EMS Workers in Las Vegas File for a Union Election
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Nearly 400 EMS professionals at AMR Las Vegas have filed for a union election.
The workforce, made up of paramedics, EMTs and other EMS professionals, last week asked AMR – a private emergency services provider – to recognize their union. AMR refused, and now there will be a union election administered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
“This really is about the patients and communities we serve,” said Rae Niedfeldt, a paramedic. “I believe having a stronger voice around the policies, training and equipment I use will create an environment that really improves patient care and emergency outcomes.”
The EMS professionals at AMR Las Vegas will soon vote to be represented by EMS Workers United – AFSCME. AFSCME represents more than 24,000 EMS professionals and over 4,000 AMR workers across the country.
“Joining with EMS Workers United – AFSCME gives us the best chance at addressing the reasons we are organizing. We can learn so much from what our EMS family has achieved in raising the standards of our profession, providing security for our families and taking care of our communities while maintaining a positive working relationship with AMR,” said Matt Sims, a paramedic.
A group of about 20 employees delivered a letter to AMR Las Vegas management and also filed with the NLRB. The board will certify the validity of the request by AMR workers and determine an election date.
“We can’t wait to win our election and begin the process of working with AMR to achieve results that will improve the lives of AMR employees, our families and the people we serve,” Casey Lubking, a paramedic.
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