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EMS union may join police in foregoing 2010 pay raise
Friday, June 12, 2009 by Charles Boisseau
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services employees are considering joining
EMS workers are operating under a three-year labor contract that is supposed to give employees a 2.75 percent pay increase in fiscal year 2010, an increase of $1.4 million, said Steve Stewart, president of the 280-member Austin Travis County EMS Employee Association, which represents most area EMS workers.
The association’s board is expected to meet Friday morning to discuss whether to negotiate with the city over giving up some or part of the pay increases.
“EMS has always done what is best for the citizens of the City of
City budget planners are forecasting a $30 million to $43 million shortfall next year. City staffers have proposed a menu of 245 cost-cutting measures for City Council to consider, including delaying the start of a class to train about 100 police cadets.
Vincent said keeping the cadet class was the key reason the police officers would be willing to defer or give up the pay raises next fiscal year. Under a three-year contract OK’d in October 2008,
“We’re emphasizing that we’re going to fight for the cadet class whether we reach an agreement over our pay contract or not,” Wayne Vincent, president of the Austin Police Association, said outside City Council chambers.
Mayor-elect Lee Leffingwell praised the police officers for “their willingness to renegotiate the FY 2010 pay raise,” which he noted was nearly identical to the cost of the $5 million cadet class.
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