Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Sunday, August 20, 2006

ON A POSITIVE NOTE...

Welcome back Luke and Kim. It is so nice to have y'all with us again. Now we need to get Scooter back :)

-Susan

Friday, August 18, 2006

PETITION TO KEEP EMS CIVIL SERVICE

Apparently, some nimrod/s have gone or been going to Dr. Stephens (the man who could give two sh**s less about us) and requesting to be back under the Health Dept. . For those of you who don't already know this....Dr. Stephens has and will sell us out in a heartbeat. This could MURDER us, and EMS being civil service will be a thing of the past.

So what should we do to fix this problem? To start, it wouldn't be a bad idea for all of us to fix what some people started by Emailing Dr. Saussy our concerns and requests regarding our desire to be and stay civil service under the Department of Homeland Security.

This not only shows Dr. Saussy our support for her and our service, but it will also provide black and white proof to show certain City Hall workers, if need be.

Please, spread the word to those who do not check this blog, and remember, THE MORE WE STICK TOGETHER, THE STRONGER WE WILL BE.

PAY RAISES HEARING AT CITY HALL

I have been speaking with certain members of NOFD who have informed me that there will be 2 hearings of some sort taking place next week to discuss the topic of pay raises for new fire hirees and NOPD. I was also told that it would be in our (NOEMS) best interest to be there in force (meaning numbers). NOFD is planning on being there and whether or not "we" show up, they(NOFD) will still be speaking on our behalf also.

* On Wednesday, the 23rd of August, at 1p.m. the topic of pay raises will be discussed at the Cicvil Service Comission. This is located on the 7th floor of city hall on the East side...show up early because space is limited and there will be plenty of firemen there also.

*On Thursday, the 24th of August, at 2 p.m., the city council's budget comittee will be discussing/voting on this matter. This will be located on the !st floor in the city council chambers on the East side of City Hall.

There have also been many rumors flying around about the future of our service and for those how you who care about what happens to New Olreans EMS, I strongly suggest we start sticking together and help our administration in any way possible.

Thankyou, Susan Robinson

Monday, August 14, 2006

NOLA EMS or Homeland Security EMS?

According to the Gambit Weekly, our illustrious mayor Uncle Ray has proposed a brilliant plan to increase the pay of NOPD and new fire department recruits. Yes, that's it. Left out of the plan are countless other "essential workers," the type of city workers that stayed in New Orleans during the hurricane. No explanation of why dispatchers, civilian NOPD workers, veteran firemen and, oh yes, EMS workers were left out of this plan. Juliette was just as much in the dark about such a plan as anyone else was, as it seems the mayor announced this pay plan out of the blue, without consulting anyone about it - in particular those who would be affected by it!
Here's a snippet of the article:
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Also left out of the loop was Dr. Juliette Saussy, the city's director of Emergency Medical Services. She testified this spring before the Federal Communications Commission on the travails of city ambulance workers during Katrina. Dr. Saussy admits she was caught unaware when her boss announced raises that did not include her and her 90 employees. "I think any time you start talking about the three public agencies -- police, fire and EMS -- you need to talk to them together," she stated in published reports.

We agree. In fact, city Homeland Security chief Terry Ebbert should take those words to heart since he has asked the Civil Service Commission to transfer EMS from the city Health Department to his own command. Regarding the pay plan, it's not too late for the mayor to consider the importance of consensus building. History holds enough lessons for him on that count.
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In regards to the command overseeing EMS, it seems that Homeland Security would have oversight on the running of EMS, rather than the Health Department. I would imagine that EMS workers would remain city employees and civil service workers, only the command structure would change. Instead of answering to Dr. Stevens, we'd answer to Homeland Security.

Here's a link to the full Gambit article.

What are y'all's feelings on this?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Administration Idiots (from Lexie)

I found out that administration has been checking up on the mypsace pages. I know that Barbara Ireland has a fake page to check up on people too, I haven't found out what her name is yet, im still looking . I just wanted to let everyone know because I think its shitty and totally not professional. Spanks, you're the bomb and we miss you here in this pit of ems hell!!!!!