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North ambulances vote to join union

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Ambulance shops in Park Rapids and Walker voted overwhelmingly last week to unionize.

They are part of the North Memorial Health Care System, based in Robbinsdale.

Ambulance personnel claimed they receive the lowest pay in the region, so it’s hard to recruit new help. They also complained of driving 20-hour shifts and having to cede lucrative medical transfers to rival companies because they were so short-staffed.

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