Workers rally to support ambulance service contract

Workers rally to support ambulance service contract »Play Video

OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Employees of American Medical Response rallied on Sunnyside Road over Interstate 205 during the Tuesday morning commute, then packed the Clackamas County Commission's public meeting later in the morning.

In the end, employees and union representatives left in frustration as the commissioners rejected AMR's contract. Commissioners decided to negotiate an extension to the current deal by March 1.

AMR employees are trying to get public support for the new contract the company had submitted to the county for ambulance services.

Their fear is that without a contract the service could go away, leaving many residents without a way to get to the hospital in an emergency.

Clackamas County commissioners have been going back and forth over the contract for several months, and Tuesday's meeting was no different. However, Vice Chair, Martha Schrader did say, "I do believe that AMR won the contract fair and square, and I'm sorry we've come to this point."

AMR's proposal was the only one submitted to the county. The company on Monday filed a tort claim against the county demanding they approve the new four-year deal.