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Montgomery County Officials: Children's Services Union Latest Offer Fiscally Irresponsible

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, September 23, 2019.
Jerry Kenney
Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, September 23, 2019.

Montgomery County has rejected an offer from the Children’s Services workers’ union as its strike continues for a third day. Workers with the Professionals Guild of Ohio (PGO) walked out for a second time this year on Monday. An earlier attempt to strike this summer was halted by a judge. That strike restraint ended last Friday.

The PGO's most-recent offer to Montgomery County included a 4 percent increase to workers’ current wage rates. It also included a lump-sum strike settlement payout of $250 per employee. PGO union members also wanted increases to the current wage range. That demand has been a sticking point for the county in past negotiations.

Now, a spokesperson for Montgomery County says officials have rejected PGO’s latest offer.

County officials say the deal would be too costly for taxpayers, calling PGO’s offer “fiscally irresponsible,” but, they say they’re open to negotiating a quote “fair and reasonable” wage increase.

The PGO is also asking the county take no punitive actions against any striking employees, and say they will not engage in reprisals for any employees who did not participate in the strike. The county previously reported around 60 employees crossed the picket line to continue working during the strike.

No further contract talks have yet been scheduled.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.