The Carlisle Mosquito Online

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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