More Than 450 Calif. Paramedics, EMTs Unionize - News - @ JEMS.com


More Than 450 Calif. Paramedics, EMTs Unionize

Employees of American Medical Response in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga voted to unionize by a margin of better than 3-to-1


 
 

JACK KATZANEK, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE | | Tuesday, July 19, 2011


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. -- More than 450 workers at two ambulance facilities in San Bernardino County have overwhelmingly voted to join the United Steelworkers, a spokesman for the union said.

Employees of American Medical Response in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga voted to unionize by a margin of better than 3-to-1. The balloting was held earlier this month and covers paramedics, emergency medical technicians, mechanics and other employees.

The steelworkers union, which represents workers at several health-care related facilities in the Inland area, including Kaiser Permanente and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, will begin talks on a first contract "as soon as we can get them to the table," said Maria Somma, an organizer for the Pittsburgh-based union.

Somma said the company had until Monday to file an objection to the election with the National Labor Relations Board, which would delay the start of contract talks. She said she is not aware of any objection.

AMR spokesman Douglas Moore said in an emailed statement the firm respects its employees' right to organize although it prefers discussions without a union. Moore could not comment about legal objections and when contract talks might start.

The ambulance company operates more than two dozen facilities in California, Somma said. All but four are represented by unions.

Riverside AMR workers are with a different union, and she added that EMTs in Riverside receive starting salaries $2.50 per hour higher than the nonunion staff in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga.

She said she's been told by San Bernardino County AMR employees that turnover in those locations is higher than the union shops because the lower pay doesn't entice employees to stay.

"We believe that a more livable wage will allow them to retain more employees," Somma said.



Related Links:


Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, union, EMS salaries,

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Philadelphia Fire Department Apologizes for Medic’s Jab at Police

Union head calls photos a slap in the face of officers.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Crews Blame New Technology for Patient’s Death

Delayed response blamed on recurring dispatch problems.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Suspect Steals, Crashes Maryland Ambulance

One killed, others injured in Prince George’s County crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Tennessee Trench Rescue

Worker pulled from Roane County worksite.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Time’s Ebola Firefighters

Doctors, nurses and others saluted for fighting virus.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Strikes Manhattan Pedestrians

Seven people hurt when car jumps curb.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >