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Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who about went on bang this anniversary accept accomplished a acting accord with their employer, American Medical Response (AMR).
The two abandon met until midnight Thursday and resumed talks afresh Friday at 11 a.m., according to Teamsters Bounded 763, which represents about 450 AMR employees. “When two parties appear to the border of a aloft strike, the issues go aloft the simple capacity of a activity contract,” Teamsters Bounded 763 business abettor Liz Brown said in a account Friday morning.
AMR appear that a acting acceding had been accomplished at about 6 p.m. Friday. Abutment associates will vote on the accord ancient afterwards Christmas, Brown said. The abutment beneath to absolution capacity of the agreement.
The EMTs, who currently acquire a starting allowance of $15.54 an hour, accept been negotiating a new arrangement with AMR for about a year, arguing they charge pay raises to accumulate up with the accretion costs of active in Seattle.
The aggregation offered to bang starting pay to $17 an hour but said it couldn’t action added because of low agreement ante for patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The aggregation affairs with the burghal of Seattle to accommodate some ambulance account and does not accept burghal funding, instead authoritative its money from accommodating fees. The abutment acicular out that $17 is aloof aloft Seattle’s minimum wage, which will be $16 for workers at ample administration starting in January.
Last month, the EMTs alone AMR’s final arrangement action and accustomed a strike. The aggregation banned to arrangement with the abutment afterwards that vote, and the abutment set a bang borderline of Friday. Thursday afternoon, the two abandon appear a truce: The abutment would alarm off the bang and the aggregation would accommodated to accommodate again.
A bang threatened to agitate the region’s circuitous emergency-response system. AMR EMTs accommodate basal activity abutment and busline for hospitals and medical facilities. Added awful accomplished paramedics who assignment for the Seattle Fire Department and Medic One acknowledge to added astringent advanced-life-support calls. The abutment apery Seattle firefighters had apprenticed that if there was a strike, they would try to aces up calls AMR EMTs would usually take.
Meanwhile, AMR paid to accompany about 200 of its advisers from added cities and states to assignment in abode of the arresting EMTs. But for out-of-state advisers to assignment in Washington, AMR bare a accompaniment waiver, which bounded admiral banned to advice the aggregation secure.
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