Bill 2011-46 Approving a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the County of Lehigh and American Federation F State,County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) local 3206 (courts).
Involves 190 Full time and 84 part time employees. 59% are at the top step and will receive 2% each year for the years 2011,12,13,14. the remaining 41% will receive 1/2 step for each year. Longevity will be paid 50% for 2011 and in full after that. The Union agreed to 17% of Health care costs.
Bill 2011-47 Approving the Collective Bargaining agreement between the County of Lehigh and United Food and Commercial workers Union (UFCW) Local 1776.
Involves 416 Full time and 131 Part time workers. Includes 2.5% raise or 3% step but not both. Senior employees did get 30 sick days per year and have agree to the reduction to 20 per year. They can accumulate up to 180 toward retirement. Heath care is 20% from employee and Longevity is 50% for 2011 and 100% for 2012 and 2013.
I think, I included everything, for now. It seems that the Administration and Commissioners are trying to avoid Arbitration at all costs. It seems that the State Arbitrators have not been very fair with Tax payers money. This is a problem for all Government entities throughout the State. Perhaps we should be pushing our Representatives to address this Issue. Collective Bargaining is a good tool as long as it is not circumvented by an unfair Arbitrator.
Where is it written that employees are to receive a pay increase every year? The Union increases are not dependent on anything but keeping your job. Skill, performance,attendance mean nothing. Just keep your job and you are Guaranteed to get pay increases. This is where we have come with the Unions.