Phil Petit, national director for the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, said the contract with the approximately 75 paramedics expired at the end of July. He said a shortage of experienced paramedics has led to high demand in the field, which can lead to newer hires making more money than Worcester EMS veterans. Paramedics for Worcester EMS typically make $20 an hour to start, Mr. Petit said.
In a statement, UMass Memorial Medical Center spokesman Anthony Berry was optimistic.
He said there have been situations where someone being hired makes more money than someone who has been in the department eight or nine years.
WORCESTER #8211; The union representing paramedics at Worcester EMS said it hopes to address wage compression in contract negotiations with UMass Memorial Medical Center.
#8220;We have been negotiating with NAGE for the past several months,#8221; Mr. Berry said in the statement. #8220;These discussions have made significant progress, and we hope and expect to reach an amicable resolution with this critically important part of our clinical workforce.”