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Washington's SEIU contract not finalized

| Friday, April 5, 2002

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Washington County Commis-sioners were expected to sign off on a union contract Thursday, but there are still a few snags that need to be ironed out.

Washington County Com-mission Chairman John P. Bevec said the four-year pact with the Service Employees Union International Local 585 will likely be signed by all three commissioners within the next several days.

A question over three language issues in the contract is what caused the delay in the final approval, Bevec said.

Those issues include descriptions of union employee sick days, shift differential and second shift start times.

Bevec said they commissioners met with union officials Wednesday, at which time the questions were raised.

Both sides agreed to call upon the mediator who was involved with contract negotiations.

"We're going to ask the mediator his recollection of those issues and we'll agree to that," Bevec said.

The SEIU rank and file on March 20 narrowly approved the new contract by a vote of 181 to 169. SEIU Local 585 includes 435 county workers in nursing, 911, maintenance, aging services and custodial positions.

The union's previous contract expired Dec. 31.

Bevec said both sides will likely talk with the mediator next week and "hopefully" sign off on the contract at the next public commissioners' meeting on April 18.

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