TOWANDA - At their most recent meeting, the Bradford County commissioners approved a three-year labor contract that covers over 100 employees at the Bradford County Manor.

Among the employees included in the contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2016, are nurse's aides, dietary aides, and housekeeping attendants, said Mark Agutter, Bradford County human resources director.

Under the contract, the employees will receive a 3 percent raise for 2014, a 3 percent raise for 2015, and a 3.75 percent raise for 2016, he said.

The contract, which has also been approved by the employees and by representatives of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, will now go into effect, Agutter said on Monday.

Under the contract, employees who have no family members on their insurance plan will start on Jan. 1 to pay 8 percent of their health insurance premiums, Agutter said. Until now, they did not help pay for their premiums, he said.

Employees with family members on their health insurance plan had already been paying a portion of their premiums, and they will continue to do so under the new contract, he said.

The county's negotiating team took a "fair and ... consistent approach" in its negotiations with the union, Agutter said. The negotiators for the county included Bradford County Manor Administrator Jim Shadduck, Agutter, and a labor lawyer.

The Review was unsuccessful on Monday afternoon in obtaining comment from AFSCME District Council 87.

The Bradford County Manor, which is located in West Burlington Township, is a nursing home owned by the county.

State funds distributed

At the meeting, which took place Thursday, the commissioners also decided how the county will distribute the $62,748 allocation of state Human Service Development Funds that it received this year.

The allocation will be distributed as follows:

- $14,000 to the Area Agency on Aging's Meals on Wheels program

- $16,855 to Big Brothers/Big Sisters to assist with mentoring services

- $10,400 to Bradford-Wyoming Counties Literacy Program to assist with tutoring services

- $2,000 to Partners in Family & Community Development's Communities that Care program

- $11,600 to the Bradford County Branch YMCA's after-school day care programs

- $3,500 to Memorial Hospital's Good Grief Day Camp

- $4,393 for administrative costs

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