Lakewood EMS Rejects Township Offer, Committee to Vote On Thursday


lakewood-emsAfter months of negotiations, Lakewood township’s offer to the Emergency Medical Services department that would have allowed the unit to remain intact but require a 30 percent pay cut for its employees has been turned down, has learned. The offer was roundly rejected this morning by the EMS Department.

Since December, Lakewood, NJ’s EMS has been at risk of being disbanded as township officials look at privatizing the township ambulance service to cut costs. The department’s union had until 9 o’clock this morning to respond to the offer, which included two contract options. They rejected both.

The union was livid over being forced to decide whether to fire the EMS supervisor, Scott Carter, If Carter stayed, under the proposal, the 15 full-time employees would have had to take an additional $5,447 cut in pay, according to Shannon Ortiz, of Local 380 of the Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association, which represents Lakewood’s EMS workers. is told that a final vote on the fate of Lakewood’s EMS is expected at this Thursday’s Township Committee meeting.

{Noam Newscenter}