This is in response to the article in the Dec. 14 Register regarding the Margaretta dispatchers protest severance. I am speaking for myself only. Being one of the dispatchers interviewed for this story, I don’t appreciate the heading of the article.
At no time did I say I was protesting this package. On several occasions I stated that it is a very fair package. I also stated that I knew the payback on the sick time was 25 percent as stated in the handbook. Nor did I say I had a “qualm” about the sick pay. What I said was that I hoped in the future the trustees would take a look at it and that I feel employees that dedicate themselves and, in some cases their lives. to the job and do not abuse the sick time, should get more of it paid back. At no time did I state that, “some people abuse the system, abuse those sick days.”
A couple more issues I have that were quoted are dispatchers “indicated that anger and distrust boiled beneath the surface,” and “they’re making it look like everything is rosy, and it’s not.” I was taught in school that when you quote a person, it is what they said. I did not make these remarks and don’t like the fact that I was quoted as saying these things.
And the last thing that disturbs me is saying that three soon-to-be-fired dispatchers. I don’t see myself as being fired. I am just one of many unortunate people who have lost their jobs.
I enjoyed working with these fine professionals for the past nine years and hate to see it come to an end, but understand the situation.