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    Seattle emergency medical technicians (EMTs) have rejected a contract offer from their employer, setting the stage for a potential strike if negotiations continue to stall.

    The EMTs, who belong to Teamsters Local 763 and work for American Medical Response (AMR), voted 310-46 to reject the latest contract offer from the company, according to the union. The city of Seattle contracts with AMR for EMT service. The contract vote also authorized the union’s bargaining team to call a strike, according to Teamsters Local 763 Business Agent Liz Brown.

    Union members are seeking better pay and health insurance, said EMT John Moore. Teamsters Local 763 represents about 450 EMTs and paramedics, according to the union.

    “All we’re looking for is just the ability to live and coexist and do our jobs,” Moore said, citing increasing costs of living in Seattle that he said are pushing EMTs to live farther from the city. “People can’t call this a career.”
    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...ssible-strike/

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    Seattle EMTs set to strike next week if contract not reached
    SEATTLE -- Ambulance response could be disrupted late next week unless emergency medical technicians and their employer, American Medical Response, come to an agreement on a contract.

    On Nov. 3, the EMTs' union voted 310-46 to reject the latest offer by AMR and to go on strike.

    City officials, however, are hoping both parties get back to the negotiating table before a strike deadline of 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

    "It’s what they told us in an overwhelming vote, that this latest offer was not good enough to satisfy their needs,” said Anthony Murrietta, president of Teamsters Local Union #763.
    https://q13fox.com/2018/12/12/seattl...t-not-reached/
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    A private equity firm owns this EMT company. They are just bad news!

    Private Equity Firm KKR Under Fire For Putting Seattle Families At Risk
    SEATTLE, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- There could be an unfair labor practices strike of nearly 450 EMTs and paramedics who work for private equity giant KKR's [NYSE: KKR] American Medical Response (AMR) and who provide emergency medical services to the greater Seattle area tomorrow, December 21.

    Many of these trained health care professionals, who provide life-saving services to the community, have had to turn to charity services to cover their own family's medical expenses because they cannot afford decent coverage.

    KKR bought American Medical Response in 2017 with the help of hundreds of millions in capital investments made by the Washington State Board of Investment (WSBI). Over the years, WSBI has committed more than $9 billion to KKR managed funds. AMR is now a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, which KKR acquired in 2015 through the same fund.

    On November 30, the workers, members of Teamsters Local 763, rejected a contract offer from AMR by an overwhelming majority (310-46). Since then, KKR's management has refused to return to the bargaining table.

    "It's shocking that after all Washington families have invested in KKR that they would put their bottom line over the health and safety of the greater Seattle community," said Scott Sullivan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 763.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300769790.html

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    Teamsters, AMR Reach Tentative Agreement

    (SEATTLE) – The union representing EMT’s and paramedics at American Medical Response (AMR) has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the employer.

    Teamsters Local 763 had suspended a strike deadline scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 21, to allow negotiations to continue.

    “After coming to the brink of a strike with an enormous impact on ambulance service for so many communities, we are gratified that our bargaining team and AMR were able to reach a tentative agreement today,” said Liz Brown, Teamsters Local 763 business agent. “This means the holiday season will not be marred by an interruption of critical health services.”

    Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until they can be shared with the union’s members.
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/12/te...tive-agreement

 

 

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