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Staff Protest Outside AMR Offices in Springfield, Mass.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with American Medical Response aired their grievances Monday over what they are calling non-livable wages, according to a report.

Dozens of employees stood outside the company’s headquarters yesterday, reported.

AMR staff told the newspaper medical staff are joining other ambulance companies where pay is higher. Morale is also low, they said, 911 response times have suffered, and they are receiving less training, they added.

The report says AMR began offering $50 incentives for employees to show up to their shifts and installed a popcorn machine at the office.

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