Some Erie County workers to get more pay

Erie County approves new pay plan for 2018

WATERFORD, Pa. -- Erie County Council approves the 2018 Erie County Non-Bargaining Pay Plan.

Non-bargaining employees will be assigned new pay grades and receive a general pay increase of three-percent.

Also a part of Ordinance Number 65, the approval of a new pay schedule for AFSCME C/T Telecommunicators.

"Currently the wages and the scale of pay is not sufficient to maintain the staffing up there," said Rita Yannayon, a county employee and president and chief steward of AFSCME Local 2666.

The new pay structure will apply to about 400 of the county’s 1,200 employees, whose positions will be clarified.

"No company... no organization would operate in such a way where they would have so many problems or so many misclassifications," said Erie County Council chairman Jay Breneman.

The Pay Plan is also intended to help retain workers. In 2016, the Erie County Department of Public Safety reportedly lost eight telecommunicators during the course of six weeks.

"It will give greater clarity for our workforce, but it will also help us retain those employees instead of having to constantly train and retrain new employees,” said Breneman.

Yannayon said, "So, what Council has approved this evening is a step towards recruiting and retaining the excellent workers that we do have up there at 9-1-1."

There are concerns.

Councilman Ed DiMattio vote “no.” He began working on a new pay structure in 2015. He said the approved plan would cost the county more than $540,000, and set a precedent for other county employees.

"We now saddle ourselves with a problem going forward in 2019 when the unions have to negotiate what their raises will be," he said.

The pay changes will go into effect Jan. 1.

In other business, the County is seeking more community involvement. Breneman introduced a resolution to create an online resource for people to learn about county boards and commissions and to apply.

The system could be available when the County rolls out its new government website, which could go online this fall.
 


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