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Why we are Unionizing...

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We are EMS providers who work at Bangs Ambulance. We serve the people of Ithaca NY and the greater community of Tompkins County.  We are forming a labor union because our situation will only improve through direct action by us- the EMS Providers.  Bangs Ambulance Workers United (BAWU) does not have any personal animosity towards our employer. Instead, we seek a better working relationship through the process of Collective Bargaining and the establishment of a Local Union Chapter in affiliation of CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME AFL-CIO.  The organizing process has been intense for everyone. BAWU looks forward to working with our employer to build a better workplace that meets the needs of the employees, the company and our community.


There is growing recognition that EMS Providers deserve the same Wages, Health Care Benefits and Protections as those who work alongside us- such as Nurses, Police and Fire Fighters. After a global pandemic and decades of neglect- we will no longer accept being taken for granted. The truth is that EMS providers must advocate for EMS providers- no one else is going to do it for us. We welcome and need the support from all sides- but at the end of the day, it is the EMS providers who must build a better future for ourselves and our community. We must organize, work together and be committed to winning.


After 4 months of Letters and Petitions, Gus is finally back !!!  We are encouraged that common sense has prevailed and our Union Brother will be back on an ambulance with us serving Ithaca NY and Tompkins County...


DECEMBER 2023 We are currently in Negotiations with our Employer, Bangs Ambulance. Our goal is a Collective Bargaining Agreement that brings equity to our workplace for all concerned. TIMELINE - Our Organizing began over the summer of 2022, and on October 3, 2022, BAWU submitted a letter to Bangs Ambulance, requesting Voluntary Recognition of our Union. Bangs declined our request and the matter went to an Election on November 9, 2022. After the results showed a simple majority in favor of Unionization, Bangs filed an objection with the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board). This was dismissed on March 14, 2023- and the results of the Election were Certified. We won our right to Collective Bargining and moved forward into the process of Collective Bargaining.

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