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No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – When American Medical Response (AMR) entered negotiations in early November saying it wanted to fill shifts with the “least expensive resource available,” EMS professionals in Riverside County were more than a little put off to be reduced to commodities. They responded Nov. 18 by showing up in force with a petition, signed by nearly every worker, demanding respect and a fair contract.

The company’s comments were shocking to members like EMT Himelda Rivera, who earns roughly $12 an hour and works 60 hours a week to make ends meet.

Bargaining Update: Our Unity Has Made the Difference

We have reached a new 3-year agreement with AMR pending member ratification. Once our agreement is ratified, we will be one of the few AMR workforces in California to continue our quality health care plans and provide COLAs—top steps included. The bargaining team stood strong against concessions while increasing pay, maintaining steps, and protecting health care. Click here to download a pdf of the tentative agreement.

The vote count took place on April 1, 2015, and was overseen by the AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION. Results were verified and endorsed by the UEMSW 4911 Election Committee. We congratulate JOHN ZENUS as our NEW ENGLAND DIRECTOR. John has taken the Oath of Office and will immediately start his term in office. Please join us in thanking Dave Norris for his service.

In Solidarity

The Election Committee:
Mike Seaver, Chair
Connie Allie
Lisa Scardino

One moment, Sami Abed, president of United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911, was just a passenger on a United Airlines flight. The next moment he was a central figure in a medical emergency.

Thanks to Abed and an unnamed doctor also aboard that flight, a 68-year-old, unidentified man who might have died in the aisle was revived so that he could be taken to a hospital for treatment.

Please note there's been a ballot change: David Stephens is NO LONGER A CANDIDATE for Vice President.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW BALLOT.

REMEMBER: All eligible UEMSW/AFSCME Local 4911 members will receive an official election ballot via mail. If you do not receive a ballot by Tuesday, June 21st please contact the UEMSW office at (925) 443-4911 to check your membership status and request a ballot if you are a member.

AAA opened scanned and counted the ballots at the Livermore office July 8, 2016 and the election results are in for officers, board of directors, members, trustees and delegates to the 2016 AFSCME International Convention and trustees are a s follows:

Please join us in welcoming the new team!

PRESIDENT (1)
Sami W. Abed - 162
Jason Brollini - 267 (Elected)

VICE PRESIDENT (1)
David Styles - 143
Samantha Tennison - 284 (Elected)

TREASURER (1)
Craig Dailey - 225 (Elected)
Daniel R. Szmyt - 176

Having a college degree is more important than ever for getting ahead these days, but tuition costs just keep getting higher and higher. That's why the AFSCME Free College Benefit doesn't cost a dime.

AFSCME is dedicated to helping you and your family succeed without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.

An associate degree can be your pathway to new opportunities, greater responsibility, a better job and higher wages. This program is also designed to be flexible. You can take online classes that fit into your schedule.

The Code Green Campaign calls attention to mental health issues such as PTSD and suicide in public saftey. Staying informed on where you can get help is essential! Click here for more information. #SavingPublicSafety