‘Bumping’ raises questions

BY STACI WILSON

“Union bumping” has caused the shifting of positions of some county personnel.

Unionized county employees can leverage their years of service to take over another county position if their position has been eliminated, county commissioners explained at the July 10 meeting.

County Treasurer Cathy Benedict said she did not see “bumping rights in the residual contracts” but the commissioners said the clause existed.

The county commissioners eliminated all of the Soil Conservation positions, effective close of business on June 28. The Soil Conservation Dept. then went fully under the helm of the Susquehanna County Conservation District Board of Directors.

Connie Organisciak moved from her position in Soil Conservation to the Assessment Office as the Head Real Estate Tax Clerk, effective July 1.

A casualty of the “bumping” was Jennifer Henry. The commissioners accepted, with regret, Henry’s furlough from the Assessment Office position.

Commissioner Michael Giangrieco said that with the transfer per the union contract rules, Organisciak – a longtime county employee – will begin at the position’s starting rate with a six month probationary period.
“It makes no sense,” Giangrieco said.

“And the union is okay with that?” questioned audience member Edna Paskoff.

According to the commissioners, it is the union that included the “bumping” provisions and the resulting salary cuts in the contract.

The commissioners also accepted, with regret, the resignation for purpose of retirement from Barry Abbot from the Maintenance Department, effective Aug. 21.

“We wish Barry well,” Commission Alan Hall said.

The 88 Chenango St., Montrose, siding project was awarded to E. Shinn Home Remodeling, of Springville, for $19,300.

Project bids were opened for review at the June 26 meeting.

No bids were received for the Transportation vehicle by the July 8 deadline. The vehicle will be sold for scrap value.

The commissioners accepted the proposal from Nestor Resources Inc., of Valencia, for the revision and amendment of the county’s Municipal Waste Management Plan.

The total cost of the plan update will be $47,657 with about 80 percent of the cost reimbursed by a Department of Environmental Protection grant with a county match of $9,532 fulfilled through the value of salaries, benefits and in-kind services.