Friday, June 26, 2009
Contract with dispatchers approved
The Carlisle dispatchers have voted to unionize, and the first collective bargaining agreement was signed on June 9. The contract provides for a 2.5% salary increase each year and for longevity incentives for every five years of service.
Base salaries are set at $20.62 for the department head, with Chief Dispatcher Mike Taplin grandfathered at $25.21. Dispatcher base is $17.83 with Timothy Guild grandfathered at $18.28. A shift differential of 4% is added for hours worked from 4 p.m. to midnight, and 5% from midnight to 8 a.m. Longevity pay adds $1,000 at five years and up to $3,000 at 25 years.
Taplin said the dispatchers took the initiative to unionize because “we’re a unique 24-7 operation” that was not well-served by the standard personnel policies. “We don’t have the depth” to assume absenteeism and turnover. Five people must cover all hours of the day and night and often a “force-in” policy is called on which requires an unscheduled dispatcher to come to cover. ∆
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