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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 11 - should EMTs and paramedics be allowed entirely off-duty breaks?




An ambulance transporting a patient is reflected in the window of another ambulance at Ronald Reagan UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Medical Center on October 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
An ambulance transporting a patient is reflected in the window of another ambulance at Ronald Reagan UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Medical Center on October 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Prop 11 is a ballot measure that aims to require private-sector ambulance workers to remain on-call during breaks and rest periods.

This practice is currently being performed by private ambulance companies, and a “yes” vote would simply allow them to continue it. In contrast, a “no” vote would hold these companies to the same labor laws as the rest of the industry, meaning that EMT’s with off-duty breaks would not be responsible for 911 calls during those times.

Proponents of Prop 11 state that it would greater guarantee a timely response to most 911 calls, and that the interrupted breaks would be made up at a later time. Those against the measure argue that it is simply an attempt for ambulance companies to avoid a slew of pending lawsuits involving past violations of meal and break times.

We debate the proposition.

To read the full explainer of Prop 11, click here.

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Guests:

Carol Meyer, former director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency

Jason Brollini, nationally registered paramedic for 25 years; executive director of the United EMS Workers, an affiliate Local of AFSCME, which represents nearly 4000 private sector EMS workers in CA



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