Five Canadian firefighters face union charges for 'double-hatting'

  • Source: The Globe and Mail
  • Published: 05/18/2017 12:00 AM

Mandy Gould has spent nearly 13 years as a volunteer firefighter in Caledon, Ont. – a sprawling municipality northwest of Toronto – following her father into a vocation that she aspired to since high school. For the past 11 years, Ms. Gould has also been a full-time firefighter in nearby Brampton, a suburban city of more than half a million. Now she and four colleagues are facing charges from their union for “double-hatting,” in the latest escalation of a years-long fight that has pitted full-time firefighters who moonlight in their home communities against a union that sees the practice as a violation of its constitution and a threat to membership growth. Volunteers are paid a small amount for each call.


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