A new three-year contract for unionized workers with the Peterborough County/City Paramedics was ratified Wednesday by county council.
#8220;These increases will have the effect of maintaining competitive wages as compared to other Eastern Region ambulance services,#8221; the release states.
The new contract also provides increased maximums for short-term disability benefits, improvements in paid holiday overtime provisions, increased vacation for long-serving paramedics and increased pay in lieu for part-time employees participating in the OMERS pension plan.
The employees covered by the new deal will receive a wage hike of 1.75% retroactive to Jan. 1, followed by increases of 1.75% on each of Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019, according to a release from the county.
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4911 also ratified the deal late Wednesday.