Millburn Dispatchers Say They are Losing Their Jobs
The town's dispatchers say they have been told two months ago Livingston will take over dispatching, though the town has yet to formally vote on the matter.
Although Millburn Township officials announced a possible outsourcing of police dispatchers to Livingston and have not yet voted on the matter, six Millburn dispatchers said they were told two months ago they are losing their jobs starting Jan. 1, 2013.
The township said earlier this week the proposal for these shared services was in a subcommittee for consideration and not yet approved. The subcommittee is supposed to give a report at the next Township Committee meeting on Aug. 21. where it may be acted upon.
Yet, the dispatchers, who have released a letter as a group, say they believe the township has already made up its mind. They said they knew they were losing their jobs since the end of May.
According to the business administrator, Thomas Gordon, the township was exploring shared services because of a limited budget established by two percent increase cap per year.
Township officials have denied any knowledge of the dispatchers being told their positions will no longer be available starting next year. The dispatchers also said Livingston is not hiring any of the Millburn dispatchers after the transition.
The Millburn Police dispatchers, who have been reluctant to speak publicly on the matter, have written the following letter to the Patch detailing what they have been told:
The Township of Millburn Police Dispatchers were verbally informed at the end of May by their Union leadership that the Township of Millburn intends to have their Police Dispatch Services for Millburn and Short Hills residents provided by the Township of Livingston effective January 1, 2013.
The Union Representative and Shop Steward were informed of this by the Township of Millburn management, who called a closed door meeting with the Union and informed them that this was their plan. We were also told that Livingston so far has expressed no interest in hiring any of the current Millburn Dispatcher employees and as a result, we would no longer have positions as Dispatch employees for the Township of Millburn after January 1, 2013.
The Township of Millburn Police Dispatchers