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D.C. Ambulance Workers Vote to Unionize

March 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Workers at the company handling Washington’s ambulance services have voted for union representation.

More than 70% of the nearly 200 emergency medical technicians and paramedics professionals at American Medical Response supported the union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 20 announced Mar. 24. AMR, based in Colorado, is the largest private ambulance company in the U.S. It signed a contract with the city of Washington last year to transport patients who don’t have life-threatening injuries or illnesses and provide backup 911 medical response in coordination with the DC Fire Department. The jobs start at about $20 an hour, and District Council 20 said the workers were concerned about scheduling, fatigue, training, having proper equipment, and employee turnover. “We want to make sure we have adequate rest between shifts so that public safety is not compromised," said EMT Daniel Hoock. EMT Mosiah Grayton said she wants to continue her education, but can’t because “we never know when we’ll get off work.” Read more

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