City could reach deal with paramedics' unionUPDATED 9:33 PM HST Jul 16, 2014Video Transcript
soon be reached between the City and the United Public workers union representing more than 200 Honolulu paramedics. The Department of Emergency Services tells KITV staffing shortages have led to overtime in the past. Many paramedics work back to back shifts. But under a new agreement, 8 hour shifts would become 12 hour shifts to cut down on overtime. Under the deal, the average paramedic will see sizable pay raises. 2.10 -2.30 kirk caldwell, honolulu mayor "IT BRINGS ABILITY TO THE WORK FORCE AS YOU KNOW WE LOSE SOME OF OUR BEST FOLKS OR THE YOUNGER ENERATION BECAUSE OF BURN OUT. THEY LEAVE FOR OTHER THINGS. SO IF WE CAN KEEP THEM BY GIVING THEM AN ASSURED WORK SCHEDULE." The mayor thinks the deal could be reached in about a week.