Mashpee boosts dispatchers

ON THE EVE OF THE CRISIS: Mashpee chapter leaders Teri Lambert, left, and Judy Mooney organized the contract vote. The new contract was overwhelmingly approved.

ON THE EVE OF THE CRISIS: Mashpee chapter leaders Teri Lambert, left, and Judy Mooney organized the contract vote. The new contract was overwhelmingly approved.

On the eve of the age of COVID-19 lockdowns, dispatchers got a boost in pay as part of a new contract for Local 888’s Mashpee chapter. The contract, which includes cost-of-living increases of 6 percent over a three-year period, was overwhelmingly approved.

Now, members are looking forward to getting their raises when the new contract begins.

Mashpee public safety dispatchers were all moved up a pay grade, to “Grade V.” This will mean individuals will “move to the step closest to their current rate of pay that is at least an increase of 2 percent above their rate of pay on June 30, 2020.” A public safety dispatcher supervisor will move to “Grade VI.”

For dispatchers working second shift (4 p.m. to 12 a.m.), the night-shift differential moves up to $30 per week. Those working third shift (12 a.m. to 8 a.m.) will get paid a $40 per week differential. For dispatchers working on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend differential will be $25 per shift.

In addition, dispatchers “will maintain their current anniversary dates and will advance to the next step of the July 1, 2020 wage scale on their anniversary date.” A memorandum of understanding was signed March 19.

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