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Meggamuffin_max50

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Posted over 6 years ago

 

Do you have forced OT at your department?  Do you get "stuck" alot? can you take comp time, or are you paid OT?


 


We have alot of Mandatory OT here, there are only 5 dispatchers, and two are out right now, it is based on seniority, so usually Im the one with the ot.  We have the option of taking comp time to use at a later date, or we can take the OT.  I take one shift in OT, then one in comp ect.  It works out fairly well.  How are things where you are?


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911clr_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

OT is almost always available here, but forcing is not often done.


We can also take OT as Comp time, but when we use comp time it cannot create OT.  This makes Comp time virtually useless, so personally speaking I always take the OT.


We have one person in training right now and are hiring two more next month because of a promotion and lateral transfer.  So technically we are down 3 people.  But we are not swamped with OT.


Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey, and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives because they will never come again.

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heard of it, but we NEVER get to take advantage of it. Would be nice sometimes to have some extra cash.

Front2_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

We have been having alot of it lately. We are so short handed that when someone calls in sick . .  we are screwed. Now that summer is here and everyone wants to take time off. . ..OMG it is worse than ever.

Meggamuffin_max50

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I know what you mean, alot of people here end up seeing Dr Summeroff


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Incog2_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

ok, so i had to laugh at the title... mandatory fun... piqued my curiosity....damn OT


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Mvc-001s_sq90_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

What is OT?  

911clr_max50

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Overtime.


Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey, and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives because they will never come again.

Th_cutebutpsycho_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

When I first started back in 87, there was only one other girl and me hired in together and the 2 of us got stuck ALOT being forced an additional 8... nothing to work 16hrs. 3rd shift/1st shift were the worst... Thru the years and the addition of more dispatchers (whiny punks) didn't like being forced the full 8, so our supervisor started doing half and half... unless someone wanted all 8.  Looked good on the paycheck tho.


Life should NOT be a journey to the grave in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways with chocolate in one hand, Bud Light in the other, body thoroughly used up and totally worn out, screaming "WOO-HOO what a ride!!"

Glock_tiger_17_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

the very phrase manditory fun makes my skin crawl


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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

I have 3 dispatchers under me for a total of 4...and we just got hit with the hurricane. 3 weeks of straight 12s, and now we are on rotating 12s, we almost had a new hire but the storm put a stop to that.

Meggamuffin_max50

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catm2005 says ...



the very phrase manditory fun makes my skin crawl


 


Sorry catm  didn't mean to make your skin crawl, leftover phrase from my jarhead days  some habits die hard



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100_0015_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

Because of our schedule we have 8 hours of overtime every two weeks. Our county doesn't believe in overtime so we get Comp time.


Probkem is the county has figured out a way to screw us out of that, too. You see, our pay week starts on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday, so depending on which rotation you work on (we'll use mine for example) the first week youll work Wed, Thurs, Mon, Tues (48 hours) then the second week you work Fri,Sat, Sun (36 hours).


Now keep in mind, that no matter how much we work, we only get $$$$ for 80 hrs on our paycheck, this is important to remember when reading further.


The total hours for the pay period above (48+36) = 84 hours, right? (you dont need to do the math 'cause I already did :) )


OK....According to the schedule I have already worked enough to get paid for my 80 hrs and put the rest in the time bank, Right?


Wrong....u see beacuse I only work 36 hours the second week of the pay period I have to burn 4 hrs of comp time because my weekly total HAS to equal 40 hrs, even though the first week was 8 hrs. Now I get paid EVERY 2 WEEKS, not every week, so in effect I have to burn 4hrs of comp time for ZERO RETURN, I get nothing for it.


Now here is the real kick in the crotch:


When I started, and for more than 8 years, we simply put 4 12's on our 1st week and 3 12's on the 2nd week and the 4 hrs of COMP  for a total of 88hrs on our sheets. You take the 8 hrs of comp from week one, multiply by 1.5 amd we earn 12 hrs of comp every two weeks, subtract out the 4 used for week two, and we were putting away 8 hrs of comp in the account for a rainy day......it made the screwing a bit more palatable and not many people were complaining....not anymore...


 


Now, they force us to put 4 11 hrs shifts on week 1 (1hr off for a lunch wether you take it or not) and three 12's on week 2. so now you only get 44 hrs, + 36 hrs,= 80.....oh, and u still have to put the 4hrs of comp on the second week so now you only get 4 x 1.5=6-4= 2 hrs to pu away...that is BULLSHIT...the worst part is thats not coming from the dept, thats comong fron the tight wads at the county govt who act like they are paying us out of their personal bank accounts. I tell my people if they dont get to take their lunch put 12 down for that shift, but then they (and I) catch heat from higher up. Threats have been made in the past that if people didn't conform they might invest in time clocks.


Good luck. If i got paid based on a time clock, they would be owing me BIG TIME. I regulary work way more than my time sheet shows (15-20 min before shift to 10-15 min after shift adds up multiplied times 7 days in a period) I regulary work 88-89 hours every two weeks, way more than the 84 we used to put down and the 80 we put down now....