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.
Davidson works for American Medical Response (AMR), a private company that provides medical transportation services in communities across the country. Even as she and her co-workers are expected to battle a pandemic without precedent, they have to fight for even a minimum amount of respect from their employer.

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.