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Montgomery County Children's Services Workers Approve Tentative Deal

The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.
Jerry Kenney
The Montgomery County Children Services workers union on strike Sept. 23, 2019.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers, who returned to their jobs on Tuesday, have voted to approve a tentative agreement to end a more-than-weeklong strike.

County commissioners are expected to vote on the agreement next Tuesday.

Under the agreement, employees would receive a 4.5 percent raise retroactive to April 1 of this year. Employees would also receive a $250 payout as part of the settlement deal. And all pay rates will be increased at the top level by 1 percent.

With the PGO stepping off the picket line the county plans to reinstate all previously approved leaves and benefits for employees, and both sides have agreed to a no-reprisal provision.

A statement from the Professionals Guild of Ohio union local President Jane Hay says workers are eager to get back to serving children and families in the community.

If county commissioners vote to uphold the agreement, the temporary contract will remain in effect until March 31, 2020, but both the county and the PGO would begin negotiations on a new contract at the beginning of the year.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.
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