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West Virginia EMS Service Wants Union Representation

Screenshot, above, shows Cabell County EMS employees in West Virginia at a meeting today with county commissioners.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Cabell County EMS employees are looking to unionize, according to a report by WOWK-TV.

Employees told county officials today they are mentally and physically exhausted and there are many on-the-job safety issues. They want United Mine Workers of America to represent them.

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“Fatigue is a big issue,” Critical Care Paramedic Michael Ryan, said. “The call volume, and then a lot of different out of town transports.”

A county commissioner said this was the first he had heard of any concerns.

Watch the report below.