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YORK COUNTY UNION CONTRACT TALKS STALLED

 YORK, Pa., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Union contract talks between striking workers of Children, Youth & Aging and the York County Government came to a screeching halt late Friday afternoon, Feb. 19, 1993, after York County Commissioners completely rejected a contract package developed in intensive negotiations last week by the management and union bargaining teams.
 Tom Herman, business agent and chief union negotiator for the Pennsylvania Social Services Union, Local 668 of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, which represents the 92 Caseworkers and Clericals, who are on strike, said, "Both bargaining teams had worked long hours to develop a settlement. We really believed we had an agreement Friday; only to be told the commissioners completely rejected the offer."
 Jere Shaub, chief union steward for Children & Youth said, "they come back during the day with a proposal that was significantly less than the last best offer that we voted to strike over. The offer was much less in wages by a whole step and did nothing to address the disparity for the long-term employees at the top end of the scale."
 "We developed a proposal with the management bargaining team that offered less money than their best offer, but still addressed our needs for the new and senior workers," Herman said. "The union's proposal completely met their need to keep the pay scale intact," stated Herman.
 "We don't know how to proceed when the county's chief negotiator, Patrick McFadden, doesn't have the authority to negotiate a contract," said Shaub.
 "We've conceded our demand for an across-the-board raise of fifty cents per hour for everyone. We came back to what the commissioners said they had to have," said Shaub.
 "This is a slap in the face. It makes a mockery of the collective bargaining process. It's very clear to us now that the commissioners do not want a contract," Herman said.
 Herman further stated, "It's difficult to know where to go from here; McFadden appears to be powerless to negotiate. It's probably bad faith bargaining and I'm considering filing charges with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. However, prudence and our own need to maintain good faith bargaining forces me not to over react.
 "Nevertheless, the commissioners have refused to meet with a subcommittee of the union's bargaining team when an attempt for a meeting was made by the state mediator," said Herman. "Such a meeting might have helped identify some common ground between the union and the commissioners. McFadden can't negotiate without the commissioners overruling him; the commissioners won't meet with us; the commissioners rejected an offer that was financially in their best interests; legitimate collective bargaining usually driven by sound business principles is a joke," said Herman.
 "Everyone loses with the current situation," said Herman. "I don't know what's motivating these commissioners; it's certainly not the best interests of the taxpayers or employees; nor is it the best interests of the children and the elderly of York County. I hope the horrible sin of pride is not controlling the process," Herman said.
 "The bargaining team reported to the membership after the disappointing developments," said Shaub. "A motion to accept the county's offer to go back into work and continue the negotiations was defeated unanimously; the strikers voted unanimously to continue the strike, which began four weeks ago on Jan. 25, 1993," said Shaub.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Herman of PSSU, 717-234-4113/


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