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Resolutions & Amendments

31st International Convention - San Diego, CA (1994)

Emergency Medical Services

Resolution No. 64
31st International Convention
June 27-July 1, 1994
San Diego, CA


            The numbers of emergency medical service calls for assistance in the United States of America are continually growing, and the numbers of alarms of fire are decreasing; and


            Fire departments nationwide are finding it increasingly necessary to justify their budgets, especially the monies spent on personnel; and


            Fire departments are aggressively searching for other tasks for their personnel to undertake, including in many cases EMS duties; and


            It is improper under the Constitution of the AFL-CIO for one member union to take the work belonging to workers in another member union; and


            In many cities and towns across the United States, member unions of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, have either sought to take the jobs of organized union EMS workers or have sought to win representation rights for these workers, some examples of the latter being the United Paramedics of Los Angeles, the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees; and


            These attempts to raid organized EMS unions are generally met with bitter opposition by those unions; and


            This program of action has been actively endorsed and supported by the International Association of Fire Fighters.


That the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, assembled at its 31st International Convention, calls upon the I.A.F.F. and its President, Alfred Whitehead, to cease from all attempts at encouraging member I.A.F.F. locals from raiding organized EMS unions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:                                                                               

            That the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees calls upon the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations to make the same request of the I.A.F.F. under all pertinent rules and regulations of the AFL-CIO.                  



Richard Fox, Recording Secretary and Delegate
AFSCME Local 250 7, Council 37 
New York