Long story short
The United Emergency Medical Professionals of Arizona was founded as the Southwest Emergency Medical Personnel Association following an NLRB certification over twenty-five years ago. As an industrial local of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Local I-60 currently represents over 800 non-fire EMS professionals throughout Arizona in Pima County, Pinal County, Graham County and Maricopa County.
The IAFF Local I-60 is focused on only one thing, Emergency Medical Services. Representing EMS isn’t something we do, it’s the only thing we do. Our officers have careers in EMS, and are experienced as EMT’s, Paramedics and Nurses. Who better to represent you and be your voice than the experienced and professional peers you elect?
Whether it be in peace or in war, there is always strength and power in numbers and in solidarity. In corporate America, CEO’s and Board of Directors hold the power over their company. Unionized labor, like the Local I-60, balances that power by giving one collective voice to its members to improve hours, wages, and working conditions. The larger the numbers, the stronger and louder the voice.
The Local I-60 has over twenty-five years of experience in collective bargaining within the private healthcare industry — something very different than public sector bargaining. It is this experience that has brought our profession from an entry level pay of $25,000 up to $32,500 with our most recent agreement — paramedics were increased from $31,437.12 to $42,000 starting pay. Hourly pay isn’t everything though — up to 7% dollar-for-dollar match on 401k contributions, tuition reimbursement programs, qualification differentials, uniform allowances, and company-paid training are just a few of the other benefits that result from years of experience with EMS.