Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 30, 1980, Page 4, Image 4

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Four paramedics return to job,
MSI turns down holdouts’ offer
Of the Emerald
Four paramedics who participated in Tues
day's mass resignation were back to work at
Medical Services Inc. Thursday, providing am
bulance service to Lane County.
But an offer made by the missing paramedics
to return to their jobs as a group was rejected by
MSI owner Bill Leonard Thursday.
The paramedics offer, made to MSI through
the Lane County Medical Society, said the par
amedics would return to work if Leonard allowed
the medical society and emergency room phy
sicians to establish operating standards for the
firm and investigate MSI's operations.
"There's no way we (MSI) could accept the
paramedics offer," said John Nunn, MSI person
nel manager. "For one thing, they (the par
amedics) are no longer an association, they're
just unemployed paramedics.
"They wanted to come back in mass, but we
can’t bring them back in mass. They resigned.
They have to be rehired — individually."
However, MSI expects to rehire 70 percent to
80 percent of the paramedics, Nunn said. "They
are all good paramedics. Good paramedics who
are good for the city.”
Besides the four returning paramedics, MSI
has rehired a former employee who was not
involved in the resignation, giving the service 17
people to staff four ambulance units, Nunn said.
MSI paramedics work 24-hour shifts with eight on
duty at all times.
"Although we re by no means fully staffed,
we are operating with enough personnel to offer
total paramedical service," Nunn said. "But we do
need to hire more paramedics to fill in the gaps.
"I hope the paramedics (who resigned) will
see that they are needed and that any differences
can be worked out.”
Eugene and Springfield fire officials have
reported that they’ve received no reports about
deficiencies in local ambulance service since the
mass resignation from their crews.
However, the conditions at MSI, a privately
owned corporation, remain unsettled and the
labor dispute, which led to the mass resignation of
MSI's field crew of 34 paramedics — 24 at their
Eugene/Springfield headquarters and 10 at their
Albany station - is yet to be resolved.
The 34 paramedics, who formed a union in
December, were attempting to negotiate a con
tract with MSI.
The paramedics have said that the resigna
tion is not tied to the negotiation or union activity.
Instead, they are attempting to generate public
concern over the quality of service being provided
by MSI.
The paramedics’ proposal also asks that the
emergency room physicians, not the corporation,
should determine who is rehired. But Leonard
said that although he would consider an inves
tigation of the service, there was no way he would
let others decide who MSI hired.
No one is willing to predict what the next step,
by either party, will be.
MSI officials have said they will continue
hiring qualified paramedics — including those
who wish to return.
‘ We’va received a number of applications
since the resignation,” Nunn said. “But we prefer
to rehire (those who resigned) than to train new
personnel. The training has to be spread out (over
a number of days). We can’t train a bunch of
people all at once.
“And we don’t want to just go out and fill up
the cars (ambulances) with a bunch of bodies ”
Surveyed students oppose fee
Almost 60 percent of Univer
sity students polled in a recent
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New parts
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survey would vote against a
$20-per-term athletic fee.
The study was made during
the last three weeks of spring
term by a consumer behavior
class taught by Prof. Charles
Keown. The survey polled 383
students, or 1.5 percent of the
University’s student population.
The athletic fee question was
only one of several on the sur
vey. Exactly 59 percent of those
surveyed opposed the fee. The
survey also included other
questions concerning the athle
tic department, plus queries
about University funding of
Greek rush, opening a tavern on
campus, legalizing marijuana
and reducing penalties for
cocaine possession.
According to the survey,
there are dominant characteris
tics for both the pro- and anti
fee groups. Most of those who
would vote in favor of the athle
tic fee are under 21, live on
campus and are members of the
Greek system. They also favor
University funding of Greek rush
by 19 percent, oppose on-cam
pus demonstrations and would
like to see a University tavern.
Those who would vote
against the fee most likely have
a part-time job, are more toler
ant of Iranian students protest
ing in the EMU, oppose the re
serving of seats at athletic
events for Greek students and
support by 19 percent the
University's placing more em
phasis on non-competitive
sports. They support legalizing
marijuana, lowering the drink
ing age and changing to a
trimester system. This group
also opposed by 24 percent the
building of a new basketball
Questions in the survey were
derived from a pre-test from
which the most significant
questions were chosen. Each
student in the class distributed
ten questionnaires and then
pooled the results.