United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911

Back-to-Back Victories for EMS Professionals Grow the Union

Emergency medical services professionals in California and Arizona voted earlier this month to unionize with United EMS Workers-AFSCME.

Employees of First Responders EMS in Sacramento, Calif., won their election Monday, August, 5th with 76 percent of the vote. Check out this video of the first responders sharing their story.

“We’re standing together because we want EMS to be seen as a real profession, not just a stepping stone,” said Crystal Forschen, a paramedic at First Responder EMS. “The way we get it done is by having a strong, democratic, and accountable union.”

Employees at River Medical Ambulance-AMR in Lake Havasu, Ariz., held their election Tuesday, August 6th and chose to unionize with AFSCME – this time with 90 percent of the vote.

Lake Havasu responders talk about unionizing:


These new AFSCME members are in Riverside County, Calif., now to support their fellow EMS professionals in their upcoming election.

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