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Paramedics end three-day strike

Posted: May 1, 2008 3:58 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Just days after ambulance drivers walked off the job, the strike is over.

A labor agreement between American Medical Response and the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics has tentatively been reached early this morning, according to AMR spokesman Jason Sorrick.

The new agreement brings an end to a strike that started on Monday morning in Lancaster and Palmdale by IAEP Locals 77 and 187.

"The strike is over," Sorrick said. "Our employees are coming back to work."

Striking paramedics are expected to return to their normal shifts no later than tomorrow evening.

"After several months of talks, we have reached an agreement we believe is equitable for all parties," said Matthew Levy, IAEP national director. "We expect employees to fully ratify the agreement in the next few weeks."

According to the terms of the new agreement, employee wages will increase five percent over each of the next four years, for a total of 20 percent. The initial five percent increase will be retroactive to November 2007.

Additionally, American Medical Response will make no changes to health care benefits through 2008.
As part of the new agreement, both management and union representatives agreed not to pursue any claims that resulted during the strike.

See Friday's edition of The Signal for more details.


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