County Employees' Union Plans Meetings to Discuss Call to Strike
Cholodofsky, Rich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Members of Westmoreland County's largest labor unions will meet today to discuss calling for a work stoppage amid stalled negotiations over a new four-year pact.
Kim Steadman, a steward with the Service Employees International Union Local 668, said late last week that his members are impatient with talks with Westmoreland County.
"The county is not willing to increase their offer. They're standing pat, so I believe the members will want to strike," Steadman said.
The SEIU represents about 1,000 employees in two bargaining units, one of which includes courthouse workers, road crews and 911 dispatchers. The other counts nurses at Westmoreland Manor, the county-owned nursing home, as members.
SEIU members in both bargaining units overwhelmingly rejected in August the county's last contract offer, which had been recommended by the union's negotiating team.
Steadman said members objected to rising health insurance costs in the last year of the proposed deal and are pushing to win a $500 signing bonus.
Union representatives will meet with members today at three meetings at the Manor and a fourth at noon in the courthouse. …