The AFSCME Organizing Committee at REMSA sat down with General Strike Radio for an interview about their union organizing campaign. Listen with the link below

My name is Michelle Prentice, and I'm a field paramedic and field training officer in Maricopa County, Arizona. Our biggest fear is running out of personal protective equipment like masks and gowns.
The breadth of the crisis that the 4,500 members of AFSCME Local 2507 (District Council 37), which represents the EMTs, paramedics and fire inspectors of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), are facing is unparalleled.

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.