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FORT MCLEOD - Joining CUPE has meant a sharp increase in wages and benefits for Fort McLeod ambulance attendants.

The 13 attendants recently settled their first contract with the Town of Fort McLeod. The contract saw wage increases of 12% over one year, additional vacation time, and a signing bonus of up to $1,200 for full time employees. In addition, the contract gives employees bereavement leave, a $300 clothing allowance, and 120 days of sick leave per year.

CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz said that this kind of settlement is why ambulance workers across Alberta have chosen CUPE. “We are proud of this settlement, and we can take this to ambulance workers who don’t have a union and say - this is what CUPE can do for you.”

“You don’t get this kind of wage increase without a union.”