03 - 31 - 2014 Stepj wage pay scales snag contract talks at Geisinger-Lewistown
[LS] - The issue of pay scales has caused a snag in the discussions between Officials from Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital and representatives of the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union. Complaints began to arise after word surfaced of pay cuts for housekeeping and personal care aids. Geisinger-Lewistown Chief Administrative Officer Kay Hamilton issued a statement to union members that emphasized, "It is important to know we have also proposed that NO current employee has a wage reduction. In addition, current employees have all been offered lump sum increases effective with the ratification." SEIU chapter president Teresa Williams feels what is being discussed may hurt staff morale & would discourage long-term employment.