Nine will lose job due to privitization

N ine full-time and six part-time Washington County employees will lose their jobs later this month as the county cedes control of its transfer stations to Earth, Waste & Metal.

The county will retain five full-time transfer station employees who will be rolled into vacant positions with the Department of Public Works, County Administrator Kevin Hayes said.

The remaining nine full-time employees will be given an opportunity to compete for the dozen or so open positions Earth, Waste & Metal will fill to run the transfer stations.

“We’re hoping they take as many they need, but there are no guarantees,” Hayes said.

Keith Arlund, who was recently hired by the company to manage the transfer stations, said several of those employees have already been interviewed.

“Some will be staying and some will not,” he said.

Arlund said they have received a lot of interest in the positions and the company’s human resources department was hoping to finalize the hiring process by this week.

The five employees that will remain with the county will be part of a “transition team,” that works with Earth, Waste & Metal in the month following privatization.

Following the transition period, the five employees will be given new positions within the Department of Public Works.

One of the employees is expected to retire in May and another employee will fill a clerical position that has been temporarily vacated by a current employee who is on leave because of a disability. It’s expected that when that person returns, the other employee will retire.

Hayes said the other three employees were retained because they possess their CDLs (commercial driver’s license).

The county is currently negotiating a severance package for the employees who will lose their jobs but as of last week, an agreement had not been reached.

Additional county employees face the prospect of losing their jobs later this year as the county moves toward the privatization of Pleasant Valley Infirmary and part of its Public Health Department.

HCR Health Care, the company seeking to purchase Public Health, has offered jobs to some nurses, but it remains to be seen if they’ll extend opportunities to the department’s administrative staff.

Officials have said they expect Centers for Specialty Care to hire many of the nurses at Pleasant Valley when the company takes over.

 

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lakes Region Freepress 04/11/14

Northshire Freepress 04/11/14

North Country Freepress – 04/11/14

Weekender 04/11/14

Bob Preston Chase, 85

  Robert Preston Chase, (Bob), 85, of Poughkeepsie and Granville, N.Y. passed away on April 4, 2014, He succumbed to […]

Classifieds 04/09/14

Community Calendar 04/10/14

Thursday, April 10   Gardening Books ARLINGTON For $3, Martha Canfield Library has “Gardening Book Bundles,” an individual assortment of […]

Village seeks to improve Main Street

The Village Board discussed bringing back a Business Façade Improvement policy and possibly new sidewalks on Church Street at their […]

Slate Museum hosting national art exhibit

Get ready to be blown away by Slate Valley Museum’s first ever National Art Exhibition – “Slate as Muse” that […]

Food pantry, Stewart’s makes donation

The Hartford Food Pantry and Stewarts donated $400 dollars to the Hartford Central School’s lunch program Wednesday, March 26. Pete […]

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82, passed away on April 7, 2014, at Schuyler Ridge residential health care facility in Clifton […]

John Glendon LaRose, 83

John Glendon LaRose, 83, of Hatch Hill Road, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Monday, April  7, […]