Blair Hires 11 Full-Time Corrections Officers to Settle Grievance
The Blair County Commissioners are promoting 11 part-time corrections officers to full-time in order to settle a class-action grievance filed by the union that represents prison employees.
The complaint claimed that 20 part-time officers were working full-time hours, but not receiving full county benefits, including healthcare. Commissioner Diane Meling says county had no choice but to make the promotions.
Meling says the county will basically be picking up the cost of additional health benefits. Eight of the newly promoted positions will be paid from the county’s general fund, while three others will be covered by the money that’s generated to operate the county’s new central booking station.