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Worker Health & Safety at the Polls

California: No on Prop 11

Proposition 11, Ambulance Workers On-Call During Breaks, was introduced and funded by American Medical Response, the largest medical transportation firm in California. If it passes, EMTs and paramedics will be required to remain on-call during rest breaks without the additional compensation currently required by California law, and the continuous demanding nature of their work will place them at risk of increased stress; affecting their performance and safety. It would also free American Medical Response of its current liabilities for failing to comply with wage and hour laws.

Prop 11 is not the solution for ensuring both public safety and fair treatment for privately employed emergency responders. Worksafe endorses a legislative or collective bargaining solution to the issues raised by industry, not a free pass handed to them by a misleading referendum vote. Labor organizations such as the United EMS Workers, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, AFSCME, and the California Professional Firefighters oppose Prop 11. Worksafe urges a NO vote. 

Oakland: Yes on Measure Z

Measure Z, Hotel Employee Minimum Wage and Panic Buttons, a local measure of the City of Oakland, seeks to improve working conditions for the city’s hotel housekeepers. Supported by UNITE HERE, the labor union representing thousands of California hotel housekeepers, and EBASE, Measure Z seeks to increase the minimum wage for hotel employees from $13.23 to $15 with healthcare benefits or $20 without healthcare benefits while also establishing important workplace protections such as the “panic buttons” for housekeepers who may experience violence at work. Worksafe urges a YES vote.