Pandemic pay expanded to include paramedics and other frontline workers

More frontline workers are now benefiting from Ontario’s pandemic pay.

Late Tuesday evening OPSEU announced a deal was reached to expand the pay to include paramedics, respiratory therapists, Public Health nurses and addictions and mental health workers.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the move came after a series of conversations with government.

OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas says OPSEU will not be collecting union dues on any pandemic pay their members receive

Thomas also reiterated that OPSEU will not be collecting union dues on any pandemic pay their members receive. OPSEU says the expansion doesn’t include everything they were lobbying for.

On the weekend Premier Doug Ford announced that thousands of front-line workers in Ontario would receive a temporary pay hike as a thank you for their dedication and long hours to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak.


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Province of Ontario expands pandemic pay to include paramedics

Premier Ford referred to it a “pandemic pay premium” during a media briefing on Saturday.

Front-line workers will see their pay increase $4 per hour on top of current hourly wages. As well, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month for each of the next four months. Ford said this means eligible employees working an average of 40 hours per week would receive $3,560 in additional compensation.