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Bill in NY State Legislature would re-classify emergency dispatchers

Mark Mulholland
Created: April 12, 2021 08:13 PM

Emergency dispatchers are calling on the state to recognize them as first responders.

The state and federal government currently classify dispatchers as clerical workers. However, those who work the job say they aren't clerks, and that it's a very serious job.

A bill in the New York State Legislature looks to reclassify dispatchers. It would be the first step toward bringing their retirement in line with first responders.

Many say the change is long overdue.

Hear from one dispatcher with 33 years on the job explain why he’s definitely not a clerk by watching the video of Mark Mulholland’s story.


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