NEMSA makes big gains in Alameda County while UEMSW/AFSCME struggles to represent EMS workers.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, two similar EMS workforces are heading two dramatically different directions. Alameda County and Santa Clara County workforces both originally were employed by the same ambulance company and worked under the same NEMSA negotiated contract, however through a competitive process, both workforces moved to new employers (and Santa Clara county moved to a new unproven union) as different ambulance companies took over the county 911 contracts. Amazingly, this occurred within 12 months of each other and the comparison of the NEMSA represented Alameda County bargaining unit and the United EMS Workers ( UEMSW ) / American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees ( AFSCME ) Santa Clara County bargaining unit is an example of how NEMSA brings success to EMS professionals compared to other unions.
NEMSA achieved in Alameda County a contract that is among the best private ambulance contracts in the nation, building on the foundation of the NEMSA Northern California contract. Paramedics Plus, the Alameda County employer worked with NEMSA to find an agreement that positions both the NEMSA represented workforce and Paramedics Plus for success, both now and in the future. Employer representatives have praised NEMSA and NEMSA members professionalism. NEMSA’s unique and proven successful approach to contract negotiations and contract enforcement is known throughout the EMS landscape as workforces are transformed by NEMSA contracts, contract enforcement, and representation.
The same cannot be said for the UEMSW/AFSCME Santa Clara county workforce. Their attempt to use the NEMSA Northern California contract as a foundation for their new Santa Clara contract with Rural/Metro failed as Rural/Metro forced UEMSW to start over contract negotiations, from scratch! UEMSW appears to be struggling to achieve even the most basic contract principles, much less than he complex and employee friendly language that NEMSA had previously achieved in the Northern California contract. More than 100 days into negotiations, employees in Santa Clara county represented by UEMSW/AFSCME still do not have “just cause” as a standard for employee discipline, still do not have the ability for arbitration of grievances, and still do not have any pay increases, benefit protections, or working condition improvements.
Two different EMS workforces…. Two dramatically different directions… NEMSA in Alameda County continued to push EMS professionals forward, with a contract that improves upon their previous contract. UEMSW / AFSCME in Santa Clara is struggling to get something, anything for its members at the bargaining table.
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