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After almost a year of on-again-off-again negotiations, BC ambulance paramedics, CUPE Local 873, have reached a tentative agreement.

While details are being withheld pending ratification, the new deal includes improvements related to workload and training.

Its been a tough round of negotiations but were extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish, says John Strohmaier, president of Local 873.

Workload was a central issue as the number of patients BC ambulance paramedics deal with is double what is recommended as the breaking point for ambulance personnel. Strong membership support for the bargaining committee combined with effective job action forced the province to agree to review the workload issue in the coming weeks.