Seattle City Council Agrees - EMTs Deserve Better Pay
Yesterday, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31831; a resolution requesting that the Department of Finance and Administration Services, the Seattle Fire Department, and the City Budget Office include in the city's contract for Basic Life Support Emergency Services provisions that provide to emergency medical technicians (EMTs) a prevailing wage and benefits comparable to other emergency workers employed in comparable cities and similar sectors in the City of Seattle; and requesting the departments to provide additional analysis, data, and information.
This resolution is a request rather than a law. It basically asks the Durkan administration to make sure EMTs are paid prevailing wages and asks the administration to require that AMR provide them with health-care benefits comparable to other emergency workers.
EMTs earn as little as $15.00/hr and yet do lifesaving work in Seattle everyday! They assess, treat, and transport people in all types of emergencies, from psychiatric crises to car crashes to strokes.
Some EMTs report that low pay has forced them into debt causing unstable living conditions, long commutes and even homelessness. Some rely on food banks and other public assistance to provide food for their children and themselves.
Seattle is currently negotiating a new contract with AMR and, at the same time, EMTs are bargaining with the company. The City of Seattle and Teamsters Local 763 hope to find a resolution to provide higher wages and stronger benefits to our EMTs.
Teamsters Decry Supreme Court Ruling Rolling Back Public Sector Union Rights
'Janus' Decision Is A Setback for Working People and Their Families
June 27, 2018
(WASHINGTON) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with anti-union advocates attempting to undercut the rights of millions of public employees to negotiate with their employers for a fair return on the value of their work.
By backing the plaintiffs in “Janus v. AFSCME,” the high court’s decision is an attempt to limit the collective voices of not only government workers, but those in the private sector as well.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is at a time when so many Americans are struggling just to make ends meet,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “The Teamsters and our allies in the labor movement will redouble our efforts to ensure that working men and women have a voice on the job through strong unions.” read more
Hoffa Joins U.S. Reps, Union Leaders, Retirees At Town Hall To Protect Pensions
Gen. President Hoffa Calls for Quick Action to Save Pensions
July 20, 2018
(DETROIT) – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa joined U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Dingell, UAW International Union President Gary Jones, and hundreds of retirees and active members of major unions, at a town hall meeting calling for urgent action to protection pensions. More than 43,000 Michiganders and millions of retirees and workers nationwide are facing a looming pension crisis.
Participating in the town hall at the Teamsters Health and Welfare building in downtown Detroit were retirees, active members and leaders from the Teamsters Union, UAW International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951, Iron Workers Local 25, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the National United Committee to Protect Pensions. read more
Teamsters Speak Out at Joint Select Committee Pension Hearing
Teamsters Join lawmakers at hearing on Multiemployer Pension Plans
July 25, 2018
Today, Teamsters joined lawmakers at a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans to make their voices heard on the need to protect retirement security for thousands of working families. Kenny Stribling, a retiree with Teamsters Local 200 in Wisconsin, testified before the committee.
“I worked for 30 years for three different trucking companies that paid into the Central States Pension Fund,” Stribling said during his heartfelt testimony about how the pension crisis has personally impacted him. “I am married with children and grandchildren. I need this pension for my family.”
“My wife was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, which has spread to her liver. I was recently diagnosed with an enlarged heart. read more