Category: Emergency Services
New EMS Contract Promotes Safety, Raises Pay, Protects Health Care
Emergency medical service (EMS) professionals working in 13 counties across California voted to ratify a new three-year agreement with the ambulance company, American Medical Response.
Quick Action Saves Seven from Burning House
Seven Coeymans, New York, residents can thank quick action by local police dispatch, officers and firefighters for saving their lives last month. AFSCME member Brian Rinaldi located seven people on the roof as their house was engulfed in flames.
Tentative EMS Deal in California Shows AMR the Way Forward
Jamie Field, a 23-year EMT, has a message for EMS professionals struggling to make ends meet: "If you're not in a union you should be. Union means better pay, better health care and more security for the future."
Local 2960 Rallies to Support Family of Fallen Dispatcher
Megan Lange had only recently returned from maternity leave when she arrived for her shift as an emergency dispatcher with the Phoenix Fire Department on Jan. 27. No one knew it would be her last day on the job.
Labor Secretary: ‘Turn Up the Volume on Worker Voice’
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez made a strong case for the value of labor unions following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 Union Membership Report.
Quick Action Saves Lives in Early Morning Blaze
“There were live electric wires above the buildings that were arcing because of the flames that kept us from making a direct attack on the fire. That’s when we broke through a concrete block wall to gain safe access to the fire.”
N.Y. AFSCME Members Help Contain Ebola
A doctor who successfully recovered from the Ebola virus last month can thank a team of dedicated public health care workers who volunteered to care for him.
EMS Workers: ‘We’re More Than a Resource’
"I'm an employee, but more than that, I'm a good paramedic. I feel like I should be treated as more than a resource.”
Interfaith Group Salutes New York City Municipal Workers for Ebola Case Response
When Dr. Craig Spencer had to be transported to Bellevue Hospital because of Ebola symptoms, it was an AFSCME EMT crew that swiftly swung into action and, employing the training that they had received, safely transported Dr. Spencer to the hospital.
Help For 9/11 Responders and Survivors
Medical monitoring and treatment available through federal World Trade Center Health Program
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