Brockville - The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department have signed a collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employers and its Local 4440.
The agreement gives both full and part-time paramedics employed by the Counties a two per cent wage increase in 2013 and two per cent increase in 2014. This means paramedics will go from making $33.90 per hour last year to $34.58 this year and $35.27 in 2014.
Chief Lloyd said the increase puts Leeds Grenville paramedics in the “middle of the pack” when compared to other ambulance services in eastern Ontario. Counties Council passed a by-law Thursday ratifying the agreement. The Counties employ 104 paramedics with approximately 50 per cent of them full-time employees. The agreement includes some improvements to benefits and an increase in the shift premium.
The agreement is effective from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014.