Jan 19, 2016

Escambia County EMS Professionals Join NAGE EMS Division

Pensacola, FL - On December 18th, 2015 a group of EMS professionals working in Escambia County voted by a two-to-one margin to join the NAGE EMS Division in their first ever favorable vote to unionize.
 
"Other public safety agencies, such as Escambia police and fire departments have been unionized for years and you can see it in their wages, benefits and working conditions," said Michael Marasco, organizer for the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP). IAEP organizer Zach Dufresne added, "It was high time for the EMTs and paramedics serving the citizens of Escambia County to close the gap with their fire and police brothers and sisters".
 
IAEP National Director Phil Petit congratulated the entire organizing team and said, "At the IAEP, we have unique skills and services to offer that aligned with what the EMS professionals in Escambia were looking for in a union. That’s why we won the election with such a solid margin."
 
National Representative Dary Sardad noted that, "EMS professionals all over the country recognize that not just any union will do for them. They know that they deserve a union staffed by folks that have been, or are currently still serving as EMT's and paramedics themselves. That, coupled with EMS focused attorneys, professional negotiators, and decades of experience in both the private and public EMS sector, is a comprehensive package that no other union can even come close to, much less match."
 
NAGE EMS welcomes these hard working individuals, and is excited to go to the bargaining table to get them the workplace rights they deserve!

Where trade unions are most firmly organized, there are the rights of the people most respected. - Samuel Gompers
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