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Tuesday, January 18

Arbitration hearing with public safety unions on city health care consolidation plan cancelled, new date unclear

A meeting in Saratoga Springs scheduled for today with an Albany-based arbitrator to discuss resolving a grievance filed by the Saratoga Springs Police Benevolent Association and Firefighters Local 343 unions was canceled due to weather.

At City Hall, Mayor Scott Johnson and Deputy Mayor Shauna Sutton indicated that a February meeting, scheduled during a marathon session in Albany last month, would also likely be canceled because of a scheduling conflict.

Johnson said he felt his patience was being "pressed" by the unions, who filed the grievance last summer before the consolidation from five to one health insurance carrier was set to take effect.

Seeming annoyed with the scheduling conflict after taking the time in December to schedule two additional hearings, Johnson said he may take action on the measure, switching the plans for retirees, who are not under current contract protections, if another hearing was not rescheduled in a timely manner.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Scott. Why are the Police and Firefighters picking on him?

I say send the city attorney down to straighten this all out. I'm sure it's just a misunderstanding.

Better yet, let the Council members and the deputies give up their taxpayers paid health insurance as an incentive to the labor unions.

January 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least four possibly five members of the Council don't even have paid HC. The new plan would include the council as well. Increased contribution to HC has to happen eventually or the city will have to start reducuing the numbers to cope with the fiscal situaion. Just as simple as that. I'm entitled is no longer standard operating procedure. Those days are gone forever.

February 7, 2011 at 7:05 PM 

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