FDNY EMS Union Members Ratify Retroactive Contract

September 13, 2021

Members of FDNY EMS Local 2507 have voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 2,610 (98.8%) to 32 (1.2%) to ratify a retroactive wage agreement with the City of New York to boost salaries. While the new contract provides some relief for its members, compensation for EMS first responders remains significantly lower than that of their counterparts within the FDNY as well as other uniform service such as police.

Nearly 64.5% of the union’s 4,100 current active members voted in the election overseen by the American Arbitration Association. The agreement, which expires June 2022, covers New York City’s emergency medical first responders – Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics in the FDNY EMS, as well as the agency’s fire inspectors.

With the ratification, the wage increase, which is determined by years of seniority, will be directly funded via EMS members working an extra 130 hours annually, going from a scheduled 1,957 hours (37.5-hour week) to 2,088 hours (40-hour week).