension at age 60. Instead they must reach age 65.

The OMERS plan gives fire and police the right to retire at age 60 with a full pension, even though paramedics, police and fire are designated as public safety occupations by the federal government. The CAW, CUPE Ontario, OPSEU and SEIU are involved in a campaign for paramedics to win that same right.

The CAW represents 260 paramedics in Thunder Bay (Local 229), Sault Ste. Marie (Local 1120) and St Thomas, Ontario (Local 302).