Aug 04, 2017

Bay County EMS Workers Vote to Unionize

(Bay City, MI) – On Friday, August 4, 2017, EMS professionals at McLaren Bay Region EMS voted to unionize. The vote resulted in overwhelming favor of joining the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP). Union leaders say the EMS professionals are eager to gain a voice in their workplace and to strengthen the voice of EMS in their area.

The crew of over 70 EMS professionals at McLaren Bay Region provide emergency medical services to 444 square miles of Bay County, Michigan. The IAEP is the nation’s largest EMS union and has members in nearby Montcalm County, Michigan

“Not only is IAEP presence growing in Michigan, but across the country,” said IAEP National Representative Nate Morrish. “Our new members at McLaren are excited to strengthen the voice of EMS both locally and nationally.”

Union leaders are excited for the new group to gain access to the resources available to IAEP members, and to get started on their work with McLaren Bay Region at the bargaining table. “We’re working hard to raise the standard for EMS professionals coast-to-coast,” said IAEP National Director Phil Petit.

Recently, the IAEP has also made workplace gains for members in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and is working to grow support for the EMS “Bill of Rights” California Assembly Bill #263.

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McLaren EMS professionals gather after the vote to unionize with IAEP Reps Nate Morrish and Michael Linville on Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo via McLaren Bay Region EMS.

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