Cabell County EMS Workers in Seek to Unionize

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia county’s emergency responders have announced plans to unionize.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports dozens of Cabell County EMS employees showed their support for the initiative at a county commission meeting on Thursday. A United Mine Workers of America representative, Floyd Conley, asked commissioners to recognize his organization as their bargaining unit.

The commissioners said they would consider the request. The newspaper says it may be addressed at the next commission meeting.

Union representative Chad Francis told commissioners that more than 100 of the county’s emergency responders are organizing over safety concerns, citing the 12- to 24-hour shifts common for some staffers.