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Westmoreland commissioners approve raises for 2 county unions

Rich Cholodofsky
| Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
The sheriff's office at the Westmoreland County Courthouse
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
The sheriff's office at the Westmoreland County Courthouse

About 80 Westmoreland County deputy sheriffs will receive average raises of 3 percent over the next four years under terms of a new labor contract ratified Monday.

County commissioners signed off on the deal with the Westmoreland County Court-Related Employees Association, the union that also represents about 50 clerical workers in various court offices such as the prothonotary and clerk of courts office.

Human Resources Director James Burgess said the deal calls for court staffers to receive annual raises of 2 percent over the course of the contract, which is retroactive to the start of 2017. Overall, Burgess said the deal will cost the county about $995,000 over the next four years.

Commissioners also approved a new four-year labor deal with the county's Park Police Association. A 2.5 percent annual raise is in store for the county's 38 officers, who patrol at the courthouse and parks, Westmoreland Manor and juvenile detention center, Westmoreland County Community College, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and the county's transit center.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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