Mayor Greg Fischer, EMS and MetroSafe management and Teamsters Union Local 783 and IBEW Local 369 today announced agreements to immediately increase the wages of union members who work for EMS and MetroSafe.
The covering letter between Louisville Metro and the unions includes an 8% salary increase for members of those unions – in addition to the 2% increase expected in July. All future annual increases guaranteed by existing union contracts will remain in effect. The new pay raise goes into effect on January 1, 2022, and those affected should see a change in the paycheck they receive at the end of the month.
The IBEW contract with Louisville Metro only expires this summer, and the Teamsters’ contracts run through 2023 and 2024, but Mayor Fischer said these immediate general increases are deserved and necessary to maintain quality staff and service. . The new agreements also include measures to improve accountability, similar to reforms to recently approved Louisville Metro Police Department contracts.
“The employees of EMS and MetroSafe are heroes of public safety in our city, and they deserve our respect and thanks for the hard work they do in very difficult times,” said the mayor. “These new agreements also reflect our commitment to recruit more talent to help the men and women who continue to proudly serve in the face of unprecedented vacancies. There is no question that workforce shortages are a national problem, across all sectors of the industry, but our focus is on Louisville – and on ensuring the vital, ongoing public services our residents expect and deserve.
Louisville Metro Emergency Services Manager Jody Meiman said his agency’s mission is to “provide the best possible resources to citizens across the metro and our agency.”
“The work our agency does is vital to the safety of our community and our employees are the backbone of this work, and I hope these measures will show our continued support to every employee,” said Meiman. “I have had the privilege of working with Mayor Fischer and our unions on these steps and I appreciate the support they continue to give us. This is a big step towards the continued recruitment of new members, as well as the retention of our current dedicated employees. “
Local Teamsters President John Stovall and Session Secretary Justin Scharrer released this statement about the agreement: “Teamsters Local 783 is honored to represent paramedics, paramedics and staff. Louisville Metro EMS; as well as Metro Safe 911 call takers and telecommunications dispatchers. The monetary salary increase negotiated between the parties is essential for the professional services they provide to this community on a daily basis. We hope this will help retain current employees, recruit future employees, and fill vacant positions that currently exist. With the support of the director of emergency services, the perseverance and the tireless demands of the union, we were able to obtain the funds that the employees deserve. We are grateful to the mayor and his administration for recognizing the need to increase the wages of these hard-working families and we are happy to have been able to reach mutual agreement on this important undertaking.
Edward J. Devine, IBEW Sales Representative, Local 369, said: “The salary increase that Louisville Metro Emergency Services General Manager Edward J. Meiman is offering to our members is certainly a gesture. of goodwill that shows our members that the City values work. that they do on a daily basis. It’s always nice to be appreciated and it definitely helps financially. It should also help us to be more competitive when it comes to recruiting for vacant positions in the City.
Mayor Fischer thanked union leaders, as well as Metro Council partners and the city’s human resources and budget teams, for their work on the new deals, noting that “additional announcements on salaries, incentives and measures to improve working conditions in the Louisville metro “will be done in the coming weeks.