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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.

Full story: Canadian volunteer firefighters win right to unionize

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