FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE LABOR AGREEMENT WITH EMS LOCAL 2507 EMTS/PARAMEDICS & LOCAL 3621 LIEUTENANTS/CAPTAINS
Pattern-Conforming Collective Bargaining Agreement covers 48-Month Period for 2,800 Civilian Members of the Fire Department
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement between New York City and EMS Local 2507 EMTs/Paramedics and Local 3621 Lieutenants/Captains. The agreement includes a more than 8% wage increase, new longevity differentials, and a modified salary structure for EMTs and Paramedics newly hired or promoted on or after April 1, 2006. The agreement is funded in part through productivity enhancements and other measurable savings consistent with the parameters of this round of bargaining. The agreement covers employees in the titles of EMT, Paramedic, Lieutenant and Captain and covers the 48-month period from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2006
"New York City's EMTs, Paramedics and their supervisors are the first line in assisting sick New Yorkers," Mayor Bloomberg said. "The agreement reached today will allow the City to compensate these employees for their invaluable efforts in continuing to provide the highest level of emergency medical care to the citizens and visitors to New York City. In arriving at this settlement, the City has applied the basic terms of the financial agreement reached with the other civilian unions and has coupled the City's commitment to attain fiscally prudent settlements with the unions' aim to achieve fair treatment and compensation for their members."
The principal features of the Agreement include:
The following productivity and operational improvements have been agreed to:
For EMTs and Paramedics newly hired or promoted on or after April 1, 2006, a modified salary schedule will apply, as follows:
"I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, Fire Department Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Labor Commissioner James F. Hanley and First Deputy Commissioner Pamela S. Silverblatt and their team, and Budget Director Mark Page and his staff for their efforts in reaching this Agreement," concluded Mayor Bloomberg.
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