I would like to re-open this discussion.
I am a company officer and my department and city we work for is facing the hardest times it has ever seen. Tonight our city council voted to impose a contract on us that includes approximately 25% cuts to pay and benefits. Also, there is a plan to reduce staffing through lay-offs. These cuts are hugely disproportionate in comparison to the rest of the cities reductions in compensation.
I have already been asked by my crew members, “If they are cutting our pay 25%, do we do 25% less work?” Others are scared from a safety standpoint because of personnel reductions. Our morale has never been worse.
Here is my question; how does a company officer keep his crew focused on safe and successful service delivery under these circumstances?
Reliance on each other, officer needing to know when to pick his battles, and keeping our focus on the incidents and tasks that involve life safety are sound strategies. Thanks for replying.