Commissioners approve new wage for nonunion workers

Minimum to increase to $10 per hour

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Wages for Blair County’s nonunion employees has been set at minimum of $10 per hour, according to a decision made late last week by the Blair County Salary Board.

The new minimum wage, raised from $7.25, will also apply to the county’s part-time workers, the board also decided.

The salary board met Friday morning and included Commissioners Bruce R. Erb, Terry Tomassetti and Ted A. Beam Jr. as well as Controller A.C. Stickel.

The $10 per hour minimum is modeled on a recent contract between the county and more than 200 court-related and other county workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America.

If the nonunion worker in 2018 made below the $10 per hour mark, his wage will go to at least the $10 mark but could go higher because all nonunion workers will be granted 3 percent pay increases.

Stickel explained that if a worker in making $9.96 per hour, simply moving his wage to the $10 mark would be below the 3 percent increase.

The worker will receive whatever wage is higher, Stickel said.

The county has more than 500 part-time and full-time employees.

Only a “handful” are nonunion or part time, the controller explained, although he did not have an exact number in the nonunion category.

Following the brief salary board meeting, the commissioners — minus Stickel — held their last meeting of 2018.

— The commissioners appointed six local residents to the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Board, including: Susan Griep, Alesia Yingling, Antoinette White, Arlene Wojno, Craig Clark and Ryan Custead.

— They reappointed three members of the Blair County Planning Comm­ission: Randal S. Isenberg representing Altoona; Herbert F. Shelow representing the eight boroughs; and Linda K. Smith, representing the 14 townships.

— They approved also was an affiliation agreement between the county and Rowan University of New Jersey to create student internships in the Sheriff’s office.

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