Medical Attendants who provide non-emergency patient transfers at Ontario Patient Transfer’s (OPT) base in Kitchener, ON, are the newest members of Local 1295 in Canada. The newest members bring the total number of members at OPT to 182 at locations in Hamilton, Kitchener, Winchester and Arnprior.
“These workers were looking for representation and a champion for their concerns over province-wide regulation and standardization of the industry,” said District 78 Organizer Ralph Martin. The 60 Medical Attendants provide patient transfers between Waterloo Region and Perth-Oxford Counties to the west and Wellington County to the east.
The IAM also represents patient transfer workers at Medi-Van in Winnipeg, Ambutrans in Toronto and Voyageur Patient Transfer Services in Sarnia.