Allentown Metropolis Council OKs emergency contract with firm to take care of metropolis autos

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown Metropolis Council voted Wednesday to authorize a one-year emergency contact with King George Fleet Providers to take care of metropolis autos, together with ambulances, police automobiles, hearth vehicles and public works autos.

The one-year contract is within the quantity of $2.69 million, with an choice for a two-year contract within the quantity of $2.73 million.

Town is severing its present settlement with Centerra Built-in Providers LLC, which has been embroiled in labor disputes with employees.

A yr in the past, Centerra employees went on strike in opposition to the corporate’s pay and staffing insurance policies.

Centerra employees had a union contract expire in March 2021.

Final month, council authorized a contract for a consulting company to do an evaluation of the town’s outsourcing of fleet upkeep and what it will take for the town to insource the work.

These outcomes are anticipated by October.

Town has been outsourcing the fleet work for over 27 years.

However council held a prolonged dialogue on the opportunity of requiring King George to take care of the phrases of the expired collective bargaining settlement.

Mayor Matt Tuerk stated the town could make the request, nevertheless it stills wants the emergency contract to maintain the town transferring and to guard all metropolis staff with secure autos.

“It is critically essential to our public works division, to our police division, to our hearth and EMS, that we now have serviceable autos,” Tuerk stated. “And so, this could preserve us on the street.”

Town solicitor really useful that council not make a collectible bargaining settlement a requirement of the contract with King George.

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Council then voted on an modification to the contract to easily request King George to take care of a union store.

Council may revisit the contract primarily based on a response from King George, because the contract features a routine 60-day termination clause present in all metropolis contracts.