Emergency Dispatchers Want Union Representation

Emergency Dispatchers Want Union Representation

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(Ogden-AP) -- Emergency dispatchers in Weber and Morgan counties say they're overworked and stretched dangerously thin on the job -- and they're asking for a union to represent their interests with county officials.

A group of dispatchers attended a meeting last night of the Consolidated Dispatch Center board of directors. They weren't allowed to speak to the board, but they made their feelings known by wearing union logos.

A spokesman says the dispatchers want to join the Communication Workers of America union, and 80 percent of the workers have signed a petition.

Dispatchers say they are constantly short-staffed, employee turnover is too high, coverage on the dispatch lines is dangerously low.

The center handles all emergency calls in Weber and Morgan counties. It employs 38 full-time and four part-time dispatchers.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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