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EMT union moves up strike date

Walkout possible in 9 days.

Posted: April 19, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The workers union representing 60 Santa Clarita Valley paramedics and emergency medical technicians announced this week it will be moving up its planned strike date from May 2 to April 28 after some of the American Medical Response employees reported encountering negativity on the part of their management staff.

The reports led the union to file an unfair labor practice complaint against AMR, according to Matthew Levy, national director of the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics. Levy said the reports originated in the Lancaster office.

"We will not stand by and allow our members to work in a stressful and inhospitable work environment," Levy said. "We believe the management negativity began creating this negativity early last week when they hired security guards to begin watching the stations in question."

Jason Sorrick, a spokesman for AMR, said Friday the company is not commenting on the allegations. He said, however, "We still have plans in place to have staff come in order to provide uninterrupted service if and when a strike does in fact take place."

The union rejected AMR's contract offer on Monday due to a dispute over wages and benefits. The union gave notice this week that the 300 workers in the Los Angeles, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley areas intend to strike on May 2.

AMR is contracted with the county to provide services in the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Gabriel valleys.


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