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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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