Rural Metro Strike Over

7:19 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO - Eight hours after walking off the job, the strike at Rural Metro is over.

Negotiations between Rural Metro and the Teamsters Union continued through the night with the help of a federal mediator.

"There has been a lot of hard work put into this process over the last few weeks and certainly the last 24 hours," said Jay Smith, Rural/Metro Division General Manager. "We're pleased to have come to this favorable agreement so that our EMTs and Paramedics can return to the communities they serve. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our partners in healthcare and first response and particularly those dedicated EMTs, Paramedics and staff who left their homes and families to serve the communities of Western New York."

The deal is tentative and still needs to be approved by union members.

Teamsters President Kevin Drysdale say this is a 4 year deal that improves wages and health benefits for members while still making Rural Metro profitable.

Rural Metro paramedics and emergency medical technicians went on strike at 12:01 a.m Tuesday.

Rural Metro put a contingency plan in action to make sure ambulance service continued during the strike.

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