City of Seattle Passes EMT Resolution
The Seattle City Council on Aug. 13 adopted a Resolution concerning wages and benefits for Teamsters 763 members who work as EMTs at American Medical Response.
The Resolution, introduced by Council member Kshama Sawant, was first considered by the Council on Aug. 6 be put on hold. Last week, Teamsters 763 staff and members from AMR met with Council members Teresa Mosqueda and Lisa Herbold to talk about the issues related to our members' compensation and benefits. Council members Mosqueda and Lorena Gonzalez worked on a revised resolution, with changes Council member Sawant approved. The Council adopted the amended resolution unanimously Aug. 13.
While the resolution is non-binding, it is a statement by the City Council on the value of the work you do for our community.
Business Agent Liz Brown spoke on behalf of Teamsters Local 763 in favor of the amended resolution.
Members of the public assume that EMTs, with your level of responsibility, are paid more. This resolution brings attention to the fact that many occupations with high levels of responsibility suffer from stagnant and depressed wages and struggle at the edge of poverty and desperation.
That's why Teamsters and all unions fight for a more just economy. We used to have an economy where prosperity was shared, but since the 1980s corporate power has grown. Attacks on unions and workers continue to escalate. Thanks to the Seattle City Council for listening to workers.
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