|United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911|
1,800 EMS Workers Vote to Join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911
September 27, 2012 (San Francisco, CA) -- EMS professionals employed by American Medical Response (AMR) in more than a dozen counties across the state voted decisively yesterday to join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911.
More than 2,200 EMS workers are voting in representation elections this week to join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911. In New England, more than 500 EMS professionals are taking part in on-site elections today and tomorrow.
“We understand that with numbers there is strength, and with strength we can accomplish a whole lot,” said Kathy Ivy, a Paramedic in Contra Costa County and 18-year veteran EMS professional. "We want to be part of a growing national movement that stands up for EMS workers, and that’s why we voted for United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911.”
Earlier this year, workers in Santa Clara and Solano Counties also voted to stand with AFSCME’s more than 20,000 EMS workers. The experience of Rural/Metro employees in Santa Clara County provides a good example of what being a part of AFSCME means.
“We stopped two dozen layoffs within days of voting for United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911,” said Paramedic Samantha Tennison from Santa Clara County. “We’ve proven we can save jobs.”
The power of solidarity through AFSCME is motivating the effort from California to Massachusetts.
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