CLEARFIELD – The Lawrence Township Supervisors weighed health insurance options for uniform and non-uniform employees on Tuesday night. The current policy runs out on July 1. To save money, the supervisors looked to work with the unions in weighing other quotes.
On Tuesday, Supervisor Bill Lawhead said a meeting was held with the employees in which options were discussed. The information was reportedly taken back to the union representatives, where it now awaits a decision.
One option, at least until the unions get back to the township, is for the township to pay a July payment on the current plan. Lawhead and Supervisors Ed Brown and Glenn Johnston all indicated this was not the preferred action to take, as it would incur a greater cost.
“The swing’s enormous,” said Johnston.
The supervisors asked Solicitor James Naddeo if was possible to approve one of the proposals in advance of union acceptance. Naddeo indicated that while the supervisors could do it, the action might not be prudent. He stated that one issue that might occur is that the unions might not approve the new policies. If that should happen, then a breach in the collective bargaining agreement would take place due to the supervisors’ actions.
The supervisors agreed to wait until essentially the last minute to hear from the unions before paying for July on their existing policy.