NYC Council Backs EMS Pay Parity

The New York City Council backed a plan for underpaid FDNY emergency medical technicians to earn as much as police and firefighters.

The Chief Leader reports the council backed the pay parity plan on May 28. The city’s EMTs and firefighters make about $35,000 less a year than police officers and firefighters.

“EMS personnel have worked so hard even before this pandemic, but they have not been paid fairly,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.


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The city is already facing lawsuits from its EMS unions alleging race-and-gender-based pay discrimination. Many of New York’s EMS professionals are people of color and women, the reported noted.

Despite the council’s action, Mayor Bill de Blasio does not need to grant pay parity. He previously said EMS work “is different” and that providing parity for EMS would cost the city $450 million annually.

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