Canadian volunteer firefighters win right to unionize
The firefighters are paid an hourly wage for every call they respond to
By Kevin Rollason
The Winnipeg Free Press
SPRINGFIELD, Canada — They are volunteers and have full-time jobs elsewhere, but firefighters in the Rural Municipality of Springfield have become the first such fire department in the province to be granted the right to form a union.
The Manitoba Labour Board made the ruling last week in a 10-page written decision after holding hearings earlier this summer and hearing from the firefighters themselves and representatives of the municipality, which is located just beyond the eastern border of Winnipeg.
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