Role of vols in labor disputes at combination departments
Has anyone in a combination department been in a situation where there is some sort of labor dispute involving the paid staff and the city? For example, a strike.
I could see the volunteers being put in a tough situation should that occur. On the one hand they're probably going to want to be supportive of the paid guys since that is who they're working with on a daily basis, but I could also see the city wanting to use the volunteers to make up for gaps left by the paid guys being on strike. That would obviously weaken the bargaining position of the paid guys and I imagine that they'd probably end up being a little disgruntled with the volunteers about that.
I think the reaction of the volunteers would probably also depend on what the dispute was about and whether or not they thought the paid guys were in the right about it. Its also possible that the paid guys might be fighting for something that would also have a direct impact on the volunteers (better equipment, for example) and the vols might be on the same page.