The possibility of an ATCEMS/AFD merger has been an ongoing topic of discussion. Historically mergers involving EMS and Fire departments have been problematic because they take place under duress. With a successful legislative change and municipal voter support ATCEMS medics are now included in civil service 143 for public safety. EMS is becoming more innovative and integrated with healthcare and public health though an ongoing series of open meetings with the stakeholders. Many of these discussions are directed by City Council members or by the various appointed commission’s of council and we encourage open public discussions on the future of Austin’s public health model. However, would you agree the potential of an EMS/AFD merger should be inclusive of both labor organizations and the only place to come to terms in matters regarding the workforce is though contract negotiations?