Mercer jail workers approve contract

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MERCER, Pa. (WYTV) – Operations at the Mercer County Jail will continue as normal after its corrections officer union overwhelmingly approved a new contract Wednesday afternoon.

According to Teamsters Local 250 representative Ross Livermore, the new three-year contract provides for cost-of-living adjustments and an increase in employee contributions to health care costs. It also takes off the table a plan by Mercer County Commissioners to privatize the jail, at least until the contract ends.

Commissioners had been talking about privatization as a way of cutting down the jail’s $8 million dollar budget.

The union represents about 60 corrections officers.

This is the first agreement the jail workers have had since the end of 2012.

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