Cleveland EMS Union Votes No Confidence in EMS Commissioner

A photo from Cleveland EMS Twitter.
A photo from Cleveland EMS Twitter.
A photo from Cleveland EMS Twitter.

CLEVELAND — The union for the city’s EMS workers has voiced no confidence in EMS Commissioner Nicole Carlton.

The vote was 187 in favor, one against. An overwhelming 74% of the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees membership voted on this resolution, according to the union.

This comes as Cleveland EMS workers rallied in front of city hall earlier this month to fight for better mental health benefits.

The issues the union cited in its vote are below:

  • EMS HQ building is unsafe and needs expensive asbestos remediation.
  • Failed to provide respiratory fit-testing for employees.
  • Unilaterally reassigned job duties without collective bargaining.
  • Failed to adopt an effective vehicle replacement plan, resulting in an unreliable EMS fleet.
  • Failed to maintain adequate staffing levels, resulting in ambulance brown-outs.
  • Developed an attrition rate much higher than the industry standard, with over 130 employees resigning in a 3-year period.
  • Promoted a management style that stresses discipline rather than recognizing the achievements of employees.
  • Refused to allow dispatch employees to work a 12-hour schedule.
  • Pursued multiple legal actions to attempt to vacate a binding arbitration, leaving CARE without a contract for almost 4 years.

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