As most are undoubtedly aware, Arizona voters elected to pass Proposition 206 which, among other things, increases the minimum wage to $10.00 effective today, January 1st, 2017. There have been attempts to overturn the law change but these cases were dismissed in the past few days. That said, there are opportunities for appeals which may eliminate the minimum wage increase.
Currently, Emergency Medical Technicians represented by the IAFF Local I-60 start at $30,000/yr irrespective of their assigned shift schedule. This means that those working forty-hour work weeks make $14.42 an hour, and $9.01 an hour when assigned to a 3/4 ABC Schedule. Because of this, several bargaining unit members are impacted by Arizona Proposition 206. In addition, steps of the EMT pay scale result in hourly wages potentially below the new $10.00/hr minimum wage depending on shift schedule assignments.
The Local I-60 leadership has been working with American Medical Response management to address the issues and impacts of AZ Prop 206. Unfortunately, at this time, AMR is unwilling to increase the lowest hourly rate of Emergency Medical Technicians to an hourly rate above the new minimum wage. This means that any bargaining unit member with a base annual salary of less than $33,280 will definitively be compensated the Arizona Minimum Wage of $10.00 when working a 3/4 or 5/6 ABC rotational shift.
As the Arizona minimum wage increase takes effect in the middle of a pay period, the wage adjustment will be calculated at the end of the pay period and applied retroactively for hours worked on and after January 1st, 2017 until the beginning of the next pay period on January 7th, 2017.
Only those employees who have a base annual pay of less than $33,280 are impacted by these changes, and we are continuing to work with management to find a solution that maintains EMS professionals above minimum wage in all RHE rate categories. More information will be posted as it becomes available.