WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – All of Warren’s police dispatchers received their pink slips on Thursday, which came as sort of a surprise.
“There was never no discussion prior to be prepared, this is going to happen. We knew they were negotiating a contract, but we never knew exactly when this was going to happen. They have been dangling this over our heads for what, a year or so?,” Warren dispatcher and union representative Sandy Placanica-Frazeskos said.
They were hand-delivered layoff notices stating effective Sept. 9, they would no longer be employed by the city.
“Whenever there is a reduction in the need or reduction in funds for those positions, the collective bargaining agreement dictates that layoff notices go out 30 days in advance of the anticipated layoff date,” Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said. “My understanding there is no formal application process. They are experienced dispatchers and they have all individually and as a collective group been offered employment by Trumbull County 911.”
And even though the notices included employment offers with Trumbull County 911, dispatchers in Warren are still concerned about the merger.
“Now in 30 days we are out of a job yet they are going to give us a job at the county, which is wonderful, but how are we going to do this?,” Placanica-Frazeskos said.
“We tried every effort to make sure that the transition is as seamless as possible,” Cantalamessa said.
Placanica-Frazeskos said dispatchers are still worried about the safety of the officers and citizens.
Cantalamessa said the anticipated date for Warren’s calls to be handled by Trumbull County 911 is Sept. 9.