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AFSCME and Lackawanna County set to begin arbitration

03.24.14

MARCH 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

AFSCME and Lackawanna County set to begin arbitration

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 1st- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union and Lackawanna County has failed to reach an successor contract agreement and an arbitrator will determine the pact between the parties.

The first arbitration meeting between the parties and the arbitrator is scheduled for March 12th.

AFSCME Local 2736 represents the Correction Officers (CO’s) of the Lackawanna County prison, and they have been without a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) since December 31st, 2012 when the previous pact expired. However, the two parties have been working under the terms and conditions of the expired contract.

AFSCME’s other bargaining unit that represents workers of Lackawanna County voted in the spring of 2013 to extend their agreement for one year which also was slated to expire on December 31st 2012. That unit also is currently working under the terms and conditions of the previous CBA. That agreement covers workers employedwithin the Children and Youth Department of Lackawanna County.

Meanwhile, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU), which represents mostly clerical, maintenance, and 911 center workers, also voted in the spring of 2013 to extend their agreement with Lackawann County. Negotiations are underway for the successor CBA between the parties.

Eric Schubert, Business Representative of AFSCME District Council 87, which Local 2736 is affiliated, previously told the newspaper the membership rejected the contract proposals of Lackawanna County which included a huge increase in monthly health insurance costs and other concessionary contract demands.