United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911

California EMS Professionals Deliver Petition to Protect Standards

Members of United EMS Workers- AFSCME Local 4911 from Placer, Yolo and Sacramento walk on the boss.

Emergency medical service providers save lives every day—and right now they’re struggling to save their own livelihoods, so they can keep doing this crucial work.

Northern California EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) have been working without a contract since the beginning of this month, and so far their efforts at the bargaining table have been met with resistance by their employer. That’s why members are voting this week to give the bargaining unit strike authorization.

Monday morning, EMS professionals across Northern California marched to the AMR offices to tell management that they won’t back down. They carried with them the signatures of 1,100 of their colleagues who stand with their bargaining team.

This week’s vote will show management that EMS professionals in Northern California are serious about protecting their rights and dignity on the job. These workers have already faced years of wage stagnation and cutbacks, and they won’t take it any longer.

“What’s at stake here is everything that’s in our contract,” said Rebecca Ayers, an EMT in Yolo County. “It’s everything that we strive to do, everything we strive to be. We want to be recognized as a profession, not just a job.”

 

 

September 16, 2013

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