Public hearing slated on fact-finder’s report

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County residents and members of the county’s 285-member general unit union in their third year without a contract will be able to publicly sound off to supervisors next month about a state fact-finder’s recommendations for ending the stalemate.

Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved scheduling a public hearing for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the supervisors’ chambers at the County Office Building. The hearing will be part of a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Gordon Mayo of the state Public Employment Relations Board in December suggested the county come to a four-year agreement with the Civil Service Employees Union, whose contract ended in December 2009. He suggested a 1 percent raise retroactive to 2012, a 1 percent raise for the first half of this year and a 1.5 raise for the second half of this year, among some changes to boot allowances and health insurance costs.

Union leaders will meet with the county Personnel Committee for another negotiating session – the same day the Personnel Committee will hold its own meeting.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said the county could adopt the fact-finder’s report after the public hearing, but he wasn’t sure an agreement would be in place with the union by then.

“Maybe they’ll have some opportunity to have a meeting of the minds at the next negotiating session,” he said.

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