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Friday, January 22, 2010

Settlement finalized with dispatchers

A pay dispute between the Town of Carlisle and the emergency communications dispatchers has been settled. On January 14 the Carlisle Board of Selectmen signed an agreement restoring shift differential pay for dispatchers who take leave time (vacation, sick, personal or bereavement days) during regular shift differential times (4 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 8 a.m.). Four dispatchers who were not compensated between June 19, 2009 and January 1, 2010, were paid a total of $287.

Carlisle dispatchers receive differential pay for working the night shifts (an additional 4% for working 4 p.m. to midnight, and 5% from midnight to 8 a.m.). Employees may work a mix of day and night shifts, but may also receive the differential rate when taking leave during a scheduled night shift. When the Carlisle dispatchers voted to unionize last June, the differential-shift pay for leave time was not included explicitly in the contract and no mention was made of it by either the dispatchers or the Town of Carlisle.

As a result, payment for shift-differential leave ended when the new contract was signed. Head Dispatcher Mike Taplin brought the dispatchers’ payroll grievance to the Board of Selectmen on September 8. In a letter to the Selectmen from John Greenhow, President of Local 201A, he maintained the “Town of Carlisle Personnel Policies” documentation details the use of shift-differential leave time and stated it has been in place for 12 years.

Contacted later for comment, Selectman Tim Hult said no arbitration was needed and the length of time to settle the agreement was due to the time it took to meet with the dispatchers’ union lawyer.

In a separate settlement dispatcher Tim Guild has received $3,500 as part of his resignation agreement. ∆

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