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“We ‘Knew We Needed More A More Powerful Voice In The Workplace And A Union Was The Only Way We Were Going To Get It’” - Emergency Medical Services Workers In Onondaga County Join The Civil Service Employees Association

Organizing Victory At Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance Is A ‘Landmark Win’ For CSEA - It Is Now The Union’s ‘Flagship Private Sector Local’ In The EMS Field

Published Thursday, January 7, 2021
by CSEA News
“We ‘Knew We Needed More A More Powerful Voice In The Workplace And A Union Was The Only Way We Were Going To Get It’” - Emergency Medical Services Workers In Onondaga County Join The Civil Service Employees Association

(CLAY, NEW YORK) - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Workers employed at the not-for-profit, private sector Northern Onondaga Volunteer Ambulance (NOVA), Incorporated have overwhelmingly voted to Go Union with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).

The Workers provide first response services in several Northern Onondaga County communities.

In the recent virtual count, the 24 workers opted to form a Union with CSEA to have a greater voice in the workplace, as well as with fairness and respect.

During the difficult campaign to organize a Union in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the employer had hired a Union-Busting Firm, which cost the organization thousands of dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to suppress the voice of their Employees.

“We wanted to join CSEA because ‘we were looking for fair treatment and equality in the workplace, respect, and the right to earn decent pay for the vital work we do,’” NOVA Paramedic Ethan Darbee said. “We ‘knew we needed more a more powerful voice in the workplace and a Union was the only way we were going to get it.’”

“It was ‘an honor to work with such a great group of First Responders who wanted to build Worker Power and improve working conditions not just within their own workplace but the field at large,’” CSEA Statewide Organizer Adam Pelletier said. “When NOVA brought in Union Busters, the Workers ‘did not buckle.’  ‘This is a momentous occasion and it is all because of the Workers at NOVA.’”

The NOVA victory is a landmark organizing win for CSEA - it is now the Union’s flagship Private Sector Local in the EMS field.

While the NOVA Workers are the first Private Sector EMS Employees to join CSEA, CSEA’s parent Union, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) International, represents more than 26,000 other Private Sector EMS Workers.

When CSEA organizes EMS Workers, the new Union Members will begin to close the pay and benefit gap they see when compared to other First Responders like Firefighters, Nurses and Police.

To Read This Organizing Labor News Story In Its Entirety, Go To: https://cseany.org/workforce/?p=8954&fbclid=IwAR2NJa0hC4Qylf8FgoIbM8nOUD7_POcfznkGOVLUM51mVqR9AT7V0oljbf0

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