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Commissioner seeks contract talks

Clearfield’s Glass wants to resolve union disputes

CLEARFIELD — A day after some county offices had to limit services following numerous workers calling in sick, a commissioner said he wants to resolve unsettled contracts.

Commissioner Dave Glass said the board approved raises for two unions and non-union workers two weeks ago WTAJ reported.

Talks with other unions have been hampered by the unions’ unwillingness to negotiate further.

In a statement, Glass said he has been working since he was elected in 2019 to increase employee pay and rebalance the benefits package.

While stressing his statement was only his opinion and not that of other commissioners, Glass wrote, “Three of our four unsolved contracts involve unions that have arbitration rights, but not strike rights. I have been (and I believe my colleagues have been as well) willing and ready to continue negotiations with all of these union negotiating committees at any time.

“It was their choice to not provide counter offers, but to instead move to the arbitration process. I also should mention those arbitration hearings are scheduled in the coming weeks. I respect the collective bargaining/arbitration process and would encourage employees — if they have in any way organized a ‘sick-out’ — to honor the process as well, report to work, and remember the duty we all have to provide needed services to our constituents.

“Compared to historical norms, this board has already approved well above normal raises for two unions, as well as the non-union employees as announced two weeks ago. As I said then, I viewed that work as a first step — and I strongly believe we have much more work to do to make our wages competitive. But walking away from negotiations — as the Teamsters’ units have done — does not solve the problems. I urge the union reps to set aside the past and come to the table, so we can negotiate a fair agreement in good faith.”

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