Ambulance service workers in the New Haven area were speaking out on Tuesday as they want to put patients first.
The group protesting on Tuesday work for AMR. They were protesting in New Haven, saying they want their company to do the right thing, as they feel patient’s lives are in danger.
“We have rigs running with low supplies, medicine on back order for months, there is absentee management - operations is now regional and they are spending more time out of state than in state,” said National Director Phil Petit.
They said over the past three years they contacted the company and nothing has been done.
In a statement, AMR said “This rally is taking place in the context of a union contract negotiation. Twice in recent months, AMR and union officials have reached agreement on generous pay and benefits packages, but they were rejected by the union members with only a 20 percent turnout. We continue to negotiate and hope to reach an agreement soon.
For decades, AMR has provided reliable, high quality emergency medical services to the residents and visitors in the greater New Haven area. Safety is a top priority, for our staff and the communities they serve. All of our ambulances are fully equipped and have well-trained crews to respond to 911 calls. Our local managers are experienced and have deep roots in the community. Earlier this month, some of our EMS professionals received national recognition for their exceptional service and excellent pre-hospital care.
We will continue our dedicated service to the New Haven community, and hope the union will work with us in good faith to come to a swift agreement on a contract that will ensure we keep patient care our top priority.”
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