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Contract talks continue for non-uniformed Pleasant Hills employees

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Negotiations continue for a non-uniformed employee contract after the results of a fact-finder report completed by Thomas L. Hewitt came back last week, Pleasant Hills Council said Monday night.

“I hope we can look at this and even if we don't agree with it, maybe it takes us a step closer to where we want to be,” Councilman Daniel Soltesz said. “On council, we feel like we are getting close. We are hoping we can sit down with public works, negotiate and get them under a contract.”

The contract that was accepted by non-uniform employees including public works, authority, administration and dispatchers represented by the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. The contract was declined by a council majority was based on facts and opinions of both parties, according to the fact-finder report.

Parties agreed to continue a 15 percent annual contribution to healthcare through MEIT and an extended bereavement.

The retroactive agreement was set to start Jan. 1, 2012, and would be affective until Dec. 31, 2016. The contract does not include a wage increase in 2012, the following four years were depicted based on the financial and tax position of the borough according to the fact-finder report.

“There were a lot of things that weren't finalized with it — days off, overtime, vacation,” council President Brad Rodeheaver said. “The wording could be changed down the road, these are things we have to think of.”

A timetable has not been set for the new contract.

Borough gets grant

Pleasant Hills Borough received a grant worth more than $160,000 from the Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund to refurbish the tennis courts, drainage around the basketball courts and place a new rubber surface in Pleasant Kingdom.

Rodeheaver said he has applied for the grant three separate times.

Community Day announced

Council announced that Community Day will take place on Aug. 10 with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

The 5K was suspended in 2012 and will not resume this year, according to councilman Joseph Esper.

Organizers were concerned about providing a safe environment for runners due to a lack of volunteers.

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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