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Members of the United Paramedics of Los Angeles voted to decline to work overtime from July 1 to July 8 and to picket Los Angeles City Hall on July 7 as part of a job action to enforce demands for a contract. Fred Hurtado, UPLA president, said the two remaining substantive issues in negotiations with the city are salary demands and a reduction of the consecutive hours a paramedic can be forced to work. UPLA will return to the bargaining table with a counterproposal to a fact-finder's earlier recommendation of a 4% wage increase for paramedics in each of two years, plus a 9% salary adjustment, Hurtado said.

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