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New Southern California EMS Contract to Set Standard for the Industry

It wasn’t easy, but EMS workers in Riverside, California, reached a contract with American Medical Response that will provide much-deserved pay raises and improved health coverage for 450 workers.

Jashua Bane |

At Last. Congress Authorizes Permanent 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Congress has authorized permanent funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund after years of efforts by survivors and other advocates, including AFSCME members.

Pete Levine |

42 Years of Honorable Service – 9/11 Responder Honored During Retirement

We honor Jim Tucciarelli, a 9/11 first responder and advocate for Ground Zero workers, who retired last week.

Sara Haas |

In No Uncertain Terms

During EMS Week, AFSCME recognizes the skill and dedication shown by EMS professionals.

Pete Levine |
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EMS Workers in Las Vegas File for a Union Election

Nearly 400 EMS workers at AMR Las Vegas, a private company, are demanding a union election at their worksite.

Namita Waghray |

New Mexico Council 18 Welcomes Newest EMS Members

The unit of almost 30 workers held an election from March 5-9 to join with the New Mexico council.

Namita Waghray |

A Life-Changing Call Leads to a Life of Service

Now, 18 years later, Glodo, a member of AFSCME Local 1180, is proud to still work for the city of Tulsa as a dispatcher for the fire and police departments.

Namita Waghray, Pete Levine |
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A Vital Link in the Chain

911 dispatchers save lives. Unfortunately, their contributions to the emergency response system are often overlooked. A new bill co-sponsored by former AFSCME member Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) will change that.

Pete Levine |

AFSCME Supports Bill to Ensure Permanent Funding for 9/11 Responders

AFSCME is urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure permanent funding of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

AFSCME Staff |

As Fires Burned in California, AFSCME Members Helped and Were Helped

As the death toll continues to rise and as smoke engulfs nearby cities, AFSCME members have stepped up to help – often at great personal sacrifice.

Jashua Bane, Pablo Ros |

DC 37 and the City Agree on Unlimited Paid Sick Leave for 9/11 Heroes

After weeks of intense negotiations, the union won a landmark victory for our 9/11 first responders and other members who worked at the World Trade Center site during the rescue, recovery and cleanup.

Mike Lee, DC 37 |

For Washington, D.C., Private EMS Workers – a New Contract and a Path Forward

The EMS professionals at American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service in Washington, D.C., recently ratified their first contract.

Pete Levine |

A Seat at the Table for EMS Workers in Prescott, Arizona

“We have a voice at the table with someone fighting for us."

Pete Levine |

Remembering Joe Patterson of Ohio Council 8

Patterson will be remembered for many things, but his fellow firefighters and emergency medical technicians remember him as a mentor and as a man who could lift everyone’s spirits.

AFSCME Council 8 |

EMS Week: Acknowledging EMS Professionals

EMS Week is a chance to acknowledge and thank EMS professionals for their skill, bravery and service to our communities.

Pete Levine |

EMS Workers at AMR Win Big First Contract in Arizona

In a strong first contract win, AFSCME EMS workers in Maricopa County, Arizona, push forward confidently.

Pete Levine |
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Splash Medics Is Saving Children from Drowning

Lisa La Russo has been a paramedic, saving lives for nearly 30 years. But the AFSCME member in California decided that wasn’t enough.

Pablo Ros |

EMS Professionals at Falck Northern California Join AFSCME

EMS professionals at Falck Northern California, a private company, know that coming together in a union will help them better serve their communities.

Justin Lee |

Inside an Inferno: AFSCME Members Endure California Wildfires

As wildfires raged in Northern California, AFSCME emergency workers called on their training to rescue those caught in the inferno.

Pete Levine |

We Remember

The AFSCME-represented officers, paramedics, dispatchers and other public service workers at Ground Zero on 9/11 will always recall how they approached their jobs that day and in the weeks and months to come. We will never forget.