Paramedics reject Gold Cross offer

Imperial Valley

Paramedics reject Gold Cross offer

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EL CENTRO, CA (13 On Your Side) - Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians shot down Gold Cross Ambulance Service's newest proposal today in Imperial Valley.

Out of 31 total votes, 30 union members rejected the offer.

According to paramedics we spoke to, they claim the company is now proposing to make all paramedics part-time workers.

After voting on the new deal proposed by Gold Cross this morning, 22-year veteran paramedic John Bisi says he's not satisfied.  

He claims the new deal takes away hours from full-time workers schedule including veterans, like him.

"So anybody with seniority is not going to have a chance according to what's proposed."

We spoke to union representatives off-camera. They tell us the company didn't offer a reasonable pay raise to accommodate reduced hours.

They say new hire paramedics are being offered $10 an hour - the same rate that was offered two weeks ago, when a federal mediator first came to El Centro.

Eddie Baxter, another veteran paramedic says, he too voted 'no' because he feels the deal wasn't improved.

He says, comparing it to previous deals, the new proposal gives management more discretion over how many hours they can work.

"It wasn't up to par. it was worse than what they offered the second time."

Now that the new offer has been rejected, these veterans say they're prepared to fight on.  

 Eddie says, "I'm here for the long haul." And Bisi agrees,  "Oh yeah, I'm packed to be here a couple more days."