(ST. LOUIS) – Following a November 2019 representation election and intense negotiations that were interrupted by COVID-19 and completed virtually, dispatchers and call takers at AMR’s East Region Communication Center (a/k/a Abbott Ambulance) overwhelmingly voted, 50-2, to approve a first collective bargaining agreement on Friday, August 21, 2020. The new 3-year agreement immediately improves terms and conditions of work, including:

Substantial annual raises for all employees and elimination of a top-out cap on wages;
$1,000 ratification bonus for each employee;
Increases to the new hire starting wage by $3/hour;
More affordable health insurance that includes an FSA or HSA for each employee (with company contributions);
Two additional paid holidays, which honor MLK Jr. Day and Veterans Day;
PTO accrual at a faster rate and increased PTO accrual for long-term employees, and for the first time part-time employees earn PTO;
Company-paid short-term disability and long-term disability;
Perfect-attendance bonuses of up to $900/year;
Paid lunches; and
Seniority and a real grievance procedure, with a just-cause provision.