Objectives

E M S P A C

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PUBLIC ADVOCACY COUNCIL

Objectives

The Emergency Medical Service Public Advocacy Council (EMSPAC) presents these recommendations to advance public awareness, encourage broader unity of efforts, and develop legislation to advance the welfare of Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and EMS Officers. This demands program presents objectives that are long-running industry-standard wages and benefits for Nursing, Fire Suppression, Law Enforcement, Sanitation, and Corrections. Services which we peg to achieve EMS Parity.

EMSPAC presents this program in hopes it will not only be adapted as baseline demands in upcoming EMS Labor Negotiations but will also be supported by City, State, and National Level Legislation.

Included are the industrial recommendations for wage and benefit minimums to be followed by immediate next step proposals for each of the five sectors of the Emergency Medical Services; Municipal 911, Voluntary Hospital-based 911, Private Contract Staffing of Voluntary Hospital 911, Private Interfacility Transport and Community Volunteers

These are our 15 Objectives for EMTs, Paramedics, and EMS Officers in the State of New York.

1. 20 Year Pension
2. $30 EMT/$45Medic Start Pay
3. Full Coverage Medical Benefits
4. Unlimited Sick Time
5. Adequate PTO & Vacation
6. Premium Shift Differentials
7. Longevity Pay Parity
8. Paid Meal/Bathroom Breaks
9. Credential Differentials
10. Uniform Standardization
11. Educational Opportunities
12. Recertification, Continuing Education & Licensure
13. Maternity/Paternity Leave Parity
14. Death and Disability Parity
15. Wellness, Safety, and Critical Stress Relief

GOAL ONE: “20-Year Pension

¾ final year salary closeout, in perpetuity administered by State and transferable agency to agency.

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GOAL TWO: “$30 EMT/ $45 Start Pay”

EMT Base
New Hire, No Experience in the title:
$30/hr transport and $35/hr 911

+$1 Hazmat, +$2 Community Paramedic

Paramedic Base
New hire, No Experience in the title:
$40/hr transport
$45/hr 911
+$1 per year
+$2 outstanding performance (No lateness, no crash, no incident)
+$1 Hazmat, +$2 Community Paramedic +$3 Rescue +$4 Critical Care, +$5 Flight Medic.

No overtime or salary cap.

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GOAL THREE: “Full Coverage Medical Benefits”

No pay in/no copay on dental, vision, and medication prescriptions. Low-cost immediate family coverage, domestic partner coverage, and elderly parent coverage.

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GOAL FOUR: “Unlimited Sick Time”

All illness that occurs while fully employed will be assumed to have been contracted on the job. An injury on or off the job will be covered by paid sick until the member can return light-duty or is deemed unable to return to work. 

Preliminary annual banks will be separated from other PTO: 

5 critical stress/mental health days

5 unplanned time off sick, no note needed

Unlimited sick leave with valid medical documentation.    

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GOAL FIVE: “Adequate Vacation and Paid Time Off”

6 weeks per year with an additional week for every 3 years worked. It will be fully prohibited to use PTO as a sick bank. This is paid leave for rest, leisure, and family time. A total of 12 holidays will accrue time and a half if worked or 2 days of comp time, or be paid at a regular rate if off. With documentation of religious observance, the 11 Federal Holidays may be swapped for those of religious observance.   

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GOAL SIX: “Premium Shift Differentials”

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Double time for any Mandation, 25% for Night Shifts, 20% for Weekend Shifts, Time and Half for all Holidays, 10% for Field Training/ student ride alongs, and 20% Hazard Pay for major incidents and all Working Fires.

Mandation Differential:

Double Time after hour 12

Triple Time after hour 24

Night differential: 25%

Weekend differential: 20%

Nocturnist differential: 5% Additional; Hazard Pay @ Double Time (Major Disasters, Deployments, Prolonged MCI Field Operations), FTO differential @ 10% mentoring new hires, students, interns.

GOAL SEVEN: “Improved Longevity Pay”

Beginning at year 6 increases every 3 years in a 5% interval in the workforce generally, 10% if one remains at the same employer. The State will regulate a mandatory longevity system that incentivizes remaining in the profession. 

Longevity Payout will not be capped. 

Longevity at 6 years: 10% increase of annual

Longevity at 9 years: 15% increase of annual

Longevity at 18 years: 25% increase of annual

Longevity at 27 years: 35% increase of annual

After 30 years: 40%

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GOAL EIGHT: “PAID MEAL & BATHROOM BREAKS WITH CLEAN AND DECENT QUARTERS”

At every garage/station/base: Facilities are to be granted for every 8 hours worked not to be interrupted in a 30-minute bank. Units will be put out of service complete until it is over. Garages are to be kept clean and organized by the employer. The employer will provide basic cooking, sleeping, hydration, showers, and a gym.  

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GOAL NINE: “CREDENTIAL DIFFERENTIALS”

 Added to base pay: for 911 +$5, EMT-CC, +$2, Hazmat +$3, Rescue +$5, Critical Care (CC) +$5, Community Paramedicine(CP) $5, and Flight Medic (FP-C) +$10.

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GOAL TEN: “UNIFORM STANDARDIZATION”

Standardized uniforms will be provided for all members, one for each day of the week they work. Individualized Bunker Gear, including high-quality boots, helmets, eye protection, and all necessary respiratory PPE. The agency will provide a $500 annual stipend for washing the uniforms. All ripped or damaged uniforms will be replaced on a one-for-one basis.

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GOAL ELEVEN: “Increased Educational Oppertunities”

Every agency will establish Study Grants and Health Service Scholarships to allow a greater number of EMTs to Advance to Paramedic.  If hospital-based the agency will set up Bridge Programs to the In-hospital care professions RN, RT, PA, and MD.

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GOAL TWELVE: “PROFESSIONALIZATION OF EMS”

We will elevate the academic standards of this profession without creating unnecessary barriers to entry.  A Modular EMT progression program will be established to allow the EMT to progress while working to EMT-I, EMT-CC/AEMT, and then to Paramedic Basic. A Paramedic Licensure Program will be developed, and a relevant, unified system of Continuing Education. A Paramedic Practitioner BA and MA degree program will be established allowing pay and benefits parity with PAs and NPs.

We will streamline recertification, offer licensure and create more value through more educational emphasis. A more seamless transition within the medical titles through the incorporation of EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-CC into one unified 6-month EMT course. The student may then bridge into Paramedic through additional hours, tests, and practical skill competencies.

We recommend longer 2, 4, or 6-year Paramedic programs resulting in the 6-year Paramedic Practitioner having comparable pay and responsibilities to that of an NP or PA.

EMT-B, EMT-I, EMT-CC to Paramedic Bridge Programs will be established.

Hazmat, Rescue, Critical Care, Flight, Officer Upgrades will be better and more seamlessly developed.

Paramedic to RN/RT/PA Bridge Programs; RN/RT/PA/MD Scholarships; Public Health/ Emergency Management/ Healthcare Administration MAs; Free CUNY BA Scholarships; Tuition Reimbursement Programs and PreMed/ Post Bacc Premed Programs will be sponsored by employer and state.

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GOAL THIRTEEN: “MATERNITY AND PATERNITY LEAVE PARITY”

Twelve weeks( 64 days) at 100 percent salary for maternity, and eight weeks (56 days) paternity, six weeks (42 days) for adoption, or foster care leave – and up to 16 weeks fully paid when combined with existing leave.

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GOAL FOURTEEN: “Death or Disabilty Parity”

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With On or Off Job Injury Insurance, 

¾ Pension Pay Out for Line of Duty Disability and Full Transfer of Pension in Death to Surviving Spouse, Child, or an Elderly Parent.

GOAL FIFTEEN: “ROBUST WELLNESS, SAFETY AND CRITICAL STRESS SUPPORT”

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We must establish essential programs to Protect Members from cumulative and post-traumatic stress. Mandate a separate balance of PTO days for mental health recuperation after serious calls. A multi-tier program of confidential support for members and their families must be set up by each agency. Free counseling, peer-to-peer networks, and subsidized physical fitness.

CONTACT YOUR UNIONS. PARTICIPATE IN YOUR MEETINGS. DO NOT LET OTHERS MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS!

GET THESE BARGAINING ITEMS ON THE AGENDA.

LOCAL 2507
(Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors F.D.NY.- District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO)
(718) 371-0310
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LOCAL 3621
(Uniformed EMS Officers-AFSCME)
(212) 815-1220
Website

1199 SEIU
Healthcare Workers United East
(212) 582-1890
Website

IAEP : International Association of EMTs and Paramedics/ National Association of Government Employees 5000/LocalR220
(SEIU General EMS, Service Employee International Union)
(866) 412-7762
Website

LOCAL 713
(International Brotherhood of Trade Unions)
(866) 412-7762
Website

LOCAL 741
(National Association of Specialty Trades)
(914) 367-0277
Website

LOCAL 707
(International Brotherhood of Teamsters)
(718) 937-7010
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Contact the Emergency Medical Services Public Advocacy Council (EMSPAC) to join us in this campaign for parity and justice.