Kevin Drysdale, president of Local 375, said the members are proud to serve Buffalo.
Because of the important work they do as first responders, we needed to secure an agreement with good wages and working conditions.Dennis Wellspeak, a 20-year employee, said the citizens of Buffalo are his neighbors and friends.
I am pleased that we won a fair tentative agreement with Rural/Metro. To think that Rural/Metro was at one point offering higher hourly wages to temporary workers was quite a shock, but we fought hard to win a new agreement that respects us.
|Early this morning in Buffalo.
How would they know the city streets? This is not in the best interest of this community.State Sen. Tim Kennedy urged the employer to consider a fair offer that reflects the important work "these brave and dedicated first-responders provide our community every day.”
Another letter of support for the EMTs and paramedics came from the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association. “The RNs of the New York State Nurses Association are proud to stand with Local 375 and the communities they serve,” wrote Jill Furillo, RN.
Our brothers and sisters also got supportive tweets like this one from Frontier Fire Co.
We sympathize with EMTs & Paramedics of @Teamsters local 375 striking against @RuralMetroWNY, especially our own