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Police union grievance settled in Penn

| Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:00 p.m

A dispute between Penn Township and its police union was resolved Monday night when the commissioners settled a grievance filed last month.

The police union filed a grievance after it was notified that changes would be made to the department’s existing health care plan that would increase in prescription drug co-pays.

Commissioner Charles Horvat said the Municipal Employees Insurance Trust notified the township that Highmark no longer will offer the health care plan held by police officers and nonunion employees as of Jan. 1. However, the police health care contract doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2011.

The commissioners agreed to have the township pay the difference in the increase in co-pays between the old and new plans — the increase ranges between $3 and $15, depending on the medication — until the end of the original contract.

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