County Council To Vote On Union Contract
WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County council on Tuesday will vote on a proposed contract with unionized county employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.
The workers are considered part of the “residual unit” of AFSCME’s Northeastern Pennsylvania Public Employees Council 87, according to the resolution council will consider Tuesday. They are employed by several county departments, including the county 911 communication center.
The previous collective bargaining agreement that covered the workers had expired, and the county and the union bargained in good faith to reach a new agreement, the resolution states.
The terms of the agreement are not included in the resolution. County chief solicitor Romilda Crocamo has said it would be improper for county officials to release that information in advance, since until council votes on labor contracts, they are still in negotiation. Earlier this year, the terms of previous labor agreements were released as soon as council voted to approve them.
Also on Tuesday, council will vote on a resolution that would declare that the county human services building and the parking lots around it, on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre, are not for sale for the purpose of extending Coal Street across Wilkes-Barre Boulevard to connect with East Union Street.
The resolution, proposed by Councilman Stephen A. Urban, would became part of an ongoing dispute between the county and Wilkes-Barre city officials over funds left over from a 20-year-old tax deferment plan.
City officials say the $2.9 million remaining should go toward the long-planned Coal Street extension. County officials say the project has ended and the money should be disbursed among the county, Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District, the taxing bodies that deferred tax revenue.
The city last month requested an injunction from a county court judge to stop the county redevelopment authority from disbursing the funds.
Council will also vote on a proposed three-year renewal of the county’s contract with software giant Microsoft, for software acquisition and the licensing of the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office productivity software suite.
The three-year extension, from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021, would cost $1.328 million.
Tuesday’s council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre.
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