16 EMTs, paramedics walk off job


Mark Leberfinger | | Thursday, October 9, 2008

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- As many as 16 emergency medical technicians and paramedics resigned Wednesday in a labor dispute with the Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service, a spokesman for the employees said.

The president of the ambulance service board said he only could confirm that seven workers resigned, but Joseph R. Nedimyer said the public doesn't have to worry about getting ambulance service.

The workers threatened to quit Oct. 1 but delayed their decisions until the ambulance board considered their complaints. They wanted two of their supervisors fired.

They got half of their wish.

The board fired one supervisor but also suspended and demoted the second supervisor, Nedimyer said.

The decision didn't satisfy the workers. They learned the news from the board's labor relations consultant Wednesday afternoon.

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