On Thursday, February 11, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conducted a secret ballot election where the ground operations paramedics and EMTs at our organization voted to determine whether or not AFSCME would represent them in our workplace. The result of this election is that 35 voted for union representation and 61 did not. Because the majority of ballots cast were no votes, the ground operations paramedics and EMTs will not be represented by AFSCME, subject to the result being certified by the NLRB.
We want to thank each of you for giving this process the attention it deserved. We know it was overwhelming at times and exhausting at others, and we respect each of you for taking it seriously.
Now we move forward together. While not all of you will be happy with this result, we promise to continue working hard to review the issues you raised during this campaign.
Our doors are always open.
Dean Dow and Paul Burton
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined it will conduct a secret ballot election by mail between Tuesday, January 19th and Thursday, February 11th. All eligible full-time, part-time and per diem employees have the right to vote about whether or not they want to be represented exclusively by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union in matters of pay, benefits and terms and conditions of employment.
This process has taken longer than we expected, but you will now have the opportunity to make your voice heard by voting. Here are the election details from the NLRB:
The National Labor Relations Board hearing was held on Monday, November 2, 2020. Now, we are waiting for the board’s decision on the election details.
We received an important announcement from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 4041 has filed a petition to be the exclusive bargaining representative of REMSA employees. This is a decision that affects us all, and we want you to have the facts and feel comfortable making an informed choice about your future.
How do you know if the union is trying to represent you?
The petition states that the union wishes to be the sole and exclusive voice for team members classified as: all full- and part-time ground operation EMTs and Paramedics
What happens next?
The NLRB will hold a hearing on October 30, 2020, to determine:
When can we vote?
A secret ballot election usually happens within a few weeks after the NLRB hearing, but we will share the specific details with employees as soon as the NLRB decides. A secret ballot election is the chance for you to have a say in your future. If you don’t want the union to speak for you, you can vote “no” to union representation. Every vote is crucial as it will determine the outcome of the election.