United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911

Victory for Rural/Metro IFT Workers in Northern California!

Oakland- The EMS workers at Rural/Metro of Northern California voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 2-to-1 to join their brothers and sisters within AFSCME Local 4911, United EMS Workers, who are working at Rural/Metro's 911 operation in Santa Clara County. Over the last few months, they've stood strong because they know they deserve dignity and respect for the important work that they do. "By joining United EMS Workers/AFSCME Local 4911, we’re bringing dignity to EMS in the bay area,” said new member Chris Barney.

These EMS workers also provide a vital service that keeps their communities safe, and now they will take their seat at the bargaining table and move forward with their first union contract. Phil Jones, an EMS worker at Rural/Metro Northern California commented: “With this victory, we create a partnership that benefits our livelihoods as well as it benefits Rural/Metro.

Soon these workers will elect their own bargaining committee to be their representatives at the table with management, and will also elect their own stewards. "It's time, now more than ever, to stand together and have our voices heard," stated Cassie Falletta, an EMT at Rural/Metro Northern California.

Earlier this year, the Rural/Metro EMS professionals in Santa Clara County as well as the Medic Ambulance EMS workers in Solano County voted decisively to build their own local with AFSCME. Now, these EMS workers at Rural/Metro of Northern California– including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses, fleet techs and vehicle supply techs – are part of the same national union that represents over 20,000 EMS professionals. Today marked another landmark for EMS workers nationwide, and we will continue to work toward giving more of these professional EMS workers the voice and recognition they deserve.

-8/1/12

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