City announces less stressful schedule for EMS workersUPDATED 7:15 PM HST Aug 12, 2014Video Transcript
Big changes coming to the lives of Honolulu's First Responders. The city's trying out a new way of scheduling them to reduce the stress and the overtime.. And also to keep so many from quitting! KITV4's Pete Caggiano shows us what's new.. 19-24 34-43 108-116 A major shift change for the EMS workers YOU rely on in the worst of times.. Gone are the 8-hour shifts... In are 12 hour shifts... Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says this will actually CUT DOWN on their workload... kirk Caldwell 03.07-3.13 THEY'RE REQUIRED IN MANY CASES TO WORK MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS A DAY THEY'RE ASKED TO STAY OVER AND WORK ANOTHER 8 HOURS Often, that wears them out. And eventually.. They leave for less taxing work. Mark K. Rigg Honolulu Emergency Services Department 09.49-10.00 ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE TWELVE HOUR SCHEDULE WAS TO ENSURE THEY GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES WITH A BETTER LIFESTYLE THEY'LL BE WORKING LESS DAYS A MONTH THEY WILL BE GETTING MORE PAY WHICH THEY DO DESERVE. The extra pay comes through a combination of scheduled overtime, meal allowances and night time differential. The hope is that this improved quality of life will help keep workers around. Currently there are 35 vacancies department wide. The agreement was not without controversy. Some union members did not like the proposed two shifts of midnight to noon and noon to midnight. UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelu 15.07-18 THERE WAS A PETITION SUBMITTED TO MY OFFICE WE DEALT WITH THAT AND WITH THE MEETINGS THAT WE SCHEDULED FOR THE MEMBERSHIP ALL LAST WEEK THOSE CONCERNS WERE ADDRESSED Both sides hope the end result... kirk caldwell 10.47-54 THEY HAVE MORE TIME AT HOME TO REST TO BE READY LIKE WE JUST HEARD NOW TO GO OUT AND SAVE A LIFE 54 Pete Caggiano KITV 4 News The new plan is projected to save one point five million dollars in overtime costs. The pilot program is scheduled to last for a year in a testing phase and then if successful made permanent.