In what the company said can only be characterized as a complete about-face, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), in light of filings submitted by American Medical Response (AMR) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this week, withdrew its notice of intent to strike. In addition, the International Association of EMT’s and Paramedics (IAEP), which had been publicly claiming it could represent the AMR workforce without a vote, relinquished any and all claims of representation.
“Both the actions of the SEIU and the IAEP validate the position AMR has taken from the beginning, which is that the SEIU’s attempt to transfer representation to the IAEP was illegal, and that issuing a strike notice was an attempt to force AMR to accept the IAEP without a vote by our employees,” stated John Wilson, AMR Las Vegas General Manager.
“It is unfortunate that our employees and the public were subjected to the threat of a strike by the SEIU, but we are hopeful that we can now move forward and negotiate a contract that is acceptable for all parties involved,” concluded Wilson.
With the strike averted and IAEP’s relinquishment of its claim of representation, SEIU Local 1107 remains the certified union authorized to negotiate on behalf of the AMR Las Vegas workforce.
American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, is locally operated in 40 states and the District of Columbia. AMR’s 18,500 paramedics, EMTs and other professionals transport more than four million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. Operating a fleet of approximately 4,500 vehicles, AMR, a subsidiary of Emergency Medical Services Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO.
Jason Sorrick, 702-671-6799
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