On October 19 Crozer delivered a “Settlement Offer” to the Union for EMS personnel.
This is a good offer in line with the contracts agreed to by virtually every other union at Crozer-Keystone, including the 700 RNs also represented by PASNAP:
- We have asked the Paramedics and EMTs to accept the same one-year freeze on across-the-board increases that all other unions have accepted.
- Current Paramedics and EMTs still get step increases in year 1 and both step and across-the-board increases in years 2 and 3.
- Paramedics and EMTs get excellent health coverage under the CHOICES Benefits Plan in 2012, including free preventive health and dependent coverage for children up to age 26.
- Current EMS personnel continue to receive a Defined Benefit Pension on the same terms accepted by the other unions. New EMS employees get the same Defined Contribution Retirement Plan that applies to other new hires.
- Paramedics and EMTs get severance payments and health coverage of up to 12 weeks if a layoff should occur at any time during the three-year contract.
- We have signed off on a labor-management committee.
- The offer includes a robust health and safety program with “power stretchers” to reduce back injuries.
- The Scheduling Committee still prepares schedules, subject to approval by the Chief or his designee.
This economic package is virtually identical to those in Crozer’s other union contract settlements.
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Unfortunately, rather than work with us to reach agreement in line with other contracts, the CCPA/PASNAP:
- Continues to cling to unrealistic economic demands;
- Voted to authorize a strike that could hurt our relationship with customers;
- Failed to respond to our proposal to resume negotiations next week; and
- Says it is considering sending the Hospital a strike notice.
We urge the Union to come back to the bargaining table prepared to reach a settlement in line with other union contracts and within the parameters of our most recent settlement offer.
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If you have any questions regarding what is on the table, please do not hesitate to ask the Chief or an Assistant Chief.