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SEIU Local 668 members ratify new three year contract

12.20.09

JANUARY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

SEIU Local 668 members ratify new three year contract

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 12th- Workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Pennsylvania Social Service Union (PSSU) Local 668, East Lehigh Street in Bethlehem, have ratified a new three year contract agreement with the Carbon, Monroe and Pike Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program (CMP/MHMR).

According to Neil Brown, Business Agent of Local 668, which negotiated the MHMR contract for the union, the membership voted on November 20th to approve the new agreement. Local 668 represents approximately 75 employees of the organization including caseworkers and clerical workers.

The Carbon, Monroe and Pike Counties jointly operate a mental health and mental retardation program with offices in each county. According to the agency the program’s mission is to partner with consumers, family members, service providers and community members to assist individuals and families with emotional, behavioral, or developmental issues in becoming self-sufficient and obtaining an improved quality of life. This is accomplished by creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and supports recovery and resiliency and by linking individuals and families to necessary and desired supports.

Mr. Brown told the newspaper under the terms and conditions of the new agreement his members will receive a bonus of $750.00 the first year of the pact; an increase of two and a half percent in wages the second year; and an wage increase of three percent in the third.

The previous contract expire on August 31st and the two sides agreed to work under the terms and conditions of the previous pact while negotiations continued for a successor agreement.

Mr. Brown stated under the new contract employees will receive longevity pay after being employed for five years.

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