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City, EMS reach tentative pact on wages
Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Austin Monitor
City Manager Marc Ott said Wednesday that the city’s bargaining team had reached a tentative agreement with representatives from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employees union that would save the city around $750,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the union must ratify the agreement before it becomes effective.
Ott said the agreement would include leaving a 2. 75 percent scheduled pay raise for 2010 on the table. In return, the agreement would give all
Steve Stewart, president of the Austin/Travis County EMS Employees Association, confirmed the broad outlines of the agreement Wednesday night, noting that he and other negotiators would begin informing the union’s membership about the possible agreement today. He said he was not certain exactly how long it would take the union to vote on the new contract, but it might be within two weeks.
“I want to make sure they understand what they’re voting on. They have to make a choice . . . my belief is that we should accept it,” Stewart said.
Ott said one important aspect of the agreement would “provide soft pay, relative to
Stewart said several times during the conversation with In Fact Daily, “I think it’s the right thing to do.” However, he added, “it’s not something to be real happy about, but I think it’s the right thing. I don’t want them to cut our department any more.”
The unions for both
Leffingwell said regardless of the outcome of the negotiations between the police union and city management, “I will not be in favor of postponing the cadet class.”
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