City of Austin Interim Employment Contract Agreement with EMS Association

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin and members of the EMS Association have reached a tentative agreement for a one-year employment contract.

The $4.2 million salary proposal included salary increases ranging from 4% to 11.2% depending on position and seniority, according to the city.

Officials said the one-year agreement would allow the city to hire experienced paramedics in the paramedic rank to help address current staffing shortages.

The salary proposal in the tentative agreement stated that the entry-level paramedics’ starting salary would increase by 12.5% ​​to $22/hour, the paramedics’ starting salary would increase by 11.2% to $30.03/hour. , and all current employees would receive a pay raise. ranging from 4% to 11.2%.

“This agreement directly responds to the very real financial pressures many EMS physicians face by providing $4.2 million in additional pay over the next year, while balancing the city’s accountability to our taxpayers,” said Deven Desai, director of labor relations for the city of Austin, said.

Chief of Emergency Medical Services Robert Luckritz said, “This agreement will allow us to continue to focus on recruiting and retaining our sworn personnel through improving their quality of life, while helping us to enhance the already exceptional care provided by our Austin-Travis County EMS. clinicians to residents and visitors to Austin and Travis County.

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