Thank you to everyone who took time to brave rush hour traffic this morning and join us at the UFCW to discuss Rural Metro’s new staffing model for the West Valley. For those of you who were not able to make it to today’s meeting, below is a quick summary of the discussions. 

First it is important to reiterate that the Local I-60 in no way agrees with, supports, or condones the Company’s deployment plan proposal to negatively impact our members, their families, and the communities we serve.

During today’s meeting the Local I-60 leadership presented a summary of the company’s plan and motivation to re-deploy the EMS staffing model in the west valley, including the reduction of many twenty-four hour shifts to twelve and sixteen hour shifts — including eliminating the six twenty-four hour shifts in Glendale and leaving the city of Glendale without dedicated coverage during the late hours of the night and early morning.

There was a lengthy discussion regarding several options and viewpoints held by members of the Executive Board ranging from a simple displacement bid of only those units impacted, to a county-wide bid. Based on the feedback received from members at today’s meetings, it was ultimately decided that should the Local I-60 not be able find alternative cost saving measures to stop the Company from implementing their deployment plan, that the appropriate shift bid process would be one where all employees currently hard-bid in the West Valley be required to bid on a new West Valley shift to be awarded based on seniority using the Union’s online shift bid site (https://portal.locali60.org) in the immediate future. Once the West Valley bid process was complete, bids would be opened up again to all Central Arizona employees. It was also discussed that the same process would be applied to the East Valley system upon Gilbert switching to AMR.

During the meeting, several alternatives were proposed to find ways to reduce Rural Metro’s operating costs — a driving factor for this change.

The Local I-60’s leadership team is working two parallel paths. One to minimize the impact of the company’s deployment plan to our members by ensuring a fair bidding process and the second to work to ensure these changes to come never come to pass. Following today’s meetings, the Union sent a letter (Download here as PDF) to Rural Metro to address concerns brought up at today’s meeting and to continue working both of these parallel paths. The Union has also provided management with a modified list of shifts within their deployment plan model to better align their proposed shifts with standard practice. You can download a list of those shifts here (PDF). The current list of shift profiles will be available via the Union’s shift-bid site (https://portal.locali60.org) tomorrow afternoon and a seniority list of west valley employees will also be made available by the Union tomorrow afternoon. An additional notification will be sent out when the information is available online.