Monday December 10, 2018
Commissioners make shameful move looking to sell precious resource.
I am utterly flabbergasted at the Berks County commissioners’ vote on selling Berks Heim. The commissioners created political cover for themselves by asking the Heim unions to pre-emptively negotiate a new contract when they already have one. If this is truly about roughly $1 million in savings as Commissioner Mark C. Scott stated, then why did he and Commissioner Christian Y. Leinbach quickly move to sell the Heim after the unions understandably stopped contacting the county’s negotiations team? Based on the comments of all three commissioners, this is obviously a cudgel the county is using to get union members to start disliking their leadership for protecting their contract and jobs.
It is simply shameful what the commissioners are doing in this disingenuous move. We need commissioners committed to keeping Berks Heim a public resource for the elderly in our county.
Decision on Heim shockingly wrong