Arbitrator sides with employer in paramedic contract dispute
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Arbitrator sides with employer in paramedic contract dispute

Nova Scotia paramedics picket outside Province House July 5, 2013 as legislation was tabled inside sending their dispute to binding arbitration.

After being just hours away from a strike this July, Nova Scotia paramedics have a new arbitrator-imposed deal, but it’s not the one they wanted.

Retired judge J.A. MacLellan has sided with employer Emergency Medical Care Inc. and awarded increases totalling 10.6 per cent over 55 months.

Paramedics have been looking for 15 per cent.

The collective agreement does have $23 million more in benefits, and in his decision MacLellan said the pension plan was a huge benefit.

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