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East Windsor Dispatchers Move Forward

Serving as a public safety dispatcher is a challenging job. For the members of AFSCME Local 1303-460, it's a job made more secure by Council 4 representation.

The five-person bargaining unit recently negotiated its first contract after choosing to join Council 4. The four-year agreement includes general wage increases totaling 8% and protects a work schedule that members say is critical to achieving a balance between job and personal demands.

"Negotiating a contract is never easy in these times, said Local 1303-460 President Sharon Bourke. "Our goal was to protect what we had."

Bourke praised Council 4 Staff Representative Laurie Webster for her work on behalf of the Local.She also said Council 4's experience in advocating for dispatchers, whether at the bargaining table or the state legislature, played a major role in the decision to affiliate.

"We've got some challenging issues to deal with," Bourke noted, pointing to the lack of portal-to-portal workers' compensation for dispatchers and the increased push for regionalizing services. "It's good to know Council 4 has our back and will fight for us."

Seated: Lorelei Rounds and Sharon Bourke. Standing: BettyAnn Sheridan and Cindy Urso.

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