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March 8, 2013

911 staff wins dispute

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Tonawanda News — The NCSA also awards vacation time and requests for particular shifts and vacation dates based on seniority that will now take effect for the North Tonawanda dispatchers. One dispatcher also argued that her seniority with the county should have been based off her overall time with the city. Higgins worked for the city since 2003, but became a dispatcher in 2007. The judge agreed. 

”The city has said they, no matter what, they’re gong to save money in the long run,” Davignon said. “And they should have taken care of this in the first place and just give the people what they deserved. They’re earning it with extra training and extra responsibilities.” 

City Attorney Shawn Nickerson, who was involved in the suit’s court proceedings along with county representatives, said the city is still going to save money in the long run. County officials did not immediately return calls for comment on whether they would file an appeal.

”From the city standpoint it was a county decision,” Nickerson said. “That was something the dispatchers raised with the county and there was no way the city could grant those requests.” 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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