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Manual timekeeping leaves FDNY EMS workers furious with overtime pay shortages


EMS workers in New York City are frustrated with city accountants who keep screwing up their paychecks.

Many of the 4,000 fire inspectors, Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics have been finding their paychecks coming up short since September, when the workers moved from eight to twelve-hour shifts, part of a pilot program resulting from a deal between Mayor de Blasio and the city’s two EMS unions.

While the 12 hour shifts provide more time on ground (and pay), the adjusted payroll entries have to be done manually, causing shortages to appear that range from a few dollars to over $100.

According to the New York Daily News, one man went two weeks with less than half his usual check.

“The city should obtain a payroll system that pays employees correctly and provides pay stubs that clearly explain what is being paid,” said Uniformed EMS Officers Union Local 3621 president Vincent Variale. “Most of our members live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford payroll errors.”

FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said the situation will be corrected.

“We expect the inaccurate under payments to be rectified in the next pay cycle” this coming Friday,” he said.

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