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Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center workers OK deal

| Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center employees Thursday night approved a four-year contract with 3 percent wage increases each year.

The contract affects about 200 people, county personnel director Lori Altman said.

Employees pay 1.5 percent of their wages toward healthcare costs.

The contract still needs to be approved by Butler County commissioners who are expected to vote Feb. 9.

Commissioners chairman Dale Pinkerton said commissioners will accept the contract.

"They voted on it yesterday to accept it and there were 86 yes (votes) and 18 no, which means it passes," Pinkerton said Friday.

An official at Sunnyview was not available for comment.

"We're very pleased that they have accepted it," Pinkerton said. "And we're looking forward to four years of working together and doing everything we can to make the home as successful as possible."

Other Butler contracts

• About 80 prison guards are still negotiating a contract.

There is no date set for another negotiation meeting, Altman said.

For now, guards are working under the contract that expired at the end of 2010, she said.

• Commissioners approved this week a two-year agreement for 10 assistant district attorneys and assistant public defenders. Both will receive 3 percent wage increases and will pay 1.5 percent of their salary toward health care.

They are represented by the United Steelworkers local union 6346.

• The county's 35 juvenile and adult probation officers voted to leave their union, effective Jan. 1.

That vote was held in December.

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