Nearly two hundred emergency medical services professionals at American Medical Response voted overwhelmingly last week to join AFSCME District Council 20.
“We want to make sure we have adequate rest between shifts so that public safety is not compromised," said EMT Daniel Hoock.
Other issues included scheduling, fatigue, training, equipment, and employee turnover; more than 70 percent voted in favor of unionizing.
“I can’t further my education because of scheduling.” said EMT Mosiah Grayton. “We never know when we’ll get off work. I can’t afford to go down to part time because I’ll lose my benefits.”
The union plans to begin bargaining for a first contract as soon as possible.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1904, Mother Jones was ordered to leave Colorado, where state authorities accused her of “stirring up” striking coal miners.
In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that undocumented workers do not have the same rights as Americans when they are wrongly fired.
Today’s labor quote is by Mother Jones
“The first thing is to raise hell,” says I. “That’s always the first thing to do when you’re faced with an injustice and you feel powerless. That’s what I do in my fight for the working class.”
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