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Dispatchers, please help!

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911_and_me_max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

We will be entering in to a union shortly and are going to be starting at the bottom reconstructing our positions. What I need help with is researching what other departments have used as bargining options and benefits. For example- Department A- gets 1 hour benefit for every 8 hours of training they assist with. Department B- gets their birthday off.

If you have any advice with beginning a union too, please let me know.

Thanks so much in advance. This is going to be a long journey.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Hi, jsells. I can't help with the union part of it, because I don't know anything at all about that kind of thing. However, I can tell you some of our agency's benefits, for what it's worth. Instead of being paid overtime, we accumulate Comp Time. We can use it in lieu of sick time or vacation time, as both of those count toward our retirement. I currently have about 170 C-time hours, so I'm good to go as far as not having to touch my vacation or sick time for a while. And, we have department-paid life insurance, as well as major contributions toward our health insurance plans. I have the most expensive plan offered and I pay about thirty dollars a month for it. We get paid mileage for any training we attend. That's all I can really think of right now. I don' t know if it helps or not. :) Good luck.

911clr_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

We are not a union shop, but your best bet in collecting the info you need is to put together a questionnaire that you can fax, email, mail to people in other agencies in your area, or anywhere in your state.

I'm not familiar with all union laws, etc... But you may want to NOT send it to the actual agency but rather whomever handles union issues for a given agency.

And speaking from experience, make sure the union you are going with is willing to fight for your agency regardless of how small it is. Unions like their money. imho


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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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

We went CIvil Service a couple of years ago. So you can't be fired at will, which was a BIG problem in our agency under the old administration. At least now you can "fight" dismissal. That's about the BIGGEST thing that Civil
Service did for us. We work for OT for Comp time too but are not allowed to use it in lieu of sick time . And I think there is a set number of sick days that carry over to retirement.

911_and_me_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Thanks for your help everyone. We are going with the FOP for a union, getting the letter delivered this Friday. Eek, it's so close. I hope it all goes well. The big issue we have is that admin will change the rules day to day on their whims. Plus they are trying to enforce practices that are illegal... it's really sad that they don't know labor laws.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

We desparately need some type of union here in Tx for our communications dept. Our employee turn-over is most likely beyond the norm due to management. We are under-appreciated and never treated as the professionals that our job requires to keep the public and our officers safe. For those reasons of course, morale is always down unless you're new, and we are over worked and stressed out to the maximum. Labor laws may or may not be being broken (haven't researched that yet), officers are allowed to treat us as doormats and we are secretaries and receptionists and told to screen everyone's calls in the dept. as well as answering emergency calls and dispatching Police, Fire and EMS with people's lives in our hands. There is no debriefing following what we call "bad" calls. We are promised things and told what we want to hear just to try to appease us to keep us there for a little while longer or we are told "that's justĀ  the way it is and the way it will always be". They just find another fresh face and move on. Please give us the name of a union we can join that understands the emergency communications field that can help us! I love dispatching and don't want to quit my job but if we don't get some relief, I, for one, will be another dispatching statistic by leaving. This is a small city so they blame everything on the budget. Thanks in advance!

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

Hi,


I think, it is works better if the employees feel that they are secure while doing their job.


You can provide health insurance for the employees as well as their families. In addition, you can provide the facility of student loan, education loan, travelling allowances, vehicle loan, time-to-time appraisal and so on.


The working environment affects a lot on the output given by the employees, so appreciate the dedicated and good work, and penalize the wrong doers.


 


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