Giant Supermarket Store Pandemic

5 Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 at Local Giant Store

Representatives for the Giant Food Company have confirmed that a number of workers at the company’s store at 1880 Leithsville Road in Lower Saucon Township have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past few days. Company officials said they are working to ensure the safety of other staff and customers.

Mediation Possible in Hellertown Public Works Contract Stalemate

At their meeting Monday night, Hellertown Borough Council members directed labor attorney Jeff Stewart and Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft to meet with the borough public works department’s negotiating team within the next 10 days to try to negotiate a new contract for public works employees. Public works has been working under an expired contract since Dec. 31, 2013. Council president Tom Rieger said that if there is no movement in the negotiations by May 1, an impasse will be declared and Stewart will be instructed to contact a state mediator to request a fact-finding meeting. Rieger said there will be no additional comment about the negotiations at present.

3 Percent Raises Approved for Some L. Saucon Staff

Lower Saucon Township Council voted 3-1 Monday to approve three percent raises for township adminsitrators and department heads. Under the agreement, the new salaries will be as follows:

Township Manager – $90,431
Assistant Township Manager – $64,490
Police Chief – $89,603
Finance Director – $58,382
Public Works Director – $65,653
Zoning Officer – $70,369
Administrative Assistant – $39,315

Councilwoman Priscilla deLeon, who voted against the increases, requested from Cahalan that a chart with information about what all township employees earn–with benefit costs included–be provided to council. Township resident Gene Boyer called the raises “very generous” and questioned why the township’s so-called “non-uniformed employees,” such as office clerks, aren’t also receiving three percent raises. Cahalan explained that those employees are covered by a union contract that is currently being renegotiated. The police (“uniformed employees”) are covered by a different contract.