Cleveland EMS protest city not honoring union contract

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– Cleveland emergency medical service employees marched again on Thursday as they demand the city honor the union’s contract.

Protesters marched from EMS headquarters to Cleveland City Hall.

The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, or C.A.R.E Local 1975,  said recent court decision, in support of their legally-arbitrated and awarded contract, is still not being implemented by the city of Cleveland.

Close to 300 EMS workers and dispatchers have been working without a contract now for three years and nine months. C.A.R.E. members are still being compensated at 2015 wages and retro pay owed is more than $3 million.

The city of Cleveland responded on Thursday with the following statement:

“The City of Cleveland takes seriously the health of all of our residents and employees. This is evident in our initiatives ranging from Healthy Homes to the recent refocusing of our Neighborhood Resource and Recreation Centers to our employee wellness programs which include resources for better physical, mental and financial wellness.

“While we cannot comment on the EMS matter specifically, due to pending litigation, our various initiatives truly demonstrate that the health of all of our residents and employees are always top of mind.”

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