As many of you know, the month of May is Mental Health Awareness month.

AFSCME supports a proposal in Congress to ease the financial burden on child care professionals who provide meals and snacks.

Today 200 of our AMR brothers and sisters in Washington D.C. voted overwhelmingly to join AFSCME, despite Bennelli being there in person to union bust. While they will not be part of 4911 we are still 200 voices closer to commanding the presence WE need to drive the future of EMS. Please join me in welcoming DC into the fold.

Alison Khaddour is the newest PR for the Local 4911 office! She is currently pursuing a major in Business Administration and a bachelors in Marketing. She strives to make a change while working along side the best and brightest people. She is excited to bring fresh, new ideas to Local 4911 to keep everyone updated on current events. The vision 4911 has is one that can only be achieved through working together. She is motivated to be apart of the change this Local will bring about!

More than 400 emergency medical services (EMS) professionals at Falck Northern California have won their election to join United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911, a victory that will strengthen their efforts to improve the services they provide to their communities.

The ballots were counted at the National Labor Relations Board office here Monday, revealing a union victory despite the private company’s attempts to divide and discourage employees. Workers joined AFSCME seeking more accountability and respect and, most importantly, a greater commitment to patient care and safety.

We are pleased to inform you that on Thursday June 1st, the California State Assembly approved AB 263. This requires contracted private sector EMS employers to provide adequate rest and meal breaks to service providers. It will reduce some of the chronic stress that has been shown to lead to higher rates of mental health issues for EMS professionals. The bill also requires the California Emergency Medical Services Authority to produce a report in January of 2019 and annually thereafter on workplace violence faced by EMS workers.

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has named Lisa La Russo as the recipient of The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Scholarship on September 14. La Russo has been a paramedic for American Medical Response in Riverside County, California for 28 years.

La Russo is also the founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric drowning incidents and was instrumental in achieving needle cricothyroidotomy as a skill for paramedics in Riverside County.