During a public meeting this week, the Schuylkill County commissioners approved the transfer of over $72,000 from the county’s general fund to the county’s nursing home, Rest Haven in Schuylkill Haven. The amount covered a retroactive payment of a 2 percent wage increase in 2011 for nursing home employees.
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, the previous union contract with Rest Haven was for three years and had a wage re-opener clause in 2011, the last year of the contract. The clause allowed for the readjustment of wages due to economic conditions.
Right now, there is no new contract in place for the county-owned facility, but renegotiations are in process.
Notes from the meeting also mentioned that a full-time licensed practical nurse and a part-time nursing assistant were terminated from Rest Haven.