Seattle AMR EMTs demand higher wages

As AMR’s seven-year contract with the city comes to an end, EMTs are asking to get the same amount of pay as their counterparts in other areas of the country

By EMS1 Staff

SEATTLE, Wash. — A group of AMR EMTs are demanding higher wages as the company’s contract with the city comes to an end.

KOMO News reported that AMR’s seven-year contract with Seattle is almost up, and the company’s EMTs in the area are asking for more than their starting wages of $15 an hour, which is much lower than that of their counterparts in other areas.

“Because contrary to popular belief, we are not paid like our brothers and sisters in the fire service,” EMT John Moore said.

EMT Megan Scherzinger said she is being forced to leave her job because she is not able to make ends meet with the current salary.

“I literally can’t afford to work here, which is sad because it’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Scherzinger said.

The employees are now asking for $25 an hour, as well as an increase in medical benefits.

Council member Kshama Sawant is introducing a resolution calling for the mayor to not sign a new AMR contract unless the company increases the pay for EMTs.

“Workers who do the work of heroes are living in abysmal conditions,” Sawant said.

A spokesperson for Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city hopes a resolution can be made.

“The city is and will continue providing timely, responsive emergency medical services,” the spokesperson said.

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