Professional Paramedic Association of New Jersey, Inc.,
P.O. Box 8623
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
What is the Professional Paramedic Association of New Jersey, Inc., Burlington-Camden Chapter?
We are a local association of front-line paramedics who work and serve in communities throughout Burlington County and Camden County. The Association provides opportunities for interested paramedics to meet together as a group and use the Internet and other forms of communication to discuss and address matters of common interest and concern. Participation in the Association is voluntary and is limited to only those who are comfortable with the concept and goals of the Association and who are interested in making the Association a success. The Association is a positive organization that is designed to work cooperatively within our employment environment and in other settings to achieve positive and mutually beneficial results.
What types of issues will the Association address?
Some of the issues to be addressed by the Association will relate to local matters while others will have to do with matters of interest and concern to paramedics statewide. On the local level, one of our goals will be to improve the level and quality of communication between front-line paramedics and upper level systemwide administrators. On a statewide level, we will be developing and suggesting ideas to enhance and improve upon the high quality advanced life support system that already exists in New Jersey.
What are the goals and purposes of the Association?
The Association is dedicated to: the improvement and betterment of the working conditions of its members who are engaged in the pursuit of their careers as professional paramedics; advocating on behalf of and representing the interests of its members regarding job-related matters, working conditions, wages, and similar benefits; promoting the professional and educational advancement of its members; working to improve the grade and quality of services provided by paramedics; and the development of a higher degree of efficiency and effectiveness of paramedics in the provision of advanced life support services to the communities they serve.
How did the Association come about?
Several years ago, an effort was undertaken to organize paramedics who worked in Burlington County and Camden County through the healthcare employees union known as JNESO. Some were for the idea, and some were against it. However, there were a sufficient number of paramedics who supported the idea of calling for a vote on the issue to enable the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election. Although the election was held, the votes were impounded by the NLRB pending the outcome of a legal challenge to the idea of paramedics having their own bargaining unit. After a series of challenges and appeals, the NLRB ultimately ruled that the paramedics in this case were not entitled to form their own bargaining unit apart from other health system employees. Although forming a separate paramedic bargaining unit was no longer an option, paramedics still retained their rights to self-organization that belong to all employees. With that in mind, the Professional Paramedic Association of New Jersey, Inc., Burlington-Camden Chapter was created.
How is the Association organized?
The Association is organized as a local labor organization. The National Labor Relations Act defines a labor organization as follows:"The term 'labor organization' means any organization of any kind, or any agency or employee representation committee or plan, in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment, or conditions of work."The National Labor Relations Act also states:"Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities...."
Labor organizations may also be recognized as exempt organizations by the IRS if the net earnings of the organization do not inure to the benefit of any member; and, the objects of the organization are the betterment of conditions of those in pursuit of labor, the improvement of the grade of their products, and the development of a higher degree of efficiency in their respective occupations.
This Burlington-Camden Chapter is the first local chapter to be created as part of the statewide Professional Paramedic Association of New Jersey, Inc. The statewide labor organization is made up of local chapters located throughout the State of New Jersey, and individual paramedic participation in the statewide organization is through its local chapters.
Will the Association represent all Burlington County and Camden County paramedics?
No, the Association is not designed to represent all Burlington County and Camden County paramedics. The Association will not be representing, or speaking on behalf of, any paramedics who are not a part of, and do not wish to be a part of, the organization. The Association will not be campaigning or petitioning for any vote to become the exclusive representative of all Burlington County and Camden County paramedics.
Who is eligible to participate in the Association?
Participation in the Association is voluntary and is at the discretion of both the individual and the Association. Participation is limited to only those paramedics who are comfortable with the concept and goals of the Association as it is presently organized, and who are interested in making the Association a success. In addition, only those who are employed as front-line paramedics in Burlington County or Camden County, and whose only job function is direct patient care, would be eligible to participate. Paramedics who serve in other capacities such as administrative, managerial, supervisory, regulatory, QA/QI, clinical, or coordinator positions in Burlington County, Camden County, or elsewhere in New Jersey, would not be eligible.
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