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Taking a page from Riverside EMS workers, EMS professionals in Imperial County also took action – they voted resoundingly to join AFSCME Local 4911.

The 450 emergency medical services (EMS) workers of United EMS Workers/AFSCME Local 4911 in Riverside, California, have reached a groundbreaking, four-year tent

New England EMS workers wasted no time in joining our California counterparts in becoming part of United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911 – and they did it by an even bigger margin of victory!

Coming on the heels of Wednesday’s California election, where EMS workers in more than a dozen counties voted in United EMS Workers-AFSCME with 77% of all votes cast, New England EMS stepped up Friday with a 90% victory in our election results. More than 2,300 EMS workers in two days have voted to become part of United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911.

EMS professionals here signed a new contract with their employer, First Responders EMS (FREMS) that includes a 10 percent raise over the three-year term.

Besides the 10 percent raise, the new collective bargaining agreement includes a ratification bonus, strong union rights’ provisions and continuing education reimbursement.

EMT and Local 4911 member Joe Manganello said that uniting with AFSCME gave them strength.