Mercer jail workers approve contract

MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) – Operations at the Mercer County Jail will continue as normal after its corrections officer union overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday afternoon.

According to Teamsters Local 250 representative Ross Livermore, the new three-year contract provides for a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment per year and a $10 increase in employee contributions to health care costs. It also takes off the table a plan by Mercer County Commissioners to privatize the jail, at least until the contract ends.

Commissioners had been talking about privatization as a way of cutting down the jail’s $8 million dollar budget.

The union represents about 60 corrections officers.

This is the first agreement the jail workers have had since the end of 2012. It runs through Dec. 31, 2017 and takes effect as soon as commissioners sign it.

 

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