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Possible AMR Strike

From the open publishing newswire: American Medical Response union employees are considering a strike after an unacceptable final offer from the company in a wage & benefits dispute.

Things you haven't heard about in the mass media (yet): American Medical Response Northwest union employees (specifically EMTs, paramedics, and dispatchers) are meeting next week to vote on a strike, due to an inability to resolve a wage & benefits dispute with the company. (Note that a strike would affect ambulance service to Multnomah and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington, and as I understand it if the company defaults on those contracts they may lose them.)

The reasons for considering a strike are pretty simple. Union employees are looking for wages comparable to those earned by AMR employees elsewhere (the closest AMR division would be Northern California, i.e. Sacramento). Paramedics in Oregon start at $28,979 a year. After 12 years of working full-time, a paramedic can expect to make $40,443. Paramedics in Sacramento start at $42,400 a year currently.
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