The Austin City Council signed a new four-year contract with Austin’s paramedics.
This is the first civil-service agreement for the city and EMS. In 2012, voters adopted what’s called the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Civil Service Law, which allows city leaders to negotiate with Emergency Medical Services on issues like employment and wages.
The new contract totals about $15.5 million for the City of Austin, with another portion benefiting Travis County outside of city limits.
Chief Ernesto Rodriguez said he is excited about how the new contract will improve flexibility within the hiring process.
“As we are seeking to improve our diversity, this gives me the ability to go out and recruit the right folks and bring them into the organization and continue to expand on our diversity,” Rodriguez said.
Under the new contract, EMS personnel will receive a 1.5 percent pay raise in their first year of contract, 2 percent in years two and three, and a 2 percent raise in year four.
The new agreement goes into effect Oct. 1.