Seems to me they voted on one in the past and it was squashed..(RWDSU if Im not mistaken)[/quote]
Well, certain volunteer district chiefs and captains have started calling people at home to come and sign a membership card. The reason I have been told they are pushing is because everytime they ask for something that the careers receive they are told no and the only reason the career guys get it is because it's in their collective agreement. So by unionizing the volunteers they to will build a collective agreement. I guess we will see. All I see right now is that the volunteers are building a wall between volunteers and career.
As far as training goes, our training division is tremendously under staffed although two new positions have recently been approved by council which is good news! Our training division does a great job of giving training and if you don't think its enough, get some guys together, go to the hall and do some training, hence the word "volunteer".
Anyways, its too bad that it has come to this and it will create a divide between the volunteers and the career side. The last thing a fire service needs as a whole. The next few months will be very interesting for Greater Sudbury's Fire Service, lets hope that we can all move forward and make it a better service for our community!
On the other hand, we get no benefits, are issued second/third hand equipment and uniforms, and have no formal mechanism to handle any grievances we may have. Most guys are afraid to raise issues because they are afraid of getting tagged as a boat rocker, and hurting their career prospects, so they keep their mouths shut. Having a union will give these guys a voice.
As far as the guy above who says if you arent getting enough training go to the station on your own for free do you think fulltime guys would do that? Of course not. If you are taking time away from your family to keep your skills up, then you should be paid accordingly. The IAFF would throw a shit fit if their members were asked to come into work on their own time for free, would they not?
There are 300 plus POCs in Sudbury, which is about what you would find in a good sized fulltime municipal dept. These guys are dedicated and professional. They risk their health and safety the same as any IAFF member does, and they deserve representation
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