Bremerton Ambulance workers turn down union

BREMERTON — Bremerton Ambulance workers, voting for a second time, have turned down the prospect of union representation.
The vote was around 23 to 15, according to Kim Doyle, Bremerton Ambulance executive director.
The vote was Thursday, and followed a hotly contested election on March 1 in which union representatives alleged the company unduly swayed the outcome by preventing four workers in its outlying stations to come to the main office in Bremerton to vote.
Doyle said that was not true.
The initial vote failed by three, 19 to 16.
The International Association of EMTs and Paramedics filed an objection with the National Labor Relations Board, and a second vote was held.
Bremerton Ambulance employs about 50 workers including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, dispatchers, nurses, shift supervisors and training officers.
The workers had a union in the past, but have been without one in recent years.
Layoffs at the end of the year and the fear they could be next appeared to be part of what fueled consideration of a union.

— Rachel Pritchett

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