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Lackawanna County Prison arbitration meeting scheduled

05.26.14

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

Lackawanna County Prison arbitration meeting scheduled

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 25th- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union and officials representing Lackawanna County will meet before a arbitrator on May 7th for the second time to gain a new labor agreement between the two parties.

AFSCME and Lackawanna County failed to reach an successor contract agreement and the arbitrator will determine the pact between the parties. The Correction Officers (CO’s) under law are forbidden to strike when their union fails to reach a successor contract agreement and the two parties must meet before an arbitrator. The first arbitration meeting was held on March 12th.

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

AFSCME’s other bargaining unit that represents workers of Lackawanna County also is currently working under the terms and conditions of the previous CBA that expired on December 31st 2013.

That agreement covers workers employed within the Children and Youth Department of Lackawanna County.

Eric Schubert, Business Representative of AFSCME District Council 87, which Local 2736 is affiliated, told the newspaper the membership was disappointed with Lackawanna County’s final contract offer.

The proposal included a huge increase in monthly health insurance costs and other concessionary contract demands.

Mr. Schubert stated the arbitrators’ awarded CBA will likely be better for the membership that what the County was demanding.