Aug 25, 2016

Escambia County IAEP Members Ratify First Contract

The EMTs and paramedics in Escambia County, Florida, have ratified their first contract as members of the IAEP.
 
According to IAEP National Representative Mike Marasco, negotiations and ratification went smoothly. Negotiators Dick Anderson and Ken Skaggs completed negotiations on the first contract for the new bargaining unit in a week and members turned out over a recent two-day voting period to ratify the deal. The new contract includes improvements to wages, benefits, sick time, and holidays.
 
IAEP Local 325 consists of about 120 EMTs and paramedics answering to the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners. The county, at the western-most tip of Florida, has a population of nearly 300,000. Escambia County is best known for its beautiful beaches and the nation’s oldest Naval Air Station, which happens to be home of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision flight team.
 
“Escambia County is a busy place with a lot of visitors, and our members face plenty of challenges on the job,” said Marasco. “With their first contract in place, they can feel secure and focus on their patients.”
 
Congratulations to the Escambia County members on ratifying their first contract with the IAEP!

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