|AIRPORT BOARD APPROVES LABOR CONTRACT|
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2010
Barry J. Centini, (570) 602-2000
Avoca, PA - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Bi-County Board of Commissioners approved today a new five-year contract with the Laborers International Union of North America Local 1310, that grants modest raises to thirty (30) unionized Airport employees and increases the amount that employees will contribute to their health insurance.
“We believe that we negotiated a fair deal for our workers that recognizes these tough economic times, particularly the provision of increasing the employee share of health care costs, while at the same time, acknowledging the demanding nature of their jobs,” stated Barry J. Centini, Airport Director.
Under the terms of the contract, which runs from January 19, 2010 through January 19, 2015, the union employees will receive increases in their hourly wages in years 2011, 2012 and 2015 totaling six and a half percent (6.5%). The employees will receive a lump sum payment of $500 with no percentage increase for year 2010, and a lump sum payment of $1,000 with no percentage increase for year 2014.
Health care contributions, currently at two percent (2%) of gross wages, will gradually increase over the life of the contract to four percent (4%) for individual coverage, four and a half percent (4.5%) for a couple and five and a quarter percent (5.25%) for family coverage.
Other features of the new contract include:
An extended probationary period for new hires
Lower pay for new hires – seventy five percent (75%) of the base rate – with gradual increases over three (3) years to achieve the full rate
Requirements to complete fire protection and medical training in order to serve on the Airport’s rescue and emergency services teams
The opportunity to earn long-term sick days each year, in case of an extended illness
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