Winnipeg fire-paramedic chief’s words ‘injury to dignity’: Arbitrator

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|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2018

Public comments made at a conference harmed the relationship between Winnipeg’s fire and paramedic employees, ruled an arbitrator. 

Chief John Lane spoke at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) conference in National Harbor, Md., on Aug. 28, 2015, about the roles of both fire and paramedic personnel in responding to incident calls. Lane was an advocate for the integrated model used in Winnipeg, in which both sets of emergency workers responded to emergency calls.

Before the conference, Lane consulted with organizers about the content of his speech.