Ontario Machinists Continue to Grow with OPT

The IAM has recently added more members with the expansion of Ontario Patient Transfer’s (OPT) newest base in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto.

“We’re building on the relationship we developed with OPT since we organized their home base in Hamilton more than a year ago,” explained District 78 Organizer Scott Jackson. “As they continue to grow, the Machinists will grow with them.”

The 55 Medical Attendants provide non-emergency ambulatory patient transfers between Richmond Hill and Aurora and Newmarket to the north, Brampton to the west and Markham and Toronto to the south. The newest additions to Local 1295 in Toronto bring the total number of Machinists members at OPT to 237. Members are located at bases in Hamilton, Kitchener, Winchester and Arnprior.

The IAM also represents patient transfer workers at Medi-Van in Winnipeg, Ambutrans in Toronto and Voyageur Patient Transfer Services in Sarnia.