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2014-01-08 at 15:54

Shift change

By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
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As city police ready to transition to 12-hour work shifts, Bombardier employees are saying goodbye to seven-day work weeks.

Employees at the local plant had been working either four 10-day shifts or three-12 hour shifts per week since April 2012, but starting Feb. 8 the workers will be back to a five-day work week.

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said the employees voted in favour of the shift change during their last contract negotiations because Bombardier officials said it was what they needed at the time.

"We were happy to try to help out the company in any way possible to make the schedules and we did that," said Pasqualino.

New management decided to go back to the five-day work week and gave the employees the four months notice required.

Pasqualino said the more than 1,000 employees affected had mixed reactions to the change.

Some members loved working a three or four day work week.

"Some other people find it quite disruptive and they're happy to go back to the five-day work week," said Pasqualino.

The Thunder Bay Police Service started making the switch to 12-hour shifts this week; the move is a one-year pilot program where either the police service or the Thunder Bay Police Association has the right to opt out after a year.

In October, Chief J.P. Levesque said he hoped the change would cut down on overtime costs and the 12-hour shift model would work better with the force's move to zone policing.

The change affects 108 patrol officers, 36 communication officers and 19 records officers.

 

 

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Molly says:
The change affects 108 patrol officers, 36 communication officers and 19 records officers.

Should this story not read 108 Patrol Officers , 36 Civilian communication and 19 civilian staff.

As it stands the perception is there are 55 " Officers" working in communications and records
1/8/2014 4:19:23 PM
gremlin says:
"Four 10-day shifts or 3-12 hour shifts per week"? Huh?
1/8/2014 8:28:12 PM
sg says:
mon-thurs
fri-sun
1/9/2014 8:45:05 AM
Mcnews says:
Why is a shift change at Bombardier news?
1/8/2014 10:54:53 PM
timeforchange says:
Relating to the Police 12 hour shift, Chief Levesque gave this city 10 hour shifts to save money. He is now hoping that 12 hour shifts will save money. Where do we go from here if this experiment does not work.

What happens to the extra supervisors equipped with large wage increases that were promoted when they went to 10's. They are not needed on this 12 hour shift. More bloated management in an already bloated organization.

We have another story portrayed as if everything is fine in the land of OZ.

It is the perfect situation. Dysfunction at its best and no one willing to ask any questions that might reveal that all is not well at the end of the yellow brick road.
1/8/2014 11:45:32 PM
JIMMY2 says:
I am happy to hear bombardier is going back, but disappointed in police going to 12 hours, that I think is way too hard on a persons mental state, and I think 8 hours is long enough of a shift for any service provider, Police have enough to deal with on a 8 hour shift, nevermind 10 or 12 hours, your going to see an increase in sick leave, stress leave, and workplace injuries.
1/9/2014 9:19:44 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Count the cars in the back parking lot of Police HQ any weekday. Management-heavy, or what?
1/9/2014 9:49:44 AM
fluffy says:
I agree. A hundred officers at work but only about three actual police officers driving the cars around doing work.
1/9/2014 5:30:13 PM
SomeGuy says:
How do you know they are all management? You don't your just a troll.
1/9/2014 6:59:46 PM
fastball says:
Or maybe it's employee parking. Cops don't get to keep their squad cars, you know. They drive their own cars to work. There are civilian employees who work there, too.
The only thing sadder than that stupid comment was the 13 people who agreed with it.
1/10/2014 9:16:10 AM
Common cents says:
All overnight shifts should have a maxed at 8 hours.

Many people are impaired after having too work a night shift, then are required to drive our roads home.

Thoughts?
1/9/2014 5:47:50 PM
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