These documents chart the course of some of McAllan’s major successes along with those of the entire union team, in support of the rights of all EMTs and Paramedics represented by the union. You’ll see just the first page. Click on the image for the whole thing. These included contractual rights that Rich fought to preserve even after the merger, free speech rights, and civil service rights. There are also some memorable images, milestones in news coverage and EMS publications. Click on each image for the complete PDF document.
DoH Memo: Don’t Walk Cardiac Patients
Carl Tramontana ACR from 1978
NYC Department of Hospitals Corpsmen
In 1980, Paramedics Tramontana and Honig saved the life of wealthy paint store owner Jack Pintchik. He would endow the annual EMS awards.
Newsday: (1979) The Ambulance Service Must Come Clean. Someone must have been talking to the press.
Newsday: City changes way of recording EMS calls
McAllan graduates as a member of the first Paramedic class. With him is his mother, Grace.
NYCAP was EMS Paramedics’ first attempt to create their own employee organization because DC 37 wasn’t doing a good enough job in representation.
1983: What you get for Christmas in EMS
McAllan is brought up on charges for talking to the press. Not intimidated.
Union PR Campaign: Is there a tougher job in New York City?
McAllan files lawsuit against EMS Exec Director James T. Kerr, et al.
McAllan tells the press: “fear reigns in EMS.”
Blames low EMS salaries for high attrition.
Daily News: EMS Staff Shortages Critical
Daily News Editorial: Ambulance Corps Needs Help
Letter to then Deputy Mayor Stanley Brezenoff: EMS completely overlooked in Mayor’s action plan for emergencies.
McAllan on an EMS call in the Bronx with partner Al Oliveri
Local 2507 early ad campaign: We get 2,000 calls a day.
Newsday: City’s injured wait hours for an ambulance (1988)
It’s going to be a long wait. This cartoon was up in McAllan’s office as he regularly turned over “deadly delay” stories to the news media to force action on EMS.
1988: Vote Averts Ambulance Strike. But the uniform protest and sickout went ahead.
After Mayor Ed Koch insults EMS workforce, they walk.
Koch follows through on his threat and fires 45 EMS provisionals. Six years later, McAllan is still fighting for their jobs. His civil service lawsuit put an end to the heavy usage of provisionals by management.
Major victory for Local 2507: mediator grants major contract wins for EMT’s and Paramedics in 1988
McAllan recaps major victories won in the first full year and a half of his administration.
Stipulation of Settlement in McAllan’s civil service lawsuit.
McAllan explains just what the civil service lawsuit settlement meant.
Rich goes to federal court in a successful attempt to force EMS to rescind the gag order prohibiting talking to the news media.
“Fault Board” gets terminated. McAllan ends disciplinary board at EMS.
Let’s look at the record. The Union’s activism vastly increased EMS tours and staffing.
In 1994, McAllan is still fighting for the rights of provisional employees who were fired in the 1988 sickout.
McAllan’s analysis of the EMS/FDNY merger or “transparent consolidation.”M
McAllan Defends EMS Overtime in letter to Commissioner Von Essen
Another McAllan broadside against the commercial ambulances and the hospitals who “want to carve up EMS.”
Rich McAllan writes to the Inspector General about the falsification of EMS response time statistics.
Post merger, McAllan says the EMS workforce “has been forced to the back of the bus.”
McAllan’s take on the first and only Local 2507 demonstration after the merger, outside of Metrotech.
In 1999, McAllan supports Pat Bahnken for President. He served on the Executive Board.
McAllan writes to Mayor-elect Mike Bloomberg on EMS/FDNY issues. His advice was ignored as usual.
In 2002, to the City Council, McAllan raises questions about FDNY CFR-D response time and patient steering
2004: Why the fire dispatch 911 system doesn’t work.