LOS ANGELES -- American Medical Response (AMR) announced today that the Company will provide uninterrupted service as it continues to negotiate a new contract with its LA County employees. AMR received a notice of intention to strike on Friday, May 2, from IAEP Locals #77 and #187 earlier today.
The 295 employees, represented by IAEP, announced their intention to strike after a contract offer was rejected by the union during contract negotiations. AMR had intended to raise employees' salaries by 20 percent over the next four years, with initial increases being retroactive to November 2007. AMR EMTs and paramedics represented by IAEP Locals #77 and #187 earn total compensation that is competitive in the marketplace, and work an average of 15 days per month. The company also offers employees a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) with generous company match, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, company-paid life insurance and disability insurance, and additional benefits.
AMR has alerted appropriate County and emergency medical services (EMS) officials that a strike notice was received from the union, and has advised officials of its plans to provide services to the three Los Angeles County zones (of seven total zones) it serves in the event of a strike. The Company has already engaged resources from its vast nationwide network of operations to provide service as usual if a work stoppage does in fact occur.
"AMR knows our employees are dedicated to providing excellent service to the citizens of Los Angeles County, and the company is dedicated to providing fair compensation to its employees," said Scott White, AMR general manager. "Especially given the tough economic climate in Los Angeles County currently, we are pleased to be able to both offer our employees significant wage increases and continue to provide comprehensive benefits. We have offered a fair contract and negotiated with the union in good faith, and we hope our employees want the same," White concluded.
Los Angeles County communities covered in the union strike notice and served by AMR include Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Valley. Neighboring counties served by AMR are not affected.
American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America's leading provider of medical transportation, is locally operated in 37 states and the District of Columbia. More than 18,500 AMR paramedics, EMTs and other professionals transport nearly four million patients nationwide each year in emergency, critical and non-emergency situations. Operating a fleet of approximately 4,500 vehicles, AMR is headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO.