Proposed action by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to create three new management jobs was criticized by a union official who represents certain county employees as the proposal came at a time when employees were to vote on taking a 14 percent pay cut by approving reducing the weekly work hours from 35 to 30 hours.
Guy Wiederhold, staff representative of District Council 39, AFSCME, which represents employees at Rest Haven Home and Hospital and those who work in the Recorder of Deeds, treasurer's office, assessment bureau, tax claim bureau and planning commission at the courthouse, told the commissioners it was a difficult task the commissioners asked him to tell his union people to accept their proposal for the the shorter work week and take a 14 percent pay cut while they were creating three new positions and rewarding management personnel with pay hikes.
Employees who are members of the AFSCME Union and two court related unions were to vote Wednesday and Thursday on approving or disapproving the commissioners proposal. (The union rejected the reduced hours. See story in today's edition.)
The commissioners told them the alternate solution is to reduce the work force by 50 to 60 people in order to balance the budget being p