Fulton County Board gives nod to nurse’s contract

Agreement includes raises

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a new four-year contract with the county Nurses Unit carrying annual raises ranging from 2.5 to 3 percent.

“It’s for the years 2018 to 2021,” announced county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Action by the board involving the nurses unit, Local 818, contract followed a closed-door, executive session for “collective bargaining” at the County Office Building.

Raises contained in the new contract included: retroactively 3 percent for 2018; 2.75 percent for 2019; and 2.5 percent for both 2020 and 2021.

The nurses union contract was the third of four county union contracts ratified this summer. The board on July 9 ratified new contracts with the over 250-member Civil Service Employees Association General Unit: as well as the Fulton County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association. The General Unit contract carried roughly 2.6 percent raises from 2018 to 2021. The new PBA carried 2 to 3 percent raises, retroactively, from 2013-2016.

Other provisions in the Nurses Unit’s new memorandum of agreement indicate the CSEA — as exclusive representative of the Fulton County nursing employees — will hold the county harmless against any claims or damages arising out of the deduction of dues or for alleged unauthorized deductions made based on lists provided by the union for prior agency fee payors.

The Nurses Unit’s last three-year contract was approved on Dec. 14, 2015. The last nurses deal provided 3 percent raises in 2015 and 2016, and 2.75 percent for 2017.

Fulton County government also has a fourth union — the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Employees Alliance. That union consists of members of the corrections staff at the county jail, and civilian Sheriff’s Department personnel such as 911 employees and the sheriff’s Civil Office staff. County supervisors on Nov. 13, 2017 ratified a new, retroactive four-year contract with the sheriff’s alliance until 2019 carrying 2 to 2.5 percent raises.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.