EMS Wins Living Wage in San Diego
San Diego city council has closed a 10 year-old loophole exempting EMS professionals from the city’s standard living wage. After over a year and a half of NAGE EMS taking necessary steps towards achieving this goal, the union is thrilled to see results.
The union has worked with Rural Metro/American Medical Response (AMR) management and the San Diego City Council to include over 200 EMS professionals, whose wages are lower than the current San Diego living wage, in the city’s living wage ordinance. The change will make sure every EMS professional is covered by the ordinance regardless of employer or union.
NAGE EMS National Director Phil Petit explains, “We took the necessary steps by working with the city council and keeping a constant presence in San Diego in order to get these professionals, who risk their lives daily on the job, the pay they deserve.”
National Representative Shelly Hudelson states, “We fought for this goal so that no Local 619 member is exempt from the city’s living wage.”
Petit added, “We are excited that the efforts made by NAGE EMS have gone beyond our local and, through unity and strength from our members, have been able to raise up the industry in this area.”