United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911


Ebola Update for AFSCME Members

The United EMS Workers and AFSCME are concerned about the Ebola outbreak just like the rest of the nation. But unlike the concerned public, we are on the front lines providing vital healthcare services to the public, including patient care, emergency medical response, hospital triage, and environmental cleaning services.

"EMS professionals are often the first point of contact for people seeking medical attention, and we will need intensive training to properly deal with the Ebola virus," said Sami Abed, paramedic and president of AFSCME Local 4911. "Right now our union is working with local officials to ensure companies implement the highest standards to protect workers and patients."

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Fellow Members of United EMS Workers,

I’d like to thank all of our supporters and all the members of our union. The vote was clear and decisive, with as much as 70% of those that voted, voting for myself and the other candidates on our ticket. Our team views this overwhelming majority as a clear mandate for change. The members have spoken – they want our union run differently and they want a change. I will work hard for this union. Along with the other officers and members of the new Board of Directors, we are going to get this mess straightened out.

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The American Arbitration Association (AAA) counted the ballots for the leadership election on Thursday, October 9th, and the results are below. The AAA certified election results have been approved by the election committee.

President: Sami Abed

Vice President: John Riddle

Secretary: Dave Styles

Treasurer: Craig Dailey


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We will never forget.


EMTs and paramedics suffer three times as many workplace injuries as the national average.


EMS professionals of Santa Clara County vote to ratify their first contract as United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911. Read more >>>

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

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals at First Responders EMS in Sacramento have voted overwhelmingly to move forward with United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911. Read more >>>

Each year, Santa Clara County proclaims a week to recognize the importance of EMS and the life-saving professionals who make it happen. This time, workers also called on everyone to work together to move EMS forward in their county. Seventy workers were in attendance wearing buttons that read “Stop the Delay.” Read more >>>

Five United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911 members are honored for their heroic life-saving duties.

The California Ambulance Association (CAA) annually recognizes paramedics and emergency medical technicians who go above and beyond the call of duty. A ceremony was held for them in Sacramento, CA to honor their heroic actions and extraordinary professional achievements.

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