Tentative pact gives Honolulu paramedics raises

Tentative pact gives Honolulu paramedics raises

HONOLULU (AP) - A tentative agreement would give Honolulu paramedics raises and less overtime.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the tentative deal is expected to save the city more than $1 million in overtime.

The average raise would be 10 to 12 percent.

The tentative agreement reached between United Public Workers and the city would change 90 percent of paramedics' shifts from eight hours to 12 hours.

Department of Emergency Services director Mark Rigg says that would dramatically cut down on overtime.

The department last year spent $5.6 million in overtime for paramedics. That was more than one-fifth of the agency's $25.2 million total budget.

The newspaper says UPW officials were on the mainland and did not respond to requests for comment.

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