Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Plum School Board and the transportation union have agreed on a new three-year contract.
After working under an expired contract for more than eight months, Plum School District transportation employees and officials have reached a new agreement. During a special voting meeting on Tuesday, the Plum School Board approved a three-year contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union Division 1595 with an 8-0 vote. The contract is retroactive to Aug. 1, 2012, and is in effect until July 31, 2015. Board member Tom McGough was absent. The union represents a unit of about 61 people employed as bus drivers, mechanics and aides. Under the new agreement, employees will experience a wage freeze this year, take a $4.23-per-hour cut during the second year of the contract, and get an 8-cent-per-hour increase in the final year. Drivers currently…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Chief David DiSanti will continue to run the police department for three years.
Oakmont Council has retained the police chief for three more years. Earlier this week, officials approved a three-year contract extending Chief David DiSanti's employment contract through Dec. 31, 2015. DiSanti has been with the department since 2006. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Operating on an expired contract, bus drivers and the Plum School District take the next step in the negotiation process.
The Plum School District and its bus drivers will be seeking a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board fact finder to aide during contract negotiations. According to the Plum Advance Leader, negotiations between the two entities have stalled, and that had led to the decision. The contract for transportation personnel expired July 31, and the district and union—which has about 60 people—have yet to agree on new terms. In September, several bus drivers addressed the school board at its voting meeting and urged officials to keep bus services in house. Many said they are afraid the district will outsource transportation services in an attempt to save money. Earlier this year, district officials agreed to explore the option. Fact finders appointed …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Plum School Board members have considered outsourcing district transportation services.
In the midst of transportation contract negotiations, Plum School District bus drivers are urging officials to keep services in-house instead of outsourcing. Last week, more than 10 people addressed the school board in favor of keeping services in the district. The contract for transportation personnel expired July 31, and the district and union have yet to agree on new terms. However, many bus drivers who spoke up said they are facing pay cuts—they denied to say how much because negotiations are ongoing. There are about 60 people in the union. Walter Comin, vice president of the union, said that while he understands why cuts are needed, they should be fair. "We are willing to do our share, but we ask that it be done reasonably," he said. …
Friday, May 4, 2012
State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, has been pushing for an agreement between the two entities.
Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are extending their current contracts through Dec. 31, 2014. State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, said he welcomes the news. According to news reports this week, Highmark subscribers will continue to have in-network access to all UPMC hospitals until 2015. UPMC's current contracts with Highmark were originally set to expire June 30, with an additional one year run-out period. Highmark and UPMC have also agreed in principle to ensure in-network access beyond 2014 to specialty UPMC facilities, such as Western Psychiatric Institute, certain oncological services and rural community hospitals. "This is great news for our region," said DeLuca, whose district covers Verona and Plum. "…