Oct 04, 2018

California EMS to Rally Against Prop 11

(Sacramento, CA) — EMS professionals across California are urging voters around the state to oppose Proposition 11 on November 6, 2018 when they cast their ballots.  EMTs and Paramedics are joining together to ask for the public’s support at a rally outside the Sacramento State Capitol on Tuesday, October 9, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
Event Information:
Where: California State Capitol
(North side of building)
1315 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 98514
When:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Speeches begin at 8:00 am)
Who:    Hosted by NAGE EMS Local 510
“We hope California voters will stand by their first responders and vote no on Proposition 11 this November. Proposition 11 is not the answer to the ongoing issues facing EMS such as increasing calls, fatigue, and lack of meal breaks,” said NAGE EMS/IAEP National Director Philip Petit.
If Proposition 11 is passed in November, it would allow private sector EMS employers to avoid currently mandated payments to first responders who were unable to take meal breaks during their shift.
NAGE/IAEP has continuously worked to improve EMS legislation in California to benefit both workers and the patients and communities they serve. Most recently, the union supported AB263, which proposed that EMS professionals could be required to answer communication during their breaks and respond to an emergency call.
“Proposition 11 is deceptive. It is presented as being beneficial for public safety because it does expand some mental health benefits for EMTs and Paramedics. However, the reality is it decreases the standard for a reasonable EMS work environment, which puts patient safety at risk,” said Petit.

Proposition 11 Information:
  • If Proposition 11 is passed, it would allow private sector EMS employers to avoid currently mandated payments to first responders who were unable to take meal breaks during their shifts.
  • If Proposition 11 does not pass, the EMS employers who are funding the bill would be required to pay workers for their missed shift breaks.
  • American Medical Response (AMR) is a main funder of Proposition 11. Language included in Proposition 11 could effectively allow the EMS employer to avoid potentially costly payouts related to recent lawsuits over their alleged failure to provide legally required meal breaks.
  • NAGE/IAEP supported AB263, a bill that included language which could require California EMS professionals to answer communication devices during breaks and respond to an emergency call. On June 1, 2017 the bill cleared the Assembly on a 56-17 vote but has since been stalled in the Senate over whether break interruptions could include less serious calls and whether the legislation could essentially void ongoing labor-related lawsuits with EMS employer American Medical Response (AMR).

Click here to read California EMS Voices Opposition to Proposition 11, a press release published on September 24, 2018. 

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