Pittsburgh paramedics to vote Friday on proposed contract

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Pittsburgh paramedics, who have been working without a contract since December 2010, will vote Friday on a contract proposal.

If the medics reject the officer, union leadership will have the authorization to call a strike, Anthony Weinmann, president of Local 1 of the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics, said. That does not necessarily mean that a strike will occur, Mr. Weinmann said.

Though Mr. Weinmann would not comment on the proposal, negotiations have involved the possibility of shifting some rescue work -- traditionally the duty of paramedics -- to the larger fire bureau. In fact, the city's amended financial recovery plan, adopted about three years ago, directs the city to build "rescue capacity" in the fire bureau. neigh_city - breaking

Joe Smydo: jsmydo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1548.


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