Oct 05, 2018

Local 011 Reaches Contract Agreement with Delaware County

EMS Union Reaches Contract Agreement with Delaware County
(Delaware County, Ohio) — After months of negotiations, paramedics with Delaware County EMS (DCEMS), members of the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP) Local R7-011, recently settled successor contract negotiations with county management. 
Local R7-011 members worked diligently throughout the mediation and conciliation process to reach a settlement with county management that adequately addresses the needs of these first responders and ensures they can continue providing the best service possible to the community. 
“The paramedics of Delaware County EMS are excited to put negotiations behind them as they remain focused on serving the county to the best of their ability every day,” said Philip Petit, national director for the IAEP. “While we wish we didn’t need to go through conciliation to reach an agreement, at the end of the day everybody came together and decided to do the right thing for these highly skilled professionals.”
The new agreement contains wage increases for members of Local R7-011 addressing wages that have lagged in recent years and allowing the agency to continue attracting highly skilled and experienced candidates to open positions within the service. 
“During conciliation it became clear that the county knew they had a wage problem that was crippling the agency,” continued Petit.  “While the parties may have disagreed on how bad the problem was, ultimately we found a fair solution that protects patients and quality of service without draining county finances.”
Members of Local R7-011 relied on the hard work and leadership of Amy Chandler, the recently elected Local President, and the entire negotiation team. The union members are dedicated to serving their community and the county throughout the future and look forward to continuing to work with management to move the service forward across the life of this new agreement.
“Throughout these lengthy negotiations our members always put patients first,” said Petit.  “Delaware County and the townships being serviced by DCEMS are receiving superior EMS services from professionals who know the area and care deeply about providing top quality emergency medical care day in and day out.”
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