Union Elections

CARE officials serve 2 year terms with no term limits.

 

During years ending in an EVEN number the following positions are up for election:

  • President
  • 2nd Vice
  • Secretary
  • Director

During years ending in an ODD number the following positions are up for election:

  • 1st vice
  • Treasurer
  • Sergeant at Arms

Nominations are held at the first membership meetings of the year with elections following at the March meetings. Only active members may participate. 

As per the CARE constitution, the following members have accepted their nominations for the following union offices:
 
President:
Mark Barrett (unopposed)
 

Second Vice

Justin Brick
Timothy Sommerfelt
 
Secretary
Bryanne Skerl
Christina Miller
 
Director
Megan Frederick (unopposed)
 

Elections will be held on March 13th and 14th 2024 during the March membership meetings with extended voting hours announced closer to those dates. If someone will be out-of-town and still wishes to cast a vote, please contact Brandon Serri

 

See below for candidate bios and statements:

Timothy Sommerfelt for Second Vice

 

Timothy Sommerfelt, candidate for Union Second Vice

Professional Experience:

  • CEMS Paramedic since 2007
  • FTO since 2011, current Ohio Assistant EMS Instructor
  • Founder, Gordon Square CPR program, which provides free CPR/Stop-the-Bleed training and places AEDs throughout the community.

 

 

Union Experience:

  • Union Secretary 2020 - present
  • Conducted a nationwide study to determine the lifespan of an ambulance
  • Created a Wikipedia page for Cleveland EMS
  • As a Union Steward, created the CARE Facebook page. Currently moderates facebook and twitter accounts and drafts all membership emails
  • Drafted reports covering topics such as the EMS fleet, run statistics, and city budgeting. Many of these reports can be found under the Historical Statistics section of the CARE website.
  • Lobbied policymakers on behalf of CARE helping to secure new ambulances and powerloaders
  • Set up meetings with the mayor and councilmembers and resurrected a ride-along policy
  • Met with mental health and unhoused strategists to advocate for alternatives responses
  • Delegate to EMSLA
  • Attended the SERB academy
  • Set up a union tutoring program for those taking national registry
  • Negotiation committee member for the 2022-2025 CBA
  • Worked with the eboard and administration to establish the lateral transfer paramedic pay
  • Key witness in several successful Unfair Labor Practice cases before SERB

Goals for the future

  • Negotiate a fair contract in 2025 including equitable wages
  • Schedule regular LMCs to cover a variety of topics including
    • Improving EMS base conditions
    • Scheduling issues such as splitting partners, preplanned OT, etc
    • Interactions with other agencies, such as law enforcement
    • High utilizers and high utilizing facilities
    • Ways to improve the MDPS system
  • Work towards a full-time medical director
  • Work towards progressive treatments such as prehospital blood delivery
  • Work to get more policymakers to ride-along with EMS

Questions? Call or text anytime at 216 548 4242

Justin Brick for Second Vice

Hey everyone, I have been with Cleveland EMS for 7 years. I am an to as well and have been for a few years. I was raised up in a union home with my Dad being on a fire department and know what union means. I am running for 2nd vice president in hopes of making our division better. I want to be able to give us better work environment. Our union is as strong as our members and I want our members to know I have their back. I'm your huckleberry.

 

Christina “Chrissy” Miller- Secretary

 

-Hired on March 2, 2015
-FTO since 2018
-Spent nearly seven years serving the Glenville neighborhood at Medic 30 (Feb. 2017- Dec.
2023) before moving to Medic 31 in Collinwood (Dec. 2023-present).
-Longtime City resident (currently living in the West Park neighborhood).
-Participated in several fundraisers and activities, including American Lung Association’s Fight
for Air Climb (2020, 2021, 2023), 9/11 Memorial StairClimb (2022), Union Softball team, and
Union Summer Volleyball team (2022 and 2023).

-I also drove to Columbus several years ago to
watch the Ohio State House Reps vote on PTSD provisions for First Responders.
-Prior to EMS, I graduated from Lake Erie College with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology (May
2010). I briefly worked in research at the Cleveland Clinic before switching careers entirely.

 

In my nearly nine years here, I have seen many union board members come and go, most of
them due to promotions. I did not take the last captain’s exam, and have no interest in taking
any promotional exam(s) in the immediate future. In the last couple of years, I have seen the
union board strive to maintain a level of transparency with union members. I hope to maintain
that transparency and integrity that comes with the responsibility of being a board member. I
look forward to serving as part of your union board as secretary.

 

  

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